Elizabeth Mary Clark was
born 26 June, 1832 on the Clark farm in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Her
parents were David and Margaret (Bell) Clark.
Elizabeth received her education at Westminster College, New Wilmington,
Elizabeth's father, David
Clark, died on 31 Aug 1850, and the next seven years were required
to settle the estate. After the estate was settled in 1857, Elizabeth,
her mother Margaret, and other family members
moved to Scotch Grove Iowa. There she married John
Gibson on 11 June, 1857, and joined the Scotch Grove Presbyterian
Church on 17 July 1857.
On the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary,
the Monticello Express carried an article on their life and history.
"Mr. and Mrs. Gibson were married in a log house, the home of Mrs.
Gibson's brother, Mr. Hazen Clark ... The
bonnet and slippers worn by the bride were brought from Dubuque by the
minister's wife, and the bridal couple came down a ladder into the sitting
room where they were married in the presence of a large company of early
settlers, by Rev. J. L. Wilson, who
afterwards baptized their five daughters... Mr. and Mrs. Gibson were
privileged to have all of their children with them, last Tuesday, viz., Mrs.
Amelia Bacher, Miss Luella Gibson, Mrs. Asenath Mudge, Mrs. Libbie
Robertson, Mrs. Ada McCarrol."
In Monticello, the new Presbyterian Church was
established on 7 May 1882, largely funded by John
Gibson. Fourteen new
members formed the church, of which six belonged to the Gibson family. The
new church building was dedicated on 22 November 1885.
John Gibson died in
1910, and Elizabeth died on 14 April 1915.
They are buried in lot 977 of the Oakwood cemetery in Monticello.
and researched by David B.