His Middle Name is not West

I’ve been aware for some time that there are trees that have the middle name West for Francis Gibson who was born in 1779 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and died 2 Dec 1858 in Neshannock, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. I wondered about this so I did some research, and discovered that Francis Gibson and Francis West Gibson are two different men.

Francis Gibson is the son of Charles Gibson who died in 1828 in New Wilmington, Mercer, Pennsylvania, and Esther Graham who died after 1810 in Mercer County (now Lawrence), Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Moorhead, probably before 1799. His Will is found in Lawrence County in Will Book 1 pg 396.

Gibson, Francis Will pg 1 cropped

Francis West Gibson, born 27 Mar 1774 in Silver Spring, Cumberland, Pennsylvania and was the son of Col. George Gibson born 10 Oct 1747 in Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Ann West born 1750 in Sligo County, Ireland. He married Frances Harriet Greenwood born 7 Jan 1785 in Pennsylvania. His obituary reads: “Died on the 18th instance, Mr. Francis Gibson of Perry County near Landisberg, in his 82nd year. American Democrat, Friday, March 21, 1856.” He also left behind a Will that can be found Perry County Wills, Vol C-D, 1854-1880 pg 38-9 (Available on ancestry.com). Here is his Find-A-Grave memorial.

I’d like to see people honor both men by making this correction so that future generations know the difference.

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