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  • Name William Gibby  [5, 6, 7, 8
    Born 18 Dec 1835  Slebech, Pembroke, Wales, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Christened 20 Dec 1835  Slebech, Pembroke, Wales, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1853  New York, New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Pioneer Sep 1853  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Immigration Liverpool, , Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Immigration Pembrooke Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Immigration 12 Jan 1855  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 29 Aug 1910  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Cause: Lobar pneumonia 
    William Gibby death certificate
    Buried 31 Aug 1910  Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • plot: K_4_11_1E
    William & Catherine Gibby grave marker - old
    William & Catherine Gibby grave marker - new
    Person ID I1025  Full Tree | Larson, Gibby
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2014 

    Father Thomas Gibby, Sr.
              b. Nov 1802, Wiston, , Pembroke, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 30 Oct 1886, Thornheath, Slebech, Pembroke, South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Mother Catherine Davies
              b. Oct 1800, Slebech, Pembroke, Wales, UK Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Oct 1869, Thornheath, Slebech, Pembroke, South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 6 Oct 1824  St. Mary's Parish, Wiston, Pembroke, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F742  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catharine Stevenson
              b. 1 Apr 1839, Sheffield, West Riding, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 Aug 1919, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 26 May 1857  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William and Catherine Gibby.jpg
    Children 
    +1. William Stevenson Gibby
              b. 21 Feb 1858, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 Apr 1919, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +2. Marian Stevenson Gibby
              b. 25 Jan 1860, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 17 May 1947, Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +3. Annie Eliza Gibby
              b. 27 Jan 1862, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 3 Apr 1934, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +4. Ada Stevenson Gibby
              b. 8 Feb 1864, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 2 Jan 1930, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +5. Richard Stevenson Gibby
              b. 6 Jan 1867, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 9 Apr 1895, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
     6. Maryon Catharine Gibby
              b. 28 Jan 1869, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Catharine Stevenson Gibby
              b. 5 Jul 1872, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 11 Jan 1930, Holladay, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     8. Arthur Stevenson Gibby
              b. 13 Dec 1876, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 25 Apr 1882, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
     9. Raymond Stevenson Gibby
              b. 7 Oct 1878, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 4 May 1882, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     10. James Stevenson Gibby
              b. 21 Nov 1880, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Nov 1880, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +11. Elizabeth Stevenson Gibby
              b. 24 Mar 1883, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 May 1960, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2010 
    Family ID F647  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Dec 1835 - Slebech, Pembroke, Wales, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 20 Dec 1835 - Slebech, Pembroke, Wales, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1853 - New York, New York, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPioneer - Sep 1853 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Departure - - Liverpool, , Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Origin - - Pembrooke Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Arrival - 12 Jan 1855 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 May 1857 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - William Stevenson Gibby - 21 Feb 1858 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Marian Stevenson Gibby - 25 Jan 1860 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Annie Eliza Gibby - 27 Jan 1862 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ada Stevenson Gibby - 8 Feb 1864 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Richard Stevenson Gibby - 6 Jan 1867 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Maryon Catharine Gibby - 28 Jan 1869 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Catharine Stevenson Gibby - 5 Jul 1872 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Arthur Stevenson Gibby - 13 Dec 1876 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Raymond Stevenson Gibby - 7 Oct 1878 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - James Stevenson Gibby - 21 Nov 1880 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth Stevenson Gibby - 24 Mar 1883 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Lobar pneumonia - 29 Aug 1910 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 31 Aug 1910 - Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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    William Gibby with his sons Richard and William

    Heraldry and Misc.
    William Gibby with his sons Richard and William

  • Notes 
    • William moved to America
      William and Catherine had 10 children (5 boys and 5 girls)
      Joined the Mormon Church in Slebech and then sailed for America from England on Nov 27 1854 on the ship "Clara Wheeler" and landed at New Orleans on Jan 11 1855. He then arrived in St Louis on Jan 22 1855.

      Company:
      Canute Peterson Company (1856)

      Narrative:
      In November 1855, Scandinavian Saints began thraveling from Denmark to England, and from there to New York on the Ship John J. Boyd, arriving on February 16, 1856. Emigration leaders divided the passengers into three groups that were sent vaiously to (1) Burlington, Iowa, (2) Alton, Illinois, and (3) St. Louis, Missouri. Most of these who went to Burlington and Alton remained in or near those places for a year or more working to earn enough to continue their journey. Those who went to St. Louis were able to continue on and made up the Scandinavian part of Peterson's company.

      Composed of about 320 Scandinavian and English Saints, the Canute Peterson Company left Florence, Nebraska Territory, on June 27. They traveled with about 60 ox-drawn wagons. The emigrants were mostly poor people of the laboring class. At first the company advanced only about four to six miles a day because some of the oxen were wild and some of the drivers were inexperienced. As their driving skills improved and the oxen became more gentle, they covered as much as 20 miles a day. Some of the oxen died from overheating, so the party had to lighten the loads in the wagons.

      The company held morning and evening instructional meetings, being called together by the blare of a bugle. They built a bridge to help in crossing Wood River. They were observed and visited by Indians to whom they gave foodstuffs and gifts in order to maintain friendly relations. On July 14 a herd of buffalo passed through their camp. On another occasion a buffalo stampede killed one young Danish man, injured others, and caused some of the oxen to rush together, smashing wagons and causing a delay. They celebrated the 24th of July by picnicking, listening to speeches, singing, and dancing. As the company neared Utah, it divided into smaller, more manageable groups. On September 15 Peterson's contingent was seen near Bear River. In Echo Canyon one of the wagons overturned but no one was hurt. Peterson's company straggled into Salt Lake over the course of several days between September 16-23. The bulk of the Danes arrived on September 20 and 22. There had been four deaths during the journey.

      History of WILLIAM GIBBY 1835-1910

      William Gibby was the son of Thomas Gibby and Catherine Davis. He was born 18 December 1835 at Slebach, Pembrokeshire, South Wales. He had four brothers and two sisters: James, Martha, Elizabeth, John Thomas, and Richard.

      William's family was very poor. He and his brothers and sisters did not have the opportunity of education. As some records point out, the only school in the town of Slebach was held in an old blacksmith's shop converted into a schoolroom by the Baron de Rutzen, chief supporter of the school. William and his brothers were apprenticed as drapers to "Commerce House" (Haverfordwest) known then as "Grennish and Sawterns," (founders of the firm).

      William along with his brother John gained a testimony of the gospel and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormons were so hated and persecuted at that time that their mother was broken-hearted over their conversions. The blow was especially heavy when she learned that they planned to sail to America to join the Saints in Zion.

      William and John set sail on the ship "Clara Wheeler," with four hundred and twenty-two souls aboard. It cleared port on November 24, 1854, bound for New Orleans. Elder Henry E. Phelps was president of the company with John Parson and James Crossley as counselors. After it set sail, it ran into rough water in the Irish Channel and had to return to port. The Saints suffered considerably from seasickness. After receiving fresh supplies, it set sail December 7th and arrived in New Orleans January 11, 1855. Measles had broken out among the passengers with twenty children and two adults dyeing from the disease. After landing in New Orleans, many of the Saints were stranded without funds to go father. Those who had means were asked to lend to those in need. James McGraw, the church Emigration Agent at New Orleans, was contracted with the Captain on the steamboat "Oseana" to take the Saints on the Mississippi River to St. Louis. They were charged the rate of $3.50 for each adult, and half of that for children 3 to 12 years old, and 24 hours after their arrival in New Orleans, the emigrants were on their way up the river. Apostle Erastus Snow met them at St. Louis and others who gave the new arrivals a hearty welcome, and conducted them to comfortable quarters that had been secured for their accommodation. William and John Gibby went as far as Kansas. They found work on a government farm for $25.00 a month. They worked there for two years, then came to Utah by ox team, driving across the plains for board and keep with the Canute Peterson's company of fifty two wagons. They had a great deal of trouble crossing the plains with tens of thousands of Buffalo stampeding the cattle. They finally arrived in the Salt Lake Valley and took odd jobs until they could get settled.

      William married Miss Catherine Stevenson on the 26th of May 1857 by Bishop Edwin Wooley of the 13th Ward.

      On July 24, 1857, William and John were attending the celebration held on the banks of Silver Lake in Big Cottonwood Canyon, when Abraham Smoot brought word to President Brigham Young that an Army led by Albert Sidney Johnston was headed for Utah. The Saints were determined to defend themselves this time and prevent this army from entering the Salt Lake Valley. The celebration was broken up, and volunteers were placed under General Wells with William Gibby among the volunteers. They marched to defend Echo Canyon. Here they built rock fortifications on the high ledges above the road and the creek bed. They dug trenches and built dams to flood the pass and force the army to come under the ledges where they piled rock and boulders to roll down on the invaders should they attempt to pass. They often marched the men around the hill to make Johnston's Army think they had a large army of men.

      William was best known as the man who captured the $500 cash prize offered by the American Agriculturist for the largest yield of wheat on one acre, they yield being 80 bushels and 6 pounds. He also won a $25.00 prize for raising the best potatoes. He recieved $5.00 a quart for the largest gooseberries. To his associates and intimate friends, however he was esteemed as an unostentatious man, quiet and unassuming.

      William was a cabinetmaker and made all of the furniture for their homes, as well as for others.

      William Gibby died at his residence, 2909 South Main Street, at 7:30 Monday evening, 29th of August 1910 after five days' illness of pneumonia.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1402] Personal knowledge of Kirk Larson, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    2. [S1403] The Generations Network, "Ancestry Family Trees," database.

    3. [S1410] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, database, \i FamilySearch\i0    ((http://www.familysearch.org)), )..

    4. [S1428] compiled by Thomas L. Gibby [(E-ADDRESS), & MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Austin, TX, "Gibby files," supplied by Gibby, 25 Mar 2010..

    5. [S1487] Ancestry.com, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945  (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006.Original data - New Orleans, Louisiana. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1820-1902. Micropublication M259. RG036. Rolls # 1-93. National Archives, Washin).

    6. [S1488] Ancestry.com, Salt Lake City, Utah Cemetery Records, 1848-1992  (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - This index was created from cemetery inscriptions and records from the Salt Lake City Cemetery located at 200 N. Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.Original data: This index w).

    7. [S2130] Utah State Historical Society, comp., Utah Cemetery Inventory  (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data - Utah State Historical Society. Utah Cemetery Inventory. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: 2000.Original data: Utah State Historical Society. Utah Cemetery Inventory. Salt Lake).

    8. [S1489] Ancestry.com, Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Gallery Index Cards  (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001.Original data - Card index created by the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, Utah.Original data: Card index created by the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, Utah.).

    9. [S1490] Ancestry.com, Utah Death Index, 1905-1951  (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003.Original data - Bureau of Vital Statistics. Utah Death Index, 1905-1951. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Utah Department of Health.Original data: Bureau of Vital Statistics. Utah Death Index,).

    10. [S41] Utah State Board of Health, Utah State Divisions of Archives & History, Digital Images of Death Certificates Utah State Archives  (http://historyresearch.utah.gov/indexes/index.html :n.d.), death certificate 1185 (1910), William Gibby, accessed 12 Jul 2010..

    11. [S878] compiled by Kate B. Carter, "Heart Throbs of The West: Emigration Records"  ((Salt Lake City:UT, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 1939-1951)).

    12. [S33] Bitter, Joseph E., "Genealogical Research of the Bitter Family History"  (Family History and Genealogy, 1968).


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Joyce Gibby Jones Willis (Spanish Fork, US) says...
Child # 11 known as Elizabeth Gibby is Eliza Eleanor Chapman Gibby. She is my grandmother and mother of Howard Gibby.
28th August 2014 12:45pm
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Bryan S. Larson (West Jordan, US) says...
Joyce,
My understanding is that child #11 (daughter of William Gibby and Catharine Stevenson) is Elizabeth Gibby who married Thomas Nunn. Eliza Eleanor Chapman married William Stevenson Gibby and is the mother of Howard and sister-in-law to Elizabeth.

Am I mistaken?
28th August 2014 1:04pm
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