I tracked down "Hoot" Gibson (Edmund Richard Gibson).
1900 census Los Angeles Co, CA:
Gibson, Hiram, b July 1866, 33 yrs, Md 12 yrs, b NE, IN, NE " Ida R., b July 1871, 28 yrs, M 12 yrs, 4 ch, 3 lvg, b IN, IN, IN " Leon, b Oct 1889, 10, b NE " Jessie, b Apr 1890, 9 (female) " Edmund, b Aug 1892, 7, b NE [The whole family is listed as boarders]
By 1910 Edmund R. Gibson is living with his mother, now called Della, stepfather F. M. Lewis and his brother Leon J. Gibson, sister has apparently married.
By 1926, E. R. Gibson is an actor, living with him is a movie director and a man who works in a restuarant (who has a wife and famiy).
And, the CA Dth Idx shows maiden name of mother for Edmund R. Gibson as Stilson.
Now, on the 1880 census I found Hiram and his family in Tekamah, Burt Co, NE (where Hoot was supposedly born):
Category: Name;Relationship to head of household; Marital Status; Gender; Race; Age; Birthplace; Occupation; Father's Birthplace; Mother's Birthplace.
G. W. GIBSONSelfMMaleW36INSelling Agricultural ToolsINKY Hannah A. GIBSONWifeMFemaleW35MIKeeping HouseNYNY Hiram J. GIBSONSonSMaleW13NEAt SchoolINMI Leona B. GIBSONDauSFemaleW12NEAt SchoolINMI Agness J. GIBSONDauSFemaleW9NEAt SchoolINMI Fred M. GIBSONSonSMaleW2NEINMI
I thought you could keep this info, and if your Gibson line ties into the Indiana/Nebraska Gibsons, you'll have it.