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William Monroe Gibson & Ilma Clough Gibson Mineral Virginia

Updated December 12, 2010

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Our Family our memories. When daddy Bill was about 11 years old he moved to Mineral VA with his father James Monroe Gibson and his mother Lillie Ann Ritchie, and I believe one other brother Joe Wilson Gibson. The only reason I know that is because the land that Uncle Joe sold to the Woolfolk family connected to our farm the land with the indian bath tub. That land was given to Uncle Joe by grand-daddy Gibson. Also Uncle Joe Wilson Gibson would have been about 16 years old when they moved to VA. That was around the 1928. Daddy and mama are both buried at Mineral Baptist Church along rt.522 heading out toward North Anna Lake, and the church was just across from the school we as children went, Mineral Ele. School, now when my father came along he also went to Mineral School. I went to Mineral Ele. from 1969 to 1975. William Monroe Gibson, daddy, also raised chickens for Holly Farms. In 1965 William daddy was top grower of the year for raising the most chickens that lived and were healthy. I remember right before they would bring the baby chicks we'd have to clean the chicken house and spread shaving and make sure the broilers were in working conitions, and make sure all the water jars were clean and the feeders were working. It was hard work but we all chipped in , and my dad hired a few people that lived around the area to help us some on the farm. Bugs, Bunny, Carolyn and Charles Jackson, & Mr. Phil. At any given time we had between 65 to 100 head of cattle also, and when my parents passed I go 17 cows, I got a 4th of every thing. But, when Holly Farms would bring that big truck load of chicks, all you could see for miles it seemed like was a sea of yellow. All thoes pretty little chick, and they needed to be well taken care of, because they were gonna go on somebodys table someday. Did you know to work at a plant like Tyson/Holly Farms, to be and inspector you have to have eithere "experience" or college, I got the experience. I applied for the job and the only way to do that for me was the experience, so me and my brother's could be like fed. inspector's. how would you like me deciding if you can eat a chicken or not. My father & mother were also grocery store owners, and most of their profit went to the poor, who ran up tabs and dad always pitched the tab's in the round file, paid in full. I guess that's why God was so good to us. A family robbed us one chritsmas, and my dad had so much compassion after they did, he continued to let them run a tab, "no kidding". And I believe the family was actually a good famiy in the days of the civil war but something turned and they were poor white folks, don't know how that happens don't want to either. Dad had a big heart, so did mama. Daddy's name was William Monroe Gibson and he married mom Ruby Ilma Clough Gibson in 1947 and they had 3 son's and one daughter. Donnie, Doug, Sam, & Sis. Yall come back ya Sissy Gibson

Family Photos
  • Earl Clough 1933 to 2004 mom's brother my uncle (63 KB)
    This is my Uncle Earl Clough. He's mom's bro. and he also is a descendant of Edmund Hodges & Thomas Hodges & Sabra Horn (born in Caribbean) of Goochland Va. buried at South Anna Bapt. Church. Photo taken by me Sissy Gibson, place Old Clough Home Place, Clough Town , Apple Grove Va.1985
  • Me, Sissy Gibson , James River 1995 (161 KB)
    That's the James River behind me. This is also down near what is the newly constructed canal walk, down by the James Center and the Federal Reserve, and Browns Island Richmond Va.
  • Taylor Swann Berry, near browns Island (68 KB)
    Taylor is the grandson of William M. Gibson and Ilma Clough Gibson. Picture taken down near Federal Reserve, and Browns Island, near the newly constructed canal walk, Down Town Richmond VA 1995
  • Honey moon over Miami Florida 1947 (254 KB)
    My parents on their Honey Moon 1947
  • Mineral Baptist Church (62 KB)
    This is the church where mom and dad, William Monroe Gibson and Ilma Clough Gibson are buried. Bill "daddy was a member as a child there, and two of his children sang in a youth traveling choir. Living Gibson (male) and Living Gibson (female) the Gibson's had 4 children one of which is deceased Donnie Gibson, and one other Living Gibson (male) reverend.
  • South Anna Baptist Church our church home (23 KB)
    South Anna Baptist Church is the church we went to all our lives, we've been members there for a long long time. mom, Ilma Clough Gibson , her father Preston T. Clough and her mother Hallie B. Gammon Clough are buried on a hill just past the church on the left heading toward Mineral Va. some of us were baptised in the South Anna River..most of our relatives that went there were our Clough family on mom's side..many times of singing in the choir and going to bible study and prayer meetings,,we almost lived there, playing softball in the church yard..many wonderful times there. Our Uncle Earl Clough who passed away in 2004 is buried there, he also was a member, he was mom's brother,,the Clough Farm is right across the field from the church, and after church we'd go running over to the house and kick our shoes off and play until mom and dad would come pick us up after they'd have their conversations after church,,we had so much fun..
  • Daddy, Holly Farms meeting in Richmond Plant 1965 (78 KB)
    Meeting at Holly Farms meeting with important folks about the chicken industry. 1965 Daddy is right in the center of the picture.
  • Family Christmas Dinner, about 1966 (79 KB)
    Mom and Dad , Wayne & Sissy Gibson, christmas dinner, there are other people there but I cropped the picture to make it just us 4.
  • 3rd Runner Up for Little Miss Bumpass 'stocky gann (69 KB)
    Me, Sissy Gibson 3rd runner up for Little Miss Bumpass. I was a big doll my mom dressed up and put in contest, or where ever she showed me off..Michele Dodd won, Becky Taylor was 2nd up. I've always been healthy looking, I just call it "Stocky Gann" good stock.
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