- Map of Ryegate Corner, VT area, & Gibson land. (68 KB)
This Map indicats the homestead of William and Margaret (Aitken) Gibson, after they arrived from Renfrewshire, Scotland in 1801.
- William & Margaret (Aitken) Gibson Grave Stones (61 KB)
William and Margaret and their 9 children came to Ryegate, Caledonia County, VT in 1801.
William Gibson b. 04 Aug. 1754 Paisley Parish, Renfrewshire, Scotland, d. 22 Jan. 1844 Reygate, Caledonia Co., VT, bur. Blue Mountian Cem., Ryegate Corner, VT. William's wife: Margaret Aitken b. 1755 Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland, d. 15 Jul. 1844 Ryegate, Caledonia Co., VT, bur. Blue mountian Cem, Ryegate Corner, VT.
- 1806 Deed from John Gary to William Gibson (129 KB)
This is a typed interpretation of the hand written land deed from John Gray to William Gibson. The original hand written deed was found in 1996, at the Ryegate Corner, VT post office.
- U.P Church Ryegate, taken from Blue Mt. Cemetery (44 KB)
A view of the U.P. Church steeple, looking east from the Blue Mountian Cemetery, at Ryegate Corner, Calendonia Co., VT
- Old Map 1875 (520 KB)
Old Map 1875
- 1870-75 Map view of Ryegate Corner, VT (57 KB)
1870-75 Map view of Ryegate Corner, Caledonia Co., VT. The central part of the village.
- The White home, Ryegate Corner, VT (28 KB)
The White home, Ryegate Corner, VT
- Alexander Gibson's 2nd. home on this Iowa farm. (52 KB)
Alexander and Mary Gibson's first fine two story home on this farm was demolished 22 May 1873, when a tornado that came from the SW, hit Jackson Twn. Wahington County, IA. This is a photo of there second home, built soon after the tornado. Alexander and Mary Gibson sold their fram to their sons, and retired, moving into city of Washington, IA about 1989. This photo was taken by the new owners Harold and Verlee Wylie just before they demolished the Gibson home to make room for new brick farm home.
- The main street, Ryegate Corner, VT (41 KB)
The main street, Ryegate Corner, VT
- Alexander and Mary's home in Washington, IA (73 KB)
The Alexander Gibson retirement home at 308 West Jefferson Street, Washington, IA. My Aunt Evelin G. (Gibson) Herbrichtsmeyer supplied this photo. She says, "I think I was born in this house in 1908."
- Photo of Alexander and Mary Gibson (46 KB)
A good photo of Alexander b. 1825 Ryegate, VT, and his wife Mary Henderson (Gardner) Gibson b. 1835 Ryegate, VT
- Map of Alexander and son William Gibson's farm. (82 KB)
A map of Alexander and son William's farms, in 1894.
- A Cornice removed from Alexander Gibson farm home (47 KB)
Story of the Cornice
In Sep. 99, while visiting cousin Mary "Jean" (Freshwaters) Robertson in Washington, IA, I drove the 6 miles north to the Pleasant Plains Cemetery. This cemetery is located on the north end of what was once Alexander Gibson and William A. Gibson’s farm, located on Section 19, Jackson TWP, Washington Co., IA, T76N-R7W.
This farm is owned by Harold and Verlee Wylie. Sometime after buying the farm, the Wylie’s tore down Alexander Gibson's second farm home which the Gibson's built soon after thier first farm home was destroyed by the Tornado of 22 May 1873.
After finishing my research at the Plains Cemetery, I went over to Wylie’s new brick farm home, to talk to Harold. We talked about the farm buildings, he explained which buildings would have been on the farm when my grandfather William A. Gibson and family lived there in 1908. Harold happened to think that he had some Doors, Glass Transoms, and two old Cornices in the old Gibson garage. Harold had removed these items from Alexander’s old farm home and saved them. He asked if I wanted any of these items, and I was happy to take the 2 cornices. I gave one to cousin Jean Robertson in Washington, IA, and this is a picture of my cornice. What a find, and keepsake!
- William Gibson and new daughter born 04 Aug. 01 (17 KB)
Photo of William S. Gibson holding is new daughter, Celine Mary Frances Gibson, born 04 Aug. 01, weight at birth 9lbs and 4.5 oz. Willie's wife, Martha Ann (Dempsey) Gibson, and the other four children are loving the new baby.