John Charles Gibson


Bolinas Township, page 421

J. C. Gibson was born in Upper Canada in the year 1829, his parents being natives of Sackett’s Harbor, N. Y.  In 1836 he accompanied them to Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois, and there received his early education and resided until the Fall of 1848, when he moved to Yankee settlement, Clayton County, Iowa.  In January, 1852, he left Iowa for California via Cape Horn, in the ship “Racehound,” the voyage occupying one hundred and fifty-two days.  In the month of July, having arrived in San Francisco, Mr. Gibson essayed to try his luck in the mines, going first to Forbestown, Butte County, where he sojourned for six months, but as there were no paying diggings there he proceeded to Strawberry valley, Yuba County, where he mined for a year without making anything.  We next find Mr. Gibson engaged in merchandising, a business he followed until 1869, when, finding the mines being gradually exhausted, he moved his family to Bolinas, Marin County, and commenced merchandising there in the Spring of 1870, which business he still follows.  In 1875 he was elected a Supervisor of Marin County;  in 1876 was appointed postmaster at Bolinas.  Married, in the year 1859, at Strawberry valley, Sarah Adelaide Gasherie, by whom he has four children, George Lewis, Ida, Carrie, and Richard.

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