1925 Biography - Worthington Gibbs

Dr. Worthington J. Gibbs settled in Vienna, Johnson County, 1830. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., where he acquired his training in medicine under his father who was also a physician. He practiced here more than twenty-five years and was well and favorably known. The work of a country doctor was a much more difficult task in those days than at the present, owing to the primitive highways and the inconvenient modes of travel. He represented this district in the State Senate from 1838 to 1842. His home has been referrel to as being one of the most modern of its time and standing where the Carnegie Library now stands. Dr. W. J. (1) married Sabrina Rentfro, 1830 and their children were Worthington J. (2), Elizabeth B. (2), Mariah (2), J. A. Mack (2) and Sidney Breeze (2). W. J. (2) married Eliza Whitemore. Eliza B. (2) married James J. (see Bridges). Mariah S. (2) married J. F. Benson and their children were George (3) who married Emma McKee. Edward (3) married Minnie Cavitt. May (3) married John Blanchfill. Belle (3) married Frank Lay and had Mariah (4), Leah (4), Benson (4), and June (4). Dr. J. A. Mack (2) married Louisa Burkhouser and settled in Alexander County, near Thebes, where he practiced medicine until about two years ago when he removed to Cairo, Ill. He died in 1924, a very old man leaving one son. Sidney Breeze (2) married William J. Owen and their children were Ida (3), June (3), Winifred (3), Myrtle (3) most of whom are teachers.

Extracted 06 Feb 2017 by Norma Hass from 1925 A History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Mrs. P. T. Chapman, page 379.

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