Ringgold County Biographical Sketches
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. p. 256.
FRANCIS E. GIBBONEY
"Francis E. GIBBONEY, section 3, Riley Township, was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania,
December 14, 1829. His parents, Benjamin and Margaret (Kendall) Gibboney, were also natives of
Pennsylvania, residing there until 1838, when they moved to Licking County, Ohio, and from there in
May, 1846, to Louisa County, Iowa, where our subject attained his majority.
In 1856 he went to
Kansas, and lived in that State and Missouri until the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion. In
June, 1861, he went to Fort Leavenworth and enlisted at the first call for three years' volunteers,
and was assigned to Company C, First Kansas Infantry. He participated in the battle at Wilson's Creek,
where the gallant General Lyons was killed. His regiment lost heavily, Company C having twelve men
killed and thirty-six wounded. Mr. Gibboney was shot through the right arm, and so disabled as to
necessitate his discharge. He now receives a pension of $10 a month.
After his discharge he returned
to Louisa County, and in 1869 located in Ringgold County, buying his present homestead which contains
eighty acres of good land, which he has brought under cultivation, it being wild land when he bought
it. He also owns ten acres of valuable timber land.
Mr. Gibboney was married October 17, 1872, to
Amelia A. Butler, who was born in Belmont County, Ohio, January 21, 1841, daughter of Thomas and
Sarah A. Butler. They have had two children - Benjamin Thomas, who died in infancy, April 14, 1874,
and Sarah Margaret, born November 4, 1877.
Mrs. Gibboney is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
church. Mr. Gibboney is a member of Garnet Lodge, No. 416, F. & A.M., and Ellis C. Miller Post, G. A.
R. In politics he is a Republican. He was one of the patriotic "Free-State" men who fought under Jim
Lane to save Kansas from having slavery forced upon her by the slaveholders of the South, and has in
the past suffered much for the cause of freedom and the Union.
Mr. Gibboney's father died in
Muscatine, Iowa, in 1850, and his mother in September, 1878. He has three sisters living - Mrs.
Elizabeth F. Brown, of Riley Township; Mrs. Jane G. Crow and Mrs. Sarah M. Woodruff, of Louisa
County. His only brother, James B. Gibboney, was a very prominent citizen of Louisa County, and at
the time of his death was county auditor, a position he had filled ten years."
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