History of Kentucky and Kentuckians: the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry... - Page 1639
by E. Polk Johnson - 1912

James T. Gibson -- Knox County, Kentucky, figures as one of the most attractive, progressive and prosperous divisions of the state justly claiming a high order of citizenship and a spirit of enterprise which is certain to conserve consecutive development and marked advancement in the material upbuilding of this section. The county has been and is signally favored in the class of men who have contributed to its development along commercial and business lines and in the latter connection the subject of this review demands recognition as he was actively engaged in the general merchandise business for a period of twenty seven years. He is now living virtually retired at Barbourville, Kentucky, but he was long known as a prosperous and enterprising business man and one who methods demonstrated the power of activity and honesty in the business world.

James T. Gibson was born on the old Sevier homestead in Clay county, Kentucky, the date of his nativity being the 28th of June 1847. He is a son of Tyre and Martha ( Sevier) Gibson, the former of whom was called to eternal rest in 1888 at the age of seventy four years and the latter of whom passed away in 1907 at the age of eighty eight years. Tyre Gibson was a native of Hancock County, Tennessee where he was reared and educated and whence he came to Kentucky as a young man. He was a farmer by occupation and passed the major portion of his active career in Clay County, where he met and married his wife whose maiden name was Martha Sevier. The Sevier family traces its ancestry back to stanch Huguenot origin and Mrs. Gibson was a daughter of James Sevier who was a gallant and faithful soldier in the war of 1812, in which he participated in a number of the most important conflicts. James Sevier was a son of Valentine Sevier, who was a brother of John Sevier governor of Tennessee and who fought in the war of the revolution. Governor John Sevier was first governor of Tennessee and was six times governor in addition to which he served in Congress under President Washington. He died in Alabama while making a government survey in the swamp lands and was buried there. He had been in thirty seven battles. While Bob Taylor was governor of Tennessee he went to Alabama and interviewed the governor of the state obtaining his permission to remove the remains of Governor John Sevier to Knoxville, where they were buried in the court house yard. James Sevier, father of Mrs Type Gibson was summoned to the life eternal in 1868 at the patriarchal age of ninety two years. He acted as despatch carrier for General Jackson during the war of 1812 and he raised a large family of children namely Valentine, Holland, Alex, John R., Robert, Samuel E. Rebecca, Sallie, Polly and Martha, the last mentioned of whom was mother of him to whom this sketch is dedicated. All of the above children are deceased except Samuel E. Who now maintains his home at Sullivan, Indiana he being eighty six years of age. Mr and Mrs. Type Gibson became the parents of six children namely  Susan who is the widow of William Asher of Knox County, Kentucky; Mary Jane is deceased; Amelia is the widow of A. Y. Calton and resides at Barbourville; Ellen is deceased, as is also Kittie Frances; and James T., is the immediate subject of this review.

The only son in a family of six children James T. Gibson was reared to the age of eighteen years in Clay County, Kentucky and thee he received his preliminary educational training. In 1866 he came to Barboursville where he continued t be identified with the mercantile business for a period of twenty seen years at the expiration of which he entered the employ of Bambarger, Bloom & Company in the capacity of traveling salesman for dry goods and notions. Subsequently he was similarly engaged in connection with the firm of Daniel Briscoe Brothers & Company of Knoxville and with the firm of Louis Dix & Company of Cincinnati. He retied from active participation in business affairs n January 1913 and he is no passing the closing years of his life at Barboursville, where he is accorded the unalloyed confidence and esteem of his fellow men.

At Jellico, Tennessee, in the year of 1870 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Gibson to Miss Anna C. Pogue, a daughter of A. E. Pogue, who was a pioneer Kentuckian. Further mentioned concerning the Pogue family is made elsewhere n this work so that a detailed account of the family history is not demanded at ths juncture. Mr. And Mrs. Gibson have five children concerning whom the following brief data are here incorporated; Charles H. remains at the parental home. He is a traveling salesman by occupation. James P. Is a physician and surgeon and he resides at Stewartsville, Indiana. He is married and has three children. Henry H., of Corbin, Kentucky, is a conductor of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. He is married and has one child. Ben is in the railroad business but resides at home. Lillian M. who is at home at the present time, is the wife of W. H. Spahr, an agriculturist by vocation. They have one daughter aged two years.

In their religious faith the Gibson family are devout members of the Methodist Episcopal church and n politics he is a stanch advocate of the principles and policies for which the Republican party stands sponsor. Mr. Gibson is a man of fine mentality and broad human sympathy. He thoroughly enjoys home life an takes great pleasure n the society his family and friends. He is always courteous, kindly and affable, and those who know him personally accord him the highest esteem. His life has been exemplary in all respects and he has ever supported those interest which are calculated to uplift and benefit humanity, while his own high moral worth is deserving of the highest commendation.