GIBBONS, EDWARD G.
GIBBONS, EDWARD G. (1825–1881). Edward G. Gibbons, farmer, brick maker, retailer, Confederate officer, and politician, was born in Madison County, Tennessee, in 1825. He was the son of Epps and Nancy (Armstrong) Gibbons. In 1841 the Gibbons family moved to Paris, Texas. There, in 1844, the elder Gibbons played a key role in the establishment of the town as the seat for the new Lamar County. In 1846 Gibbons assisted his father in the laying of the foundation for the first county courthouse. Throughout the late 1840s, Gibbons worked as a farmer and brick maker and saved enough money to purchase several acres of property on the outskirts of Paris. In 1851 he worked as a schoolteacher in the Chickasaw Indian Nation. The following year, he returned to Paris and went into business as a retailer, helping establish the Wright, Wortham, and Gibbons general store.
At the onset of the Civil War, Gibbons opposed secession but nevertheless volunteered for service with the Confederacy. He resisted duty as a quartermaster, instead serving briefly as major in the Fourteenth Texas Cavalry Regiment, mustered in Dallas County in September 1861. By 1863 he had returned to Lamar County, where he won election to the state senate for the Tenth Texas Legislature. After the Civil War, Gibbons continued to play a leading role in the affairs of Lamar County. In 1866 he was a member of the association that built Evergreen Cemetery. In 1874 he was appointed superintendent for the construction of a new county courthouse, and in 1879 and 1880 he was elected as mayor of Paris. In 1880, however, he was afflicted with an incurable disease. Gibbons passed away on June 23, 1881. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Lamar County.
Ron Brothers, comp., "Confederate Veterans Who Died or Are Buried in Lamar County, Texas" (http://gen.1starnet.com/civilwar/csadead.htm), accessed March 10, 2011. A. W. Neville, The History of Lamar County, Texas (Paris, Texas: North Texas, 1937; rpt. 1986). Re: 14th TX Cavalry (dismounted) (http://history-sites.com/cgi-bin/bbs53x/txcwmb/webbbs_config.pl?noframes;read=11730), accessed March 10, 2011.
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