Cornelius William Gibson

ID#  2196, (c 1817-1897)
     Cornelius William Gibson was born about 1817 in Brighton, Northumberland County, Canada West.1,2 His first wife has not been identified. He married second Sarah Elizabeth Clapp, daughter of Hiram Clapp and Rhoda Striker, between 1845 and 1848.3 In the 1860s Cornelius William Gibson and his family immigrated to the United States stopping first in Iowa before moving on to Kansas.4,5 He died on 6 July 1897 of a cerebral haemorrhage in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington.2 He was buried in Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane, Spokane County, WashingtonG.2

Research Note: Cornelius' death record says his parents were Cornelius W Gibson born in Brighton, Canada and Sarah E Clapp born in Waterloo, NY. I believe this is an error; I suspect that when his daughter Alma was providing the information she was asked "Father's name?" and "Mother's name?" and gave her parents' names rather than his.

Research Note: Cornelius' first child, Willliam, was born c 1838; Cornelius' wife Sarah Elizabeth Clapp was born in 1826 so she would have been 12 yrs old when William was born. I believe Cornelius was previously married and his first 4 children were by his first wife.

Census Records

YearPlaceHead of Household
1851Brighton, Northumberland County, OntarioCornelius William Gibson1
1861Brighton, Northumberland County, OntarioCornelius William Gibson6
1870Bloomfield Twp, Clinton County, IowaCornelius William Gibson4
1880Cawker Twp, Mitchell County, KansasCornelius William Gibson7
1895Lawrence, Douglas County, KansasCornelius William Gibson5
Last Edited=1 Sep 2015

Children of Cornelius William Gibson

Children of Cornelius William Gibson and Sarah Elizabeth Clapp


  1. [S1292] Cornelius Gibson, 1851 Census (Brighton, Northumberland County, Canada West), Ancestry,
  2. [S1296] Cornelius Gibson, Death Registration 2352 (7 Jul 1897), Washington Digital Archives,
  3. [S542] Barbara Hill, database report, 10 Jul 2003, Berkeley, California. FTM report "Descendants of Elias CLAPP."
  4. [S1305] Cornelius Gibson, 1870 U.S. Census, Bloomfield, Clinton County, Iowa, Ancestry,
  5. [S1295] Cornelius Gibson, 1895 State Census, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, Ancestry,
  6. [S1293] Cornelius Gibson, 1861 Census (Brighton, Northumberland County, Canada West), Ancestry,
  7. [S1294] Cornelius Gibson, 1880 U.S. Census, Cawker, Mitchell County, Kansas, Ancestry,