(Courtesy of Ann Nicholson 25 July 2001 Email: chris.nicholson@ntlworld.com)

Death of an Ayrshire Centenarian.    Ref.: Ayrshire Post 15th March 1897. 
Mrs Jean (Shaw)/Gibson

We have to record of the death of Mrs John Gibson, Known as the Tarbolton centenarian, who was born at Lochmark, Parish of Stair on 15th December, 1795. Until quite recently she enjoyed comparatively sound health, though slightly deaf and feeble, Mrs. Gibson was the wonder of the district, and like most centenarians had a retentive memory. She had the distinct recollection of leaving her birthplace when she was only four years of age, and of being conveyed to Glasgow by a carrier named David Allison. She stayed in the city with an uncle until she was ten years of age.The bustle of Glasgow had no attraction for little Jeannie Shaw, and she left for home, a distance of 35 miles. By this time, her parents had removed to Bridgend, in the parish of Coylton. For two years she stayed at this latter place, and then entered domestic service, in which she remained until her 24th year, when she was married at the farm of an uncle (Laigh Dalmore) to Mr John Gibson, coming thereafter to Blacklochans 

The couple had a family of eleven, - six sons and five daughters. About forty years ago Mr. Gibson died. In the little cottage at Blacklochans, she had lived for about eighty years. With one exception, her family grew to manhood and womanhood, and became in course of time parents of large families. Mrs Gibson's mother died at Joppa, Ayrshire at the advanced age of 99 years and 2 months. Nothing delighted the people of the district better than to have a "crack" with the old lady, who was recognised as one of the finest specimens of Ayrshire peasantry of auld lang syne to be met with.

Mrs Gibson died on Thursday of last week, and her remains were interred in Tarbolton Churchyard on Monday. She has left 300 descendants. Allan Gibson the eldest son living in the family was born on 31st January 1823, and Elspie Gibson, the youngest daughter, was born on 15th March 1838.

Additional Information courtesy of Angela Gibson of Penrith, Cumbria U.K. (February 2006)

Angela, and Husband John Gibson are researching their family lines in Ayrshire

Left - Mrs Jean Gibson[Shaw] 1795 - 1897.          Right - Mrs Jean Gibson[Shaw] and Family


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