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Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario
Dr George James Gibb


 DR. GEORGE JAMES GIBB.   The Gibbs are among the old and well known families of the County of Kent, and are of Scottish extraction.  George Gibb, the first member of whom there is any definite record, was of Montrose, Scotland, and emigrated to the County of Middlesex, Ontario, many years ago.  His house was used for the first post office between London and Chatham, on the Long Woods road.  Here his death occurred in 1839.  He married Mary Gardiner, a sister of James Gardiner, of Chatham, and they had the following children:  Ruth, who is deceased; Jane, wife of Thomas Neil; Ellen, widow of Ed Bondimer, of Detroit; Eliza, deceased, wife of Alexander Archer; Peter, deceased, who had one child, Ida, now of Detroit; and David, deceased.

David Gibb, father of Dr. Gibb, was born in the County of Middlesex in 1836, and for a number of years was a farmer.  Later he settled in Sarnia, and there died August 8th, 1900.  He married Maria Jackson, daughter of James and Rebecca (Cater) Jackson, formerly of Oxford, England.  Mrs. Gibb died in 1881, the mother of the following children:  William W. died leaving no family; Mary L. is the widow of Richard T. Maxwell, and has one child, Mary; Alice is now residing at Sarnia; Emma, wife of F.W. Sheppard, of St. Louis, Missouri, has four children, Louise, Lilian, Anna and Allan; George James is our subject.

George James Gibb was born in the County of Middlesex, Ontairo in 1859, and grew to manhood in his native county.  After a preliminary course in the public schools he graduated from the Wardsville high school, in which he later became a teacher, continuing there for some time.  Then he attended the University of Toronto, and in 1881 he commenced the study of dentistry in the office of Drs. Coyne and Wilson, of Wardsville, completing his course at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, from which he was graduated in 1883.  Immediately afterward he commenced the practice of his chosen profession in Blenheim, where he has since resided, building up a very enviable patronage among the best people of the community.  Professionally he is regarded as one of the leading dental surgeons of Blenheim, as well as of the surrounding district, where his ability has made him well known.

In 1889 Dr. Gibb married Leora Arnold, daughter of Thadeus and Caroline (Field) Arnold, and granddaughter of Christopher Arnold, one of the illustrious pioneers of the County of Kent.  Three daughters have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Gibb, Alma, Grace and Moyna.  The Doctor and his wife are very popular in social circles.


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