My husband’s three times great grandfather was David Hibbs. I found a great photo and some wonderful information, which I combined together here, about David Hibbs from the following 2 books:
Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania, Volume 2 By James Hadden
History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania: with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men by Franklin Ellis
David Hibbs was born July 18, 1809, on the old homestead near New Salem, Menallen Township, Fayette county, PA. His parents were Lacy Hibbs (1762-1819) and Sarah Craft (1766-1848) who were both born in Pennsylvania as well. He was of English descent, and was educated in the common schools. He engaged in general farming and did an extensive business in live stock, which he raised and sold, and if the opportunity offered when he could do so to advantage, he bought. Mr. Hibbs held the usual township offices entrusted to a careful business man, and was for three years a member of the almshouse board.
In all positions he conducted the public business in a satisfactory manner. In politics he was a Democrat. For many years he was a member of the German Baptist Church, and held the office of elder for a number of years. His pecuniary start was small. By industry and careful business management he was able to leave his family in comfortable circumstances. His success was due to his integrity, his industry, his devotion, his unselfishness, and charity. These made his character great, – “The virtues are the forces and powers in life.” He was a quiet man, made but little show, and did his duty as nearly as he was able, and was content. The best legacy he left his family was a good name.
He married, on April 18, 1839, Hannah Walters , born in Masontown , daughter of Ephraim Walters. Jr. They had nine children, two of whom died in infancy. The other children were:
Jefferson Walters (1840-1909)
Mary Frances (1843-1922) Sarah Elizabeth (1847-1917)
Harriet Ann (1849-1938)- Dan’s 2nd great- grandmother
Lucetta Hibbs (1854-1922)
George Lacy (1858-1907)
John Gibson Hibbs (1862-1940)
David Hibs died on May 18, 1868 in Fayette County, PA. His wife died 37 years later in Fayette CO. as well.