Notes on Elizabeth Starcher and George Gibson


Elizabeth "Betty" Starcher, daughter of Adam and Phoebe Coger Starcher, married George Gibson 8/17/1865, after the Civil War. George Gibson was a confederate soldier, having been associated with the Moccasin Rangers, later rolled in to the 19th Virginia Cavalry. Detail on George and Elizabeth Gibson is given on the Gibson page at Don Norman's Family Files.
George William Gibson was born in Bath County VA November 30, 1840. He served the Confederacy in the Civil War in Co A 19th VA Cavalry. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Starcher August 17, 1865. Elizabeth, a daughter of Adam and Phoebe (Coger) Starcher, was born in VA March 8, 1850 and died in Calhoun County WV November 14, 1902.
Note: The death date given on Don' Normans page seems likely to be in error. Victor Starcher, born 1915, had specific recollections of talking with his "Uncle George." The page "Some Civil War Soldiers of Calhoun County" notes "Died Calhoun Co., W.Va. 11 Aug. 1923. Buried Gibson Cemetery, Calhoun Co., W.Va. C.S.A. See also "Altizer Items" from the Daniels Run News archive.


The family is listed in the 1900 Calhoun County Wv census. They had been married 34 years. Elizabeth was the mother of 12 children, with 10 living.

Known children of George William and Elizabeth (Starcher) Gibson.

2. (1). Mary Belle b.c. 1865

3. (2). William F. b.Sep 1866
       m.Emma B.-------

4. (3). Adam P. b.May 1872
       m.Rose A. -------

5. (4). George b.Feb 1877
       m.Hannah ------

6. (5). Amos b.Jul 16 1880 d.Feb 1963
       m.Virginia Craddock

7. (6). Warren b.Mar 1883

8. (7). Lizzie M. b.Jun 1885

9. (8). Jennie b.Jan 1888

10. (9). Cisco b.Jun 1891

11. (10). Lovel K. b.Sep 1893

An excellent narrative on George Gibson can be found AT THIS LINK on Linda Fluharty's website. Of note this page includes the following narrative:
Once during the Civil War George Gibson was at the Adam Starcher home on Hughes Run, near Altizer, Calhoun County, and two of Mr. Starcher's sons were also home from service. The men had a "corn-shucking" and the women had a "quiltin," followed by a dance. The Yankees found out about it and surrounded the Starcher house. George jumped out a high window and ran to the hill and escaped.
Victor Starcher, a great-great nephew of George Gibson, in a taped interview, indicates that this incident was related to him by George Gibson himself. This version of the story indicates that they were having a dance at Adam Starcher's house in Altizer. The house was surrounded by Union soldiers and many were taken prisoner. George shoved the Union Captain out the door, jumped out the window, ran through a field to a hiding place while being shot at, making his escape. Victor relates that years later Clarence Starcher found many mini-balls (musket balls) in a nearby field once while plowing.

Mention is also made of George Gibson and Adam Starcher in a page about George Wilson, found AT THIS LINK on Linda Fluharty's website.

Mention is made of George Gibson and his involvement in the Moccasin Ranger raid on Ripley West Virginia AT THIS LINK.

Some discrepancy in the historical record appears here. Victor Starcher relates that George Gibson and others involved in the Ripley raid were captured soon after. Victor relates that George Gibson was tried as a criminal along with Daniel Duskey, sentenced to civilian prison, (on the premise that George Duskey and George Gibson were not members of the regular Confederate army, and thus not subject to be treated as prisoners of war, but rather as common felons), and later ordered released by executive order of President Lincoln . Others involved in this raid were deemed to be soldiers in the Confederate army and were sent to a prisoner of war camp at Camp Chase Ohio. Other accounts indicate that it was Daniel Duskey and a Jacob Varner who were separated from this group and tried as criminals, and that George Gibson was sent with the others to the Camp Chase p.o.w. camp. The Calhoun County Civil War Soldiers page indicates:
GIBSON, George W., [See PHOTO], Co. A, 3rd Virginia State Line (Moccasin Rangers). Member of Daniel Duskey's section of the Moccasin Rangers. Enlisted 15 July 1861 in Calhoun Co., Va. Captured Wirt Co., W.Va. 15 Dec. 1861. 2nd Lieutenant Co. A, 19th Virginia Cavalry. Born Bath Co., Va., 30 Nov. 1840. Resident of Wirt Co., W.Va. Captured 31 Dec. 1861 and imprisoned at Camp Chase. Enlisted Williamsburg, Greenbrier Co., W.Va. 1 Mar. 1863. Not stated if present or absent on muster-in-roll dated March 1863. 2nd Lieutenant by 1 Jan 1864. Paroled at Charleston, W.Va. 11 May 1865, listed as 2nd Lieutenant, no description. Post war resident of Calhoun Co., W.Va. Son of David Gibson. Died Calhoun Co., W.Va. 11 Aug. 1923. Buried Gibson Cemetery, Calhoun Co., W.Va. C.S.A.


Amos Gibson, son of George W. Gibson, is remembered by this writer. He and his wife Virginia lived on Phillips Run near Grantsville. Amos was a merchant in Grantsville, and a preacher. This writer has memories of Amos Gibson preaching on the Spencer radio station up until the time of his death. His theme song was "The Old Rugged Cross." This writer mowed the lawn for Virginia Gibson for several summers after Amos died.


References

Linda Cunningham Fluharty Website lindapages.com
       Calhoun County WVGenWeb, maintained by Linda Cunningham Fluharty
              George and Elizabeth Starcher Gibson Family - Traditional Stories
              The George Wilson Family - Traditional Stories
              Some Civil War Soldiers of Calhoun County
              The Moccasin Ranger raid on Ripley

Don Norman's Family Files
        Descendants of George W. Gibson


Taped interview with Victor Starcher, 1992

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