The Death and Burial of Clark Gibson – 1884

I recently received a communication from another genealogist who is studying the Olds family of Québec. Our communication led me to perform a quick search in the Drouin Collection on

On 23 Jul 1884, Clark Gibson died in Sheldon, Franklin County, Vermont. He was buried at Philipsburg, Missisquoi County, Province of Québec on 25 Jul 1884.

The Death and Burial Record of Clark Gibson - 1884

The Death and Burial Record of Clark Gibson – 1884

SOURCE: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montréal, Québec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. Methodist Church of Canada, Philipsburg, Missisquoi County, Province of Québec, 1884. Death and Burial Record of Clark Gibson, recto folio 15.

Click on the image above to enlarge it. Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Death and Burial Record of Clark Gibson. The record reads:


                                 folio fifteen T.M.G.
Died Clark Gibson of the Town of Sheldon
United States on Wednesday July the twenty third
one thousand eight hundred and eighty four
aged sixty one years and was buried
at Philipsburg in Missisquoi one thousand
eight hundred and eighty four friday
July the twenty five in the presence of
subscribing witnesses by me
                                         Saml Leeson
                                              Meth. Min
Saml Olds
William Symms

This record can be found as image 16/21 in the Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 on in the records for Philipsburg (Methodist Church) 1884. The record appears on recto folio 15 (the front of folio 15).

This particular record is from the civil transcript of the church record. At the top of each page are the initials “T.M.G.” and “D.C.C.C.”, standing for Thomas M. Gough, Deputy Clerk for the Circuit Court. The full name and title of the Deputy Clerk were provided on the first folio of this record book.

The Clark Gibson named in this record was the grandfather of Clark Gibson, the husband of my Aunt Sophie (Danko) Gibson. He was also the husband of Maryette Olds, daughter of Willard Olds and Hannah Eliza Shults.

I am not entirely certain of the first name of the first witness. I have transcribed it as Saml (Samuel), but it could be something else.

Finally, a couple of interesting coincidences:

  • the Clark Gibson in this record died in 1884. His grandson and namesake Clark Gibson died in 1984, a full century later;
  • the grandson Clark Gibson was born in 1894 and died in 1984, so his years of birth and death are anagrams of each other.

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