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Mrs. J.D. Gibson (Catherine D. Wood)
Catherine D. Wood became Mrs. J D Gibson when she married the young Presbyterian minister on 12 September 1838 in Newburgh, NY; his photograph and sketch appear on the previous page. Personal information about Mrs. Gibson is scanty, although we do know that she was born on 20 Oct 1816 in New York, and died there on 19 Jul 1891. She and Rev. Gibson were laid to rest at the South Kortright Cemetery. They had five children: Charles A., John B., Robert P., Margaret A., Forest F., and Ellen C. whose death in 1861 is mentioned in Early Bovina Families and Their Descendants.

The Gibsons lived on the property listed in the 1850 census as Stamford Township, which must surely have been the Parsonage. (Also listed 1860, 1870 & 1880).

Mrs. Gibson - her name recorded as Mrs. C D Gibson - appears to have been everyone’s favorite wedding witness, as a check of her husband’s records from the United Presbyterian Church at South Kortright demonstrates.

Mrs. Gibson’s pose is intriguing: she has a prop, the umbrella. She has also removed the glove of her left hand. At various times in the history of Western portraiture, artists have followed a complicated code of allusions and symbols; in this code, a rose, for example, meant love. According to a simplified list of these symbols presented by the Albany Institute of History and Art, having one glove off means “I am friendly.”

Mrs. Gibson is dressed in visiting clothes of high, though somewhat old-fashioned, elegance. Her poke bonnet with huge bow and high brim (your monitor may or may not show that the brim is embellished with fabric flowers) is a classic hat style dating from the 1840s, as are her sausage curls. She is wearing a dress of some substantial fabric with a modest high collar, gathering at the shoulder seams, and trim or embroidery on the sleeves. More modern is her short coat, called a basque, worn over her dress. A similar basque appears in the Godey’s Ladies Book for September 1855. The edge of the basque is finished with knotted fringe.

The photographers who took Rev. Gibson’s picture - Whiddit & Coffin, at 82 Water Street, Newburgh, NY - also took Mrs. Gibson’s picture, and she, too, is seated by the familiar urn and balustrade.

Please Note: In 2005 this album came into the loving care of Hannah Rich Peters’ and William Blakely Peters’ great-granddaughter, Carolyn Flanders McPherson, and is presented here for the first time. For more detailed information on the photo album and its contents you may view the introduction here.

Patricia and Carolyn have attempted to identify all persons in the album and learn more about them through research of various records. If you can help us identify or add further information to this photo, please contact:
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