Collection 693 - Jackie Gibson Collection

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Jackie Gibson Collection

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CA CCA 693

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49.7cm of Textual Records
42 Maps
28 Photographs
3 Personal Items

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Effie Gibson was born on July 3 1888 in Dumbarton, New Brunswick, the daughter of Augustus Greenlaw and Sarah Simpson. Joseph Gibson was born on August 16 1884 in Chamcook, New Brunswick, the son of George Gibson and Elizabeth Dougherty. He would end up becoming a stonemason. The two married on November 9 1910 in St. Stephen, NB and over the years had a total of eight children, two sons and six daughters. Their six daughters were named Phyllis Gibson, Charlotte Gibson, Elsie Gibson, Ruth Gibson, Shirley Gibson, and Ellen Gibson, all of whom were married with the exception of Charlotte. Their eldest son, born in 1918, was Joseph “Joe” V. Gibson Jr. He became a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, and would do missions in the Bay of Biscay hunting for German U-Boats throughout 1942 and 1943. On September 2 1943 Joe Gibson went missing during a mission and he was presumed dead. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, United Kingdom, among 20,450 other members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who have no known grave. Joe Gibson’s younger brother, John B. Gibson, was born on May 16 1928. Like his father John Gibson was a stonemason, and over the years he contributed to restoration projects throughout St. Andrews and its surrounding area, which included Minister’s Island and the Algonquin Hotel. He was also a member of the St. Andrews Volunteer Fire Department and served on the St. Andrews Cemetery Board. He died on April 7 2010.

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This collection contains correspondences, documents, photos, and other types of material related to Joseph and Effie Gibson and their descendants. Most of the correspondence in this collection concerns Joe Gibson, a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot and oldest son of Joseph and Effie Gibson. Many photos of him and his crewmates, his letters home from overseas, as well as his schoolwork and notes from leaning how to fly an aircraft are also included in this collection. Several items which concern the affairs of John Gibson, Joe Gibson’s younger brother, can be found in this collection. These include correspondences and legal documents related to the estate of Charlotte Gibson, his sister, as well as an agreement between John Gibson and the Canada Railroad Company concerning interest and his land. Most of the personal items and published material in this collection belonged to John Gibson as well, these include publications related to his position as a volunteer firefighter, reports of organizations he belonged to, maps of the Town of St. Andrews, notes related to his work as a stonemason, and other items.

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  • English
  • French

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Some documents in this collection contain personal information restricted under the Archives Act 10(4.1) and are closed until 2051. These records have not been included in this finding aid.

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