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David Gibbs

May 22, 1788
March 16, 1840
Home Town:
Norwalk, CT
Later Residences:
Norwalk, OH
Elizabeth Lockwood Gibbs (1815)
Biographical Notes:
David Gibbs wife, Elizabeth Lockwood, was the daughter of Stephen and Sarah [Betts] Lockwood of Norwalk, CT. In 1815, Gibbs and his brother-in-law, Henry Lockwood, went to the newly opened western territory in Ohio. The trip from Norwalk at that time took them ten weeks to make. They briefly returned to Connecticut, and then made the returntrip to Ohio with their families. Gibbs and his family were one of the first to settle Ohio. The journey took Gibbs, Lockwood and their families ninety-five days, and Gibbs had both his five year old daughter Eliza and three year old son David making the difficult trek. Soon after they reached Ohio, his young son David died. The Gibbs family lived in a two room log cabin with the Lockwood family. As one of the few lawyers in this newly settled territory, Gibbs had a successful legal and political career. He died in Norwalk, Ohio.

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Profession / Service
Local Posts:
Justice of the Peace (OH)
Clerk of the County (OH) 1825-1840

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Ledger. "Journals of the Barr - Litchfield County." Litchfield Historical Society; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 7.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1808, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Williams, William W. History of the Fire lands. Cleveland, Ohio: Press of Leader Printing Co., 1879.

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