Ruth Theobald

1 September 1850–28 April 1926 (Age 75)
Newport, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Ruth

When Ruth Theobald was born on 1 September 1850, in Newport, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, William Theobald, was 37 and her mother, Martha Lane, was 33. She married Joseph Smith Gibson on 14 September 1867, in Gila, Arizona, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Duncan's Retreat, Washington, Utah, United States in 1870 and Yavapai, Arizona, United States in 1880. She died on 28 April 1926, in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Smith Gibson
Ruth Theobald
Marriage: 14 September 1867
Martha Mary Gibson
William Washington Gibson
Joseph George Gibson
Charlotte Ruth Gibson
Arthur Alpine Gibson
Robert Gibson
Bert Gibson
Creta Gibson
Leona Gibson
Ada Capitola Gibson
Ida Gibson
Lenora Gibson

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 September 1867Gila, Arizona, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1854 · The Crimean War
    Age 4
    The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.
    Age 13
    Arizona Territory
    1878 · Early Settlers Arrive in Mesa
    Age 28
    George W. Sirrine, Charles I. Robson, Charles Crismon, and Francis M. Pomeroy broke ahead of the Mesa Company to determine the permanent location for the new settlers. They arrived to Ft. Utah in Arizona on December 1877. The remainder of the nine families of the Mesa Company arrived on February 14, 1878. The company moved five miles upstream to utilize an ancient canal. The townsite was known as Mesa City.

    Name Meaning

    German and English: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements theud ‘people, race’ + bald ‘bold, brave’. The English surname represents a learned form, re-created from French Théobald. The usual medieval forms of the name in English and German were Tebald and Tibalt (Old French Teobaud, Tibaut). Compare Dewald and Diebold .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight


    AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM THEOBALD I, William Theobald, born at Freshwater, Isle of Wight, England, March 31, 1813. My Father's name was John Theobald, who was born in Feversham, Kent, England, in t …

    Sources (23)

    • Ruth Theobald in entry for Martha Cole, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Ruth Gibson in household of Joseph Gibson, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Ruth Theabald Gibson, "Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951"

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