Hibbs from Beaver County History Book
F149 by Julia Hibbs Faus McManus
Samuel Robert Hibbs got this from his sister Florence (Hibbs)
Whitten, and his Aunt Mary Whelen Craiger in April 1946 when he and
Florence visited Mary Craiger in Coffeeville Kansas.
I Julia (Hibbs) Faus copied it in the summer of 1946, just a short
time before my father Robert died in Sept. 1946.
Valentine Hibbs was born in Wheeling, WV in 1777.
He married Margaret Lyons and had several children.
His son John Samuel was born in 1808 in Wheeling, WV.
John S was a Quaker minister and a farmer.
About 1830 he married to Amelia Von Buskirk.
They had ten children: twin daughters, Martha and Diela, 1833, twin
daughters, died shortly after birth, 1836; son Wesley, 1839; twin sons
Samuel and Amos, 1844; son, John II, 1846; twin daughters, the mother and
both babies died shortly after birth.
In 1850 John Samuel remarried.
Martha and Dielia both married when they were sixteen years old.
Martha to name named Doyal, and Dielia to Mr. McDivitt.
Dielia took her youngest brother John II to live with her.
In 1853 John-his second wife and baby son Peter, his three oldest
sons, Wesley, Amos, and Samuel, his brothers William and James and their
families left West Virginia and went to Illinois and Iowa.
John settled in Woodford County Illinois and accumulated
considerable amount of land. John
had two more sons and a daughter, Pardon, Asa, and Mary born in Illinois.
Amos and Samuel along with twenty other Hibbs sons, brothers and
cousins jointed the Union Army 1860-1866; they all came home except Ashley
who was killed in 1863.
Amos married Rosa McDonald, daughter of Daniel and Ellen McDonald,
on September 5, 1865. Amos
and Rosa had eleven children: Florence Dell born Illinois 1866; Amos
Clarence born Illinois 1868; Warren Lawrence born Illinois 1869; Byron
born Illinois 1870; Sarah Ellen Born Kansas 1874; Perry Philips born
Kansas 1876; Samuel Robert born Kansas 1879; Jessie Allie born Kansas
1881; Wesley Lloyd born Kansas 1883; Martha Elizabeth born Kansas 1885;
Owen Bernard born Kansas 1890.
John Hibbs set up all his sons in farming in Illinois.
In 1872 they decided to sell out and move to Kansas.
John Hibbs, seven sons and their families, his daughter Dielia son
George McDivitt, another Grandson Doyal, Amos�s wife�s mother and
stepfather Michael and Ellen Whelen, son Daniel McDonald, wife and three
sons and others moved to Kansas. In
1886 four Hibbs brothers, Wesley, Amos, Peter, and Asa moved with their
families to Beaver County Oklahoma.
Julia Hibbs McManus.
From Woodward or NW OK History Book
By Jessie Hibbs Drum
the fifth day of May 1886, Amos and Rosa (McDonald) Hibbs with their
family of eight, five sons, and three daughters, in two covered wagon, one
drawn by a team of horses, the other drawn by a yoke of oxen, a small
bunch of cattle driven behind them, came through the sand hills north of
Beaver City along the old Tascosa Trail, crossed the Beaver River north of
town, and passed rough the city (a sod house and grocery store of Jim
Lane�s on the east side, a rough board box saloon on the west side).
They stopped at the grocery store for a few groceries, and then
proceeded on four miles south and three miles east where they stopped near
the mouth of Cottonwood Creek, where it empties into Clear Creek, a
beautiful place to establish a home.
Her Amos and Rosa spent the remainder of their lives and the family
grew to manhood and womanhood.
Later that spring Amos Hibbs� three brothers came west.
Two of them Wesley and Asa had families.
The other brother Peter was a bachelor.
These families settled on Clear Creek near the present site of
What grieved Amos and Rosa most was that there were no schools or
churches for a long time which the family could attend.
Later that year a large number of people came into the country but
most of those in the country soon drifted on.
However, Beaver grew and by 1888 it did have a school and a church
(the present Presbyterian Church).
The first religious service in the country
was held in Amos and Rosa Hibbs� yard.
Amos, on his way to Beaver on horseback met a Mr. Allen, who was a
gospel minister, and invited him to come to his come and hold services the
following Sunday afternoon. Mr.
Allen accepted. The next two
Mr. Hibbs and one of his sons went horseback carrying the word over the
sparsely settled area of the intended gospel services.
The first school the children were able to attend was in an
abandoned sod house two miles north of their home with Miss Mamie Ashcraft
The next year the children attending this school, in going distance
of Beaver went there to school, leaving those farther away without school
that year. Then a district
was formed, and a sod schoolhouse was built, three and one half miles
southeast of Mr. Hibbs home on Cottonwood Creek where their children got
grammar school. The
successive teachers were Mrs. H.E. Blanchard, Mr. Gene Groves, and Miss
Ada Weir (Mrs. Billy Quinn, now deceased).
Of this family Mrs. Hibbs, �Aunt Rosa,� as she was
affectionately called far and near, died in 1907, and was laid to rest in
Beaver Cemetery. Mr. Hibbs
died in 1910 and was laid to rest beside his wife.
At present three of the family are living: Martha Hinkle of Beaver,
who has spent her life from year one old, near or in Beaver, Mrs. Julia
Faus Hibbs McManus, of Gage OK, descended from Amos and Rosa�s son
Samuel Robert Hibbs, and Jessie Drum of Woodward.
Mrs. Drum spent her lifetime here, until 1961, when because of ill
health, she went to the Odd Fellows home in Checotah, Oklahoma.
At present she resides in Woodward Oklahoma.
Of the Wesley Hibbs family, none are left.
Of the Asa Hibbs family, four children, all born in Beaver County
are living. The other
brother, Peter Hibbs, was killed by a wagon overturning in 1887.
by Jessie Drum