October 7, 2021

Lorenzo Gibbs

There a lot of notable people buried at the Old Burying Ground Cemetery and the St.George Catholic Church Cemetery in Framingham. Some are well known more than others.

Over the next few weeks, I'll highlight some headstones of people that have stories that would otherwise go unnoticed.

This week, its all about the Lorenzo Gibbs gravestone in the Old Burying Grounds. It's located near the back left of the cemetery. The writing on the gravestone is slowly disappearing.

Lorenzo Gibbs Grave

Interesting Things I Learned

Lorenzo Gibbs was born on November 10, 1828, in Framingham Massachusetts.

On September 17, 1862, he enlisted in the Forty-fifth Regiment, Massachusetts volunteer militia to help defend the Union in the Civil War. He was 38 when he enlisted. According to military records he was a married farmer when he joined the militia. He was with Company F in the Forty-fifth Regiment.

Military Listing:

Company F

GIBBS, LORENZO, Private. Farmer, age 33, married, Framingham; en. Sept. 17, 1862; m. i. Sept. 26, 1862; m. o. July 7, 1863. Died Feb. 19. 1892.

According to Massachusetts documents he married twice:

In 1857, he married Sarah Elizabeth Sutphen. (1838 - 1880) and they had 4 children.

On November 24, 1875, he married Catherine Elizabeth Bullard of Newton. (November 9, 1829 - February 13, 1900)

Lorenzo Gibbs died on February 19, 1892

Children

George Washington Gibbs - 1857 - 1929

Charles Henry Gibbs - 1860 - 1860

Alzena Frances Gibbs - 1861 - 1871

Hattie Isabell Gibbs - 1868 - 1881

George W. Gibbs is the only family member not buried in Framingham's Old Burying Ground Cemetery. He fought in the Spanish American War. He is buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois,

Some Mystery Around Lorenzo Gibbs

There are some reports that he died on February 18 and other reports that he died on February 19, 1892. The discrepancy can be because of when the death reports arrived in different locations.

Military records show that he died on February 19th, and other records - including his gravestone shows it was February 18th.

Information from this research came from various online family tree websites.

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