Some documents recorded his name as Francis, others as Franklin.
Residences & events in his life:
6/1880 Crooked Creek Twp, Jasper Co, IL. The census taker recorded him as Frank, 22, a farmer, with older wife Hariet, 34. Step-children were listed as his sons and daughters: Henrietta, 16; Catherine, 12; Henry, 8; male Armanda, 5; and his own daughter,Amanda at 3 mo. All the children were born in IL but both parents were born in TN (Frank was born in IL). Next door was widowed step-mother Malinda.
6/2/1900 Crooked Creek Twp, Jasper Co, IL, where he was listed in the census as a farmer with his wife and 3 teenage children. He was 39 years old, married 20 years to Hattie, 53, who had birthed 9 children but only 5 still survived. In the house were Melvin, 19, Beatrice, 16, and Melissa, 14. Next door were Wm & Allie Rice, cousins perhaps?
4/25/1910 Still there. At census time Frank was recorded at 50, married 30 years to Harriet, who had birthed 6 children, all living. Son Melvin, 27, was still at home. Frank was a general farmer, Melvin was farm laborer.
1/27/1920 Hidalgo, same twp. That year at census time Frank was a 60 year old widower, a general farmer with son Melvin, 35, laborer on the farm, as the only other one in the household.
Same address. At age 72, Franklin M was living with son Melvin's family but still working as a farmer. (It's more likely Melvin's family had moved in with Frank.)
The 1900 census says he was born 11/1860.
His obituary says:
"Franklin Marion Gipson was born November 31, 1859 and departed this life at his home in Hidalgo, Illinois, February 13th, 1923, at the age of 73 years, 3 months and 2 days. he was born near Hidalgo and lived his entire life in that community.
He was married to Harriett A Kilbourn September 15th, 1870. To this union four children were born: Mrs Amanda Reddick of St Jacob, Ill, Melvin Gipson of Hidalgo, Ill, Mrs Beatrice Haight of Greenup, Ill and Mrs Melissa Brown of Champaign. He also leaves one step-son, Henry Kilbourn of Hidalgo, Ill, four grandchildren, Mack Kelly of Calumet City, Ill, Esther Brown of Champaign, Ill, Harry and Tony Gipson of Hidalgo, also nine step-grandchildren, Mrs Madge Willis of Toledo, Ill, Mrs Olive Brown of Greenup, Miss Leota Hampton of Indianpolis, Loren Hampton of Argenta, Ill, Mrs Lola Yelton, Mrs Bonnie Strader and Ira Hampton of Hidalgo, Mrs Hope Crook of St Louis and Mrs Ruth Mondon of Argyle, Ill. He is survived by one sister Mrs Amanda Smith of Champaign and other relatives and many friends to mourn his passing.
He has been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for many years and will be sadly missed by his relatives and many friends because of his pleasant, friendly disposition and neighborly, good will toward all.
Blesses are the dead which die in the Lord.
In paths of peace, with God as Guide,
We tread along life's way.
In paths of light at last we'll walk,
And live with Him for aye.
Funeral services were held at the Hidalgo Baptist church by Rev John spencer and interment was made in the Aten cemetery."
His funeral was held at the Hidalgo Baptist church with Rev John