Posted by: Beth | October 21, 2017

MRIN-19E Mary Ellen Ball

Mary Ellen Ball was born May 27, 1866 most likely near Bloomington in McLean County, Illinois. She was the fifth child born to Robert Gore Ball and Susan Jane Brock. Her family moved to the Foosland, Champaign County, Illinois area the same year she was born. She grew up there, met and married her husband and was raising her children there when she died on January 7, 1895 at the age of 28 from acute Bright’s disease.

She married Stephen F. Gibbens on December 23, 1885 in Champaign County, Illinois. Together they had 4 children; Robert Gibbens (1890-1979), Frank Gibbens (1887-1959), Ethel Mae Gibbens (1892-1973), and Joseph Tracy Gibbens (1894-1968).

Obituary of Mary E. (Ball) Gibbens

Stephen Franklin Gibbens was born on November 2, 1856 in Center Point, Clay County, Indiana to James Gibbens and Sarah Loudermilk. After Mary Ellen’s untimely death, Stephen married Dorothy Mateson, an immigrant from Denmark, on October 6, 1899. They appear together in the 1900 census along with Mary and Stephen’s four children. Tragically, Dorothy died soon after in 1901 at the age of 21 from consumption and was also buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery. There were no children from this union. Stephen married for a third and final time to Emma Pearsons and together they had another 5 children; Clinton, John, Melvin, Evan, Alice, and Francis Gibbens. Stephen died at age 90 on August 14, 1947 in Brown Township, Illinois. He was buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery next to his first wife, Mary Ellen Ball. His third wife, Emma is buried on his opposite side.


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