Looking for information from the early days. Henry L. Gibson was the son of Elisha S. Gibson and Ann Maria Lewis Gibson. The Gibsons came to Nuckolls county in 1878 and had a farm about two miles due west of Ruskin - a mile or so east of Nora.
Henry L. Gibson, according to a family Bible was born 16 Sep 1861 near Stanford, IL. He came to Nuckolls county with the family in 1878. The 1880 Census mortality schedule says he died of a "lung hemorrhage" in June of 1879. According to http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/nuckolls/NuckollsCemet...
Here is Henry L. Gibson's cemetery record:
Gibson Henry No Date 1879 . . SpC . 7 140
I understand from volunteers who documented the Spring Creek Cemetery (just south of Ruskin) there is no marker for Henry visible at this time, but he was placed in the above record.
The Gibsons were members of the old Ruskin Presbyterian Church and Elisha (Henry's father) was an elder and president of the congregation for a while. Elisha was also active in the masons and in local farmers associations.
What I am looking for is any early history of the area which might shed light on the "lung hemorrhage" - which I am assuming is a massive loss of blood. I understand there were native American uprisings in the area at times. Could that have played a role? Was there an accident with a gun or a piece of farm equipment or was this condition caused by an illness? I understand there was likely no functional newspaper in the immediate area during that year, but I am hoping against hope that there might be some personal histories, church records or stories available which might provide clues to this event.
Unfortunately the details of this event has not been passed down in the family history, so I am hoping others might be able to fill in the details.
The one autobiography from the area I have found is of Oscar Henby - as he married one of Henry's sisters. Unfortunately the events surrounding Henry's death are not mentioned.
Any leads on this event, or other general information about the Gibsons would be welcome.
Thanks in advance.