Ellen Virginia Gibson

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Project Name:

Project Name:
Kentucky Woman Suffrage

Name of Historic Site:

Name of Historic Site:
Richmond Cemetery

Event(s)/Use associated with woman/group/site:

Event(s)/Use associated with woman/group/site:
Burial place of Ellen Virginia Bates Gibson (1845-1922)

County:

County:
Madison

Town/City:

Town/City:
Richmond

Zip Code:

Zip Code:
40475
Street Address: 
606 E Main Street

Associated Organization:

Associated Organization:
Richmond Cemetery

Years of Importance:

Years of Importance:
1880-1894
1894-1912
1912-1920
Geographic Location: 
Your Affiliation: 
Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project

Additional Comments:

Additional Comments:

Ellen Virginia Bates Gibson (January 1845 - 4 May 1922) was an officer in the Kentucky Equal Rights Association, serving in many capacities including as the Superintendent of the Bible Study Department from 1897 through 1905 when the office was abolished. For many years, at least until 1914, she served as the corresponding secretary for the Madison County ERA. Her husband, William Gibson died in 1884 and as a widow she fell into debt, mortgaging her farm and stately home called Ellendale Hall. Tenent farmers put the entire farm under the plow and rarely used cover cops during the winter to keep the soil fertile. After her death in 1922, the farm was purchased by Eastern Kentucky University and Ellendale Hall was used as a dormitory then a counseling center before it was razed in 2000. Ellen Gibson died at her home Ellendale and was buried near her husband in the Richmond Cemetery, Section F, Lot 65.


Reference source of Information:

Reference source of Information:
"New Stateland Farm," 167-168 in Three Decades of Progress: Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College, ed. Jonathan T. Dorris, Eastern Kentucky Review XXIX (May 1936) no. 1. https://archive.org/details/threedecadesofpr00dorr/page/166 Kentucky ERA Journals ... 1897, and ... 1898. <https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt7z348gj77j_1#page/4/mode/1up>; Minutes ...1901. <https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt7pk06x0q53_1#page/2/mode/1up>; Minutes ... 1903. <https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt7jsx647g1g_1#page/2/mode/1up>; Minutes ... 1904 <https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt7f1v5bg67f_1#page/2/mode/1up>; Minutes ... 1905 <https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt798s4jpz60_1#page/2/mode/1up>; Reports ... 1910 and ... 1911. <https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt7nk9315j60_1#page/37/mode/1up>; Report ... 1914. <https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt78cz325071_1#page/23/mode/1up>