JOHN C. KIBBY
Wayne County Indiana Justice of the Peacewho solemnized the
MARRIAGE OF JOHN RYAN &SARAH MOORE
August 21, 1838
Although the records show that a marriage license was issued to John andSarah at the Courthouse, which was actually in Centerville at that timeand NOT in Richmond... and that a report was filed in the court docketafter the marriage ceremony by the Justice of the peace, Mr. Kibbey, itis not certain where the actual vows were read and/or the ceremony tookplace.  CLICK HERE tosee the court document again.

For the sake of general interest and curiosity, cousin Andy Sauer undertooksome research on Mr. Kibbey and found that he and his family were quiteinteresting characters.  Andy had a hunch that the name John C. Kibbeywas a prominent one, and somehow envisioned him as a "wise old man" ofsound judgment and good repute.  As you will read below, Andy's hunchwas right!  Also, as you will read, Mr. Kibbey, some 30 years olderthan John Ryan, owned a tavern in Richmond during John Ryan's bachelordays there.  My hunch is that John Ryan might have known Mr. Kibbeythrough this connection also.  Just a hunch!

Nonetheless, the recitation below is the written report from Doris Ashbrookof the the Wayne County Library Reference Section.  It was sent toAndy 8/27/01 in response to a formal query by Andy:



August 27, 2001  ~~  Dear Andy,

The Justice of the Peace John Crane Kibbey wasan early resident of the county and a prominent one.  His father,Ephraim Kibbey was a surveyor and served in the Revolutionary War and roseto the rank of major in command of a company under General "Mad" AnthonyWayne.  Ephraim Kibbey's wife was born a Crane which explains whytheir son John was given her maiden name as his middle name.  JohnC. Kibbey was born in New Jersey on March 17, 1783.

His family moved to Colombia, Ohio in 1788. There he grew to manhood learning the tanner's and currier's trades froma maternal uncle.  In 1812, he purchased 700 acres near Salisburyin Wayne County and 160 acres two miles west of this now non-existent town. Salisbury at the time was the county seat.  He moved here with hiswife in 1813.  He open an tan yard and in 1814 was appointed a justiceof the peace.  Early in the 1820s, he moved to Richmond.  Therehe operated a tavern for a time while still maintaining his other businessinterests and serving as justice of the peace.  It would have beenat this time that he married your ancestors.  He was an avid Democratuntil after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill in 1854.  In 1850,he moved to Illinois where he died in 1856.  He lived long enoughto see and endorse the birth of the Republican Party.

He married a Mary Espy.  They had nine daughtersand one son.  This son, John F. Kibbey, was born May 4, 1826 in Richmond.He lived in Wayne County all of his life.  He became an attorney anda judge and was highly respected and widely know throughout the state. He was politically very active and like his father was a democrat until1854 when he became a Republican.  A protege of Oliver P. Morton,he was active in state affairs during the Civil War.

Most of the county histories devote considerablespace to Judge John F. Kibbey.  These entries usually mention hisfather as they recount Judge Kibbey's antecedents and early life. I can send you copies of these entries for ten cents per page plus ourpostage. The most complete are to be found in the following sources:

Biographical and Genealogical History ofWayne, Fayette, Union, and Franklin Counties, Indiana.
Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1899, Volume I, 133-136.

Fox, Henry Clay.  Memoirs of WayneCounty and the City of Richmond, Indiana.
Madison, WI: Western Historical Association,1912, Volume I, 83, 141, 423; Volume II, 96-98.

History of Wayne County.
Chicago: Interstate, 1884, Volume  I, 491,554; Volume II, 24, 111, 315.

Spahr, Walter E.  History of Centerville.
Richmond, IN: Richmond Wayne County HistoricalSociety, 1966, 9, 10, 45, 49.

Young, Andrew W.   History ofWayne County.
Cincinnati, OH: Robert Clarke, 1872, 84, 100,164, 194, 368, 441.

You should be able to borrow most of these titlesthough your local library's Interlibrary Loan Service either from us orsome other holding library.

I hope this is helpful.    Sincerely,   Doris Ashbrook,  Reference Services
Email: refdept@mrl.lib.in.us


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