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Roberta Fleming Gibson, b.1880 Mich., d/o Rev. James Patterson & Annetta (Fleming) Gibson -m. Robert Marshall Work

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Roberta Fleming Gibson, b.1880 Mich., d/o Rev. James Patterson & Annetta (Fleming) Gibson -m. Robert Marshall Work

Posted: 1319690754000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1319690849000
Surnames: Fleming, Gibson, Patterson, Hindman, Work, McClean, Brown, Ford, Campbell, Stewart, Shawkey, Witherspoon, Bailar, Dormire, Grove, Rarie, Baylor, McCall, Hogg, Stevenson, Ewing, Tillotson, Aul, Riddle, Trimble, McCreery, Briggs, Craven, Armstrong, Getty, McClain, Horn, Scroggs
Roberta Fleming Gibson, b. 1880 Mich., dau of Rev. James Patterson & Annetta (Fleming) Gibson -m. Robert Marshall Work

from a book found on – not in my line as far as I know

Title: Work family history: twelve generations of Works in America, 1690-1969
Authors: Hamilton, Von Gail
City of Publication: Park City, Utah
Publisher: Publishers Press
Date: 1969
Page Count: 614
Notes: Publisher and imprint date taken from LC copy
Maps on lining papers.
Includes bibliographical references and index
ill., facsims., maps, ports.
Reel/Fiche Number: Genealogy and local history; G1819
Subject Headings: Work family--- Works family--- Wark family
Primary Family Name: Work family

James Work, son of William and Miriam (Scroggs) Work; b. 2 Mar 1795, near Big Spring, Cumberland Co., Pa.; d. 14 Aug 1860; m. Mary Horn Ewing, who was b. 15 July 1799, of East Mahoning township, Indiana Co., Pa.; d. 14 Jan 1885, dau. of James and Mary (Horn) Ewing. James and Mary lived on the Ewing farm.
1. William Scott Work, b. 1 July 1820; d. Nov 1822

2. James Ewing Work, b. 24 Apr 1822; d. 3 Apr 1847, a graduate of Washington College; d. while a law student

3. Mary Horn Work, b. 8 July 1824 in Mahoning township, Indiana Co., Pa; d. 27 Aug 1860; m. 17 Dec. 1846 to William G. McCreery, who was b. 4 July 1821 of East Mahoning two., Indiana Co., Pa, and d. abt. 1912, son of William and Margaret (McClain) McCreery.

4. John Scroggs Work, b. 11 July 1826; d. 23 Oct. 1827

5. William Alexander Work, b. 28 Aug 1828 in Mahoning township, Indiana Co., Pa; d. 7 May 1883; m. (1) 8 Apr 1851 to Phoenia Briggs, who was b. May 1829 (or 29 Apr) of South Mahoning twp. Indiana Co., Pa., d. 5 Aug. 1857, who was the dau. of Jean (Craven) Briggs. William m. (2) 11 Jan 1860 to Maria Stewart, sister of Lena, who was b. 28 June 1826 and d. 11 Mar 1911, dau. of John Kerr and Elizabeth Hindman (Armstrong) Stewart. John Kerr Stewart was the son of William and Margaret (Getty) Stewart, who came to America from Ireland about 1792. William and Maria are both buried at the Mahoning United Presbyterian Church graveyard in Indiana County, Pa.

6. Miriam Work; b. 15 Mar 1831; d. 28 May 1831

7. Sarah Work, b. 25 June 1832 at Dilts Mills, Pa (Georgeville, Pa.); d. 5 Dec 1897 at Hepburn, Iowa; m. 8 Oct 1856 in Indiana Co., Pa. to Abner Davis Briggs, who was b. 19 Feb 1832, Plumville, Pa., and d. 24 Jan 1898 near Hepburn, Iowa. He was the son of Samuel and Jane (Craven) Briggs and the grandson of Benjamin and Mary (Davis) Briggs. Benjamin was a Capt. in the Revolution as was also his brother, Samuel, whose dau. Jean, m. Col. Richard Todd of Kentucky and became the mother of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln.

8. Josiah Work, b. 1 Mar 1835; in Indiana Co., Pa.; d. 12 Dec 1909 at Fort Morgan, Colo.; m. (1) 22 July 1862 to Sarah A Hindman, who was b. 11 Apr 1838; d. 22 Jan 1886, dau of Rev. John and Rachel (Stevenson) Hindman of Dayton, Pa.

9. John Harvey Work, b. 3 Aug 1837; d. 26 Nov. 1920; m. (1) 1 Sep 1864 two weeks after his discharge (a teacher, and a private during the Civil War, wounded at Fair Oaks and Ft. Stephens), to Jane McCreery, who was b. 27 Sep 1840 and d. 26 Apr 1878, dau. of James and Isabel McCreery of East Mahoning twp, Indiana Co., Pa. John m. (2) 26 Dec 1883 to Margaret Trimble of White twp, who was b. 7 Apr 1846; d. 12 Nov 1932 and was the dau. of Thomas Trimble

10. Louisa Anna Work, b. 28 June 1840; d. 26 Feb 1896; m. 30 Oct 1873 at Georgeville, Pa. to Samuel Layne Aul, who was b. 3 Dec 1851 and d. 8 Oct 1921 at Georgeville, Pa. He was the son of Henry and Margaret (Riddle) Aul. Samuel Aul was in lumbering and farming and also Associate Judge of Forest Co., Pa. He died at either Blawnox or Aspinwall, Pa. He was m. (2) 22 Mar 1899 at Hazen, Pa. to Gertrude Alice Tillotson

11. Isabella Coyle Work, b. 13 Jan 1843; d. 6 Jan 1850

James Work moved with his parents in 1798 or 1799 to Westmoreland County, near Squirrel Hill, Ligonier Valley; then came with his parents on pack horses to Indiana County in 1804, and settled on the old Work farm where the other children were born and Elijah Ireland Work died. William Work was not a wealthy man, and James and his brother, Alexander worked two summers near Ebensburg, on the turnpike leading from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, earning money to pay for the farm on which the Work family was raised.

Mary Horn Ewing’s family had settled in the eastern part of Pennsylvania in the colonial days and it was twenty years after the new America had opened out the region west of the Alleghenies before they left their home there. In 1804, when she was five years old, the family (father, mother and two children) made the journey through the mountains and settled in the Mahoning country, on the little Mahoning Creek, where he started a flour mill, a saw mill, a woolen mill, and a distillery.


Josiah Work, son of James and Mary Horn (Ewing) Work; b. 1 Mar. 1835, Indiana Co., Pa.; d. 12 Dec 1909, Fort Morgan, Colorado; m. (1) 11 July 1862, Sarah A. Hindman, who was b. 11 Apr 1838; d. 22 Jan 1886, dau. of Rev. John and Rachel (Stevenson) Hindman of Dayton, Pa.

1. Mary Elizabeth Work, b. 7 May 1863 at Georgeville, Pa; d. 28 Oct 1936 at Manchester, England; m. 21 July 1892 in Assiut, Egypt to Hope Waddell Hogg, archeologist and philologist, who was b. 19 Aug 1863. Children: Margaret Hindman Hogg, b. 15 Oct 1894 in Edinburg, Scotland; d. 3 Aug. 1935 and Winifred Hope Hogg, b. 3 Dec. 1898 in Oxford, England Hope Hogg in 1903 was appointed to the new chair of Semitic Languages and Literatures; d. 15 Feb 1912 in Manchester, England. She was an Arabic scholar.

2. Thomas Scroggs Work, b. 19 Dec 1864 at Georgeville, Pa; d.14 Dec 1940 at Ft. Morgan, Colo; m. 22 May 1894 at Redclyffe, Pa., to Della Baylor, dau. of Daniel and Elizabeth Jane (McCall) Baylor. Della was b. 10 June 1869 at DuBois, Pa., d. 13 Dec 1920 at Ft. Morgan, Colorado

3. John Cree Telford Work, b. 2 Apr 1867 at Georgeville, Pa; d. 9 Dec 1949 Pacific Palisades, Calif; m. 30 Dec 1892 to Mary Beatrice Brown, b. 17 Apr 1872 at DuBois, Pa., d. 10 Feb 1956 at Fresno, Calif, dau of Arch and Mary (Ford) Brown

4. Jeremiah Calvin Work, b. 5 Nov 1869 at Georgeville, Pa; d. 2 Apr 1960 at Ft. Morgan, Colo; m. 23 June 1897 to Martha Lynne Rarie at Redclyffe, Pa. She was b. 12 Apr 1876 in Jefferson Co., Pa; d. 15 Sep 1957 at Ft. Morgan, dau. of William H. and Nancy Anna (Grove) Rarie

5. Rachel Ella Work, b. 26 Mar 1872 (twin); at Georgeville, Pa; d. 31 Oct 1933 at Denver, Colo; m. 12 June 1897 in Denver, Colo. to John Christian Bailar, who was b. 23 Mar 1865 at Mason Co., Ill, d. 13 Sep 1949 at San Luis Obispo, Calif., son of Lewis and Margaret (Dormire) Bailar.

6. Anna Belle Work, b. 26 Mar 1872 (twin); at Georgeville, Pa; d. 15 Mar 1949 at Charleston, W.Va.; m. 15 June 1903 at Ft. Morgan, Colo. to Dr. Arthur Anderson Shawkey, who was b. 23 Aug 1870 at Sigel, Pa., son of George and Anna Elizabeth (Witherspoon) Shawkey, and still makes his home in Charleston, W. Va.

7. Ruth Adella Work, b. 5 Sep 1874 at Enterprise, Pa. As a girl she decided to spend her life in missionary service, and did so in Egypt

8. James Ewing Work, b. 17 Nov 1876 in Enterprise, Pa.; d 23 Nov 1956 at Ft. Morgan, Colo; m. 13 June 1901 at Newburgh, N.Y. to Mary Elizabeth Stewart who was b. 25 July 1877 at Clarinda, Iowa, d. 9 Dec. 1949 at Denver, Colo, dau. of Rev. Albert Struthers and Charlotte Elizabeth (Campbell) Stewart

9. Robert Marshall Work, b. 17 June 1878 in Enterprise, Pa.; d. 27 Jan 1930 in Des Moines, Iowa; m. 9 June 1909 at Ft. Morgan, Colo., to Roberta Fleming Gibson, who was b. 29 May 1880 at Birmingham, Mich., dau of Rev. James Patterson and Annetta (Fleming) Gibson. Children born at Ft. Morgan, Colorado, last child b. at Monmouth, Ill.
..a) Robert Marshall Work, Jr., b. 23 Apr 1910
..b) Raymond Phidelah Work, b. 27 July 1911
..c) Emma Gibson Work, b. 2 Jan 1913
..d) James Richard Work, b. 20 Sep 1918
..e) Mary Esther Work, b. 14 Oct. 1920

10. Sarah Josephine Work, b. 24 Apr 1883 at Enterprise, Pa.; d. 3 Dec 1967 in Stockton, Calif; m. 9 June 1911 in Montara, Calif. to Archibald Alexander Brown who was b. 19 June 1884 in DuBois, Pa.; d. 27 Nov 1955 (or 26 Nov 1954) at Berkeley, Calif, son of Archie and Mary (Ford) Brown

Josiah Work md. (2) July 1889 to Jennie McClean of Sharpsburg, Pa., who was b. 22 July 1849 and d. 6 Mar 1938. Children: b. Redclyffe, Pa.
1. William McClean Work, b. 7 Dec 1890
2. Margaret Louisa Work, b. 24 July 1894; d. 2 Sep 1895


(The following info from his son, James Ewing Work, about 1955)
“Josiah Work was born on what was known as the Ewing farm. We speak of it as the ‘old Home down the Creek’… In 1860 he bought from his father the farm on which he was raised consisting of 222 acres for $3500 with the proviso that he would care for his parents for their life…Josiah’s opportunities for schooling were limited to four short terms in a one room rural school but he was an educated man of his generation as he used his eyes and ears on every occasion, whether in a book or in a conversation with those with whom he traveled or in attending meetings…In politics Josiah was early a Greenbacker but with the birth of prohibition party, he was an ardent supporter and early allied himself with the WCTU…”

(The following info from his son, McClean Work)
“Josiah Work came to Colorado in 18997 from Western Pennsylvania. He had spent all his life in the lumber business in Indiana and Forest Counties, Pa., with different partners and varying success. The last company had been known as ‘Josiah Work and Sons,’ the sons being Thomas S. Work and J. Calvin Work. By 1897 most of the timber in the plot owned by the company had been cut off, and Josiah was suffering from bronchial trouble that was aggravated by his work in the damp Pennsylvania forests. He was attracted to Colorado by the fact that another son, Cree T. Work, was on the faculty of what was then the Greeley Normal School, and by the presence of his cousin, Dr. Hubert Work, later Secretary of the Interior under President Coolidge, at Pueblo… Josiah Work did not move to Fort Morgan in 1897, largely because there was no United Presbyterian Church in the town at that time, but purchased a home in Greeley… commuting from Greeley to Fort Morgan via horse and buggy… the Presbytery did not feel justified in authorizing the funds necessary to start a new congregation with so little hope of success… the senior Work with his own funds built a small brick church building, persuaded Dr. J.P. Gibson of Tarkio, Missouri, to come as pastor and organized a congregation. He went to the next meeting of the Presbytery and told them that he had a church building, free from debt, erected on a lot which would provide for expanding the building and still have a space on which to build a parsonage; that he had a United Presbyterian minister with a year’s salary deposited in a local bank and a congregation of 36 members, with four ordained elders. He didn’t tell them that 22 of those members were Works and that 12 of the other 14 members worked for him. The new church was duly organized with their reluctant blessing of the Colorado Presbytery…”

(The following info from Edward Hellstern in the Ft. Morgan Times on 9 June 1953)
“Being possessed of great foresight, he at once grasped the possibility of transforming the dry Fort Morgan flats to good farmlands by irrigation. With that end in view, he organized and helped finance the Bijou Canal and reservoir and later also the great Empire reservoir and thus made possible the present great Bijou Irrigation District and the rich farms now contributing to the wealth of Fort Morgan.”

(The following info from his son, McClean Work)
“On the night of December 11, 1909, this old pioneer called his four sons who lived in Fort Morgan: Thomas, Calvin, James and Robert, and asked them to come to the house. He sat at his desk and asked Robert, who was a practicing attorney to make a list of his holding as he described them. From memory he listed some 40 pieces of property in Pennsylvania and Colorado, describing each as to its location and size. He had previously sent each of the eleven living children a deed to 80 acres of land. Much of this land was god only for pasture. He had Robert draw up articles of incorporation for what was to be known and The Work Land and Coal Company, of which is his wife was to own one-half, and each of the eleven children one twenty-second. He signed the necessary papers and they were witnessed. It is remarkable that in the following years, it was discovered that this inventory from memory had omitted only one item, three shares of stock worth about $300. After the papers of the new corporation had been signed and witnessed, Mr. Work got out the Bible, as was his custom each night, read a chapter, having previously asked Mrs. Work to join the five men and then all knelt as he led them in prayer. The sons went to their homes and Mr. and Mrs. Work retired for the night. He went directly to sleep, a sleep from which he awaked in another land.”

Robert Marshall Work, son of Josiah and Sarah (Hindman) Work; b. 17 June 1878 in Enterprise, Pa.; d. 27 Jan 1930 in Des Moines, Iowa; m. 9 June 1909 at Ft. Morgan, Colo., to Roberta Fleming Gibson, who was b. 29 May 1880 at Birmingham, Mich., dau of Rev. James Patterson and Annetta (Fleming) Gibson. Children born at Ft. Morgan, Colorado, last child b. at Monmouth, Ill.
1. Robert Marshall Work, Jr., b. 23 Apr 1910
2. Raymond Phidelah Work, b. 27 July 1911
3. Emma Gibson Work, b. 2 Jan 1913
4. James Richard Work, b. 20 Sep 1918
5. Mary Esther Work, b. 14 Oct. 1920

Robert Marshall Work joined his father in Colorado after completing work at Westminster College. He entered Colorado College and was graduated there in 1903. He studied law, was admitted to the Colorado bar in 1907. A partnership was formed with L.C. Stephenson, who later became district judge. In 1916 Mr. Work went into partnership with George C. Twombly. He has served as member of the city council, deputy district attorney, district attorney, counsel of Morgan County National Bank, and was interested in numerous businesses and farms. He later moved to Monmouth, Ill, where he was an officer and general attorney of Bankers Life Insurance Co., of Ill. He was an active member of the Second United Presbyterian Church of Monmouth, serving as an Elder, and as teacher of a Bible Class of some sixty members. Various civic and social organizations have gained from his active participation.

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