KIMBOLTON -- William Harrison Gibson (1770), Nancy Larrison Gibson (1772) and descendants have been named the grand marshals of the Kimbolton Homecoming Festival set for Aug. 22-23.

The Gibsons moved from what is now St. Clairsville, where he had kept a hotel. In 1806, he bought 2-1/2 sections of land from the U.S. government in what is now Liberty Township in Guernsey County. In 1807, they moved their family by horseback and canoes to the land he had purchased the year before the banks of Wills Creek, naming it Liberty.

He was the first white man to settle in Guernsey County. He and his wife, Nancy, who was an Indian, had 13 children.

William was an industrious farmer, and became prosperous and active in all matters, looking to the good of the community.

Naphtali Luccock, who had a store in Plainfield, decided to move his family and started for Zane's Trace in Cambridge when his wagon broke down in Liberty. John, oldest son of William, offered him a cabin and two town lots for the horse and broken wagon, provided he would open a store in the town.

Luccock, who was born in Kimbolton, England, suggested that they change the town name from Liberty to Kimbolton because there were already several towns named Liberty.

Luccock became a successful merchant and turned his business over to his sons where he retired in 1860. He died in 1868.

Some of the pioneer families to follow were: Joseph Bell, James Bell, Robert Forsythe, James Beggs, Joseph McMullen, R.R. Miller, and Isaac Crow and their families. The population of Kimbolton in 1830 was 410.