Farmer and stock-raiser; Little York, Sumner Township, is of that virile and progressive Scotch stock which has left its impress upon civilization and education generally throughout the country. His great grandfather came from the "land of the thistle" to Maryland at an early date, locating in Washington County. Later he removed to Pennsylvania, and his son, Archibald Gabby, was born and passed his life on a farm near Chambersburg. Archibald Gabby married Agnes Brownlee, a native of Scotland, and their son, Archibald C. Gabby, was born near Chambersburg, Penn. The latter married Jane Giles, a native of Preble County, Ohio, whose grand father, James Giles, was born in South Carolina.
John C. Gabby, the immediate subject of this sketch, was born in Sumner Township, April 21, 1857, where his father, who was born November 3, 1816, died February 8, 1864, and where his mother passed away in 1875. Archibald C. Gabby settled in Sangamon County, Ill., in 1837 or 1838, and improved a farm there, which he eventually sold, removing to Sum ner Township, Warren County, where he became the owner of two hundred and forty acres of land in Section 10.
Mr. Gabby was only seven years old when his father died, and his mother having died when he was eighteen, he was obliged at an early age to assume all the responsibilities of life. He has one brother and one sister. The former, James Gabby, is Post master at Little York, and the latter, Mrs. Amanda McConnell, lives near Dubuque, Iowa. He bought the interest of the other heirs in his father's estate, and is now the owner of two hundred and fifty acres of land, well improved and well equipped for successful farming and stock-raising, and he deals extensively in cattle and hogs.
In politics he is a Republican, and he has served his fellow-citizens long as school director, and is now filling the office of Supervisor of his township. He was married March 17, 1881, to Miss Mary Moore, of Sumner Township, who was born November 17,1859, a daughter of John G. and Nancy J. (Donnell) Moore. Mrs. Gabby's father was born in Ohio, her mother in Westmoreland County, Penn., They came early in life to Sumner Township, where they were married February 3, 1858. Mr. Moore, who was long a farmer, is now in the live-stock commission business in Chicago. Mrs. Moore, who was born April 16, 1837, died in that city, February 24, 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Gabby, who have children named Louis G. and Maud S., are members of the United Presbyterian church.