Hannah Gibbons (1771-1868) was a meek but truly living minister in the later period of the Society of Friends. Though she forever maintained a low view of herself and her spiritual attainments, she was considered by all to be a pillar in church, traveling in the capacity of a minister well into her eighties, and often being led of the Lord, in old age, to visit hardened prisoners who were condemned to death. She remained spiritually green and fruitful to the very end of her life, and died with a heart full of life, wisdom, and deep spiritual experience at 97 years of age.
The faculties of our aged friend [Hannah Gibbons, at 81 years of age] are remarkably preserved; the staidness and solidity of her spirit are peculiar, and the constant exercise of her mind, trained in the school of Christ and ornamented with the garment of humility, makes her a striking example; showing the efficacy of Divine grace, and the fruits of long dedication to her Lord in the path of self-denial and daily watchfulness unto prayer. We felt nearly united to her, and esteemed it a favor to have such a pillar and watch-woman continued in the militant church, to so late a period of life.- William Evans
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The journal, letters, and religious experiences of Hannah Gibbons, an unassuming but valuable minister in the Society of Friends, who travelled in the work of the ministry well into her eighties, and finished her race still “lively and green” in the ninety-seventh year of her age.
“On the day following, we visited dear Hannah Gibbons, who was in her ninety-fifth year. Truly it was a strengthening, encouraging visit to my mind. She was lively and green in old age, remembered her visit to Ohio made in her eightieth year, and could recollect much that was said and done in our Yearly Meeting at that time.”— Ann Branson