There was a Martha Gibson James, born about 1902 according to her 1955 death certificate. Her parents were Melton Gibson and Amelia Spencer Gibson. She and her parents lived in Sumter Co SC. Is this the family you are looking for?
Melton and Amelia Gibson had a son named Luke born 1886-88,who lived with his mother at least through 1940
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