HIBBS was born in New Jersey around 1854 to John and Sophia
Hibbs. The family was living in Camden's South Ward when the
Census was taken in 1860 and 1870. When the Census was taken in
1870 the family consisted of John and Sophia Hibbs and their
children Matilda, John, Mary, Virginia, and George B. Hibbs.
Older sister Amanda was not living at home by this point.
J. Hibbs' father was a shoemaker, and he taught his son the
trade, which he followed on occasion. The City Directories show
him at 438 Cherry Street in the late 1870s.
1880 Census shows John J. Hibbs and his wife Barbara living with
their one year-old son George B. Hibbs at 348 Joint Alley. The
1881-1882 Directory gives an address of 921 South 4th Street. By
April of 1882 he had moved to 422 Lawrence Street, where
according to Directories he remained into 1884.