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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Yell County, Arkansas published by Southern Publishing Company in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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H. C. Gibson, a farmer and manager of the Western Arkansas Hedge and Wire Fence Company of Dardanelle, is a native of Arkansas, being born September 18, 1848, six miles south of Dardanelle. His father was a native of Kentucky, was born May 24, 1794, and came to Arkansas when eighteen years of age, where he continued to live until his death, which was October 25, 1874. He joined the Presbyterian Church in July, 1869, at the age of seventy-five years. His mother, Nancy (Weburn) Gibson, was of an old family of Conway County, where she was born December 10, 1813. She survived her husband a little over a year, dying in the Christian faith in Dardanelle, November 23, 1875. Our subject was brought up on a farm and received but little schooling, the educational advantages of his youth being very meager. When twenty years of age he accepted a position as clerk in a drug store in his native town, remaining in this store two years, when he married and engaged in farming. He owns 400 acres of good bottom land, 200 under cultivation and well improved. In 1878 he erected a cottage on his property on Mount Nebo, where he spends his summers, and has done much to improve and beautify this lovely resort He has been officially connected with the Arkansas Summer Normal School of Mount Nebo since its organization, serving as director and secretary of the Express Company. On December 18, 1870, he married Miss Alice A. Hawkins, daughter of J. Hawkins, a merchant of Dardanelle. This marriage resulted in the birth of the following children: Carrie May (deceased), Eolin Daisy, Freeman Irby and Gertrude May. Mrs. Gibson was born in Helena, Ark., April 22, 1848, moved to Panola County, Miss., with her parents in 1850, and in 1870 returned to her native State. She joined the Methodist Church when young, and lived a conscientious Christian until her death, which was on December 21, 1888.

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