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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Thomas M. Gibson, farmer, stock raiser and fruit grower, of Laclede County, Mo., was born in Greenbrier County, W. Va., September 25, 1824, and is a son of John and Mary Gibson, who were born, reared and married in Virginia, and there spent their days. Both the paternal and maternal grandparents were born in the “Emerald Isle,” and immigrated to the United States in 1765, locating in Virginia, where they died. Thomas M. Gibson was engaged in farming and stock-raising in his native State until 1880, when, thinking to better his condition, he came to Southwest Missouri, and located in Laclede County, Mo., where he has a fine farm, containing 162 acres, six miles southeast of Lebanon, where he has since made his home. October 8, 1846, he was married to Miss Nancy S. Young, a native of Monroe County, W. Va., by whom he became the father of the following children: Elizabeth (wife of J. H. Campbell), Mary J. (wife of A. A. Fleshman), Sarah Y. (wife of William White), Rosaline (wife of T. R Umphries) and James G. (who married Flora Moffat). In 1862 Mr. Gibson enlisted in the West Virginia volunteer service, and participated in the battles of Lewisburg, Fayetteville and Dry Creek, and served until the close of the war in 1865. Since coming to Missouri Mr. Gibson’s labors have met with good success, and his farm, a portion of which is in a high state of cultivation, is principally devoted to raising corn, wheat and oats. In such a section of country as this is—admirably adapted to the raising of grain, hogs, cattle, sheep, horses, etc.—the energetic citizen is bound to succeed. He is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. His father was twice married, the first union resulting in the birth of four children: Eliza and Jane (who are deceased), Lydia (wife of James W. Boyd) and Thomas M. The following are the children born to the second union: William, Mary, John, Robert and Julia A.

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