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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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W. H. Gibson is a grandson of George M. Gibson, who was born in Tennessee, and there married Ann Elliot, who bore him nine children: Ann, Elizabeth, David E., George N., Eli, John K., Mary A., William M. and Margaret M. In October, 1831, they came to Lawrence County, Mo., being the first white settlers in that county, and probably the first west of Springfield. George M. died in 1848 at the age of fifty-eight years. He was the first sheriff of the county, and was justice of the peace for several terms. His son, David E., was born in Giles County, Tenn., May 29, 1814, and was reared on a farm. He came to Missouri at the age of seventeen, and in 1837 was married to Elizabeth, the daughter of John and Mary (Grimes) Howell, who were early residents of Tennessee, and moved to Arkansas in 1830. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gibson: Mary C., Sarah E., Caledonia, Louisiana, William H., Natie, Lutilia, Martha Lucretia and Rebecca T. Mr. Gibson owned 400 acres of land, and was a Democrat in politics. He and wife were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for thirty-eight years. February 21, 1888, he died at the age of seventy-four years. William H. Gibson, his son, was born on the old homestead in 1850, and spent his early days in following the plow and attending the common schools. In 1874 he was married to Almira E. Allen, who bore him five children: Ida F., Fred E., Lake H., John K. and an infant unnamed. In 1882 Mr. Gibson located on his present farm of 219 acres, and is one of the prosperous farmers of the county. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, and he is a Democrat and a member of the I. O. O. F.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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