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Below is a family biography included in The History of Crawford 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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Alexander Gibson, M. D., a native of Harper’s Ferry, Jefferson Co., Va., was born April 24, 1827. He received his literary education in his native town and at the Charleston Academy, from which he graduated at the age of sixteen. He then began the study of medicine under Dr. William Brewer, and, later, entered the Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, graduating in 1846. Practicing a few years at Point of Rocks, Md., he went to Missouri on a visit. While there he was called upon to administer the estate of his deceased brother-in-law, and then decided to practice in Franklin County. In 1850 he married Haney C. Halbert, who was born in South Carolina in 1834. The young couple settled in the northern part of Crawford County, and in 1855 removed to Steelville, where Dr. Gibson has since been engaged in the practice of his profession. Of the nine children born to their union six are now living. Samuel C. is a practicing physician in California, and the youngest son, Alexander, is also preparing to follow the same profession. Dr. Gibson is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the Rolla Medical Society. His father was a native of Ireland, who came to America when a young man, and for many years was a merchant in Baltimore. In New York City he married Mary A. Cathcart, also a native of Ireland, and their union was blessed by the births of four children. While in Charleston, S. C., on business, the father died of yellow fever. His widow survived until 1865. Both were Old School Presbyterians.

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This family biography is one of 117 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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