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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton 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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Alfred P. Gibson is of English and Irish descent, and is a son of William Gibson, who was born in Middle Tennessee, and there married Nancy Beller, a daughter of Moses Beller. Mr. and Mrs. Gibson’s union resulted in the birth of ten children: Moses, James, John, William, Samuel, Andrew, Matthew, Alfred P., Elizabeth and Mary. The father moved with his family to Newton County, Mo., in 1844, where he purchased a farm of 250 acres. He died in 1846. He was an old-time Whig, a slave-holder and a man whom all respected. Alfred P. Gibson was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1827, and came to Newton County when a young man. He married Mahala Lively, of that county, and by her had eight children: William, Thaddeus, Alice, Joseph, John, Nannie, Della, George and Upton, all now living except Alice. Mr. Gibson has a good farm of 160 acres, where he lived for twelve years. He remained at home during the war, and at that period suffered many indignities at the hands of both Federal and Confederate soldiers. His stock was stolen, and at one time he was robbed of $200 Confederate money. In 1866 he moved to his present farm of 273 acres of fine land. His first wife died, and he then married Ella Blankenship, But her death occurred ten months after marriage. Lizzie Warren became his wife in 1882, and they are the parents of one child, Pat. Mr. Gibson is a deacon in the Baptist Church, and in his political views is a Democrat.

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