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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   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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CHARLES GIBSON, SR., retired, post office Gibsonia, is a son of Thomas and Rachel (Dixson) Gibson, and was born in Pine township in 1803. Thomas was a native of Ireland, and immigrated to America about 1800, stopping in Philadelphia for one year, and then moved to Allegheny county, and engaged in farming in Pine township. He was justice of the peace for that township for thirty years, and afterward moved to Allegheny City, where he died in 1864 He was the father of seven children, five of whom still live, viz.: Charles, Eliza (wife of Charles Donnell, of Allegheny), Nancy, Margaret (wife of Washington Collins, of Indiana), and Sarah (wife of Dr. William M. Herron, of Allegheny). Of these Charles is the eldest. He was educated at the schools of his time, and subsequently for several years engaged in farming and distilling on the homestead. At an early age he learned the carpenter’s trade, at which he worked for many years. He was one of the first stockholders in the Butler and Allegheny plank-road, of which he is now manager, and is also president of the Allegheny and Perrysville plank-road. He was one of the earliest stockholders of the P. & W. R. R., and acted as president of that road for several years; has also been engaged in saw-and grist-milling in Richland township for a number of years. He married, in 1841, Elizabeth Logue, daughter of James Logue, of York county, and who died in 1885, leaving four children: Robert (a merchant of Gibsonia), Charles (a farmer of the township), Louisa (wife of John Logan, of Pine township) and Rachel (wife of Clark Alexander, of Cleveland, Ohio). Mr. Gibson has held the offices of supervisor and school director of the township. He moved to his present farm in 1841, and Gibsonia station and post office are named in his honor. In 1861 he engaged in mercantile business at Bakerstown, and continued four years. He is a member of the Cross Roads Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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