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George E. Gibbs Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

George E. Gibbs Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • George E. Gibbs, a farmer of Bollinger County, Mo, was born in Burke County, N.C., in 1838, and is a son of Urban C. and Mary S. (Bowman) Gibbs.

    Urban C. Gibbs was born in Burke County, N.C., in 1809.

    He was married in the Old North State in 1837.

    His wife was born in Caldwell County, N.C., in 1815.

    Soon after his marriage Mr. Gibbs located on a farm in his native State, but in 1849 he removed to Missouri and entered some land in Scott County on which he located, it being the ground upon which the town of Morley now stands.

    Mr. Gibbs died soon after coming to Scott County, but his widow lived until 1886.

    They were the parents of seven children, three of whom, George E., Adolphus L. and Mary J. (now the wife of J.H. Bowman), are living.

    George E. attended school but little, but secured a fair education by studying at night by the light of a pine knot.

    He early learned the carpenter's trade, which he still follows at times, but being a natural mechanic, repairs guns, wagons etc., for his neighbors.

    In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, of Col. Jeffrey's regiment (Confederate), and did duty with the State Guards for six months, after which he was mustered into regular service as a heavy artilleryman and was stationed at Columbus, Ky.

    In 1862 he went with his command to Island No. 10, where he was taken prisoner and sent to Camp Douglas at Chicago.

    The next year he was paroled, after which he located at Sparta, Ill., and worked at his trade until 1869, when he returned to Bollinger County.

    For one year he worked at bridge building for the Iron Mountain Railroad, but in the spring of 1870 he purchased and located on his present farm, since which time he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits. [p. 829-830]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 829-830]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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