Biography of John M. Gibson (1855- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 543.

John M. GIBSON. The firm of GIBSON & EASTMAN, dealers in drygoods, clothing, boots and shoes, hats and caps, etc., at Elsberry, Mo., was established in February, 1885. Their stock amounts to about $10,000., and their sales are nearly $40,000 annually. Mr. GIBSON was born in Lincoln County in 1855, and is the youngest of six children. He received the education and rearing of the average farmer’s boy, and remained at home until about fourteen years of age, when he went to New Hope, and began earning his own living. In 1875 he engaged in the saloon business, continuing the same three years, and the two following years sold drugs at New Hope. He came to Elsberry in 1880, and after selling drugs for some time engaged in the grocery business, the firm being known as GIBSON & SHIPP until the present firm was established. He is a successful merchant, and is one of the honest and industrious citizens of the county. He is a Democrat, and a member of the I.O.O.F. He was married in 1878 to Ada B., daughter of John N. HUNTER, and by her is the father of three children. Mr. GIBSON’s parents were Rufus E. and Nancy (STALLARD) GIBSON. They were born in Tennessee and Kentucky in 1820 and 1824, respectively. They came to Missouri when children, and were married about 1843. Mr. GIBSON was a farmer, and was killed at a house raising about 1859. His father was John GIBSON, one of the pioneer settlers of Lincoln County, where he was a prominent man in his day. Mrs. Nancy GIBSON is still living. Her father, James STALLARD, was also one of the early pioneers of Lincoln County, and, although a Democrat in politics, was a strong Union man during the war.

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