Biography of Rufus W. Gibson (1825- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 542.

Rufus W. Gibson, farmer and stock raiser, is a native of Lincoln County, Mo., where he was born March 3, 1825. He was one of a family of four sons and four daughters born to the marriage of Joseph W. GIBSON and Matilda WRIGHT, both of whom had previously been married. The father was of Irish descent, and was born in the "Palmetto State". He was taken to Kentucky when quite young, and there married a Miss HOUSTON, by whom he had six sons and seven daughters. Eighteen hundred and eighteen is the date of his arrival in Missouri. After his wife’s death, he married Rufus W.’s mother. She was born in Kentucky, and there had previously married a Mr. COFHER, by whom she had four children. She was of Scotch-Irish descent. Mr. GIBSON was a soldier in War of 1812, and was justice of the peace for several years. Both were members of the Primitive Baptist Church. Rufus W., their oldest child, received the rearing and education incident to pioneer times. He remained with his father until 1845, when Sarah F. SHEETS became his wife and he began doing for himself. They were in very limited circumstances for a number of years, but he is now doing well financially, and has a pleasant and comfortable home. They are quite extensive travelers, and have seen both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. They are members of the Primitive Baptist Church, and he has always been a stanch Democrat. Mrs. GIBSON is a daughter of Charles and Sarah SHEETS.

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