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John Gibson died 1829 in Georgia. He married Unknown on Abt. 1775.

 Includes NotesNotes for John Gibson:
John Gibson was married at least two times. We do not know the name of his first wife, the mother of his five children, but his last wife was Clarissa "Clary" Mathews Butt, widow of William Butt.

There is a common misconception that this John Gibson was married to Fanny Flewellen, daughter of Abner Flewellen. This misconception seems to first appear in 1902 in a letter published without signature in the "Historical Collections of the Joseph Habersham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume II," at page 435. The author of the letter makes the following claim:

"John Gibson, son of Gideon Gibson, moved from Cheraw, S.C. in
1775, and settled on a plantation which he had purchased in what
afterwards became Warren county. At the beginning of the
Revolutionary War, he enlisted in one of the companies being
organized in that section. In 1779, while his company was not in
active service, he procured a furlough and returned to his home and
married Miss Fannie Fleuellen, daughter of Captain Abner Fleuellen,
February 22, 1779. After remaining with his bride a few days, he
returned to his command and fought through the Revolution, and at its
close returned to his home, where, by good management, he
accumulated quite a fortune. In the winter of 1807 he suffered a very
great loss in the death of the wife of his youth. He remained single
until January 7, 1809, when he married Miss Elizabeth Dozier, with
whom he lived very happily until her death, June 2, 1812. In 1814 he
was again married to Mrs. Clara Butts, widow of William Butts, and
mother of the late William M. Butts, of Atlanta. Mr. Gibson died in
1839 in the 80th year of his age. Mrs. Clara Butts Gibson died July 4,
1842. The records of Warren county show that Mr. Gibson became
quite prominent in the affairs of the county."

While we do not know the name of John Gibson's first wife, we do know it was not a daughter of Abner Flewellen. Abner Flewellen is buried in the Flewellen-Holt Cemetery in Bibb County, Georgia. His tombstone bears the following record: "Abner Flewellen Died August 15, 1815 Aged 55 Yrs. (Born 1760) He Was a Virtuous Citizen, a Revolutionary Soldier, and For 13 Yrs. a Member of the M. E. Church." His obituary likewise substantiates an age of 55 years at death. It would not have been possible for a man 19 years of age (his age in 1779) to have a daughter of age to marry. In fact, Abner was not married in 1779 and was residing in Halifax County, North Carolina rather than Georgia. The Flewellen family remained in Halifax County, North Carolina until after 1790.

Fanny Flewellen did marry John Gibson, however, it was John Jr., not Sr. The marriage of John Gibson and Fanny Flewellen is recorded in the Marriage Records of Warren County, Georgia, and occurred on February 22, 1800, not 1779. Frances "Fanny" Flewellen was the daughter of Taylor Flewellen and wife, Sally Burt, not the daughter of Abner (her uncle). While we do not know the exact date of her birth, from obituaries and census records we know that she was born during the year 1782. She did not die in 1807 as stated in the Habersham letter, but lived until January 16, 1855 operating a hotel in Clinton, Georgia from the death of her husband in 1820 until her death.

The guardianship records of Warren County, Georgia prove that Frances Flewellen was the daughter of Taylor Flewellen. In the first book of Inferior Court Transactions, Guardian Bond, Administrations, Etc, page 5, John Mathews was appointed as guardian to Eaton Fluellen, Fanney Fluellen, Stephen Fluellen, and Taylor Fluellen, orphans of Taylor Fluellen, deceased, dated 18 July 1797. There are numerous transactions relating to the guardianship of these children throughout the records. On 14 Feb. 1805, John Gibson was appointed as guardian of Taylor Flewellen, to replace as guardian Shadrach Flewellen who had replaced John Mathews. Court of Ordinary Miscellaneous Records 1794-1818, page 161. The relationship to the Burt family is shown in the Deed Records of Halifax County, North Carolina, Book 23, page 288: the heirs of Joseph Burt, deceased sold certain property by deed dated 1 May 1812. Among the devisees of Joseph Burt were Eaton Fluellen, Taylor Fluellen, and John Gibson & his wife Frances, their mother Sally Burt Flewellen having died prior to her father's death. According to the deed, John and Frances Gibson resided in Jones County, Georgia, executed the deed in Jones County, Georgia, and Frances was examined in court in Jones County, Georgia to verify that she willingly agreed to the sale.

In the Clinton Cemetery, at "Old Clinton," Jones County, Georgia, there is a walled Gibson family plot. Buried in the enclosed plot are John Gibson, Frances Gibson, their daughter Julia A. F. Gibson, and a daughter-in-law and granddaughter of John and Frances. Buried just outside the enclosure is their son Abner F. Gibson and Frances' brother, Taylor Flewellen. John's tombstone states that he was born in 1778, died January 2, 1820. Frances' states that she died January 16, 1855. Julia's states that she was born in 1815 and died September 17, 1835. Abner's states he was born May 23, 1806 and died Aug. 8, 1843. Taylor Flewellen's reveals he was born in 1793 and died in 1833. [SEE NOTES FOR JOHN GIBSON, JR.]

John Gibson Jr. died intestate, that is, he left no will. His widow, Frances Gibson, was appointed as administratrix of his estate; the division of the slaves belonging to the estate name only the widow and eldest son Wiley J. Gibson, then refers to the five younger children. Court of Ordinary Minutes, Book 1818-1825, page 87 et seq. In the records Frances is alternately referred to as "Frances" and "Fanny." The probate does establish that John had six children, the oldest being Wiley J. Gibson.

In 1839, Eaton Flewellen died in Russell County, Alabama leaving a will recorded in Will Book I, page 17. Named as legatees in the will are his "sister," Frances Gibson and her children Wiley J. Gibson, Nancy S. Whitfield, Abner F. Gibson, Taylor F. Gibson, and Elizabeth S. Lowther, and Eaton F. Gibson, son of Wiley J. Gibson. The Will establishes the names of the children of Frances Gibson, by then widow of John Gibson.

The Will of Frances Gibson was probated in Jones County, Georgia in February 1855. In her will she names as heirs her daughters Nancy T. Whitfield and Elizabeth Lowther; her two living sons, Wiley J. Gibson and Taylor F. Gibson; and her grandchildren, John H. Gibson, Wiley A. Gibson, Virginia Josephine Gibson, and Abner F. Gibson, children of her deceased son, Abner F. Gibson. Will Book C, page 47, Jones County, Georgia. The children named in her Will coincide with those in Eaton Flewellen's will.

The Will of John Gibson (Sr.) says that the estate is to be "equally divided amongst the five legatees, that is to say my sons Churchill Gibson, Henry Gibson, the heirs of John Gibson deceased, Nancy Gorman, and the children of Sarah Tucker deceased.."

The proceedings of the administration of the estate of John Gibson Sr., originally probated in Campbell County, Georgia, are found recorded in Monroe County, Georgia Court of Ordinary Returns Book B. At page 225 and 227, shares of the estate are paid to Frances Gibson as guardian to Juliet/Julian [written both ways], Taylor, and Elizabeth Gibson, and to Wiley J. Gibson, Abner F. Gibson, and Horatio Whitfield (husband of Nancy Gibson Whitfield). This shows that the children of John Gibson and Frances Flewellen are heirs of John Sr. [Julia died prior to the wills of Frances and Eaton, but is buried between her parents in Clinton Cemetery].

Warren County, Ga. Deed Book C, page 39, dated 8 May 1800, John Gibson Sr. conveys land to John Gibson Jr.; of course John Jr. could not receive a deed to land unless he was of lawful age. The timing coincides with the marriage of John to Fanny. John Gibson Jr. sold the property to Churchill Gibson Jr. in 1805 and left the county. John Jr. is in Jones County in 1809 and in 1811 is Captain of a Militia District.

Viewing the various records as a whole, it is obvious that Frances "Fanny" Flewellen was the wife of John Gibson, Jr., not Sr., and the writer of the Habersham letter was misinformed.

The Habersham letter also includes other questionable and obviously incorrect information. The writer makes the claim that John Gibson Sr. died in 1839, while we see from the probate records that he died ten years earlier in 1829. In addition, the writer asserts that John was the son of Gideon Gibson, and that he married as his second wife Elizabeth Dozier. To date, no researcher has brought forth evidence that John was the son of Gideon Gibson. It is interesting to note that in the Gideon Gibson family, certain male names were used with frequency, that is, Gideon, Jordan, and Randal. None of those names were used by John Gibson descendants. Names frequently used in the John Gibson family were John, Henry and Churchill; those names don't appear in the Gideon lineage. Finally, while a John Gibson did marry Elizabeth Dozier in Warren County, Georgia, there were at least five John Gibsons residing in Warren County at that time and there is no evidence to indicate that it was our John Gibson who married Elizabeth.

The writer of the Habersham letter proves the old saying that "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing." It would appear that the writer made a very cursory review of Warren County records and made the unwarranted assumption that there was only one John Gibson. If a record was found referring to John Gibson, then it was our John Gibson. Unfortunately, the information published in Habersham has been republished many times throughout the years, and many "researchers" accept it at face value without taking the time to verify the information.

CENSUS RECORDS

In the 1790 Census for Ninety-Six District, Edgefield County, South Carolina, there are listed a John Gibson and a Churchill Gibson. Both families have 2 males 16 and upward, 3 males under 16, and 3 females. Because of the proximity of the two, and because a Churchill Gibson was closely associated with our John Gibson Sr. in Warren County, Georgia, there is some reason to believe this is our John Gibson, but it is not certain.

Unfortunately, there are no census records available for Georgia prior to 1820. There are two John Gibsons listed in the 1820 Census for Warren County, Georgia, both over age 45 with wives over age 45. It is difficult to determine which is ours. There were two John Gibsons of approximately the same age residing in Warren County at that time. The other one died there in 1822 and was recognized as a Revolutionary soldier, and his obituary stated that he was a native of Pennsylvania and had resided in Georgia for 50 years. He is frequently mistaken for our John Gibson.

Clary Gibson, widow of our John Gibson, appears in the 1830 Census for Campbell County, Georgia. Listed in the household are 1 male 30-40 and one female 60-70.

EARLY RECORDS OF JOHN GIBSON

The first documentation that can actually be proven to relate to our John Gibson is the marriage bond of Isaiah Tucker to Sarah Gibson issued on October 5, 1793 in Wilkes County, Georgia with John Gibson as security. [Grace William Davidson, Early Records of Georgia, Volume Two, Wilkes County, (orig. pub. 1933; reprint edition, Southern Historical Press, Inc., Greenville, S.C., 1992), page 321, Original Marriage Bonds of Wilkes County, Georgia.] At this time, it is merely conjecture to attribute any earlier records to our John.

By deed dated July 25, 1797, John Gibson made a gift to Isaiah Tucker and his wife Sallie (nee Gibson) of 160 acres of land on Middle Creek in Warren County, Georgia, stating that the gift was "made to fulfill marriage contract between the parties, since consummated, and for good will and affection." [Warren County, Georgia, Deed Book A, page 601] This deed would seem to establish the presence of John Gibson on Middle Creek, and there are many deeds involving property on Middle Creek to which John Gibson was a party. The first seems to be a deed dated January 25, 1792 by which James Jones conveyed to John Gibson 258 acres of land on Middle Creek (then Wilkes County). The deed was recorded in Warren County on April 25, 1796. [Warren County Deed Book A, page 162-3]

An entry appears in the 1791 Tax Return for Wilkes County, Georgia that appears to be our John Gibson. A John Gibson is listed under taxpayer number 092 in Capt. Pruet's District owning 200 acres of 3rd class land and 4 slaves. A footnote indicates that this district became part of Warren County in 1794. This district is the same district which our John Gibson lived in in Warren County. [Frank Parker Hudson. Wilkes County, Georgia Tax Records, 1785-1805 (published by the author, 1996), page 322]

An entry appears in the 1792 Tax Return for Wilkes County, Georgia, Capt. Prewet's District, taxpayer number 060. John Gibson, owns 6 slaves and 538 acres of 3rd class land in Wilkes County adjoining Hardin. [Hudson, p. 419]

An entry appears in the 1793 Tax Return for Wilkes County, Georgia, now Capt. Slatter's District, taxpayer number 029, John Gibson, slaves, 538 acres of 3rd class land in Wilkes County adjoining Pruitt. He is also listed as taxpayer number 029A owning 2000 acres in Franklin County, Georgia adjoining Stark. [Hudson, page 531; note that Blair shows 930 acres in Frankln County]

Ruth Blair in her books shows the 1793 entry as Wilkes County, Georgia, Captain Slatter's District, entry number 29, John Gibson. It shows that Gibson owned 538 acres of 3rd quality land in Wilkes County adjoining Pruitt, and 930 acres of 2nd quality land in Franklin County adjoining Stark; again, he is listed with 1 free white male of 21 and upwards and 6 slaves under age 60. [Ruth Blair, coll. & ed. SOME EARLY TAX DIGESTS OF GEORGIA (The Georgia Department of Archives and History, 1926), page 273]

A similar entry appears in "A Book Containing the Tax Returns and Defaulters in the County of Warren for the Year 1794" in Captain Slatter's District. Entry number 108 lists John Gibson, 1 free white male of 21 and upwards, 6 slaves under the age of 60, owning 537 acres of land on Middle Creek in Warren County, and owing a tax of 15 shillings, 6-1/2 pence. [Blair, page 155]

The 1805 Georgia Land Lottery provides something of a substitute for the lack of census records. Nine Gibsons residing in Warren County received draws in the 1805 lottery. Their names, registration number and result are:

John Gibson (Capt. Beal's District), #963, 2 draws, 1 prize - 1 blank
Churchill Gibson, #973, 2 draws, 1 blank - 1 prize
James Gibson, #974, 2 draws, 2 blanks
Hugh Gibson, #979, 2 draws, 2 blanks
John Gibson Jr., #980, 2 draws, 2 blanks
John Gibson Sr. (blacksmith), #981, 2 draws, 2 blanks
Elijah Gibson, #991, 2 draws, 2 blanks
John Gibson, #1013, 2 draws, 2 blanks
Mary Gibson (widow), #992, 2 draws, 2 blanks

Four men named John Gibson residing in Warren County received draws in the lottery that year. An abundance of men named John Gibson makes it difficult to determine which records in Warren County pertain to our John Gibson. Based upon a review of registration numbers, it appears that the numbers were assigned in order of registration. That would mean that people assigned consecutive numbers registered in that order. For example, Churchill and James Gibson have consecutive numbers; the Churchill Gibson who died in 1805 had a son named James. Were the John Sr. and John Jr. who registered consecutively ours? If so, it establishes that John Gibson Sr. was a blacksmith. However, it also raises the interesting questions who was Hugh Gibson #979? Perhaps it was another father and son. There just isn't sufficient information to be certain, but additional research into the lottery might be warranted. Perhaps the Georgia Archives can provide additional information.

In the 1807 Land Lottery, three Gibsons are listed from Warren County. They are Rachel Gibson (widow), John Gibson (Long Creek), and John Gibson residing in Hill's District. Also residing in Hill's District and receiving a draw in the lottery is John S. Gorman. That would serve as some indication that the John Gibson in Hill's District is our John Sr; by 1807, John Jr. was residing in Jones County. Rachel was the widow of James Gibson, son of the Churchill who died in 1805.

There was another John Gibson who resided in Warren County and died there in 1822; he was about the same age as our John Gibson, Sr. and his obituary stated that he had resided in Georgia for about 50 years, was a Revolutionary soldier, and was born in Pennsylvania. I believe it is his name inscribed on the monument to Revolutionary soldiers in Warrenton, Georgia. It is he who is listed in the book GEORGIA REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS, SAILORS, PATRIOTS & DESCENDANTS (Georgia Pioneers Publishers, Albany, Ga., 1977), at Volume 1, page 85. It is generally stated that he was first married to Ann Crawford and had children John, Susannah, William, and Thomas; married a second time and had children Elizabeth, Phereba, Lucy, Mary Ann, and David. His descendants have alternately claimed for him Revolutionary service in the State of Georgia and in Col. Pickens troops in South Carolina. Descendants of our John Sr. likewise make the same claims for him. I would like to see research done on this John Gibson in order to determine which facts apply to him and which to ours.

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN GIBSON
Will Book A, page 125, Monroe County, Georgia (originally probated in Campbell County, Georgia with copies of the probate proceedings recorded in Monroe County).

In the name of God, Amen. I, John Gibson, of the State of Georgia and County of Warren am weak of body but of a sound and perfect memory for which I bless God for being desirous to dispose of what God has blessed me with as equally as I can in a manner and form as follows To wit

First, My will and desire is that all my just debts be paid by my Executors hereinafter named.

2d I give unto my beloved wife Clarry Gibson Four Thousand Dollars in money or the value thereof or any part thereof she at her option may take any part of my property at the praise value she may think proper.

3d In order that equal justice may be done to all my children hereafter named and to prevent any dispute that may hereafter arise to the division that may take place as some of my children has had more than others I consider it as my duty I owe all to state here what each legatee has received prior to this date, viz, John Gibson Decd had in his lifetime Two Thousand Nine Hundred & Sixty Dollars. Churchill Gibson has had Three Thousand Eight Hundred Dollars. Henry Gibson has had Five Thousand Eight Hundred & Seventy Dollars. Nancy Gorman has had four thousand nine hundred & thirteen dollars. Sarah Tucker has had Two Thousand five hundred & ninety four dollars.

Now my will is that my son Churchill Gibson and the estate of John, John Gibson decd and my daughter Nancy Gorman and the children hereafter named of Sarah Tucker that each and every of their parts be made equal to what my son Henry Gibson has received that is to say the last four parts or Legatees be equal to be [illegible] to the amount of Henry Gibson has received, being the one received the highest sum. Now my will and desire further is that all my estate both real & personal be sold to the highest bidder and the money or amount arising from the same and also all the notes of hand or other instruments in writing and open acct after paying all just debts and the wifes Legacy and each Legatee to be made equal to the amount Henry Gibson has received the balance of said estate or the value in cash be equally divided amongst the five legatees, that is to say my sons Churchill Gibson, Henry Gibson and the heirs of John Gibson deceased Nancy Gorman and the children of Sarah Tucker deceased, viz, Edmund Tucker, Mathew Tucker, Mark Tucker, Lucretia Tucker, Julia Tucker & Marian Tucker being entitled to their mothers part to them and their heirs and assigns forever.

4th I do hereby appoint my son Churchill Gibson, Henry Gibson and Martin Kolb my Executors to this my last will & testament & I do hereby revoke all other Wills & Testaments deed of Gifts or any Instruments in writing by me made, In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this Eighth day of August One Thousand Eight Hundred & Twenty Six.

John Gibson (Seal)

SIGNED SEALED AND ACKNOWLEDGED
in presence of
Micajah Perry
Robert Walton
John Wright

Georgia
Campbell County

Personally came and appeared in open court Churchill Gibson and Henry Gibson executors to the Last Will & Testament of John Gibson deceased who being sworn in due form of Law upon their oaths deposeth and saith that they know or believe that the foregoing contains the true Last will of the above named John Gibson deceased & that they will well & truly execute the same by paying first the debts and then the legacy contained in said will as far as his goods & chattels will thereunto extend & the law charges and that we will make a true and perfect inventory of all such goods and chattels so help us God.

Sworn to and subscribed in open court this 4th May 1829.

Chll Gibson
Henry Gibson

Caleb Fields CO

MONROE COUNTY, GEORGIA COURT OF ORDINARY RETURNS, BOOK B, 1828-1851. Included in this volume are inventories of the assets of the estate of John Gibson, Deceased, as well as sales of property, and payments by the estate. Among heirs receiving distributions were:
(page 225)
Francis Gibson, guardian for Julian, Taylor & Elizabeth Gibson, $300.00
Wiley J. Gibson, $300.00
Abner F. Gibson, $300.00
Wiley J. Gibson, $200.00
A. F. Gibson, $200.00
H. S. Whitfield, $500.00
Francis Gibson, guardian for Julian, Taylor & Elizabeth Gibson, $1200.00
(page 226)
Eli G. Shearman, $1500.00
Claiborn Gorman, $481.50
Claiborn Gorman, $1523.00
(page 227)
James Higgenbotham, $100.00
James Higgenbotham, $400.00
Mrs. C. Holcomb, trustee for Miriam Tucker, now Miriam Nimmo, $500.00
Francis Gibson, guardian for Taylor F., Elizabeth & Juliet Gibson, $900.00
Abner F. Gibson, $300.00
Eli G. Shearman, $300.00
Wiley J. Gibson, $300.00
Doctor E. Tucker, $500.00
Doctor E. Tucker, $500.00
Horatio S. Whitfield, $300.00[JGibson.GED]

John Gibson was married at least two times. We do not know the name of his first wife, the mother of his five children, but his last wife was Clarissa "Clary" Mathews Butt, widow of William Butt.

There is a common misconception that this John Gibson was married to Fanny Flewellen, daughter of Abner Flewellen. This misconception seems to first appear in 1902 in a letter published without signature in the "Historical Collections of the Joseph Habersham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume II," at page 435. The author of the letter makes the following claim:

"John Gibson, son of Gideon Gibson, moved from Cheraw, S.C. in
1775, and settled on a plantation which he had purchased in what
afterwards became Warren county. At the beginning of the
Revolutionary War, he enlisted in one of the companies being
organized in that section. In 1779, while his company was not in
active service, he procured a furlough and returned to his home and
married Miss Fannie Fleuellen, daughter of Captain Abner Fleuellen,
February 22, 1779. After remaining with his bride a few days, he
returned to his command and fought through the Revolution, and at its
close returned to his home, where, by good management, he
accumulated quite a fortune. In the winter of 1807 he suffered a very
great loss in the death of the wife of his youth. He remained single
until January 7, 1809, when he married Miss Elizabeth Dozier, with
whom he lived very happily until her death, June 2, 1812. In 1814 he
was again married to Mrs. Clara Butts, widow of William Butts, and
mother of the late William M. Butts, of Atlanta. Mr. Gibson died in
1839 in the 80th year of his age. Mrs. Clara Butts Gibson died July 4,
1842. The records of Warren county show that Mr. Gibson became
quite prominent in the affairs of the county."

While we do not know the name of John Gibson's first wife, we do know it was not a daughter of Abner Flewellen. Abner Flewellen is buried in the Flewellen-Holt Cemetery in Bibb County, Georgia. His tombstone bears the following record: "Abner Flewellen Died August 15, 1815 Aged 55 Yrs. (Born 1760) He Was a Virtuous Citizen, a Revolutionary Soldier, and For 13 Yrs. a Member of the M. E. Church." His obituary likewise substantiates an age of 55 years at death. It would not have been possible for a man 19 years of age (his age in 1779) to have a daughter of age to marry. In fact, Abner was not married in 1779 and was residing in Halifax County, North Carolina rather than Georgia. The Flewellen family remained in Halifax County, North Carolina until after 1790.

Fanny Flewellen did marry John Gibson, however, it was John Jr., not Sr. The marriage of John Gibson and Fanny Flewellen is recorded in the Marriage Records of Warren County, Georgia, and occurred on February 22, 1800, not 1779. Frances "Fanny" Flewellen was the daughter of Taylor Flewellen and wife, Sally Burt, not the daughter of Abner (her uncle). While we do not know the exact date of her birth, from obituaries and census records we know that she was born during the year 1782. She did not die in 1807 as stated in the Habersham letter, but lived until January 16, 1855 operating a hotel in Clinton, Georgia from the death of her husband in 1820 until her death.

The guardianship records of Warren County, Georgia prove that Frances Flewellen was the daughter of Taylor Flewellen. In the first book of Inferior Court Transactions, Guardian Bond, Administrations, Etc, page 5, John Mathews was appointed as guardian to Eaton Fluellen, Fanney Fluellen, Stephen Fluellen, and Taylor Fluellen, orphans of Taylor Fluellen, deceased, dated 18 July 1797. There are numerous transactions relating to the guardianship of these children throughout the records. On 14 Feb. 1805, John Gibson was appointed as guardian of Taylor Flewellen, to replace as guardian Shadrach Flewellen who had replaced John Mathews. Court of Ordinary Miscellaneous Records 1794-1818, page 161. The relationship to the Burt family is shown in the Deed Records of Halifax County, North Carolina, Book 23, page 288: the heirs of Joseph Burt, deceased sold certain property by deed dated 1 May 1812. Among the devisees of Joseph Burt were Eaton Fluellen, Taylor Fluellen, and John Gibson & his wife Frances, their mother Sally Burt Flewellen having died prior to her father's death. According to the deed, John and Frances Gibson resided in Jones County, Georgia, executed the deed in Jones County, Georgia, and Frances was examined in court in Jones County, Georgia to verify that she willingly agreed to the sale.

In the Clinton Cemetery, at "Old Clinton," Jones County, Georgia, there is a walled Gibson family plot. Buried in the enclosed plot are John Gibson, Frances Gibson, their daughter Julia A. F. Gibson, and a daughter-in-law and granddaughter of John and Frances. Buried just outside the enclosure is their son Abner F. Gibson and Frances' brother, Taylor Flewellen. John's tombstone states that he was born in 1778, died January 2, 1820. Frances' states that she died January 16, 1855. Julia's states that she was born in 1815 and died September 17, 1835. Abner's states he was born May 23, 1806 and died Aug. 8, 1843. Taylor Flewellen's reveals he was born in 1793 and died in 1833. [SEE NOTES FOR JOHN GIBSON, JR.]

John Gibson Jr. died intestate, that is, he left no will. His widow, Frances Gibson, was appointed as administratrix of his estate; the division of the slaves belonging to the estate name only the widow and eldest son Wiley J. Gibson, then refers to the five younger children. Court of Ordinary Minutes, Book 1818-1825, page 87 et seq. In the records Frances is alternately referred to as "Frances" and "Fanny." The probate does establish that John had six children, the oldest being Wiley J. Gibson.

In 1839, Eaton Flewellen died in Russell County, Alabama leaving a will recorded in Will Book I, page 17. Named as legatees in the will are his "sister," Frances Gibson and her children Wiley J. Gibson, Nancy S. Whitfield, Abner F. Gibson, Taylor F. Gibson, and Elizabeth S. Lowther, and Eaton F. Gibson, son of Wiley J. Gibson. The Will establishes the names of the children of Frances Gibson, by then widow of John Gibson.

The Will of Frances Gibson was probated in Jones County, Georgia in February 1855. In her will she names as heirs her daughters Nancy T. Whitfield and Elizabeth Lowther; her tw

More About John Gibson:
Died 2: Bef. May 04, 1829, Campbell County, Georgia.42, 43

More About John Gibson and Unknown:
Marriage: Abt. 1775

Children of John Gibson and Unknown are:
  1. +John Gibson, Jr, b. 177844, 45, d. January 02, 1820, Jones County, Georgia.
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