Amos Gibson was born March 21, 1832 in Rapides Parish, LA, and died October 19, 1909 in Rapides Parish, LA. He was the son of Zedekiah R. Gibson and Sarah Hight. He first married Sarah Jane Sweat March 29, 1855 in Rapides Parish, LA, daughter of Ephraim Sweat and Nancy West. She was born May 20, 1840 in Rapides Parish, LA, and died January 11, 1856 in Rapides Parish, LA, less than one year after marriage. Amos then married Dorcas McDermott March 17, 1857 in Rapides Parish, LA. Dorcas' parents' are not known, but her father was from Ireland and her mother was from Louisiana. She was born November 22, 1840 in Louisiana, and died March 24, 1906 in Rapides Parish, LA. The spelling of Dorcas' last name is not known. Her tombstone reads "McDermed". Her recording in the 1850 census reads "McDermit".
The following sources were useful in providing valuable information for Amos Gibson and his wife, Dorcas McDermott:
Page 82 lists Z. Gibson as the head of household number 644. Amos is listed at age 17.
Page 47 lists Margaret L. Franks as the head of household number 82. Dorcas is listed at age 8 with her sister, Julia Ann.
Weste Ward, page 211 lists Almough Gibson as the head of household number 165. This census is a good example of census takers spelling phonetically. Amos is recorded as Almough, Dorcas is recorded as Dorko, and their son, Uriah, is recorded as Raigher.
Calcasieu Ward, page 573D enumerates the Amos Gibson family.
Police Jury Ward 9, pages 326A and 326B, household 396 enumerates the Amos Gibson family.
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