Meet my great-great grandfather, George Washington Gibson born in Giles County, TN in 1844 where he lived his entire life until his death in 1922. He is the son of Henry and Sarah (Hubbell) Gibson. He married Mary Cecelia Scott (1845-1899) in 1865. They had 9 children, including my great grandfather, William Henry (WH) Gibson. WH was born in Giles County, TN in 1867 and married Susie E. Barnett (1807-1902) in 1889 in Maury County, TN. They had 5 children, including my grandmother, Mary Caroline Gibson (1898-1968).
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Maury County, Tennessee was formed in 1807 and named for Major Abram P. Maury, who served with General Andrew Jackson and was the uncle of Matthew Fontaine Maury. The settlement of Columbia became the seat of the county government and the first court was convened in Columbia on December 21, 1807 in the home of Colonel James Brown. The first permanent courthouse was built in 1809 and served until 1847 when a second courthouse was completed. This building was used for 56-years before being replaced by the current courthouse which was constructed between 1904 and 1906. The present courthouse stands on the courthouse square in Downtown Columbia, Tennessee. July 2017
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Cranford Hollow Road, Columbia, TN — this barn was used for many years for milking cows, twice a day. It stands on the property previously owned by my grandparents, Floyd M. Mills & Anne Cole Mills. The house, which fronts the road was built by my grandfather. They called this home — years of laughter, hard work, love, cooking, canning and entertaining family members and friends. There’s a couple of small ponds in the back west portion & perhaps the plum trees that produced many a jar of plum preserves still stand. A small creek runs across the front lot in front of the barn and patches of clover cover the ground. There once was a cellar just to the right of the garage. The front field to the east of the barn was plowed each year for a big garden; one that produced the best tomatoes ever. On the back east corner of the property is a fairly high hill. On a clear day you can see the County Courthouse and other “city” buildings – about 10 miles away. It’s also a great place for daydreaming. Today there are many new homes along Cranford Hollow Road; yesterday it was a dirt/rock road with a few small, family farms. My grandfather knew every car that drove by. He told stories of a stagecoach robbery that was said to have happened years earlier — just down the road, around the bend and in the hollow area. The bandits, with handkerchief covered faces, set up an ambush for the stagecoach. After gunshots were fired back & forth, the bandits prevailed and galloped-off on their horses with the money. I don’t know if they were ever brought to justice. — it’s a great place, Cranford Hollow Road.