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Biography: Benjamin Turner Gibbons born 1786



(b. 1786)

Autauga County, Alabama

Benjamin Turner Gibbons was born in 1786 in Maryland. He was probably born at the family tobacco plantation located on Horsepen Creek below what is now, Washington D. C. His third child was Theodore G., better known as Dory. Benjamin Turner was probably educated at home as he could read and write at a time when only 15% of the population could do so. It is interesting to note these many years later how many of his descendants, to this day, have been involved in teaching or other educational areas.

Dory came to Autauga County with his father, mother and siblings about 1830. His last brother, also a Benjamin, was born in 1832 in Alabama. Throughout the decades many were to duplicate the family names. Dory’s grandparents, Peter and Catherine Levi, and some of his Levi uncles and aunts also moved from Maryland to Alabama about the same time.

On March 20, 1942, Dory Married Mary A. E. Perry in Autauga County. Mary and Dory had 10 children with my great grandfather, George Washington, being the third – born June 1, 1846 and married to Harriett E, Tatum. George Washington served in the Confederate Army having joined when he was only 17 years old. After the war ended the story goes that he almost starved to death but swam the Alabama River to reach home. He was sickly until his death in 1913. My Great Grandmother drew a pension from the Federal Government after his death.


The Gibbons Newsletter – The historian sends out a notice each year for the September Reunion in Slapout, Alabama, usually at Cain’s Chapel United Methodist Church. She also included a few stories and history on this family.

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  1. Can you tell me how to receive a copy of the Gibbons Family newsletter. I am kin to some of the Gibbons from Slapout and would like to receive the newsletter. Thanks.

    1. I don’t believe it exist any longer.

  2. Karen, I am now doing the Gibbons family newsletter. We had our annual reunion just last Sunday. I’ll be glad to add you to the list. Sara

  3. I am a descendant of Roxanna Gibbons and would love to receive the newsletter.
    Thank you