Laura Arrilla Altha Gibson

Female27 June 1837–4 July 1905

Brief Life History of Laura Arrilla Altha

When Laura Arrilla Altha Gibson was born on 27 June 1837, in Monroe, Mississippi, United States, her father, George Washington Gibson, was 37 and her mother, Mary Ann Sparks, was 35. She married James Andrus on 11 March 1857, in Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1850. She died on 4 July 1905, in St. George, Washington, Utah, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Saint George City Cemetery, St. George, Washington, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Andrus
Laura Arrilla Altha Gibson
Marriage: 11 March 1857
Laura Jane Andrus
James Andrus, Jr.
Mary Lavina Andrus
Elizabeth Luella Andrus
Elnora Andrus
William Edgar Andrus
Milo Washington Andrus
Gideon Lafayette Andrus
Thamazin Millennium Andrus

Sources (33)

  • Laura Andrus in household of James Andrus, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Laura in entry for Mary Andrus, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
  • Lory Sisson in household of George W Sisson, "United States Census, 1850"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    11 March 1857Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children (9)

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    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 9

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 10

    Historical Boundaries: 1848: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States 1868: Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Salt Lake, Utah, United States

    1861 · St. George Founded

    Age 24

    On December 6,1861, St. George Utah was founded. How it got its name remains a mystery. Some claim it was supposedly named after George A. Smith who was an Apostle for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time. Those that went down were told to start cotton fields as it might be important with the American Civil War going on.

    Name Meaning

    English: from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Gibb (a pet form of Gilbert) + son, hence ‘son of Gibb’. The name is very common in Ireland, having arrived in that country in the 17th century. It is also occasionally adopted for Ó Gibealláin, see Giblin .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    Heart Throbs of the West - A History of James Andrus

    Heart Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, Vol. 6, p. 433 James Andrus was born June 14, 1835, at Florence, Huron County, Ohio, and died December 8, 1914, at St. George, Washington County, Utah. He c …

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