Harriet Withers

1813–1878 (Age 65)
Rockbridge, Virginia, United States

The Life of Harriet

When Harriet Withers was born in 1813, in Rockbridge, Virginia, United States, her father, George Withers, was 35 and her mother, Nancy Newman, was 14. She married James Gibson on 24 December 1849. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in South River, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States in 1870. She died on 17 June 1878, at the age of 65, and was buried in Timber Ridge, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Gibson
Harriet Withers
Marriage: 24 December 1849
Joseph Taylor Gibson
Nancy W. Gibson
William Edgar Gibson
Mary Susan Gibson

Spouse and Children

24 December 1849



    William Edgar Gibson


    Mary Susan Gibson


    Nancy W. Gibson


Parents and Siblings



    John Vincent Withers


    Mildred Withers


    Francis Marion Withers


    George W. Withers


    Allen Withers


+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 6

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1824 · """Mary Randolph Publishes """"The Virginia Housewife"""""""

Age 11

“The Virginia Housewife” was published by Mary Randolph. It was the first cookbook published in America. 
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 19

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the Old Norse personal name Viðarr, composed of the elements víðr ‘wide’ + ar ‘warrior’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Harriet Gibson in household of James Gibson, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Harriette Gibson in household of James Gibson, "United States Census, 1860"
  • H A Gibson in entry for Joseph T Gibson, "Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935"

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