Wiiliam was born 4 June 1791 in Burke Co, NC, and died 26 Oct 1868 in Christian Co, MO. He married 12 Mar 1813 Matilda Woods, daughter of Joseph Woods of Burke Co, NC. She was born 11 Jun 1792 in Morgantown, NC, and died 19 Oct 1869 in Christian Co,MO. Both are buried in Highland Cem, Highlandville, MO.
Above: William Gideon and Alexander Berry
William served in the War
of 1812 as a private in the Light Horse Dragoons of NC.
In 1818 he moved to Hawkins Co, TN where his father had
settled in 1809. He took with him young apple trees to
plant an orchard. There he cleared land and worked at his
trade as a Hatter. Hearing of the fine lands of the west,
in the spring of 1836, he and some neighbors crossed the
Mississippi and came to what is now Christian Co, MO.
What was this area like in 1836? The only inhabitants
before 1810 were the Delaware Indians. They had been
pushed from the Delaware Valley by other Indians and
colonizers westward to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and had
found a haven on the James River where they built the
well known Delaware Village. There they lived in peace
until evacuated under government orders to Indian
territory in 1808-1810. White trappers ventured into
these hills and stories of the lush land and game lured
young families looking for homes.
James H. Gideon b. December 24, 1813 m. Lucinda Hays
Joshua A. Gideon b. May 21, 1816
Elizabeth Gideon b. December 01, 1818 m. William Carpenter
Nancy Minerva Gideon b. May 11, 1821 m. Francis Patrick Berry
William Carroll Gideon b. January 15, 1824 m. Malinda Byrd
Green Berry Gideon b. 1825 m. Mary Jane Fleetwood
Francis Marion Gideon b. January 20, 1829 m. Frances Cofer
Woodson T. Gideon b. 1832 m. Matilda Day
John Anderson Gideon b. March 04, 1837 m. Elizabeth Hancock