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~John Anderson Gideon~

Son of William Gideon and Matilda Woods, John Anderson was born in 1837 in Green Creek, MO. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in Co "C" Mo 72nd Inf. as 1st Sgt. During the Springfield fight, he was captured but was parolled the next day. After his term expired, he enlisted in Co "H" 16th Mo Cav as 2nd Lt, serving until 1 July 1865. He was a scout during Price's raid. After the war, from 1868 to 1872, he served as county judge of Christian Co, MO and was notary for 10 years. He was a leading politician in the county, for the Republican Party. He lived on the old family homestead for 35 years and through the 1880's ran a government distillery at Ponce De Leon. He gave land for a cemetery at Ponce De Leon and there he is buried. He was active in GAR and IOOF.

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