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Gibson family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Gibson, Walter Fleetwood, 1872-1935.
Title: Gibson family papers
Dates: 1889-1936
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 0306

Biographical/Historical Note

Walter Fleetwood Gibson (1872-1935), a native of Savannah, was the son of Laura Fleetwood and Captain William Tinsley Gibson who owned several steamboats on the Savannah River including the Swan. Gibson graduated from the Eastman National Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1889. In 1918, he married Nettie V. Bancroft and the couple settled in Millhaven, Georgia. In 1924, Gibson took the oath as a Public Notary in Screven County, Georgia. Gibson died on October 30, 1935, in Savannah.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence, records, and newspaper clippings pertaining to the Gibson family. Of particular interest are Walter Fleetwood Gibson's Eastman national Business College diploma, 1889; marriage certificate, 1918; and Public Notary commission, 1924. In addition, there are several letters of sympathy to Nettie Bancroft Gibson following her husband, Walter's, death and newspaper clippings describing the activities of Captain W.T. Gibson, Savannah steamboats (1957), and the obituary of Walter Fleetwood Gibson, 1935. The photographs include images of portraits of Laura Fleetwood Gibson, Walter Fleetwood Gibson as a baby, Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Gibson (Nettie V. Bancroft), Ethel Gibson, and three unidentified Savannahians. One of the pictures of Ethel Gibson is pasted on the back of a piece of concave glass.

The folder of photographs is noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Gibson family.
Gibson, Walter Fleetwood, 1872-1935.
Letters (correspondence)
Marriage certificates.
Steamboats--Georgia--Savannah--19th century.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Gibson family papers, MS 306, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. H. Lloyd Pierce, 1967.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




Diploma of Walter F. Gibson from Eastman National business College, October 22, 1889; marriage certificate of Walter F. Gibson and Mrs. Nettie V. Bancroft, August 25, 1918; W.F. Gibson's commission as a Notary Public in Screven County, March 12, 1924.



Claude S. Stringer and Alex P. Stringer to Walter F. Gibson, regarding family matters, April 11, 1932 and July 4, 1934; George A. Mercer to Mrs. Walter F. Gibson, November 1, 1935, and Mrs. Walter F. Gibson to A.P. Stringer, July 20, 1936, both regarding death of Walter F. Gibson.



Obituary of Earnest Gibson Stringer, 1931; obituary of Walter F. Gibson, 1935; two clippings regarding Captain William T. Gibson, undated; article regarding Savannah River steamboats, 1957.



Captain William T. Gibson (newspaper clipping); Laura Fleetwood Gibson (Mrs. William T. Gibson); Walter F. Gibson as a baby; Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Gibson; Walter F. Gibson in a group; Ethel Gibson (2).