Welcome to the Thomas Knowlton Gibson Genealogy Page
Contact information is on the bottom of this page. Chris, Jon and I explored St. John's Episcopal Church CemeteryWith most daughters named Mary, Elizabeth in Norristown, PA, where many of our recent ancestors are buried.
The Knowlton and Gibson families have been recording ancestral information for hundreds of years with a plethora of books and documents available. These records are amazingly accurate and correspond very well with information found on the Internet. Our family history is exceptionally noteworthy, with a few emotional and tragic events, and many ancestors exhibiting a significant influence on the founding of our country, the development of Europe and western civilization.
The Thomas Gibson Shield of Arms and Crest
The official Gibson Family Tartan consists of six colors. and is registered as number 2164 with the Scottish Tartan Authority. The six colors of Hunting Green, Red, Yellow, White, Blue and Azure, indicate a family of high rank, nobility and leadership. The tartan kilt is a traditional garment of modern Scottish and Celtic (more specifically Gaelic) culture typically worn by men. With multiple descent from the House of Stewart, members of our family are also authorized to wear the Royal Stewart Tartan.
Our ancient Gibson heritage descends from Lord Johun Gibson, Keeper of the Castle of Rothesay, the MacAuslan Clan and the ancient High Kings of Ireland. The Gibsons are one of the Scottish armigerous families, with exceptional Royal and Noble lines, that trace back to the 11th century and earlier. Please note our early ancestors appointed Lord Clerk Register, Lord of Session and other high positions in the Parliament of Scotland. (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) One superb online reference is "The Scottish Nation, A Biographical History of the People of Scotland" by William Anderson, printed in London in 1877.]
[As more old world Scottish ancestral records are placed on line, we now have access to records that were very difficult and expensive to obtain just a few years ago. (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.)
The following records the chronological ancestry of Thomas Knowlton Gibson with hundreds of links to additional information.
1469-1515 Born at Goldingstones, County Fife, Scotland, he was the second son of Andrew (ref.) and chartered First Baron by King James IV. Married Lady Mary 1471-1551 He was a Free Baron under Charter by King James IV of Scotland and appointed Clerk of Session (ref.) of the Parliament of Scotland.
|George 1491 - 1538||George was chartered Second Baron and Clerk of Session (ref.) of the Parliament of Scotland after the death of his father. (ref.)|
|William 1495 - 7 July,1542||Lord William was Vicar of Garvock, Rector of Inverarity, Dean of Restalrig, Lord of Session and Scottish Ambassador to the Pope in Rome.|
|Andrew 1498 - 1567||Andrew, married in 1517, raised two sons and at least two daughters. (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.)|
|Thomas 1503 - 1562||Thomas, married in 1521, raised two sons and three daughters. (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.)|
|and at least two daughters||[Unfortunately, very little is recorded of the female side of our early Gibson ancestors.]|
"The life of Ambassador, Lord William Gibson was recorded in a charter by Sir John Moubray, of Barnbougle, knight, in favour of his son, William de Moubray, in 1511."
The life of Lord Thomas was the beginning of a well documented era of Barony, Knighthood, Heraldry, Landed Gentry, Peerage, and other designated nobility. Our Gibson ancestors descended from Kenneth I MacAlpin, Eochaid King of the Picts, the High Kings of Ireland and nine centuries of Scottish Royal Families.
1491-1538 First son of Thomas, he was chartered Second Baron and Lord of Session of the Parliament of Scotland after the death of his father.
He was a Free Baron under Charter by King James V of Scotland and raised three sons and two daughters. Married Lady Elizabeth b.1495- She is recorded as descended from Cináed mac Ailpín, in modern regnal listed as Kenneth I, King of the Picts and first King of Scots.
|Mary 1514 -||With most daughters named Mary, Elizabeth, Jean or Margaret, it was obviously very confusing for late 19th century genealogists.|
|George 1517 - 1590||Lord George was the heir to the Barony, the family estate and fortune recorded to exceed 8200 pound Scot. (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.)|
|Elizabeth 1521 -||It is likely that George had more daughters that have not been recorded.|
|William 1525 -||William was married in 1554 and raised at least three sons and two daughters. (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.)|
|Thomas 1528 -||Thomas was married in 1547 and raised at least two sons and two daughters. (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.)|
[With so many Gibsons with the same first name, it is no wonder early genealogists were confused. Some would pick the most noble family ancestors to impress their clients, and justify their pay.]
|m.Lady Mary Cranston in 1542||the daughter of Lord Alexander Cranston of Roxburgh, a descendant of Thomas de Cranstoun, Lord Provost of Edinburgh in 1425, 1438 and 1449.|
|Thomas b. 1543 - 1621||Thomas, married in 1564, and raised at five children. (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) Three grandsons were early settlers in Jamestown, VA with many descendants. (Ref.)|
|George b. 1545 - 1644||Lord George, married in 1565, raised six sons and three daughters, lived a long life and was the heir to the Barony and the family estate. (ref.) (ref.) (ref.)|
|William b. 1548 - 1596||Catholic Bishop, William the Martyr, was hanged, drawn and quartered at York, on Nov 29, 1596, with fellow martyrs William Knight and George Errington.|
|and at least three daughters|
[Many early Gibsons were devout Catholics until the Protestant Reformation initiated by Martin Luther, John Calvin and in Scotland by John Knox around 1660.
Here is a superb website of old world Gibsons prepared by the Rev. Dr. Gary Stewart Gibson of Devon, UK, and his father, John Robert Gibson (1896-1991).]
1545-1644 Second Son of George II, chartered Fourth Baron, Parliament Lord of Session, and Judge of the of High Court of Scotland.
George was a Free Baron under Charter by King James VI of Scotland, and King Charles I. (ref.)(ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) m. Lady Mary Elizabeth Airth Married in 1565, Mary was born in Castle Stirling in 1549 from the ancient and nobleScottish family of Airth. (ref.)(ref.) (ref.) (ref.)
|John b. 1566||John was Sir John Gibson of Pentland, Lord Baronet, who carried on the line of the family and married Jean Hay, of noble birth and royal ancestry. (ref.)|
|Jean b. abt 1568||Unfortunately, very little information was recorded of the Gibson Ladies. Jean is probably Jean Hay who married Sir John Hay. (ref.) (ref.)|
|Elizabeth b. abt 1569||I have not been able to find any information on Elizabeth and Mary, the daughters of George Gibson III. (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.)|
|Alexander 1571 - 1644||Alexander, First Lord Durie, First Lord Baronet and Lord Clerk Register m. Lady Margaret Craig, daughter of Sir Thomas Craig, Lord Advocate and Judge.|
|George IV 1574 - 1641||George was Lord George IV of Balhouffie, a Free Baron, who had a son, grandson and great grandson named George, all wealthy barons.|
|William 1576 - 1658||William, a Free Baron, was Scottish Lord of Session and had a son John, b. 1606 who fled to Galway, Ireland in 1640 with his family.
William, eldest son of John, was born in 1641, emigrated to England from Galway about 1663, then met George Fox in London and became a Quaker.
Through George Fox, he became a friend of William Penn and was awarded a land grant in Pennsylvania with three of his children moving to the colony.
William made significant contributions to the founding of Pennsylvania and was one of the signers of Penn's Charter of Libertie on April 25, 1682.
He had six children: William, John, Patience, Rebecca, Hannah and Elizabeth. Patience married John Wright and died in Chester, Pa. on 11/15/1722.
At least three of his children are listed as early residents of Bucks County with his son John living in Bristol and recorded by some as John III below.
|Archibald 1578 -1647||Archibald raised six children with many descendants in Scotland, England, Canada and the British colonies (ref.) (ref.), including merchant James Gibson.|
|Thomas 1580 -1650||Many colonial Gibsons descended through Thomas's son, James Thomas, who was b. 1607. His son Edmund was born in 1633 and married Jane Langhorne.|
|Mary b. abt.1581||Great grandsons were, Lord Edmund Gibson b. 1669, Bishop of London from 1723 to 1748, and Jonathan, born in 1660, emigrated to Virginia in 1696 and married Mary Catlett in 1710. Their son, Jonathan Catlett, married Elizabeth Thornton and was the first of five generations of Jonathan Catlett Gibsons.|
Descendants of Jonathan and Mary were ancestors to many famous Virginians including Geo. Washington through his mother Mary Ball Washington.
A Famous descendant of Alexander is Sir Alexander Gibson 1926-1995, conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and founder of the Scottish Opera, Well known descendants of William are James Gibson-Craig with his son William Gibson-Craig, both having served high positions in the Scottish Parliament. A descendant of Thomas is Thomas Milner Gibson, 1806-1884, a member of the British Parliament. Many Canadian Gibsons also descended from this branch migrating to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. There is no direct link but Alexander "Boss" Gibson (1819-August 14, 1913) probably connects to this branch. The image is Lord Alexander Gibson, Fifth Baron, First Lord Durie in 1621, First Lord Baronet in 1628, and Lord Clerk Register in 1641.
["In July of 1690, William Gibson, leader of Clan Durie, was with King William III of England during the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland, against James 2nd, the dethroned King of England. His gallantry in the battle caused King William, known as William of Orange, to make him a Lord and gave him a castle and grant in Yorkshire, England. He was appointed Lord Clerk Register and awarded the title of Lord Durie, the name his descendants maintain to this day."] William "Lord Durie" was the grandson of William b. 1576.
[The early Gibsons as loyal followers of John Knox, played a significant part in the Protestant Reformationin Scotland, the establishment of the Church of Scotland and the worldwide Presbyterian Church, especially after 1560.] (ref.)(ref.)
[Many early members of the Gibson family emigrated to the colonies in the early 1600's "Great Migration", just before and during the English Civil War, escaping civil unrest (especially toward the Landed Gentry and Nobility), during the reign of King Charles I, and then Lord Protector,Oliver Cromwell.] [There is an old Scottish ditty titled "Lord George Knows My Father, Father Knows Lord George", in comical reference to the seven Lord George Gibsons.] [A descendant of Alexander is Edward Gibson, chartered 1st Baron Ashbourne, Queen's Counsel elected ConservativeMember of Parliament for rget="_blank" class="mw-redirect" style="font-weight: bold;" title="Dublin University (UK Parliament constituency)" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_University_%28UK_Parliament_constituency%29">Dublin University and Lord Chancellor of Ireland.]
Many Gibsons served in the Parliament of Scotland until the Acts of Union formed the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. Their descendants then served in the Parliament of Great Britain, which sat at Westminster in London from 1707 until 1999. Two descendants, Kenneth Gibson and Robert Gibson continue to serve today in the new Scottish Parliament formed in 1999.
1571-1644 Second son of George, chartered Fifth Baron, First Lord Durie in 1621, First Lord Baronet in 1628, and Lord Clerk Register. m. Lady Margaret Craig b. 1575 The daughter of Lord Thomas Craig of Riccarton, b.1538, Lord Advocate, and early Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh. Lord Thomas was an eminent lawyer, Member of Parliament, and Judge of the High Court of Scotland, under King Charles II. Primogeniture assured Alexander II of the family fortune, John would have inherited it all in 1656 if he would have remained in Scotland.
|Alexander II b. 1598 d. June 1656||Knighted in 1621, he was appointed Clerk of Session in 1628, Clerk of Parliament in 1632, Second Lord Baronet, and Lord of Session in 1646.|
|John I||John became a successful shipping merchant and emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632. He married Rebecca Thompson shortly after arriving.|
|George b. 1604 d. 1669||George b. 1604 d. 1669 George served as Lord of Parliament and ultimately received the Barony and most of the family fortune, then passed them on to his many descendants. (ref.)|
|Elizabeth b. abt. 1606||Alexander II's son John II, Third Lord Baronet, sat in the last Parliament of Scotland and the first Scottish Parliament of Charles II|
|Helen b. abt. 1609||John II's son Alexander III, Fourth Lord Baronet, died without issue passing the Barony to his uncle George.(ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.)|
|Margaret b. abt. 1611||If John would have remained in Scotland he would have received the Barony and most of the family fortune. (ref.) (ref.) (ref.) (ref.)|
|Jean b. 1613 d. 1676||Jean married George Preston 1612 - 1659 of Craigmillar, Scotland, they were 8th great grandparents of animator and film producer, Walt Disney|
1601-1694 The immigrant, ref p. 388, a "free thinking" merchant, he fled from Scotland in 1631 abandoning a significant family fortune. (ref.)(ref.) (ref.)
Most of the family fortune was lost during the English Civil War (1642-1651), and acquired by the Protectorate under Oliver Cromwell and the new Parliament.
John, an early "uncompromising Presbyterian" like his brothers, emigrated to Newetowne in 1631 which became Cambridge in 1638. \
|m. Rebecca Thompson in 1634||Lady Rebecca (1613-1661), the daughter of the well know Scottish nobleman Lord William Thompson (1580-1671) arrived in 1633. m.|
|m. Joanna Prentice in 1662||After making false witchcraft accusations, the family experienced severe financial, legal, medical, religious and emotional issues culminating with daughter Rebecca being accused of witchcraft. In 1656, They were censured, excommunicated and banished to Roxbury. (ref.) Rebecca Thompson Gibson died shortly after her daughter was banished and was buried in the Old Roxbury Hill Cemetery on Dec 1, 1661. John then married Joanna Prentice, widow of Henry Prentice, on July 24, 1662. Joanna was the Great Grandmother of John Hancock. Obviously and extremely stressful period for her and the entire family, daughter Rebecca and Charles moved to Watertown, Massachusetts.|
|Rebecca b. 1635- 1681||She married Charles Stearns of Watertown, Mass. on June 22, 1654 and raised six children. At the age of 41, he served as an officer in the King Philip's war.|
|Mary b. 29 March 1637||Mary married John Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass. on April 3, 1655, the son of John and Barbara Ruggles and raised four children.|
|Martha b. 29 April 1639||Martha married Jacob Newell of Roxbury, Mass. on November 3, 1657 and raised eight children. He was the son of Abraham and Frances Newell of Ipswich.|
|John Jr. 1641-Oct 15, 1679||He married Rebecca Errington on Dec 9, 1668 the daughter of Abraham Errington and Rebecca Cutler of Cambridge. He was a soldier in the King Philip's War.|
|Samuel 28 Oct, 1644-20 Mar, 1709||June 14, 1679, after the death of her husband John. Sam was a soldier in the King Philip's War, raised five children and experienced some legal problems.|
[It was very uncommon to have negative ancestral information published. A reader would have to "read between the lines" to find out what actually occurred.
Genealogist Frederick Clifton Pierce Esq, politely discussed witchcraft, when in 1883, he published "The Gibson Family of Cambridge", cited on page 388.
"Due to the Rebecca Gibson witchcraft fiasco, certainly no eligible man, widowed or single, would consider sister in law Rebecca (Errington) Gibson for a wife".]
1641-1679 Born in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, the oldest son and fourth child of John Sr., he died young just before the birth of son Timothy.
John, an inexperienced officer, was "encouraged" by his step grandfather, Captain Thomas Prentice to assist him fighting in the King Philip's war. m.Rebecca Errington Dec 9,1668, the daughter of Abraham Errington and Rebecca Cutler, she descended from the father of Catholic Martyr, Bishop George Errington.
b. 1643, d. 4 DEC 1713. Rebecca experienced "financial difficulty" and received a small amount of financial assistance from the church, after the death of John in 1679.
She struggled to raise her young family alone and in September of 1680 was identified by church elders as an "unsuitable mother". (ref.)
After a brief session in court, her children were taken from her and placed with "suitable church families".
Rebecca was then "put out by the selectman to families in the country", obviously an extremely difficult time for her with no record of her death.
|Rebecca 4 Oct, 1669-1788||Daughter Rebecca was a "troubled child", never married and died young. (ref.) There are obvious omissions in this sanitized text by Mehitable Wilson from 1900.|
|Martha 14 Aug, 1671-1733||Martha 14 Aug, 1671-1733 She married Reben Lilly of Concord and then married Joseph Knight of Woburn, Massachusetts 1673-1732.(ref.)|
|Mary 1673-1732||Mary 1673-1732 She was raised with the family of Stephen Gates of Stow Massachusetts and married his son Nathaniel Gates, 1675-1731 on Oct 17, 1700. (ref.)|
|John III 1676-1751||It would appear that young John, obviously intelligent and well educated, had a different view on life and was apparently quite unhappy with his life in Cambridge. "Under a bad influence, he was excommunicated for his radical views". This was not a good time to be a Quaker in the Mass. Bay Colonies. Similar incidents a few years earlier resulted in a swift execution. The church elders then attempted to erase all records of his existence.|
|Timothy 1679-July 14,1757||Timothy grew up with the family of Stephen Gates of Stow Massachusetts. He was well educated, became a church deacon and married daughter Rebecca Gates. Timothy's son, Captain Timothy Gibson II, and grandson, Captain Timothy Gibson III, proudly fought in the revolution with honor and distinction. Descendants of Timothy include, shipping merchant Captain Nehemiah Gibson, Boston merchant Charles Gibson and Gibson Girl artist Charles Dana Gibson. Well known living descendants of Timothy are artist William Gibson, writer and Jeopardy star Hutton Gibson, and his famous son's, actors Donal and Mel Gibson.|
[Hollywood producer and director, Mel Gibson is very aware of our family history with many of his movies recording events of our ancestors.]
[Obviously, some of the Gibson family members were very independent in their thinking and NOT active members of the Cambridge community or the established church.]
[Contrary to popular belief, the Massachusetts Bay Colonies were NOT founded on religious freedom, a few years earlier many Quakers were executed for their belief.]
[I have been searching for more than thirty years for information on the "Halsall" "Halsell" or "Hulsell" Quakers. Who was this group that existed about 350 years ago?]
1676-1751 Fourth child and oldest son of John Jr., he was an early colonial Philadelphia resident and friend of the family of William Penn.
Arthur St. Clair was President of the United States in Congress Assembled when the United States Constitution was enacted. John Gibson III is identified by some as his cousin, the son of William Gibson, born in Galway, Ireland in 1641 and emigrated to England about 1663. John espoused the cause of the Hulsell Quakers and with community antagonism toward his religion, departed the hostile Bay Colony area as a young man, arriving in the Quaker friendly city of Philadelphia, some time between 1690 and 1693, and possibly indentured. John might have lived with his cousins William or Patience upon his arrival in Philadelphia, the children of his uncle William Gibson. An early teacher and administrator of Friends Select School in Philadelphia, he was called by Attorney GeneralDavid Lloyd in 1696, to help frame the Charter of Privileges, (especially his religious freedom writings in section one), the first Constitution of Pennsylvania. It remained in effect until 1777 with some of his writing appearing in the U.S. Constitution, written in 1786, and still in use today.
|John IV 1700-1700||John IV died in infancy|
|Robert 1702-1754||Robert moved to northern Virginia, then back to the Philadelphia area (Bucks Co.) to encourage other to settle in Virginia. His family was quite prolific. Thanks Donna|
|George 1704-1761||George Sr, with his famous son's General John Gibson and Colonel George Gibson, were early settlers and founders of Lancaster, in Lancaster County, PA.|
|Rebecca 1707-1776||Please let us know if you have any information on Rebecca Gibson. Did she marry, remain a Quaker and stay in Philadelphia or move to Virginia with the others?|
|Moses 1710-176||Moses remained a Quaker, moved to Virginia, became a successful planter and tobacco merchant, and built a beautiful plantation home named "Valley View".|
|Mary 1712-1783||Mary Gibson moved to northern Virginia, married and moved west, probably to western Virginia or Kentucky. Any additional information would be appreciated.|
|Anne 1715-1736||Anne Gibson moved to Virginia and married John Frame in 1735. She died during the birth of their first child and John remarried shortly thereafter.|
|William 1717-1771||William Gibson's son John married Sarah McDowell, moved to Greenbrier, Virginia, (now WV), and raised a large family with many descendants. Thanks Bradley Famous Tony Award winner playwright William Gibson, writer of The Miracle Worker, the story of Helen Keller's education, was descended from William.|
Major General John Gibson b.23 May 1740, Ref. p. 481, was a commander and governor of the Indiana Territory from 1800 to 1816. John married Ann Ball, b. 3 May 1736, a first cousin of his good friend General George Washington through his mother Mary Ball. Colonel George Gibson b.10 Oct 1747, was a Commander in the Colonial Army and led the famous Gibson's Lambs of Lancaster, PA. He later served with his uncle, Major General Arthur St. Clair and was killed in the disastrous Battle of the Wabash or St. Clair's defeat. His oldest son George Gibson III, was an early explorer and a significant member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. George was the father of the HonorableJohnBannisterGibson, a highly respected Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Grandson Isaac was an officer in the Prince William Co.Colonial Brigade, and great grandson James Gibson, was a Colonel in the War of 1812. Another grandson, John Gibson, son of William, was an early colonial mayor of Philadelphia from December 5, 1772, to May 21, 1773.
[Pictured is the gravestone of John Bannister Gibson in the old Carlisle, PA cemetery. My son's Chris and Jon, don't always share my enthusiasm for visiting the final resting place of our ancestors.]Some of this Information is from
“Biographical History of York County, Illustrated 1886” by York County President Judge John Gibson Esq. John Gibson was married to Helen Packard of Albany, NY.John was a minister, writer, genealogist, historian, lawyer and judge. His brother, Horatio Gates Gibson was a Civil War General and two of his sons were Mayors of York at the turn of the last century.Many of our family ancestors were early explorers of the Susquehanna Valley area of Pennsylvania, and founders of York and Lancaster, both early capitols of our emerging republic.
|Isaac 1735-1798||Eldest son Isaac, after a brief and difficult service in the colonial militia, returned to Upperville, and raise eight children on the "Valley View" family plantation.|
|Joseph 1737-1795||Joseph married, moved to nearby Loudoun County and raised 7 children. His descendants lived in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. Thanks Kenneth|
|James 1739-1801||James moved back to the Philadelphia area and then to New Jersey where he raised a large family and was the ancestor Col. James Gibson. (Ref.) Thanks Bruce|
|John (V) 1740-1805||John married the daughter of his uncle Amos, 1st cousin Ruth Janney, with two children. After her death, John married Betsy Prior and fathered six more children.|
|Thomas 1744-1784||Thomas married Ann ?, raised a large family with well known grandson's Randall, and Thomas, the founder of The Gibson Family de Béxar of Kentucky.|
|Moses 1747-1803||Moses raised a large family in Virginia, and was the ancestor of Frank Gibson, an early manufacturer of refrigerators, freezers and other home appliances.|
|Rebecca b.abt 1750||Rebecca married Daniel Peach on Oct 25, 1793, (Most likely her second marriage). Daniel was a cousin to Samuel Peach Jr. (below). (Ref.) Thanks Debbie|
|Anne b.abt 1752||Married Mr. Smith and Then John Clark. Unfortunately we have not been able to find any information on daughter Ann other than her married name.|
Rebecca Gibson, grand daughter of John and Ruth Janney, and daughter of John and his second wife Betsy Pryor, married Samuel Peach Jr. in 1822, (he was also a Quaker). (Ref.) Thanks Debbie Nelson Gibson, grand son of John and Ruth Janney m. Emsey Hatcher, daughter of Joseph Hatcher and Hannah Reeder. (Ref.) Thanks Bruce [It is a shame that Penny and O. D. Linder refused to use the Internet when writing their book. Yes, it is difficult separating the trash, but a vast amount of accurateold worldinformation is available. I have discovered that there are significant errors recorded, printed and passed on as fact by many 19th century genealogists with many of these printed mistakes listed corrected on the web.]
1735-1798 Isaac, the eldest son of Moses, was born in Upperville, Va. and with Esther, raised eight children on the family plantation "Valley View". m.Esther Jamison 1736-1826 in 1754. Her father, Captain William Jamison, was killed in the French and Indian War, her mother died shortly after "of a broken heart". He was a colonial soldier, planter and merchant, and inherited the family plantation at the age of 29, after the death of his father in 1764. (Ref.) Although Isaac did not actively serve in the revolutionary war, he was recognized for his support by General Washington and paid for supplying goods to the Continental Army.
[Isaac, an inexperienced young officer, served under father in law, Captain William Jamison in the French and Indian War, on the failed attempt to capture Fort Duquense in 1755. Isaac served in the Colonial Army with five highly respected senior officers as relatives: William Jamison, George Gibson, John Gibson, George Washington and Arthur St. Clair. He was in the Prince William County Colonial Brigade with his 23 year old cousin, Major Geo. Washington, in the battles of Jumonville Glen, and Great Meadows or Fort Necessity. He buried his father in law and his Commanding Officer, General Edward Braddock at Great Meadows, after their defeat at the Monongahela, attempting capture of Fort Duquense. Daniel Boone who's family also moved from the Bucks Co. area to northern Virginia, was a family friend and neighbor and served with Isaac under Captain William Jamison.]
Apparently there were two Isaac Gibsons in Loudoun Co. in the 1760's. One married Ester Sinkler and the other married Esther Jamison, obviously very confusing for genealogists. The Isaac Gibson who married Esther Sinkler was the son of Joseph Gibson (1699-1764) and Alice Jackson (1703 - 13 Dec 1790, both Bradford meeting Quakers from Chester, PA. They moved to Fairfax in Loudoun County, Virginia around 1764 after the death of his father, born in Ireland in 1676, emigrated in 1696, and was descended from Lord George III. Some genealogists have mixed these two families due to similar names. I believe this is the correct information for Isaac and Esther Jamison and would appreciate corrections.
Isaac 1756-1826 Eldest son Isaac never married, left the family plantation around 1776, and became a successful tobacco and slave merchant in Alexandria, Virginia.
Joseph 1762-1838 Joseph, a planter, apparently lived his entire life at Valley View. His marriage information was not recorded or has been discretely hidden. (Ref.)
Susannah 1765-1845 Susannah Gardner Gibson married John Logan, a planter and lived at Valley View their entire lives. Valley View Plantation straddled Loudoun and Fauquier counties.
Samuel 1770-1772 Samuel died young Some of this information is from the genealogy investigation of cousin Kenneth Gibson, I am very appreciative of his work and superb information.
Esther 1772-1848 Esther married Frederick Hicks in 1789 who was killed in the War of 1812. In 1814 she married James Bowles and raised five children on the family plantation.
Isaac and Esther also raised her younger brother William, b.1751 and sister Rachel b.1753, after the unexpected death of her mother, Susannah Gardner, in 1756. Isaac and then his son William owned "Valley View", a large tobacco plantation, with at least 27 slaves, in Upperville, Loudoun County, Virginia. The following property transaction, copied from the Virgina state public records, records the transfer of a slave named Alfred Clark after the death of Esther, wife of Isaac Gibson.
|Name of slave
Clark, a "boy," was born in Alexandria.
John W. Massie, William S. Massie,
| Ref #
William and Sally Gibson moved to Baltimore, raised four children, then inherited the family plantation "Valley View" on the death of his mother in 1826. Their oldest son Dr. William Gibson, was one of the first professors of surgery at the University of Maryland and a famous Army surgeon who fought at the battle of Waterloo in 1815. With his son Charles Bell Gibson, Dr. Gibson witnessed the destruction of his beloved plantation home, then moved to Savannah, Georgia, where he died on March 2, 1868. From this branch of the family descended many noteworthyGibson families in Virginia, the Carolinas and Kentucky, including some descendants of plantation slaves. Many of the Upperville tobacco plantations including "Valley View" were burned by the Union Army in the Battle of Upperville, on June 21, 1863. "The Maples", a restored neighboring plantation, was owned by Mrs. [Betty Wise Gibson] Fletcher, a grand daughter of William Gibson. (Ref.)
5 Jun 1768-1837 A Planter and Merchant, they raised five children on their plantation named "Bowling Green" in Flint Hill, Rappahannock County, Va. m. Elizabeth "Betsy" WithersWinn 1769-1855, in 1796 , daughter of notable Minor Winn Jr. 1730-1813, and Elizabeth Withers 1732-1794, was descended from four Mayflower pilgrims.
Betsy, born into southern aristocracy, was raised on the Winn family tobacco plantation named "Eden", in Charles City, Prince William County, Virginia. Her sister Margaret Winn, was the grandmother of General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, and a cousin to President Andrew Jackson.
|Minor Winn 7 Apr 1797-1877||married Elizabeth Pendleton Shackelford. Minor was a well known, highly respected Lawyer and a first Cousin to General Stonewall Jackson. (Ref.) (Ref.)|
|Thornton Lewis 27 Aug 1798-1822||d. young Thanks Kenneth|
|Alcinda Keene 2 Apr 1800-1829||d. young, m. the Hon. Richard Walker Barton of Winchester, He raised two children, Daughter Julia Gramme and son Rev. Richard Thomas Barton.|
|Isaac Sinclair 12 Aug 1802-1822||d. young, m. Mary Poynton of Alexandria, Virginia in 1822 and drowned shortly after his marriage, with no children, she remarried shortly after his death.|
|Alpheus Withers 12 Apr 1808-1864||m. Harriet West Aldridge of Loudoun, Va. Dr. Gibson practiced in Loudoun, Va and raised four children, John Moses, William, Henry Clay and Alcinda.|
|Lucinda Naunton 11 Dec 1809-1812 d. young|
|Moses Williams 31 Oct 1811-1826||d. young, was killed by a runaway horse on his twenty first birthday and never married. Sadly, Moses and Betsy had to bury five of their seven children.
Moses was a tobacco planter and merchant like his father and planted wheat in some of his fields. With his neighbors, he was an early experimenter in the practice of crop rotation.
He was buried in the family cemetery plot with three of his children. Most of the grave stones are missing with the headstone of Moses being used as part of the floor on the porch.
Betsy Gibson, not able or willing to run Bowling Green alone after the death of Moses in 1837, sold the estate to Eastham Jordan in 1839, who agreed to maintain the cemetery plot.
Dad's great aunt, first lady Edith Bolling Wilson, lived a block from us in Wytheville and also attended the same church. A famous descendant of William, son of Dr. Alpheus and Harriet, is science fiction writer William Ford Gibson, born in 1948. [William or "Bill" (never Billy), was raised by his mother Otey, our neighbor and family friend in Wytheville, VA, whom we vacationed with many times. Growing up without a father, quiet and reserved, he attended school and played with cousin Tommy Gibson, who introduced him to electronics and science.Living in southwestern, VA in the 1950's was an experience. William's writings of his youth in Wytheville are enlightening. Ask me about it sometime?]
Elizabeth "Betsy" Withers Winn, descended from the aristocratic families of John Winn, William Withers, John Minor, William Claiborne, Thomas Keene, Robert Gosnold, Edward Thorley, William Naunton, Benjamin Harrison, John Butler, Thomas Gerrard, Thomas Neville and their Royal and Noble ancestors. The grandson of Lord Robert Wingfield, Edward Wingfield, and his first cousin Robert Gosnold, were the principal financial founders of Jamestown, Virginia. Edward Maria Wingfield, as the first president of Jamestown Colony, is recognized as the first elected president in what is today the United States of America. Lord Robert Gosnold was the principle financial backers of the failed Roanoke Colony in North Carolina, where he sent his cousin, Sir Walter Raleigh in 1586. A few years later, he also financed Jamestown Colony, and sent his grandson Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold to lead the first party of explorers and establish the colony. With half of the colonists, Bartholomew died shortly after arriving in Virginia and the leadership of the colony passed to the arrogant and boastfulCaptain John Smith. John Smith rarely mentioned Captain Gosnold in his 1620's imaginative writings on the founding of Jamestown and claimed credit for the colony establishment himself. Specifically, his incredibly embellished stories of Pocahontas and saving the colony of Jamestown from savages have been passed on as fact for more than 350 years. BartholomewGosnold is considered by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) to be "The prime mover of the colonization of Virginia".
He led the first European expedition to Cape Cod, on May 15, 1602, and established Martha's Vineyard, one of the earliest English settlements on the continent. Bartholomew Gosnold's grave was recently discovered just outside the main gate of the old Jamestown Colony. Please don't skip this incredible story.
7 Apr 1797 - 14 Jun1877. Born on the family tobacco plantation, he became a highly respected lawyer with the Hon. John Shackelford Esq. m. ElizabethPendletonShackelford, 1800-1874, the daughter of the Hon. John Shackelford Esq, and the niece of the Hon. Edmund Pendleton Esq, First Supreme Court Justice of Virginia.Elizabeth descended from the well known southern colonialaristocratic families of Roger Shackleford, Edward Palmer, Richard Tutt, William Underwood, Henry Johnson, James Harrison, Philip Pendleton, William Hurt, Robert Taliaferro, John Gregory, John Taylor, Thomas Rolfe, Richard Henry Lee Sr., and Samuel Clayton, (ref.) with four lines to the notable Lee family. Judge Pendleton was President of the Virginia House of Burgesses, First Continental Congress, and was the first Governor of Virginia, before Patrick Henry. Edmond was consulted many times by his close friendThomas Jefferson, and cousins James Madison and George Washington, for his input and thoughts as the Committee of Five drafted the Declaration of Independence. He signed and was a significant contributer to the drafting and adoption of the Articles of Association. As president of the Virginia House of Burgesses, he is the person to whom Patrick Henry addressed with the famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech. Appointed the first president of the First Continental Congress, Judge Pendleton is considered by some historians to be the First President of the United Colonies. With fifteen depicted in the famous painting by John Trumbull, our family ancestors obviously made a significant contribution to the founding of our country. Elizabeth's mother, Lucy Pendleton Tutt, is recorded as descended from John Bolling and many first arrivals of the early Virginiacolonies of Williamsburg and Jamestown. (Ref.) She is also recorded as a direct descendant of five Mayflower pilgrims, Sir William Gerrard, Lord Chancellor Of Ireland and other significant European Royalty and Nobility. With community hostility toward his son James serving in the Union Army, Minor and Elizabeth Gibson moved to the relative safety of nearby Washington D.C. during the Civil War. Minor Winn Gibson, Esq witnessed the destruction of his family's tobacco plantation after the Battle of Upperville, on June 21, 1863.
Minor Winn Gibson was also a professional genealogist and published books, pamphlets and a weekly column in the Richmond Times for almost twenty years.
|Lucy Withers b. 9 May 1821||Lucy never married and died 13 Feb. 1874. In 1860 at age 39 she lived with her parents in Washington D.C., employed as a school teacher.|
|Mary Ellen b. 5 Aug. 1823||Mary Ellen m. Dr. James Madison Porter on Aug 1, 1848, bore two children, Glisson Thomas and Lucy Elizabeth and died Oct 2, 1853. Dr. Porter remarried.|
|Martha Irene b. 9 Mar.1826||Martha never married and died young on 28 Feb. 1848. Unfortunately, Minor and Elizabeth Gibson had to bury three of their nine children.|
|Isaac Tutt b. 30 Jan.1828||Rev. Isaac Gibson married Annie Sophia Wingerd and raised four children during the American Civil War. They lived on the family plantation until the war.|
|Alcinda Ester b. 20 Feb1830||M. Col. Dr. Gabriel Ellis Porter of Frostburg, MD in Oct. 1853. Lived in Lonaconing, MD. Raised nine children with six deceased in 1889 when Dr. Porter died.|
|John St.Pierre b.11 May1832||Dr. John Gibson, MD married Mary Smith Wallace of Augusta, Georgia, whom he met in college. They raised two children, Edward Lacy and Bessie M. Gibson.|
|Minor Pendleton 4 Apr 1835||Unfortunately, Minor Pendleton Gibson died shortly after his birth. He would have passed on three great names.|
|Moses Winn b. 7 May 1837||"Colonel" Gibson, a store clerk, lived Lonaconing, MD, had a gambling and drinking problem, moved to Kentucky and was "saved" by Rev. Steven P. Holcombe.|
|James Green b. 22 July 1839||In 1860 he is living with his parents in Washington DC. He then served in the Union Army and in 1870 he is working as a store clerk in Lonaconing, Md.|
A descendant of Dr. John and Mary Gibson through son Lacy, is famous silent film actor Edmund Richard "Hoot" Gibson, 1892-1962, the only Gibson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A descendant of Henry Pendleton is Major General Joseph Henry Pendleton, USMC, pioneered Marine Corps activities in the San Diego area and served as mayor of Coronado from 1928-1930. The United States Marine Corp Base, Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, just north of San Diego, was named in honor of General Pendleton by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on September 25, 1942.
1828-1906 Born on the family plantation "Bowling Green" in Flint Hill, Rappahannock County, Va, he became a highly respected Clergyman. (Ref.) m. Annie Sophie Wingerd 1831-1895 on Feb 28, 1853. Isaac and Annie raised six children during the U.S. Civil War, including Annie's younger sister and brother, Margaret, born in 1841 and George, born in 1845, after the untimely death of her parents and grandparents in 1852. Isaac and Annie moved around avoiding the War and Reconstruction, before settling down in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Rev. Isaac Gibson was an author and well known Clergyman and served as Rector of the Old Fork Church in Hanover Co, VA; 1866: Assistant Rector of Zion Church in Charlestown, WV; 1866-1868: Rector of St. Martin's Parish, VA; 1868-70: Danville, KY;1870-71: Calvary Church, Louisville, KY; 1871-72: briefly at Trinity Church in Covington, KY; and finally appointed Priest and Rector at St. John's Episcopal Church, Norristown, Pennsylvania from 1872 until his death in 1906. He is listed in the Norristown City Directory 1888-1893, residing at 27 E. Airy and later 17 E. Elm St in Norristown, PA. The Southern Churchman said in his obituary he authored several works on the Higher Criticism, the latest,"Reasons for the Higher Criticism" written in 1900, being well-known. He also wrote: "Leading Higher Critics on the Origin of the Levitical Law"in 1894; "The Pentateuch and Joshua" in 1895; and "The Reasons for the Higher Criticisms of the Hexateuch" written in 1897.
I have copies of most of these books, they all can be found in the library of St. John's Episcopal Church in Norristown, Pennsylvania.]
|John Shackelford b. 23 Dec 1853 d. 4 Dec 1912 m.||Ilicia Wheeler Davis daughter of Dr. James Marvin Davis. John was a genealogist and an Episcopal Clergyman like his father.|
|Ethel Wingerd b. 4 Feb 1856 d. 24 Dec 1934||Ethel owned a dry goods store in Norristown. She never married and shared a home with her younger sister Delia until her death.|
|Muscoe Minor b. 1859 - 1932 m.||Amy Bower Whitton, the daughter of Mary Cooke Cushman and Joseph Morris Bower Whitton. Both Mary and Joseph had amazing pedigrees of nobility.|
|Delia Pendleton b. 23 Nov 1862 d. 1936||Delia, a music teacher, lived with her sister Ethel and never married. She was unable to cope with the death of her sister and died shortly thereafter.|
|Frank Mason b. 10 Jan. 1865 d. 1865||Their youngest son died in infancy near the end of the American Civil War. With their young children, they witnessed the destruction of the family plantations in Upperville, on June 21, 1863.
John Shackleford's memories, as a nine year old writing of the burning of his grandparents home, are especially poignant.
Almost 100 Gibson men served in the Civil War, some fighting against brothers and cousins. Many were killed and never returned home to their families.
A significant number of Gibson children were raised without a father after the war ended and the age of the "Planter Aristocracy of the South" was abolished forever.
The old Gibson family Hillsborough Plantation property, now a successful winery, still uses the Hillsborough name.
[Although the Gibson family records identify plantation destruction by the Union Army, they were probably destroyed by the fleeing Confederate Army, or even more likely, by family members and neighbors, to prevent the capture of valuable assets and property by the approaching Yankee forces.]
1859-1932, a respected Prominent Lawyer in Norristown, Pa. and SAR member, was directly descended from five Mayflowerpilgrims. m.Amy Butler Whitton 1870-1917, Jan 1896, raised in High Society Philadelphia, was the daughter of Mary Cooke Cushman DAR and Joseph Morris Bower Whitton SAR. Amy was a direct descendant of King Edward III and European Royalty, and a cousin to presidents Jackson, Coolidge and both Roosevelts. Her mother, Mary Cooke Cushman,1839-1876, descended from elevenMayflowerPilgrims, and her father descended from four. Amy was a direct descendant of the notable Putnam and Hutchinson families of Salem, MA, ancestors of General Israel Putnam, and also from Robert Cushman, Steven Hopkins, Isaac Allerton and Rev. John Robinson, four of the pilgrim founding fathers of Plymouth. When Amy was six years old, Mary died from pneumonia. Amy, and her siblings were raised by family servants Kate McNamara and Mary Phelan while they attended private school near their home. Kate and Mary continued to work for Muscoe until well after Amy's untimely death.
|Anna Bertha b. 1897 d. 1907||Great aunt Anna died young at the age of eleven.|
|Joseph Whitton b. 26 Sept, 1899||Grandpa Gibson, a design engineer and statistician for Bell Laboratories in Whippany, N.J., developed Direct Distance Dialing.
A dark side of our family history, the Hutchinson and Putnam families were the accusers in the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials that resulted in the execution or imprisonment of almost 200 member of the community. A superb story well worth further investigation, it is one of the most significant, emotional and tragic events in American history. Coincidently, our family home has seven gables.
Descendants of John Hutchinson were founders of the state of Rhode Island, escaping religious persecution in the Massachusetts Bay Colonies.
Charles, The Prince of Wales, and President Andrew Jackson are direct descendants of John and Sarah, and his notable father, Colonel John Hutchinson.
[The Gibson, Whitton and Cushman families kept meticulous family records for more than 350 years. There are 3 large old family Bibles, photographs, correspondence and official documents. Significant memorabilia include personal letters from Queen Victoria and Mrs. Franklin Pierce, Military Medals, Free Mason documents, pictures and furniture dating from the colonial era. We also have many published books written by ancestors with some more than 200 years old. Many original documents predate the Revolutionary War with obvious historical value. With both Mary and Joseph from families of society and means, and living when ancestry was considered important, homogamy and endogamy were certainly significant in their marriage. Mrs. Franklin Pierce was a great aunt of Mary Cooke Cushman and Queen Victoria was a third cousin. Mary's parents wrote to and received many letters from their well known cousins. Despite polite objections from his father, Muscoe Minor Gibson followed the tradition of Amy's family of being listed in the prestigious Philadelphia Social Register and similar directories. Unlike these pages, where I have prominently recorded titles and significant accomplishments of our ancestors, the family records are very discrete and usually list only the names of our ancestors. A reader of our family records would have to know the deeds and history of our ancestors, or names like Mary Allerton and Thomas Cushman would just be the listing of another ancestor. Obviously Rev. Isaac Gibson and his son Rev. John S. Gibson knew of our incredible family ancestry, but did not boast with the recording of titles and accomplishments when recording names. With boxed family memorabilia being passed on and rarely examined, I am absolutely certain my uncle Muscoe had no idea of our Mayflower connections or our exceptional lines of Royal Ancestry. If my father or brothers would have investigated names listed in the family Bibles or on old ancestral charts, they would have easily discerned the origin of their middle name, Cooke and Cushman). According to my mother, the middle names of my brothers and sister were selected from recent ancestors of our tree because my parents "just liked the name, or the name had a nice sound to it".]
9/26/1899-8/26/77 Only son of Muscoe Minor, and an AT&T design engineer and statistician, he was also a published song writer and poet. m. Nellie Dear 9/14/00-6/14/80 Nellie was the daughter of Thomas Dear, (21 Oct 1863 - 10 May 1955) and Eliza Ann Wood, (22 Apr 1866 - 10 Apr 1940), both of English descent. Grandpa served in the US Army during WWI. Employed for almost fifty years at Bell labs, Whitton was a member of the team that developed Direct Distance Dialing and Area Codes. He was a supervisor on the team of inventors that created the #5 Crossbar and #1 Electronic Switching Systems, among many other inventions. Joseph Whitton Jr.2/24/22-3/12/2005 m. Norma Jean Stewart, d. 2000. "Uncle Gib" or "Gibby", an engineer for Dupont, held many patents, and was one of the creators of Nylon fabrics. He was a recipient of the prestigious DuPontLavoisier Medal "Chemist of the Year Award", in 2000.
Philip Bruce Gibson and Deborah Frances Howie live in Lothian, MD. Children are: Kevin Whitton Gibson 1983 and Steven William Gibson 1986. Muscoe Minor II. 10/25/23-2004 m. Jane Olga Herchenrider (living) Uncle Muscoe was an officer in the United States Navy and a U.S. Naval Academy graduate. Muscoe Minor Gibson III and Renee Adel Serend live in Glastonbury, CT. Their only child, Scott Muscoe Gibson 1981, is a singer/songwriter living in New York City. Deborah Jane Gibson and Jimmy Edward Brown live in New Castle, DE. Jimmy has three children from a previous marriage: Luke, Joseph and Elizabeth Brown. Donna Jeanne Gibson and Tim Player live in Westfield, NJ. Children are: David 1997, and Nichole 2002. Thomas Cushman 7/8/25-12/9/97 m. Sarah Jane Knowlton (living) Dad was a machine tool engineer and worked for my grandfather at Wiedemann Machine Tools in King of Prussia, PA. Thomas Knowlton Gibson is divorced and lives in York, PA Children are Madison James Smith (CPM)1984, Christopher Thomas Gibson 1990, and Jonathan Knowlton Gibson 1993. Philip Cook Gibson, and Elizabeth live in Providence, RI. Phil, previously married twice, never had any children of his own. David Cushman Gibson never married and died young from an overdose of prescribed antibiotics. His heart wrenching story featured on national television, resulted in thousands of lives saved. Andrea Whitton Gibson and her husband Patrick Cougevan live in Mandeville, LA. She was widowed and raised three teenage daughters from Dr. Gerald Summer's two previous marriages. Nancy Winn (Living) b.2/4/32- m. Robert Bancroft Whitehouse d. 3/25/81. Uncle Bob lived and died in Mexico, and was a brother in law and a first cousin to Sarah Jane Knowlton. Rev. Dr. Thomas Bancroft Whitehouse and Angelina Almaguer live in Edinburg, TX. Their children are: Matthew Robert 1981, Nathan John 1985, Brian Jessie 1987, Jason Nathaniel 1989, Kevin Ian 1990, David Sean 1992, Michael Shane 1994, Amy Janelle 1996, and Lisanne Yvonne 1999. Susan Raebuck Whitehouse and Glen Pierce Dudley live in Hatboro, PA. Their children are: Jennifer Winn 1984, Alisha Mae 1986 with a child of her own, and Jonathan Pierce Dudley 1988. David Whitton Whitehouse and Ana L. Gordillo live in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Their children are: Matthew Stevens born in 1990, and Robert Raymond born in 1996.
7/8/25-12/9/97 Third son of J.Whitton, raised in Norristown, a Machine Tool Engineer, he designed aircraft carrier elevator lifting gears and tools. m. Sarah Jane Knowlton b.1926- Mom lives in Ponchatoula, LA, and is a direct descendant of Geoffrey Chaucer and the family of Colonel Thomas Knowlton. Daughter of Letha Pearl Metzger 1/8/04 - 10/7/79 and Frank Watson Knowlton. Raised in Norristown, PA by stepfather Theodore Andreas Wiedemann, 7/18/08 - 12/7/80. My parents Thomas C. Gibson, (SAR member) and Sarah J. Knowlton, (DAR member) are multiple cousins (at least 17 times within 12 generations), both with significant colonial ancestry. They both descended from Thomas Clark an ancestor of George Wythe, John Baker an ancestor of John Trumbull, John Hutchinson and Sarah Putnam, William Hurt, John Harrington, Samuel Treat, Matthew Whipple, Caleb Gates through the Forbes and Kennedy families, and finally through Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, Stephen Hopkins and Francis Cooke. Dad was a 1st Lt. in the US Marine Corp during WWII. [There are many instances of homogamy, endogamy and consanguinity throughout the Gibson and Knowlton family trees.] My father was a machine tool engineer and worked for his father in law at Wiedemann Machine Tools in King of Prussia, PA, among other companies. My parents obviously had a penchant for large historic old homes. Listed below are some of the 17 homes we live in from 1948 until 1968. We lived: on the original Craftsman Farmsestate, on Route 10 in Morris Plains, NJ; next to the 1815 Freeman estate at 61 South Valley Road in West Orange, NJ; then "Tree Tops", the Earl Barnes estate next to the Zimbalist Estate on Town Hill Rd, in New Hartford, CT, where we played with "Skipper"Zimbalist; next in a beautiful 1841 brick antebellum home at 280 Church St, in Wytheville, VA; next to the old Norris Estate on Landing Road in Elkridge, MD; then to the 1850 stained glass windowed, red roofed Victorian "Hill House", on Hill House Road next to Kernan Hospital in historic Dickeyville, MD; and finally, on Bristol Road in one of the oldest homes in Hartsville, PA, the Robert Darrah Farm, part of his father's Estate built in the early 1700's. George Washingtonvisited and rested at the Darrah housemany times in August of 1777, during court martial at Neshaminy Church across the street. According to Darrah descendants, the children were usually sent to the grand parents house so they wouldn't disturb the General while he was napping. Yes, "George Washington Slept Here," and I have slept in the same room that our first president slept in, although it was almost 200 years later.
|Thomas Knowlton b.1948||Tom, living in York, PA for almost 40 years, thoroughly enjoys genealogy research, and is unaware of any family members reading these pages.|
|Philip Cook b.1950||Philip, a patent holder, living in Providence, RI, is unaware that the state was founded by our ancestors and has no idea of the origin of his middle name.|
|David Cushman b.11/20/52-2/5/87||David died young from an overdose of prescribed antibiotic. With superb assistance from New Jersey State Senator and Governor Richard Codey, his heart wrenching story featured on national television, initiated sweeping reforms in NJ state hospitals resulting in thousands of lives saved.|
|Andrea Whitton b. 1956||Andi, living in Mandeville, LA, is unaware the city is named for one of her ancestors or that nearby Tulane University was founded by Randall Lee Gibson.|
[Update: Mom and Andi have recently browsed a few of these page (but not this one), mom thought I only had about 15 pages on the web. There are almost one million counting pages on Ancestry.com.]
|m. Cathy Ann Smith b.1960 -||Divorced November, 1999.|
|Christopher Thomas Gibson b.1990-||High School Student, Webelos Scout Award with Arrow of Light Award|
|Jonathan Knowlton Gibson b.1993-||High School Student, Webelos Scout Award with Arrow of Light Award|
|m. Kelly Beth Shealer b.1959 in Jun.2000||Wife and Mother, Registered Graduate Pediatric Nurse, Wellspan Inc. There are four additional children from spouses previous marriages: Derek, Kyle, Madison, and Jared.|
Most of the early Gibson branches ended in 1349 due to the Bubonic Plague, resulting in almost every living Gibson in the world being descended from Lord Thomas Gibson of Goldingstones, obviously excepting those who were adopted or changed their surname. Many Gibsons in the United States, especially the New England area, are descended from immigrant John Gibson of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Others descend from one of the seven George Gibsons, with many immigrating to the south and then westward, especially to Kentucky, Indiana and Texas. Henry C. Gibson of Maybrook, was one oftherichest men in Philadelphia (wine and spirits, banking, insurance, railroading), and a patron of the arts. Luthier, Orville H. Gibson founder of the Gibson Guitar Company, and namesake of the world famous Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, and George Gibson, founder of The Gibson Art and Gibson Greeting Companies descend from George Gibson, son of John III of Philadelphia. Famous TV Gibsons are ABC Evening New anchor Charles "Charlie" Gibson, Fox News reporter John Gibson and CBS Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson. Professional Gibson recording artists are: gospel singer Jonathan Gibson, minimalist musician Jon Gibson, and my first cousin, singer/songwriter Scott Gibson. We have two NASA Astronauts, U.S. Navy Captain, Commander Robert Lee "Hoot" Gibson, and Skylab 4 Astronaut and engineer, Edward George Gibson. Thomas Gibson Walton, father of American businessman and entrepreneur Sam Walton, descended from Moses Gibson and Elsie Janney, through their son Thomas. In the United Kingdom, Baron Richard Patrick Tallentyre Gibson (1916-2004), was a British businessman in the publishing industry, and later arts administrator.
In the United States, Thomas K. Gibson is a college professor, public speaker, museum curator, summer camp director, radio station manager and chief engineer, and father. Tom has also been a professional: actor, radio announcer, inventor, writer, circus worker, boy scout commissioner, cryptologist, and high speed code specialist. The grandfather of our talented cousin, singer, songwriter and actress Deborah Ann "Debbie" Gibson was adopted, she is not a blood related Gibson. Henry Gibson is the stage name of famous comedian, actor and songwriter Henry Gibson Bateman. Although he is descended from our ancestors, he is not actually a Gibson. GeneralRandall Lee Gibson, of the Confederate States of America Army, and a founder of Tulane University, served as a United States Senator.and Representative. Most African-American Gibsons, some blood related, are descended from slaves of the many Gibson family plantations, especially notable is Gideon Gibson.
Many of our family ancestors were instrumental in the drafting, signing or approving of significant historical documents in the founding of our country, including: The MagnaCarta in (1215); First, Second, & ThirdVirginia Charters; Mayflower Compact (1620); Charter of Massachusetts Bay (1629); Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges (1696); Resolutions of the Stamp Act (Oct. 19, 1765); Declaration of Arms (July 6, 1775); Virginia Declaration of Rights (June 12, 1776); Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776); Articles of Confederation (Nov. 15, 1777) in York, PA; and finally the Constitution of the United States (1787).
If you have an Ancestry.com account, or are willing to sign up for a free one, you are invited to view our complete family tree. It is one of the largest on the web, with more than 160,000 entries in 42,000 families, many going back more than 2000 years. Including historical links to Royal Ancestors, we have identified more than 12 million ancestors, one of the largest recorded family trees.The Ancestry.com listing includes thousands of Royal and Noble ancestors, more than 1500 images, stories and descriptions, and thousands of citations. Since a few of the older listing on Ancestry.com (before 1500) are in error due to their "One World Tree" systematic approach, always verify your sources.Our tree includes hundreds of links to Roger Mortimer, Charlemagne, Charles Martel and all of their European noble families, resulting in thousands of links to British and French and Continental Royalty, Mediterranean Emperors and Egyptian Pharaohs.
Some of our Royal link are a result of genealogy research taken from manuscripts and books containing incorrect or intentionally fraudulent information creatively written by Gustav Anjou (1863-1942). His real name was Gustaf Ludvig Ljungberg, a Swedish immigrant to the United States in the 1890's.When I find a line that is referenced to his work it is noted or removed, but unfortunately there are many branches that indirectly refer to his research.
Many of our ancestors are listed on the websites "The genealogy of 750,000 people connected to European Royalty", Cindi's List, Colonists with Royal Ancestry , and two superb genealogical surveys of the peerage of European royal families, and The Peerage.com.
Most of our gateway ancestors are fully approved, documented and cited, and can be referenced in many publications. Listed are known gateway ancestral families, or the earliest known colonial ancestor with links to relatives and additional information. Most of our ancestors arrived during the early 1600's in Virginia, New England, New Amsterdam, and the Philadelphia area. Our family tree lists more than 700 colonial ancestors with almost 200 from Plymouth first arrivals and the First Families of Virginia. As founders of the colonies of Roanoke, NC in 1586, Martha's Vineyard, MA in 1602, Jamestown, VA and Popham, ME in 1607, Hampton, VA, in 1610, and thirty one Mayflower Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony in 1620, our ancestors were exceptionally significant and instrumental in the founding of our country.With so many colonial gateway ancestors in our tree, it is usually quite simple to find a reasonably close family link to most founders or early presidents of our country with western European descent.
The patrilineal branch of our Gibson family is directly descended from the listed notable and well researched colonial families. We have identified almost 700 gateway ancestors with more than 50 descended from about 2000 ancestors of *European Nobility. *Many lines are through King Edward III of England or his grandfather King Edward I, and obviously their European Royal Ancestry through the Neville and Plantagenet trees. The earliest known colonial ancestor or immigrant is noted, with links to more than fifty lines of European Royalty. Many of our ancestors are fully approved, documented and cited, gateway ancestors. The matrilineal half of this list is on the Knowlton page. You have probably found this page because you searched for ancestors listed on this page. If you are of European descent and your ancestors arrived in Colonial America during the 17th century, statistically we are related within 12 generations. We are all cousins and descended from Emperor Charlemagne.
Listing of notable Colonial Gateway Ancestors of Thomas Cushman Gibson and his descendants.
Isaac m. Mary
Norris, emigrated on Mayflower
in 1620. Mary died the first winter along with half of the
Allerton, Mary b. 1616 d. 1699, daughter of Isaac and Mary, the last surviving Mayflower passenger, married Thomas Cushman.
Appleton, Samuel m. 1656 Mary Oliver, their son Issac, b. 1664 d. 1747 who in 1695 married Priscilla Baker, the daughter of Thomas and Priscilla Baker.
Baker, Thomas b. 1636 d. 1718 m. Priscilla Symonds in 1672, ancestors of both Thomas Cushman Gibson and Sarah Jane Knowlton.
*Bannister, John, maternal grandfather of early PA Supreme Court Justice John Bannister Gibson.
Bearse, Augustine married MARY "Little Dove" Hyanno, daughter of Mary Nopae and John Hyanno, Chief of the Naragansett and son of Ihyannough.
*Bidgood, Richard 1679-4/10/1760 m. 7/11/1707 to Sarah Ellet b. 1682 Daughter of William Ellet b. 1662 m. Ann (?) ancestor of civil engineer Charles Ellet.
Bohrer, John Peter, July 25, 1746-1798
Bower, Samuel, b. 1726 m. Mary Sutter 4/18/1790 (Read volume 72 page 136)
Brewster, William 1566-1644, and Mary 1569-1627, Both emigrated on the Mayflower to the Plymouth Colony in November, 1620.
Their Daughter's Patience and Fear, arrive on ship Anne in 1623. There is no recorded evidence that grand daughter Rebecca married John Putnam.
Clark, John married Mary Morton John was an early Jamestown settler.
*Clark, Susanna, married Barnabas Lothrop, ancestors of William Cushman, she was a descendant of Albert I "The Pious", Count of Vermandois.
*Clark, Thomas married Rose Kerrich, ancestors of both Thomas Cushman Gibson and Sarah Jane Knowlton.
Clayton, Samuel m. *Elizabeth Pendleton in 1705. The *Pendleton family descended from a significant line of European royalty.
Coleman, Robert m. Sarah Ann Saunders
Cooke, Francis 1582-1663 m. Hester Mahieu 1592-1675 (Francis was a Mayflower passenger, his wife and children arrived in 1623 on the Anne).
Cooke, Josiah married Elizabeth Ring, ancestors of both Thomas Cushman Gibson and Sarah Jane Knowlton.
Cushman, Thomas, 2/2/1603-12/10/1691 raised in the family of Governor William Bradford after his fathers death, m. 1636 to Mary Allerton 1616-1699
Emigrated at age 13 on the ship Fortune to Plymouth Colony in 1621, with his father Rev. Robert Cushman 1578-1625, one of the Plymouth Colony founding fathers.
Thomas Cushman was the seventh great grandfather of both Eleanor Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt and closely related to seven other presidents including FDR.
Cushman, Elkanah, 6/1/1651-9/4/1727, third son of Thomas and Mary, m. 2/1676 to Martha Cooke, 3/16/1659-4/17/1722, daughter of Francis Cooke.
Dear, David 1830-1930, m. Deama Hughes 1830-1916. His son Thomas Dear 10/21/1863-5/10/1955 m. Eliza Ann Wood. [I was seven when my GGF Thomas Dear died.]
They live at 111 Wood St. (named after her father) in Norristown, Penna. He married Emma Root shortly after Eliza died but moved before the marriage because she would not live on Wood St.
The six bedroom home is now a multi family house. The 1906 "prayer bench" (naughty seat) Thomas built for the children (obviously including my grandmother Nellie), remains on the third floor.
*Dudley, Thomas - Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony 1634, 1640, 1645, 1650. He married Dorothy Yorke in 1603 and Katherine Deighton in 1644.
*Dunham, Deacon John m. Abigail Barlow early Plymouth Colony members and ancestors of both Thomas Cushman Gibson and Sarah Jane Knowlton.
Our Dunham family branch is well documented as one of seven to King Edward III of England and obviously his European Royal Ancestors through the Neville and Plantagenet family trees.
*Fairfield, William 1662-1742, Early MBC colonist, descended from King Robert I, "The Bruce", King of Scotland, through his grandfather William Skepper.
Faunce, Mary daughter of John Faunce and Patience Morton, married in 1649, Isaac Robinson son of Rev. John Robinson, (this marriage is recently questioned).
Fuller, Edward m. Mrs. Anne? Fuller, both emigrated on Mayflower to Plymouth Colony in November, 1620 and died the first winter.
Son Matthew Fuller arrive in 1623 on ship Anne, raised with his younger brother Samuel by their uncle, Dr. Samuel Fuller and his wife.
Ruth Fuller m. Peter Robinson, Great Grand Son of Pastor John Robinson. Their daughter Ruth Robinson m. William Cushman.
*Gardiner, Eva C., a cousin of Lion Gardiner, the ancestor of one of the first families to settle New York and Connecticut. The family owns the largest private island in the U.S.
*Gates, Caleb, married *Mary Forbes, early settlers from Connecticut and multiple ancestors of Tom Gibson, Sally Knowlton and Bill Gates III.
*Gibson, Lord Thomas, 1223-1265, many of our Gibson ancestors are recorded above in the chronological listing, sub listings or links to a seperate page.
*Gilbert, Otho married Elizabeth Hill, financier of early colonization, he sent his son Sir Humphrey Gilbert and stepson Sir Walter Raleigh to America.
*Grenville, Richard, 1542-1591, son of Thomas, and founder of Roanoke Colony, he was a cousin of both Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake.
*Greenville, Thomas, married Isabella Gilbert, daughter of Otho Gilbert and Elizabeth Hill and grand daughter of William Gilbert and Isabel Gambon.
*Gosnold, Bartholomew, established three of the earliest English settlements on the North American Continent. with financial assistance from his father.
He led the first European expedition to visit Cape Cod, on May 15, 1602 and is now recognized as "The Founding Father of Jamestown, Va".
Bartholomew Gosnold is considered by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) to be "The prime mover of the colonization of Virginia."
He named Martha's Vineyard for his daughter and the Elizabeth Islands for the Queen. His grave was recently discovered at the Jamestown Colony.
Along with many others, Bartholomew died shortly after arriving in Virginia and the leadership of the colony passed to the arrogant and boastful Captain John Smith.
John Smith rarely mentioned Captain Gosnold in his 1620's imaginative writings on the founding of Jamestown and claimed credit for the colony establishment himself.
Specifically, his incredibly embellished stories of Pocahontas and his saving the colony of Jamestown from savages have been passed on as fact for more than 350 years.
*Gosnold, Lord Robert the principle financial backers of the failed Roanoke Colony, sent his cousin, Sir Walter Raleigh to establish the colony in 1586.
Our Gosnold family branch is well documented as one of seven to King Edward III of England and obviously his European Royal Ancestors through the Neville and Plantagenet family trees.
*Harrison, James married Elizabeth Mott, James was a 2nd cousin to President William Henry Harrison and a 3rd cousin to President Benjamin Harrison.
William Henry Harrison served as the first Governor of the Indiana Territory from 1800 to 1816 with his cousin John Gibson serving in his stead from July 4, 1800 to January 10, 1801.
With Harrison's approval, General John Gibson named one of the first three counties in the territory, St. Clair County, for their cousin, Continental Army General Arthur St. Clair.
Our Harrison family branch is well documented as one of seven to King Edward I of England and obviously his European Royal Ancestors through the Neville and Plantagenet family trees.
Headley, Joseph m. Hanna Palmer 8/13/1706, father of Joshua Headley b. 10/17/1726
Hopkins, Stephen, m. Elizabeth Fisher, arrived on the Mayflower at Plymouth Colony in November, 1620, Early member of Jamestown 1609, First Families of Virginia.
Hopkins, Damaris, m. Jacob Cooke, Daughter of Mayflower passengers Stephen and Elizabeth, she was a second daughter names Damaris, the first dying young.
*Howland, Henry married Anne Margaret Aires, ancestors of both Thomas Cushman Gibson and Sarah Jane Knowlton.
Henry was an ancestor of seven presidents including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George W. Bush, as well as Sir Winston Churchill.
Both of my parents are descended from his son, John Howland, my mother is also descended from his second son Henry who married *Mary Newland.
Howland, John with his wife Elizabeth Tilley, and her parents John Tilley and Joan Hurst, all arrived on the Mayflower in 1620.
John and Elizabeth Howland and obviously John and Joan Tilley are also ancestors of my mother, Sarah Jane Knowlton.
Hurt, Isabella m. *Philip Pendleton in 1682. The *Pendleton family descended from a significant line of European royalty.
*Hutchinson, John b. May 1643 at Salem, MA. d. 2 Aug 1676 at Salem, MA, m. Jul 1672 to Sarah Putnam, 1674-1740, daughter of John Putnam.
Ancestors of Lucy Hutchinson, the descendants of John Hutchinson were founders of the state of Rhode Island, escaping religious persecution in the Massachusetts Bay Colonies.
Charles, The Prince of Wales, and President Andrew Jackson are direct descendants of John and Sarah, and his notable father, Colonel John Hutchinson.
A dark side of our family history, the Hutchinsons and Putnams were the accusers in the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials that resulted in the execution or imprisonment.
of almost 200 member of the community. Well worth further investigation, it is one of the most tragic, emotional and significant events in American history.
Janney, Thomas m. Margaret Heath, were early Philadelphia and Bucks County residents, and the grandparents of *Elsie Janney who married Moses Gibson.
Elsie Janney's mother *Elizabeth Stacy, was descended from an amazing line of English Royalty, including King Edward III and Roger Mortimer of Wigmore.
*Johnson, Elizabeth m. *Richard Tutt, both descended from early (FFV) Virginia colonists with significant European Royal ancestors.
Jones, Elizabeth m. *Benjamin Shackelford descended from the well known southern colonial aristocratic families of Thomas Rolfe, Richard Henry Lee, and Roger Shackleford.
*Keene, Matthew m. *Elizabeth Withers, both descended from early Virginia colonists with significant European Royal ancestors.
*Lee, Richard Henry Sr. the son of the Honorable Colonel Thomas Lee, and Hannah Harrison Ludwell who was the great uncle of Robert E. Lee.
This line is one of four family connections to the notable and well known southern colonial (FFV) aristocratic Lee family of Stratford Hall Plantation,Virginia.
Some of the Royal links in the Lee family are a result of genealogy research taken from manuscripts and books containing incorrect or fraudulent information written by Gustav Anjou.
Lettice, Thomas 1612-1681 m. Susanna Ring 1600-1631 daughter of William Ring and Mary Durrant.
*Lothrop, Rev. John b. 12/20/1584 m. Ann Hammond, son Barnabas m. Susanna Clark, descended from Lord Thomas Aston and European Royalty.
Livingston, John, b. about 1620
Lloyd, Samuel, m Margaret Dodd
Manton, Experience m. Peter Robinson son of Isaac Robinson and grandson of Rev. John Robinson and *Bridget White.
*Minor, Elizabeth married John Winn
*Mott, George married Elizabeth Mott, (2nd cousins)
Norris, Mary wife of Isaac Allerton and mother of Mary Allerton, all 1620 Mayflower passengers.
O'Conner, Betsey or Elizabeth
Palmer, Hanna b. 3/23/1683 daughter of John Palmer 1655-6/11/1726 and Christiana Jones 1660-7/8/1740
*Pendleton, Philip, Emigrated in 1674, son of George, b. c1600. The Pendleton family of (FFV)Virginia descended from a significant line of European royalty.
*Pettingall, John, of Manchester
*Pettus, Sir John, of Norwich
*Putnam, John Jr. (b. ca 1627-4/7/1710) & Rebecca Prence d. 11/6/1704, their daughter Sarah 1674-1740 m. John Hutchinson.
General Israel Putnam 1718 - 1790 was a grandson of John Sr, nephew of John Jr, and 1st cousin to Sarah Putnam.
There is no recorded evidence that Rebecca Prence was the grand daughter of Governor William Brewster, as recorded for more than 300 years.
Ring, William married Mary Durrant, both early Plymouth Colony members and ancestors of both Thomas Cushman Gibson and Sarah Jane Knowlton.
Robinson, Rev. John 1575-1625 m. Bridget White, he was a leader and founding pastor of the pilgrims, arriving on the Anne in 1623.
His son Isaac, born 1610, was married twice, first to Margaret Handford and second to Mary (last name unknown), but was not Mary Faunce as recorded.
*Rolfe, Thomas m. Jane Poythress, was the only child of Pocahontas by her English husband John Rolfe. His only child, Jane Rolfe married Colonel Robert Bolling.
*Shackelford, John, as early settlers in King and Queen County in 1649, they were one of the first southern aristocratic (FFV) Virginia families.
Shenkmeyer, Mary Magdalene The only information I can find on Mary Shenkmeyer on the Wingerd family page.
Shurtleff, Susannah d. 7/27/1763 daughter of William and Susanna (Lathrop) Shurtleff
Shurtleff, William b. 6/16/1624, killed by lightning on 6/6/1666, he married Elizabeth Lettice 1636-10/31/1693, in 1645 and raised at least five children.
*Sinkler, Captain William, married Susannah Garner, parents of Esther Sinkler who married Isaac Gibson, and a highly respected Virginia family.
Captain Sinkler descended from the ancient and noble Scottish family of Baron Sinclair of Ravensheugh Castle, and the Earls of Caithness.
*Skepper, William 1597-1650, early MBC colonists and significant Scottish Royal descent to King Robert I, "The Bruce", of Scotland.
*Skipper, Sarah 1639-1710 m. Walter Fairfield 1632-1723 son of John Fairfield Sarah was a cousin of President Calvin Coolidge.
Some of the Royal links in the Skipper family are a result of genealogy research taken from manuscripts and books containing incorrect or fraudulent information written by Gustav Anjou.
Sarah was a direct descendant of King Edward III of England, Charlemagne the first Holy Roman Emperor, and Attila the Hun.
Springsteen, Johannes Casperszen married Maria Johannes Theunis, early Dutch Long Island residents and ancestors of singer/songwriter Bruce Springsteen.
St. Clair, William was the grandfather of Continental Congress President and Continental Army General Arthur St. Clair.
*Stacy, Mahlon, 1638-1704, married Rebecca Ely, 1648-1711, settled in Nottingham, Burlington, New Jersey, parents of Elizabeth Stacy who married Abel Janney.
Sumner, Rodger b. 1576 m. Joan Franklin b. 2/13/1559, son William Sumner m. Mary West, Daughter Mary m. Joseph Swinnerton father of Sarah
Sutter, Mary 1774-1850 Daughter of Daniel Sutter and Eve C. Gardiner. Daniel was an uncle of Johann Augustus Sutter founder of Sutter's Fort.
Swinnerton, Sarah m. Deacon Joseph Whipple 2/2/1702 - 1740
*Taylor, John, 1754-1824, a great uncle of President Zachary Taylor, was directly descended from famous Martyrs, Dr. Rowland Taylor and William Tyndale.
Thatcher, Elizabeth m. Samuel Fuller 10/31/1700
Thomas, Martha married Richard Whitton June 4, 1770. She was the daughter of Abednego Thomas. Any information on Martha Thomas would be appreciated.
Tilley, Elizabeth with her husband John Howland, and her parents John Tilley and Joan Hurst, all arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. (Three lines)
*Tutt, Richard 1680-1728 m. 5/26/1703 *Mary Underwood, 1687-1743 daughter of William Underwood and a descendant of European Royalty.
Underwood, William married *Mary Moseley, a direct descendant of Sir William Gerard, Lord Chancellor of Ireland and his Royal ancestors.
William and Mary were ancestors of both Thomas Cushman Gibson and Sarah Jane Knowlton.
*Whiton, Thomas, Great grandfather of Thomas who was father of Richard who married Martha Thomas, and GGF of Abednego T. Whitton m. Maria Bower.
All descended from Mayflower passengers John Tilley, signed the Mayflower Compact, his wife Joan Hurst, and their daughter Elizabeth Tilley, who married John Howland, Signed Mayflower Compact.
*Whipple, Joseph 10/31/1666 - 1731 m. Sarah Hutchinson early MBC colonists. Declaration of Independence signer, William Whipple was a descendant of Joseph.
Joseph Whipple and Sarah Hutchinson are also ancestors of my mother, Sarah Jane Knowlton.
Wingerd, Abraham 3/15/1768 - 1/1/1820 The Wingerd family was from southern Germany.
*Wingfield, Edward, 1560 – 1631 He was one of the financial backer, first president, and the principal founder of Jamestown, Virginia.
*Winn, John 1553-1626 son of Owen Wynne descendants of Sir Thomas Gerrard and Dulcia Assheton, a direct descendant of Owain I of Gwynedd, King of Wales.
*John Winthrop Governor of Massachusetts Bay Company. Married Mary Forth, on 16 April 1605 and Thomasine Clopton, on 6 December 1615.
*Withers, Betsy d. 1825 m. Minor Winn 10/17/1765 Betsy is descended from many well known gateway ancestral families with documented Royal ancestry.
[There are many instances of homogamy, endogamy and consanguinity throughout our family trees, not an uncommon occurrence in large wealthy families of European descent.]
Our branch of the Gibson family is fully approved for membership in the following organizations:
Mayflower Society - Thirty one direct lineal ancestors arrived on the Mayflower at Plymouth Colony, Mass., in November of 1620. (sixteen approved)Allerton, Isaac m. Norris, Mary with daughter Mary: Hopkins, Stephen, m. Fisher, Elizabeth, with daughter Constance: Cooke Francis, Fuller, Matthew m. Ann ? with son Samuel: John Tilley m. Joan Hurst, with daughter Elizabeth Tilley m. John Howland, William and Mary Brewster.
Jamestown Society and the First Families of Virginia (14 ancestors listed) most are descended from the Lee, Carter, Gilbert, Pendleton, Shackelford, Rolfe, Bolling, Harrison, Graves, Hopkins, Ludwell, Minor and Winn families.
Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution (23 patriots)
Sons and Daughters of the War of 1812 (9 ancestors)
Sons and Daughters of the US Civil War (both North and South)
(Two Lines Approved) (Twelve lines recorded)
SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE PILGRIMS (S&D PILGRIMS)
As my grandfather was the only child of Amy Bower Whitton with a family, and I am the only child of Thomas Cushman Gibson with biological children, there are very few of us remaining with more than 20 lines.
Allerton, Isaac m. Norris, Mary with daughter Allerton, Mary, Constance Hopkins, Hopkins, Stephen, m. Fisher, Elizabeth, Cooke Francis, Matthew m. Ann Fuller, John Tilley m. Joan Hurst, Elizabeth Tilley m. John Howland, William Brewster m. Mary Brewster.
SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN COLONIST (SDAC)
(Seventeen Lines Approved) (at least twenty three lines recorded)
ORDER OF DESCENDANTS OF COLONIAL GOVERNORS (Seven Lines Approved and twenty three recorded)
We are related to every American President within 14 generations, at least 27 American Presidents within 10 generations and seven presidents within 8 generations. Being related to a president or descended from the Pilgrims or Royalty is not uncommon of colonial families of European descent dating from the 17th century. What is uncommon is having more than 500 documented 17th century gateway ancestors in one family. "We are all cousins." We are also descended from or related to at least 18 signers of the United States Declaration of Independence, and more than sixty soldiers and thirty officers of the Continental Militia.
The National Huguenot Society maintains on its website an "open listing" of persons who have been documented, to the satisfaction of The National Huguenot Society, to have been Huguenots, i.e., French Protestants living between 1520 and 1787. Several of our ancestors are included in this list of Huguenots, especially Pieter Monfoort (number 4046).
General Society, Sons of the Revolution, Lancaster, PA Chapter, Our Gibson ancestors were founders of Lancaster County and active in this chapter. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) publishes a Patriot Index, a list of persons whose honorable service in the cause of independence during the American Revolution renders their female descendants eligible for membership in the NSDAR. Many of our ancestors appear in the Patriot Index and my mother is a full member. Both grandmothers and three great grandmothers were full members. While I am not eligible for membership in the NSDAR (by not being female), I am eligible for membership in the equivalent organization for men, NSSAR, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. My father, both grandfathers, three great grandfathers and six gg grandfathers were full members.
Gibson Family Genealogy Notes
Written in 1898 by Rev. Dr. John Shackelford Gibson, corrected and updated by his sisters Ethel and Delia after his death.
1. Minor Winn GIBSON m. Elizabeth Pendleton SHACKELFORD
Minor Winn Gibson was born about 1797 in Hillsborough, Virginia. He died in 1877 in Lonaconing, Allegheny Co, Maryland. The1820 census shows Minor and Elizabeth as newlyweds living in Berryville, Frederick Co, VA. In 1830, they are living in Culpeper Co VA with five children. By 1840, they are in Rappahannock Co with a household of 3 adults and 10 children. In 1860, they are living in Washington DC with Minor age 63, Elizabeth age 60, Moses age 23, James age 21 and Lucy age 36. In 1870, the family is in Lonaconing,Allegheny Co., MD (p. 456A): Minor is listed as retired minister at age73, Elizabeth is age 70, Lucy is teaching school at age 47 , James is a store clerk at age 30, and a 60 y.o. minister named A. Rankin is living with them at that time. There is reference to Minor Winn Gibson writing genealogical articles in the Richmond Times about the Shackleford family history. Married Elizabeth Pendleton Shackelford (b 14 Jun 1800 Cleveland,Culpeper Co, VA; died 8 Feb 1874 in Lonaconing) on16 Jun 1819. The mother of Elizabeth is Lucy Pendleton Tutt, a notable early colonial family from Virginia.
1. Isaac Gibson (b 30 Jan 1828) in Rappahannock Co,VA) see above.
2. Lucy E. Gibson (b ~1824) employed as school teacher, didn't marry. In 1860, age 36 living with parents in Washington DC. In 1870,age 47 living with parents, teaching school in Lonaconing MD.
3. Mary Ellen Gibson (b ?) Married Dr. James Madison Porter of Frostburg, MD. Two children: Thomas Glissan Porter (b ~1849, lived in Frostburg) and Lucy Porter Teddy (b ~1852, lived in Piedmont). Mary died young and Dr Porter remarried twice before he died in 1890.
4. Martha Irene Gibson (b ?)
5. Alcinda Esther Gibson (b 1830) Married Dr. G.E. (Ellis) Porter of Frostburg, MD in 1853. Lived in Lonaconing. Had nine children, 6 of whom were deceased in 1889 when Dr. Porter died. Alcinda filed for widow's veterans benefits in 1890 in Lonaconing (dist 18).
6. John St. Pierre Gibson (b ?) Became a doctor and married Mary Wallace of Augusta, GA.
7. Moses Gibson (b ~1837) In 1860 he is age 23 living with parents in Washington DC. 8. James Green Gibson (b ~1839) In 1860 he is age 21 living with his parents in Washington DC. In 1870 he is age 30 and working as a store clerk in Lonaconing, living with his parents.
2. Rev. Isaac GIBSON m. Annie Sophia WINGERD
Rev. Isaac Gibson was born on 30 Jan 1828 at Bowling Green, Flint Hill in Rappahanock Co., VA. He died 12 Jun 1906 in Norristown, Montgomery Co, PA. At age 22 he began his career in ministry, first with the Methodist Church and then later with the Episcopal Church. The 1860 census shows the family in Sheperdstown, Jefferson Co., VA: Isaac age 32, minister, Annie age 28, John age 6, Ethel age 4, Muscoe age 1, and also Annie's younger siblings Margaret age 19 and George age 15)
He served as minister for churches in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. He served as rector of the Old Fork Church in Hanover Co, VA. Other church jobs included the following--1866: Asst Rector of Zion Church in Charlestown, WV.1866-1868: Rector of St. Martin's Parish, VA. 1868-70: Danville, KY;1870-71: Calvary Church, Louisville, KY; 1871-72: Trinity Church in Covington, KY; then to St. John's in Norristown from 1872 until his death in 1906; he was made Rector Emeritus there in 1898. He is listed in the Norristown City Directory 1888-1893, residing at 27 E. Airy and also 17 E. Elm St in Norristown, PA. The Southern Churchman said in his obituary that he"was the author of several works on the Higher Criticism, the latest,"Reasons for the Higher Criticism" being well-known." Author: Leading Higher Critics on the Origin of the Levitical Law, 1894; The Pentateuch and Joshua, 1895; Reasons for the Higher Criticisms of the Hexateuch, 1897.
1. John Shackelford Gibson (b 22 Dec 1853) in Port Tobacco, Charles Co, MD. See above.
2. Ethel Wingerd Gibson (b ~1856) In 1930 census, Ethel and Delia are residing together unmarried (ages 63 and 57) in Norristown, PA. Ethel's occupation listed as commercial retail dry goods.
3. Muscoe Minor Gibson (b 6 Feb 1859) in Blacksburg, VA. Lawyer in Norristown, PA. Married Amy Bower Whitton. In 1930, he is listed in the census as a lawyer, age 60, living with his son, Joseph Whitton, age 20, and a servant.
"The law firm which was for many years Larzelere & Gibson, Mr. Larzelere's partner being Muscoe M. Gibson, son of Rev. Isaac Gibson, has within a few years been enlarged further by the addition of Gilbert R. Fox, also of Norristown, the firm name being Larzelere, Gibson & Fox, in which working shape it is prepared to take up any and all legal business that is presented, and carry it to a successful issue. From: "Ellwood Roberts' Biographical Annals,1904: Montgomery Co, PA Vol I - Part 1: pp. 1-19."
"MUSCOE M. GIBSON, son of the Rev. Isaac Gibson, was born at Blacksburg, Virginia on February 6, 1859. He acquired his education at the Norristown High School, at the Treemount Seminary, under Professor John W. Loch, and at Lafayette College, where he was graduated in 1880. He studied law in the office of Benjamin E. Chain,Esq., was admitted to the bar of Montgomery County in June, 1883, and then located in business in Norristown, where he is now in practice,"from: "History: Local: Chapter XXXVI : The Bench and Bar - Part II :Bean's 1884 History of Montgomery Co, PA"
4. Delia Pendleton Gibson (b 1862) is listed on the 1930 census as living with her sister Ethel in Norristown and unmarried. Her occupation is listed as a music teacher.
3. Rev John Shackleford GIBSON
m. Ilicia Wheeler DAVIS Rev. John Shackelford Gibson was born on 22 Dec 1853 in Port Tobacco, Charles Co, VA. He died on 4 Dec 1912 in Virginia. He was educated at Hanover Academy in Hanover Co VA. He also attended school at the Central University in Lexington, KY and the University of Cincinnati. He attended Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia from 1872-1875. His first assignment was as a missionary to the Diocese of Kentucky 1875-1879. He was then an assistant pastor at St. Michael's Church in Trenton, NJ from 1879-80,missionary in southern Ohio from 1880-1882, pastor of Nelson parish in West Virginia from 1882-1890, pastor of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, VA from 1890-92. He took over as the minister of Trinity Episcopal Church in Huntington WV from 1892-1912.He had just accepted a new ministry position back in Virginia at Christ Church in Gordonsville when he died of a heart attack. He was buried in Trenton, NJ. At the time of his death, the Southern Churchman publication said of him that he was "a devout Churchman and a scholarly preacher.; noted especially, for his missionary zeal..." Married Ilicia Wheeler Davis on 12 Jan 1881 in Trenton, NJ.
1. Frances Bodine Gibson (b 5 Nov 1881)
2. Rev. James Davis Gibson (b Oct 1883) James Davis became a clergyman like his father and grandfather. He worked as rector in the same church as his grandfather (Trinity Church in Covington, KY), and married Mary Leadbetter. In 1930, the family is listed in Fort Mitchell, Kenton Co KY: James was working as an Episcopal clergyman and living with his wife Mary and their children John Gibson age 19,Janet Gibson age 17, James Gibson age16, Douglas Gibson age 11 and Philip Gibson age 8. Rev James died on 5 Mar 1932 in Covington KY.
3. Anna Gibson (b Sep 1885) Anna married Lieut Col J.M. (John Mitchell) Willis, who worked with the Medical Corp, US Army.Stationed in Fort Snelling, MN at one point. In 1930, Ann and her husband were living on the Ft Leavenworth Base in Kansas, with their son John Willis Jr , age 14, who was born in the Philippine Islands.
4. Dr. John Shackelford Gibson Jr. (b Jan 1887), John Shackelford Jr. attended the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, became a Major in Medical Corp, US Army, and married Patty Braxton. In 1930 John is listed as a Surgeon at the "Government Hospital" in Washington DC. He is living with wife Patty and a daughter Eleanor Gibson and has a profound interest in Gibson genealogy.
5. Philip Pendleton Gibson Esq. (b Jun 1890). Became a prominent lawyer in Huntington. One source mentions him as "of Washington & Lee University in Lexington". He married Morrell Sanford. In 1930, Philip and Morrell are listed in Huntington, Cabell Co WV.
The following are excerpts of a letter from a noted professional genealogist who questioned our incredible family history and pedigree: "After spending several “fun” evenings on the Gibson ancestry, I am happy to report verified multiple Royal or noble lines of descent through the Gibson, Knowlton, Swett, Whitton, Whipple, Tutt, Metzger, Mayhew, Norton, Cushman, Hutchinson, Putnam, Shackelford and Pendleton family lines." "Tom's ancestry is unique in his direct multiple descent from founders of all of the principle early English colonization attempts of our country.""His family is the only one that I know of that is closely related to the families of all four presidents with images carved on Mount Rushmore.""He is exceptionally unique in his descent from many 16th century Native Americans from Virginia, Pennsylvania and New England.""Tom's ancestors are descended, via New England immigrants to the Philadelphia area, Susquehanna Valley in Pennsylvania, and northern Virginia, from a plethora of Mayflower passengers, New England colonial ancestors and founders of Jamestown, Virginia. I suspect Tom and his children have more documented Mayflower blood ancestors than anyone else on the face of the earth.""He is directly descended from or related by a single marriage to all Mayflower Pilgrims with colonial descendants." "Tom is a ninth cousin to both HRH Prince Charles of Wales, and Diana, the former Princess of Wales. His sons, Chris and Jon Gibson are double cousins to PrincesWilliam and Harry. Tom is also a multiple 9th cousin to both George and Laura Bush."Update: President Barack Obama, George Bush, and Thomas K. Gibson are all direct descendants of Samuel Hinckley and Sarah Soole.Thomas Knowlton Gibson is actually an eighth great uncle to the President of the United States and a ninth cousin to the former president.The letter to the Obama girls from the bush twins, Barbara and Jenna, is actually to their 9th cousins Malia and Sasha. (I wonder if they know it.)Chris and Jon, the letter is also very relevant to both of you, it is well written and has a superb message that is meaningful and poignant. Please note that these relationships are not unique to anyone of Scottish, English or European descent, tracing colonial ancestry to the 17th century. In twelve generations you could easily have more than one thousand different ancestors unless there is significant consanguinity in your family tree. The chances of some of them being descended from Royalty or a Mayflower Passenger is actually quite probable, (1 in 5 or 20%).We are directly descended from thousands of Emperors, Pharaohs, Kings, Princes, Dukes, Marquesses, Earls, Counts, Viscounts, Barons and Knights.
Thomas Knowlton Gibson is a member or is eligible for full membership in the following Military, Genealogy and Hereditary Societies.
- Presidential Families of America
- First Families of America
- America's First Families
- First Families of Virginia
- Established Families in America
- National Society of the Sons of Colonial New England
- National Society of Sons of American Colonists
- National Society of Old Plymouth Colony Descendants
- Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
- Descendants of the Knights of Bath
- Descendants of British Royal Families
- Military Order Of The Crusades
- Hereditary Society Blue Book
- Order of the Crown in America
- Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
- Baronial Order of the Magna Carta
- General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD)
- Society of Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims
- Society of Americans with Multiple Mayflower Ancestors (Life Member) (SAMMA Founding Member)
- Society of Descendants of Founders of Jamestown Colony
- Society of Descendants of Founders of Plymouth Colony
- Society of Descendants of Founders of Popham Colony
- Society of Descendants of Founders of Roanoke Colony
- Society of Descendants of Founders of Martha's Vineyard Island
- Society of Descendants of Early American Quakers
- Society of Descendants of Colonial Clergy
- Order Of Descendants of Colonial Physicians and Chirurgiens
- Order Of Descendants Of Colonial Governors
- FOUNDERS & PATRIOTS
- SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE PILGRIMS (S&D PILGRIMS)
- Sons and Daughters of Early American Witches
- Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution (SAR Member) Dad was an SAR member, Mom is an active DAR member.
- Sons and Daughters of the War of 1812
- Sons of the US Civil War (North and South)
- Order of the Founders and Patriots of America
- Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry
- New England Society of New York
- General Society of Colonial Wars
- Flagon & Trencher: Descendants of Colonial Tavern Keepers
- Welsh Society of Philadelphia
- Order of Indian Wars in the United States of America (many ancestors)
- General Society, Sons of the Revolution, (GSSR Member) My father, grandfather and great grandfather were members
- General Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (more than 18 ancestors)
- National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (more than 18 ancestors)
- Descendants of Mexican War Veterans (4 GGGG Grandfathers)
- Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (1 GG Grandfather) and (2 GGG Grandfathers)
- Order of The First World War (Grandfather) (U. S. ARMY)
- Order of The Second World War (Father) (Lt., U. S. Marines)
- Military Order of the World Wars (Father and Grandfather)
- Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States (Self)
- Vietnam War Veterans (Self)
- Veterans of Foreign Wars (The VFW) (Self) (Life Member)
- MICA, Military Intelligence Corp Association (Self) (Life Member) MICA is the organization that maintains the Knowlton Award
- American Legion (self)
- Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts
- Society of Descendants of Knights of the Garter
- Order Of The Honorable Artillery Company Inc.
- Royal Society of Saint George
- Sons of the American Legion
You got it from your father, it was all he had to give.
So it's yours to use and cherish, for as long as you may live.
If you lose the watch he gave you, it can always be replaced.
But a black mark on your name, son, can never be erased.
It was clean the day you took it, and a worthy name to bear.
When he got it from his father, there was no dishonor there.
So make sure you guard it wisely, after all is said and done.
You'll be glad the name is spotless, when you give it to your son.
Thomas K. Gibson is a member of these organizations.Boy Scouts of America, 25 years service, Former Scout Master, Unit Commissioner, York City District Commissioner.
Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, 35 years service, Senior Vice President and Director of Engineering.
WVYC Radio, 38 years service, Founder, Faculty Advisor and Supervisor, Director of Engineering.
Shohola Museum of Communications and Technology, Founder and Curator.
Society of Broadcast Engineers, 25 years service, Officer and Committee Chair.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 35 years, Deacon, Church Council, Lay Assisting Minister, and Committee Chair.
York Amateur Radio Club, member since 1972, Past President and Director of Education.
Camp Shohola Amateur Radio Club, 43 years member, Founder, President and Trustee. Camp Shohola Scholarship Foundation, Honored member for fifty years of service.
Pennsylvania Industrial Heritage Society, 35 years, current president and member of the Board of Trustees. York Heritage Trust, member since 1972 and public speaker.
Naval Order of the United States (Honored Life Member) Veterans of Foreign Wars (Honored Life Member)
MICA, Military Intelligence Corp Association (Life Member) MICA is the organization that maintains the Knowlton Award
Society of Americans with Multiple Mayflower Ancestors (Life Member) (SAMMA Founding Member)
Tom was recently featured on a front page article in "Radio World" Magazine for his contributions to the industry.
Tom was recently featured on a front page article in "Radio World" Magazine for his contributions to the industry.
He was also recently recognized for 50 years at Camp Shohola with a gold watch, rocking chair and the "Argus" dedication.
With more than thirty direct Mayflower ancestors, at least ten more by marriage, and more than fifty blood lines to the founders of the Plymouth Plantation, our immediate family is extremely unique in our multiple descent from the "first arrivals" of the Plymouth Colony.
If you have an Ancestry.com account, or are willing to sign up for a free one, you are invited to view our complete family tree. It is one of the largest on the web, with almost 160,000 entries in 42,000 families, many going back more than 2000 years. The Ancestry.com listing includes hundreds of Royal and Noble ancestors, more than 1200 images, stories and descriptions, and thousands of citations. A few of the older listing on Ancestry.com (before 1500) might be in error due to their "One World Tree" systematic approach, always verify your sources.With links to published Royal Ancestral Trees, we have identified more than 12 million ancestors in our Gibson and Knowlton family trees.
Please view our complete family tree on Rootsweb.com, with almost 155,000 entries in 42,000 families. We have family trees posted on five other genealogy web sites including Genealogy.com and Genes Reunited.com, all created from "One World Tree".With hundreds of links to published royal family trees, we have identified more than 12 million ancestors, obviously one of the largest family trees on the web.
Tom is a professional lecturer and a long time member of the York College Speakers Bureau. His many talks include, Identifying Many Myths of Plymouth Plantation, General Arthur St. Clair,The Real Causes of the Salem Witch Trials, Forgotten Founders of Colonial America,Bartholomew Gosnold, Founder of Jamestown, Judge Edmund Pendleton, Father of Our Country,and Colonel Thomas Knowlton, the First American Spy.
Do you have more than ten, direct blood related, Mayflower ancestors?
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