Category Archives: Collins

Revisiting the Bonners

I’ve written before about the links between my Gibson ancestors and the Bonner family. My recent discovery of the marriage between John Godfrey Schwartz and Mary Ann Bonner has renewed my interest in the Bonners, and in the next couple … Continue reading

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Is this the daughter of John and Elizabeth Collins?

I’ve been trying to discover what became of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson, after her first marriage to John Collins in 1753 and before her second marriage to Joseph Holdsworth ten years later. Until now, we’ve had no … Continue reading

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The inheritance of John Collins

My 5 x great grandmother, Elizabeth Gibson (1733 – 1809), was married twice. I trace my descent, on my mother’s side of the family, from Elizabeth’s second marriage, in 1763, to South Weald farmer Joseph Holdsworth (1735 – 1795). Her … Continue reading

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The Gibson family in Mile End Old Town

My discovery last week of Bowes John Gibson (1744 – 1817), a previously unknown son of my 6 x great grandparents John and Mary Gibson, has led to the uncovering of a good deal of new information about the Gibson … Continue reading

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What do we learn from the will of Mary Gibson (1788)?

In the last post I reproduced a transcription of the will of my 6 x great grandmother, Mary Gibson nee Greene. The will was signed and sealed on 15 April 1788, and proven almost exactly four years later on 18 … Continue reading

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The will of Mary Gibson nee Greene (1710 – 1790)

In the last post I reported my discovery that my 6 x great grandmother Mary Gibson, widow of Lieutenant John Gibson, though residing in Stepney, owned property in Waltham Abbey, Essex – a finding that solved the mystery of how … Continue reading

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The Gibson family and the Waltham Abbey connection

My discovery that Bowes John Gibson, son of Lieutenant John and Mary Gibson and brother of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth, lived in Mile End Old Town, sent me back to Derek Morris’ pioneering study of this London suburb … Continue reading

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Bowes John Gibson (1744 – 1817), East India Company auctioneer and gentleman of Mile End Old Town

As a result of my interest in the names of witnesses at an 18th century wedding, and thanks to the generous help of a genealogical contact via Twitter, I’ve discovered a whole new and fascinating branch to my family tree. … Continue reading

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What do we learn from the will of Elizabeth Collins?

In my last post I reproduced a transcript of the will of Elizabeth Collins, spinster of Epping, who died in 1761 and who I believe was the aunt of the John Collins who married my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth … Continue reading

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The will of Elizabeth Collins, spinster of Epping

I wrote recently about the likely first marriage of my great-great-great-great-great grandmother, Elizabeth Holdsworth nee Gibson(1733 – 1809), to John Collins, a gentleman of Epping. Drawing on information in the will of Richard Collins, who I believe to have been … Continue reading

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