Category Archives: Collins

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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Elizabeth Gibson and John Collins: a secret marriage?

I wrote here about the will of Elizabeth Holdsworth, my 5 x great grandmother, who died in 1809, and about the inscriptions on the family tomb in Stepney churchyard where she wished to be buried. I mentioned then that my … Continue reading

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