Category Archives: Gibson

Mary Ann Bonner and John Godfrey Schwartz

In the last post I wrote about John Harker Bonner (born 1782), son of John William Bonner (1762 – 1817) and Sarah Ford (1759 – 1833). In this post, I want to summarise what we know about his sister, Mary … Continue reading

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John Harker Bonner (born 1782) and family

In the last post I wrote about Captain Michael Bonner (1733 – 1802), his wife Frances Gibson (1735 – 1802, the sister of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth), and their two sons, John William and Michael. I’m now moving … Continue reading

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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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My ancestors’ house

Recently I discovered that my 6 x great grandparents, John and Mary Gibson, were given the house and estate of Woodredon, at Waltham Abbey in Essex, by Mary’s mother, Mary Greene, widow of London goldsmith Joseph Greene. Joseph died in … 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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Matilda Henrietta Gibson and Bowes Charles Gibson

When Mary Catherine Gibson, widow of Bowes John Gibson, died in 1826, her youngest two children, Matilda Henrietta and Bowes Charles, were 17 and 13 years old respectively (see footnote * below). I don’t know what happened to the Gibson … Continue reading

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What can we learn from the will of Mary Catherine Gibson?

My last post included a transcription of the will of Mary Catherine Gibson (1781 – 1826), widow of Bowes John Gibson (1744 – 1817). What can we learn from this will about the lives of the Gibson family in the … Continue reading

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The will of Mary Catherine Gibson, died 1826

Bowes John Gibson, East India Company broker, ‘gentleman’ of Mile End Old Town, and younger brother of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth, nee Gibson, was married twice. He married his second wife, Mary Catherine Bretman, in 1799, and … Continue reading

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The Gibson family in the memoirs of Charles Edward Horn

In my earlier post about George Milsom Gibson and John Thomas Gibson, sons of Bowes John Gibson, who was the brother of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth nee Gibson, I wrote about John Thomas’ marriage to Henrietta Elizabeth … Continue reading

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