Category Archives: Holdsworth

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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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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Edmund Affleck and the Gibsons

In her last will and testament, signed and sealed on 30 October 1789, Sarah Gibson, younger sister of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth nee Gibson, left the sum of twenty pounds to ‘my godson Edmond Affleck Gibson son … Continue reading

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Jane Gibson and William Coates in the parish registers

Jane Gibson was the older sister of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth nee Gibson, and the eldest surviving child of my 6 x great grandparents, John Gibson and Mary Greene. Jane was born at Tower Hill and christened … Continue reading

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The burial of William Holdsworth in Woodford: September 1827

In the last post, I wrote about my discovery of new information about my Londors ancestors in the parish registers for Woodford, Essex. But there are Woodford connections on the other side of my mother’s family, too. Back in the … Continue reading

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