Category Archives: Holdsworth

The children of Bowes John Gibson (1744 – 1817)

A few days ago I reported my discovery of a new ancestor – Bowes John Gibson, younger brother of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth nee Gibson, and son of my 6 x great grandparents John and Mary Gibson. … Continue reading

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The significance of the will of Sarah Gibson (d. 1790)

My last post included a transcription of the will of Sarah Gibson (1746 – 1790), the unmarried daughter of my 6 x great grandparents Lieutenant John and Mary Gibson. The will repeats some of the information contained in Mary Gibson’s … Continue reading

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‘Exclusive and independent of her husband’: the will of Sarah Gibson (1746 – 1790)

Yesterday I posted a transcription of the will of my 6 x great grandmother, Mary Gibson nee Greene, followed by an analysis of what the document tells us about the Gibson family. Mary drew up her last will and testament … 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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John William Bonner: apprenticeship and marriage

I’ve written before about John William Bonner (1762 – 1817), who (according to Ancestry) was my first cousin six times removed. John William was the son of Captain Michael Bonner, a mariner, and Frances Gibson. Frances was the sister of … Continue reading

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The Greene family of Ratcliff Highway in the 17th century

My last post was about the will of William Greene, mariner of Upper Shadwell, who died in 1634. I can’t prove it yet, but I believe that this William Greene is related in some way to my ancestor Captain William … Continue reading

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New information about Joseph Greene, Citizen and Goldsmith

I wrote recently about 8 x great grandfather Captain William Greene, mariner of Ratcliff, Stepney, who died in about 1686. William’s son was Joseph Greene, described in an inscription on the family tomb in Stepney churchyard as a ‘Citizen and … Continue reading

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