Category Archives: Holdsworth

The sons of Bowes John Gibson, the Horn family, and the East India Company

In my first post about my newly-discovered ancestor Bowes John Gibson, brother of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth nee Gibson, I noted that he was listed in contemporary trade directories as an auctioneer, in the service of the … Continue reading

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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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