Category Archives: Gibson

William and Cecily Greene of Whitechapel

My last post took another look at William Greene of Wapping Wall, mariner, weighing up the evidence that he might have been the son of my maternal 8 x great grandfather, Captain William Greene of Ratcliffe (1626 – 1686). My starting-point was … Continue reading

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Jonas James, mariner and friend of William Greene the elder

In the last post I mentioned my plan to revisit the will of William Greene, a mariner from Ratcliffe, Stepney, who died in 1634 – and who I still hope might be related to my 8 x great grandfather Captain … Continue reading

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The family of Nicholas Furrs, grocer and coal factor

In the last post I mentioned three cases in Chancery that appear to have involved my 6 x great grandfather, John Gibson, merchant and coal factor. I have now ordered documents covering these cases from the National Archives and look … Continue reading

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John Gibson (1699 – 1763): a new address or a historical misprint?

Last week I wrote about the petitioning of Parliament by my 6 x great grandfather John Gibson, a coal factor, who was seeking release from the Fleet Prison and relief from debts resulting from a fraud against the Crown. I’m … Continue reading

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John Gibson’s petition to Parliament

A commenter on a recent post about my 6 x great grandfather, John Gibson, remarked that the story of his imprisonment in the Fleet for fraud against the Crown brought to mind Dickens’ Dombey and Son. I’ve now discovered a record … Continue reading

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The family origins of John Gibson (1699 – 1763)

In the last two posts I’ve tried to summarise what we know about the life of my 6 x great grandfather, John Gibson, and the story of his family following his death. But what do we know about John’s origins? … Continue reading

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The Gibson family after the death of John Gibson

In the last post I produced a timeline for my maternal 6 x great grandfather, John Gibson (1699 – 1763), updated to include what I’ve discovered recently about his work as a coal factor and his imprisonment for fraud. John … Continue reading

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John Gibson (1699 – 1763): an updated timeline

Some months ago, I reported my discovery that my maternal 6 x great grandfather John Gibson was a London lighterman and coal factor who was convicted of fraud against the Crown and imprisoned in the Fleet. This new information enables … Continue reading

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‘The Case of John Gibson, Late of London, Coal-Factor’

Yesterday I wrote about the Crown’s prosecution of my 6 x great grandfather, John Gibson (1699 – 1763), a ‘crimp’ or agent in the coal trade, for fraud relating to unpaid duties. One of the sources I quoted referred to … Continue reading

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‘The King against John Gibson’

In my last post I discussed what Mary Gibson’s two written declarations tell us about the life of her late husband John, my 6 x great grandfather, who died in 1763. In brief, we learn that an ‘extent’, or writ … Continue reading

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