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Thomas GIBBONS (son of John B. GIBBONS and Rebecca UNKNOWN) was born September 15, 1734 in Charles Parish, York County, Virginia, and died February 26, 1812 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. He married Anne EPPES on Bef. July 12, 1762 in Sussex County, Virginia, daughter of Col. Edward Howard EPPES and Mary ANDERSON.

 Includes NotesNotes for Thomas GIBBONS:
page 205 of the Hawkins County Tennessee, Will Book 1
Found posted on the Hawkins County, TN web site:
Dated: June 13, 1809
In the Name of God, Amen, I, Thomas Gibbons of the County of Hawkins & State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of sound and perfect memory, blessed be Almighty God, do make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following (that is to say) -It is my will that all my personal estate which I now claim be equally divided between my children, Thomas Gibbons, Nancy Howard, Betsy Chism, Edmond Gibbons, William Gibbons, Sally Gillenwaters and Eppes Gibbons and a child's share equally divided between my grand children, Nancy Isham, Garrett Fitzgerald & Elizabeth Babb, children of my daughter Molly Fitzgerald. I further bequeath to my son Edmond Gibbons two hundred pounds in lieu of land over and above his share. I also give and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca Bell one dollar. I also give & bequeath to my son john gibbons one dollars, also my son James Gibbons one dollar, they having already received their share of my Estate. I hereby appoint my son-in-law Wm. Hord & my son Edmond Gibbons Executors of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof i have hereunto set my hand and seal, This 13th day of June, A.D. 1809.
Thos X Gibbons (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed Published & declared by the above named Thos. Gibbons to be his last Will& Testament, in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the same. Jon(Jonathan) Spyker John Starnes (Jurat) Joel Gillenwaters (Jurat)

Tennessee Cousins - Bluee Book, Boone County Arkansas Library
page 197
Raised in Albemark Parish, Surry County Virginia
page 224
Sussex County, Virginia was the Gibbons's old homestead area.
page 225
Gibbons caame from easteern part of Virginia, south of the James River in Surry County , (later Sussex)
page 521
Will on this page names Elijah Gibbons and Thomas Gibbons.
Of Clay Springs, TN
Overton County, Livingston, TN
Overton County Library

The Gibbons family in Overton County, Tennessee, trace their origins to
Thomas Gibbons who was born in Sussex County, Virginia in 1740. He died in
1819, Thomas Gibbons married Ann Eppes, daughter of Colonel Edward and Mary
Anderson Eppes. Ann was born in 1748 in Virginia. Thomas and Ann had eleven
children one of whom was Edmond who was born in Tennessee in 1779 and lived
to be 100 years old. He died in 1879 and is buried in the Clay Springs
Cemetery in Overton County. Two of their sons were: Edmond M., born March,
1820 and died March 27, 1911. and James, born February 1, 1824 and died June
16, 1899 in Montague County, Texas.

Edmond, Sr. bought his large track of land after the government
acquired thousands of acres of "hunting ground", from the Indians. The
purchase price was 25 cents per acre. When Edmond and James married, their
father gave large tracts of land and several slaves each. The Gibbons
family owned a rather large number of slaves and at one time there was a
slave cemetery near the Clay Springs Cemetery. The slave cabins were still
standing in the early part of this century.
Edmond M. married Eveline Dillon who was born in 1822 and died July
26, 1896. James married her sister, Dicey Dillon ( Eveline and Dicey's
mother was a Poteet). They married in a double ceremony on June 27, 1847.
Edmond Sr. then gave them their land near Clay Springs and they each settled
to farming.

James' wife Dicey, died in 1853 after the birth of third child. He
married a second Time in 1854 to Elizabeth A. Lankford who was born in 1833
and died December, 1862. James sold his farm and moved his family to
Montague County, Texas where he lived the remainder of his life. James
married for a third time on November 5, 1872 to Nancy Elizabeth Furr Glass,
a widow who was born January 3, 1842, and died April 13, 1930.
Edmond M. and Eveline remained in Overton County and had twelve
children: Epps Gibbons, missing in Civil War . 2. Thomas Gibbons, married
Bethia G. Yelton. 3. James (Jim) Gibbons, married Virginia Chatwell (
parents of Maggie Stockton and Dock Gibbons). 4. Samuel Gibbons, married Avo
Hyder (daughter of Pleasant and Rachel Green Hyder of Putnam County). 5.
Rebecca Gibbons, married Dan Reid (father of Porter and Dallas Reid. 6. Nan
Gibbons married Jack Retor (no children). 7 Eliza Gibbons, married Burton
Bennett (parents of Luther Bennett). 8. Sarah Gibbons, married Jeff Breeding
(parents of Tucker, Kate, and Ida Breeding). 9. Luvenia Gibbons, married
John Larkin Dodson (her later married Mary Curtis. 10. Margarett Gibbons,
married Rufus E. Hassler. 11.Permelia Eveline E. (Tone) Gibbons, married
William Denton Hyder 1st (brother of Avo Hyder)2nd. Married --- Warren. 12
Mary "Polly" (Pop) Gibbons, married John Peek ( parents of Marvin Peek).

by Paula Swallow Stover

Descendents in Texas

Long range back to Thomas Gibbons then on to Edmond Gibbons
1779-1889 my great-great grandfathers was James Gibbons (February 1,
1824-June 16, 1899) of near Hilham, Overton County. He married Dicey Dillon
on June 27, 1847. Dicey died in 1853 and is buried in Overton County. They
had three children all born in Overton County. They were: Francis Jan
(February 14, 1850-Sepetmber 23,1909), who married Thadius Young Bryant and
is buried in Montague, Texas; Isaac McDonald (October 28,1851-February 11,
1927), who married his cousin Sarah A. Gibbons. Isaac is buried in Could,
Oklahoma; Louvenia (October 7, 1853) first married Joseph L. Wisdom then
later T. Jenkins Dicey died soon after Louvenia was born, and is buried
somewhere in Overton County. We are still looking for her grave.

Then James married Elizabeth A Lankford in 1854 in Hilham,
Tennessee. Soon after James sold his land and slaves and started out for
Texas. Their children were: William Thomas who was born in 1855 in Texas
and died young, then Paralee (May 4, 1858). She married Jeff Wisdom in 1899.
Elizabeth and James moved into Montague in 1857 to land described as the
Gibbons Preemption Survey. After Elizabeth died, James donated land for the
Montague Cemetery and Elizabeth was first to be buried there. There is
now a monument in front of the cemetery erected by the town of Montague.
James is buried beside Elizabeth and his third wife, Nancy Elizabeth Furr
Glass Gibbons (January 3,1842).

Nancy was 30 years old and James was 48 when they married November
5, 1872. Nancy was the daughter of Jeptha Irena Coleman. Furr was born in
Fayetteville, Mississippi County, Mississippi and must have moved to Texas
prior to 1860. Her children were L.J. Glass (Scotts) (December 3,
1865-October 26, 1938); Tommy J. Glass (November 1, 18??)(can't read from
photo copy)-May 18, 1879); Emma A. Glass ( February, 18740-March 20,1871/
James and Nancy had children: Lula Florence (September 21,1874-1961) and
James Monroe (March 1877-November 23,1948).

James lived in Montague County as and active farmer and civic
leader. Her served in Civil War with Col. M.T. Johnsons 14th Texas cavalry
CSA as farrier blacksmith. He was enlisted in 1st Regt. 21st Brigade Texas
State Troops. The last units were stationed in Montague County for frontier
protection from the Indians and renegades.

My great grandmother was the first child James and Dicey Dillon
Gibbons. He name was Francis Jane. She married Thadius Young Bryant of
Hickman County, Kentucky, the of Presley and Ruth D. Collins Bryant. Presley
was the first sheriff of Bosque County, Texas. He was later waylaid and
killed on Village Creek in Johnson County.

Thadius and Francis Jane were married October 7, 1865. Their first
home was made of logs and later they hauled lumber from Sherman, Texas to
make a better home. Their home place is located north of the town of
Montague known as the TY Bryant Survey. Their children were: Mary A.
(Mollie) Bryant Poll??? (1866-1958); James P. (Jimmy) Bryant (18??-1869;
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bryant Campbell, (1870); Ruth Bryant Freeman (187-19//);
Georgia Bryant Freeman (1876); Margarett (Tood) Bryant (1878); Maybelle
Bryant (18//-18820); Tobe B. Bryant (1882-1960); Otis Bryant (1884-1945);
Maude Bryant Roman (1866-1969); Ollie Bryant Jones (1889-19??); and Myrtle
Lewis Bryant Guilliams (18//-1983).

It is said that Thad was very superstitious person, a trait still
handed down in part of his family. One of his beliefs was to rise early the
fist day January and go from house to house any man was the first visitor in
each home on this day that it would bring food luck to this family. But if
a lady was the first visitor that day it would bring bad luck.

Francis Jane was small in stature but was big in heart. After she
tended her own family she would take food and minister to the sick walking
to do so. She had twelve children of her own with ten living adulthood.

By Jo Ann Ballens


We finally made a quick trip to Hawkins County, TN to see the site of Thomas Gibbons (b1734 VA) homesite. The building is now owned by a church abd a ver nice lad let us inside the house. I made digital photos of the historical marker which was places on the highway near the site by the Hawkins Co. Historical society and f the house. be gladto seen you a copy
Dennis West, Knozxville, TN August 7, 2001

More About Thomas GIBBONS:
Christening: October 20, 1734, Charles Parish, York County, Virginia.
Religion: Irish Catholic.
Will: June 13, 1809

More About Thomas GIBBONS and Anne EPPES:
Marriage: Bef. July 12, 1762, Sussex County, Virginia.

Children of Thomas GIBBONS and Anne EPPES are:
  1. +Thomas Jr. GIBBONS, b. October 20, 1769, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, Virginia, d. Abt. 1857, Humphreys County, Tennessee.
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