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This life long work is dedicated to my two daughters Marcia Christine and Lori Dale Gibson. It is intended to give them and their heirs an understand of their family roots and a knowledge of the history of their ancestors. This work is dedicated to them with love and affection from their father. Please send me an e-mail if you would like any information on any of the families researched on this Web Page.

The Gibson Name

The surname GIBSON is a common family name in England and Scotland and is of great antiquity. There are various armorial families bearing the surname Gibson in England and Scotland. It means “son of Gibb” the latter being a pet form of the boy’s name Gilbert, which itself was derived from the Old German Gisilbert. Gib and Gibb were in use as surnames in Perthshire and other parts of Scotland at a very early date. Gibson was a surname in use in Fifeshire and Edinburghshire before the year 1300. Early records, mention Henry Gibsone in Nottingham in 1311 A.D., and Richard Gibbeson appears in the Worcestershire Subsidy Rolls of 1327. John Gibson surrendered the Castle of Rothesay in 1335. Alexander Gibson was principal clerk to the Scottish Privy Council in the 17th century being knighted for his services in 1682.

In July of 1690, William Gibson, a leader of a Clan was with King William III of England during the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland, against James 2nd the dethroned King of England. His gallantry in the battle caused King William, known as William of Orange, to make him a Lord. William of Orange also gave him a castle and grant in Yorkshire, England. He took the name of Lord Dury, which title they still maintain.

The Gibson Families in America began arriving in this country in the earliest days of settlement. Records are sketchy in some areas during these early days and relationships are often difficult to establish with proof. The first permanent English settlement in America was established at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. This settlement struggled to survived the next twenty or thirty years but was the focus of emigrants and creates special admiration for those adventurous Gibsons who had License to go beyond the seas to Virginia. Early emigrants from England to America included Francis and Edward Gibson who are recorded as living in Virginia in 1623 and 1627 respectively. The arrival in Virginia of several Gibson’s are recorded in ships logs including; Yeoman Gibson, aged 16 years, in the ship the “Elizabeth”, Nicholas Gibson, aged 22 years, in the “Assurance”; John Gibson, aged 30 years, in the “Safety”; Richard Gibson, aged 25 years, and William Gibson, aged 19 years, in the “Expedition”, all in 1635.

Most of the New England colonial families of Gibson in this country, if not all, were descended from John Gibson. This immigrant ancestor, was born in England, in 1601, and died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1694, aged ninety-three years. He settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as early as 1634.

A Thomas Gibson came to America with a group of 36 persons transported by John Broach in August 1647. This Thomas Gibson was granted 600 acres of land in York River County, Virginia. On May 2, 1648 a new patent for 1,000 acres of land was issued to Thomas Gibson. This land was in what is present day Hanover County Virginia. Thomas Gibson’s son the second Thomas Gibson died there in 1734.

The Gibson Family de Béxar are descendants of a Thomas Gibson of Kentucky. Where this Thomas Gibson came from and who his ancestors are is not known at this time, but he is the founding father of the Gibson's de Béxar. The Gibson's de Béxar heritage if from English, Spanish, and French origins.

The Gibson name has been a part of the City of San Antonio, Béxar County, Texas since before 1860. The name Béxar was commonly applied to the presidio of San Antonio de Béxar and the Villa de San Fernando de Béxar which developed into the present city of San Antonio, Béxar County, Tx
The Gibson’s de Béxar
Updated April 21, 2011

Steve Gibson
23422 Lutheran Cemetery Rd
Tomball, Texas 77377
United States
(281) 516-0741

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