William Gipson1,2

(circa April 1776 - 25 November 1860)
FatherJohn Gipson2 (say 1750 - )
MotherJane Capper (say 1755 - )
Relationship3rd great-grandfather of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     William Gipson was born cir. Apr 1776 Yeovil, SOM, ENG.3,2 He was baptized on 9 Apr 1776 St John, Yeovil, SOM, ENG.2
     William Gibson married Mary Hanham, daughter of John Hanham and Ann Rawlins, on 2 Apr 1804 Sutton Montis, SOM, ENG, Two successive entries: Banns of Marriage between William Gibson and Mary Hanham b.o.t.p. were published in this Church on Sunday the 12th of February, on Sunday the 19th Do & on Sunday the 26th Do 1804 by J Palmer, Rector

William Gibson & Mary Hanham b.o.t.p. were married in this Church by Banns this second Day of April in the year our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and four by me Mr J Palmer Rector.
This marriage was solemnized between us: X the marks of Wm Gibson & Mary Hanham
In the presence of John Hannam, X the mark of John Gould

John Hannam witnessed the prior marriage (Samuel Day & Edith Chamberlain, 8 Dec 1803) along with Elizabeth X her mark Hannam
And also that of John Hayes & Elizabeth Hanham, 30 Dec 1806 (X their marks), wit. John Hannam & Harriet Benton
And the next, with X the mark of Wm Hammond on 3 Aug 1808 between John Lamb of Corton Denham and Mary Weldress (in body of doc and Mary Watness in X her mark.)4
     William Gipson died on 25 Nov 1860 Queen Camel, SOM, ENG; cert. shows William as 85, ag. lab. cod decay of nature 12 mths (certified). Informant X the mark of Mary HOBBS in attendance, resid. Queen Camel; Registered 29th Nov.3,1,5 He was buried on 30 Nov 1860 Queen Camel, SOM, entry shows William GIBSON of Queen Camel, aged 85.3
     Meet my newly found (Oct 2017) 3* great grandfather.

He's been a long time hiding, probably in plain sight.
Until now however dots had not been joined.
See this blogpost on the dot joining:
http://lornahen.blogspot.co.nz/2017/10/the-lazy-vicar.html

Thank you Doug for popping up as a DNA Match that piqued my interest as to how come you also shared matches with a couple of known "cousins" down my Andrews/Gibson line.

The history:
Jane Gibson, my 2* great grandmother's available certificates were a bit of a mystery - no father shown on her marriage certificate, nor on her death certificate.
Mother shown as Jane Gibson on Jane's own death certificate, along with a birthplace of Somerset.
Which led to the conclusion that Jane was the illegitimate daughter of a Jane GIBSON, of whom there were no likely candidates in sight.
1841 census, yes, born County, but of course, she and husband Simon had emigrated to New Zealand long before the 1851 census which would have provided a more precise birthplace

The reality (at least as it currently appears):
Jane was born in Queen Camel, Somerset, to a William GIPSON and Mary HANHAM who had married in 1804 in Sutton Montis, Somerset - both reasonably close towns to Martock.
How Simon and Jane met we can only conjecture.
Her immediate siblings appear not to have travelled far from Queen Camel over their lives although one did venture to London with her husband, returning to Queen Camel to live with two of her widowed siblings in later life, and two of the children of one sister emigrated to Australia,

William himself was born in Yeovil, to a John GIPSON, possibily with siblings Samson & Temperance*. He appears on two censuses, both as an ag. lab., and is buried at Queen Camel aged 85, wife Mary having died many years earlier.

* if John GIBSON of Marsh on Temperance's baptism is the same John.6,7

Disambiguation:
Several online trees assign a William GIBSON dying 1867 Somerset, England as Jane GIBSON's father, this being the most persistent of the candidates in trees.
But no William GIBSON of anything like the right age appears in the England, let alone Somerset, death indexes for the time, plus/minus 2 years, nor in the 1861 census.
It seems rather likely, looking at the FamilySearch global tree that someone has confused Somerset England for Somerset Massachusetts as the family he is usually attached to there has siblings in Massachusetts.8

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     William Gipson appeared on the census of 1841 Queen Camel, SOM, ENG, as GIPSON: William 65 ag lab; Elizabeth 20 glover, Mary 15, all b. SOM; (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)9
     William Gipson appeared on the census of 1851 Queen Camel, SOM, enumerated as GIBSON: William 78 pauper ag lab b. Yeovil; Dtrs: Elizabeth 30, Mary 25, both glovers; Grddtr Mary J 2, all b. Queen Camel
(Mary J is the dtr of Mary)
Next entry a Job WINDSOR and family.10

Names

     William Gipson was also known as William Gibson.3

Family

Mary Hanham (cir. Apr 1778 - Dec 1835)
Children
  • Elizabeth Gipson11 (cir. Nov 1805 - Jan 1807)
  • John Gipson12 (cir. Nov 1807 - bef. 1815)
  • Ann Gipson13 (cir. Feb 1810 - Aug 1881)
  • Jane Gibson (J)+14,15 (Apr 1812 - Dec 1906)
  • John Gipson16 (cir. Feb 1815 - Dec 1904)
  • William Gipson17 (cir. Jul 1817 - bet. Sep 1890 - Dec 1890)
  • Elizabeth Gipson9,18 (cir. Jan 1820 - aft. 1851)
  • Sarah Gibson16 (cir. Sep 1822 - bet. Mar 1915 - Jun 1915)
  • Mary Gipson9,18 (cir. Oct 1826 - cir. Jun 1910)
ChartsWilliam & Mary (?) GIPSON
My pedigree chart
Ancestors (& their siblings) of Alice HENDERSON nee ANDREWS
Maternal ancestors of Lorna

My Somerset ancestors

Last Edited22 Oct 2017

Citations

  1. England/Wales GRO online index by GRO England online at https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/…, Dth 1860 Q4 William GIPSON, agd 85, reg. Wincanton (SOM), 05C/338, extracted Oct 2017.
  2. Parish Registers: Somerset, England (published), Bap. 9 Apr 1776 Will s/o John GIPSON, Yeovil St John, SOM, copy d/loaded Sep 2017.
  3. Parish Registers: Somerset, England (published), Bur. 30 Nov 1860 William GIBSON, aged 85, Queen Camel, copy d/loaded Sep 2017.
  4. Parish Registers: Somerset, England (published), Marr. 2 Apr 1804 William GIBSON & Mary HANHAM, Sutton Montis, SOM, copy d/loaded Sep 2017.
  5. Various, BDM Certified copy, Dth 25 Nov 1860 William GIPSON, aged 85, Queen Camel, Reg. Dist Castle Cary, Dist Wincanton, SOM, #120, copy d/loaded Oct 2017.
  6. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Oct 2017.
  7. Jane ANDREWS nee GIBSON (18), DC ANDREWS, Jane nee GIBSON, 1906.
  8. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Oct 2016.
  9. 1841 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Queen Camel, SOM, HO107; Piece: 937; Book: 10; ED: 8; Folio: 6; Page: 5; hsehold of William GIPSON, extracted Sep 2017.
  10. 1851 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Civil Par. Queen Camel, Sub Dist Castle Cary, Dist Wincanton, SOM, HO107; Piece: 1931; Folio: 13; Page: 18; Sched. 57, hsehold of William GIBSON, extracted Sep 2017.
  11. Parish Registers: Somerset, England (published), Bap. 3 Nov 1805 Elizabeth d/o Wm & Mary GIPSON, Queen Camel, SOM, copy d/loaded Sep 2017.
  12. Parish Registers: Somerset, England (published), Bap. 29 Nov 1807 John s/o William & Mary GIPSON, Queen Camel, SOM, copy d/loaded Sep 2017.
  13. Parish Registers: Somerset, England (published), Bap. 25 Feb 1810 Ann d/o Wm & Mary GIPSON, Queen Camel, SOM, copy d/loaded Sep 2017.
  14. Jane ANDREWS nee GIBSON (18), DC ANDREWS, Jane nee GIBSON, 1906, P/copy of inspection copy dated Apr 1993 held, rcvd from Marie COX, Aug 1993.
  15. Parish Registers: Somerset, England (published), Bap. 19 Apr 1812 Jane d/o Wm & Mary GIPSON, Queen Camel, SOM, copy d/loaded Sep 2017.
  16. 1901 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Queen Camel, SOM, RG13//2303 Folio 115 ED 11 Pg 15 Sched. 126; hsehold of Mary HOBBS, extracted Sep 2017.
  17. Parish Registers: Somerset, England (published), Bap. 20 Jul 1817 William s/o Wm & Mary GIPSON, Queen Camel, SOM, copy d/loaded Sep 2017.
  18. 1851 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Queen Camel, SOM, HO107; Piece: 1931; Folio: 13; Page: 18; GSU roll: 221088-221089; hsehold of William GIBSON, extracted Sep 2017.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.