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Birdsey Gibbs

Posted: 20 Apr 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 29 May 2004 10:13AM GMT
Surnames: GIBBS
This is so exciting! My nephew has worked on our tree off and on for years, but since I have retired, he has me working on this and I love it. We just found out this year that our ancestor was named "Birdsey" Gibbs and we thought he was from NY. We had traced Emily's birthplace to CT, but didn't know her last name. I am a descendant of their only son, David M. Gibbs, b.1839 in Kingston, NY. We don't know why he was born in NY because the two oldest daughters were born in CT., Emma Salome and Anna. The two younger ones were born in Henderson, KY, Helen and Josephine. In the 1840 census, they all were living in Henderson and Emily was widowed by the 1850 census. I have been trying to find out Birdsey's date of death and I was surprised to see that he had been married once before. We thought Birdsey was an educator. Emily never remarried and lived to the age of 82 in Henderson. I don't think there was any connection with a Gibbs Foundry. I have been trying to find out why they migrated to Henderson. One of the "sureties" at the Gibbs/Trafton marriage was a W.W.Catlin, b.NY. I think, perhaps, he was a relative that brought the Gibbs to Henderson. I have an autograph book of my grandmother's signed by Emily at the age of 80. Their daughter Helen (my grandmother's namesake) played a prominent part in Henderson history. Her first husband was Lucas Trafton, an attorney and elected official. Their son, Spaulding, was also a well-known public official and newspaperman. Helen Gibbs Trafton, then married a Mr. McClain, who we believe was associated with coal mining in Henderson. My great grandfather, David, migrated to Arkansas. He was a druggist. His only child was my grandmother, Helen Emily Gibbs. David married Emma Elizabeth Whiting in Helena, Arkansas. I would love to get more information concerning my CT ancestors. Thanks so much for your response.
Pat Verner
Slidell, LA
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Hoss Toponce 28 Mar 1998 12:00PM GMT 
hosst 24 Dec 1998 12:00PM GMT 
Donald Frank Gibbs 29 Mar 1998 12:00PM GMT 
mawmawv32 19 Apr 1999 12:00PM GMT 
Don Gibbs 20 Apr 1999 12:00PM GMT 
mawmawv32 20 Apr 1999 12:00PM GMT 
pathoscafe 22 Jun 2002 12:55PM GMT 
mawmawv32 22 Jun 2002 2:45PM GMT 
Hoss Toponce 30 Mar 1998 12:00PM GMT 
chrisjaybecke... 26 Nov 2005 8:16AM GMT 
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