I posted this a few years ago, and it is information I received from the historian of the archdiocese of Baltimore, where Cardinal Gibbons was archbishop for 44 years. It contains information about the Cardianl's family which you may find useful:
am writing to forward to you an email I received a few days ago from Rev. Thomas, archivist for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland, where James Gibbons was Bishop for 44 years until his death in 1921. In this passage, Rev. Thomas casts some doubt upon the reliability of the Sullivan papers in determining James' genealogy, as follows:PThomas@archbalt.org
To William Myles Gibbons from Fr. Paul K. Thomas, Archivist:
Cardinal James Gibbons (1834-1921), Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), who
was actually born in Baltimore, was the son of Thomas P. Gibbons
(1800-1847), the son of Patrick Gibbons (b. 1775, d. ????), the son of John
Gibbons (b. 1744, d. ????). Thomas Gibbons and Patrick Gibbons, the
Cardinal's father and grandfather, were born at Gortinacullin, Tourmakeady,
County Mayo. The exact birthplace of John Gibbons, the Cardinal's
great-grandfather, is apparently unknown.
The Cardinal's two oldest sisters Mary and Bridget were born in Ireland in
the mid-1820's. His third sister Catherine was born at Baltimore in 1831,
followed by James himself in 1834 and a younger brother John in 1837. The
youngest brother Thomas was born about 1842 after the family had returned to
Col. John F. Sullivan, who did a lot of research on the Gibbons genealogy,
left "a confused array of many sheets" (his words) here in the archives. HE
NEVER PUBLISHED A FAMILY HISTORY. No one has successfully contacted him in
The definite biography of Cardinal James Gibbons was written by John Tracy
Ellis (1952). An earlier biography was written by Allen Sinclair (1922), the
year after the Cardinal's death. Both of these biographies are published in
two volumes each. They can be located in many libraries and obtained from
them through inter-library loan. Shorter biographies have also been
Brief summaries of his life can be found in such books as the widely
available New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967), volume 6, pages 466-468.
Even shorter synopses can be found in such publications as John Delaney's
Dictionary of American Catholic Biography (1984), pages 212-213.
A longer study is given within the bicentennial history of our archdiocese,
Thomas Spalding's The Premiere See (1989/1994), on pages 231-318.
Our archives does not have any distributable materials about him, not even
short pamphlets or leaflets. However, he is so well known that information
is very easily available in the above-listed and many other sources.
However, you may enter the web address for the Archdiocese of Baltimore aswww.archbalt.org
. Then click on Archdiocese (lower left). Then click on Our
Historical Legacy (near bottom of middle column). Then click on the
individual biography of James Cardinal Gibbons for some information about