Michael GIBSON was baptised on 18 Jul 1664, at Hipperholme. He was the oldest of four children of Robert GIBSON(1385) and Rhenetta GREENWOOD(1386), and was the heir. Consequently he inherited Slead Hall from his father following the latter's death in 1691. In 1696 Michael married Elizabeth LORD(1384) (1670-1722), at Lightcliffe. However, Boyd's Marriage Index lists it under Nottingham Archdeaconry, in 1696. All that is known about Elizabeth at the moment is that she was buried on 24 Dec 1722, presumably in the church at Halifax where her death in that year, aged 52, is also recorded, along with that of Michael himself in 1738, aged 72. The date of his burial is given as 16 Nov 1735.
Michael Gibson added considerably to the family estates, and a list of his acquisitions between 1701 and 1728 is given by H. Travis Clay. In his will, he left a gift which is recorded thus :
Michael Gibson, Esquire, left by will, dated 17th April, 1731, the sum of 1s a week, to be distributed in bread every Sunday, among twelve poor persons resident in Hove Edge and Upper-lane, by the minister and chapelwardens at Lightcliffe chapel.
The yearly sum of £2 12s is charged on an estate called Pear Trees, in Lightcliffe(this was purchased from Stephen Lawrence in 1711), and the money is duly distributed in bread by the churchwardens.
Michael and Elizabeth did not have much luck with the survival of their six children, four sons and two daughters, and in the end only one daughter survived.
According to accounts handed down to us of the last named (William), he was a man possessed of considerable abilities. During his education at Jesus College, Cambridge, he took both the degrees in the faculty of Medicine, and afterwards was elected Professor of Anatomy. At home he followed the medical profession, but having too abundant means to indulge in a fatal weakness, he had little inclination for business. John Crabtree, the author of a History of Halifax, says "he was a man of genius, with a strong tincture of derangement, which was aggravated by brandy to which he abandoned himself with as clear and calm a foresight of its consequences, as if he had been studying the case of a patient." That he was a confirmed inebriate appears clear enough, and therefore his premature death could be the cause of little surprise. But where or how it happened is not a certainty, for while the writer above states, that he died at a "paltry Inn at Brighouse" another account certifies that he died "as it is asserted" at his sister's, Mrs. Elizabeth Firth, Clough House, Huddersfield. blockquote>
I have not found the source of the Crabtree quotes; they do not seem to be from his History of Halifax. At any rate, he was the last male heir of Michael Gibson.
 IGI familysearch record based on a member submission for which no source details are available.
 IGI familysearch record based on a member submission for which no source details are available. This entry gives his year of birth as 1653, and his death as 16 Nov 1735. The latter may have mis-read the year which elsewhere is given as 1738.
 The Nonconformist Register, of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, compiled by the Revs. Oliver Heywood and T. Dickenson, 1644-1702; 1702-1752. Generally known as the Northowram or Coley Register, but comprehending numerous notices of puritans and anti-puritans in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, London etc., with lists of Popish recusants, Quakers, etc. Edited by J. Horsfall Turner. Printed at Brighouse by J. S. Jowett, 1881, p.287.
 Monumental and other inscriptions in Halifax Parish Church, edited by E. W. Crossley, publ. 1909, p.14. Availabe on CD ROM. It is interesting that other transcriptions of this tablet omit George Gibson, and ascribe the date of his death to Robert. For instance History of the town and parish of Halifax by Samuel Midgley and William Bentley (1789) contains this omission.
 The Nonconformist Register (see  above), p.318.
 Slead Hall, by H. Travis Clay, Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, 1933, pp.180,181.
 Concise History of the Parish and Vicarage of Halifax, by John Crabtree, Gent. Halifax, Published by Hartley and Walker, 1836, p.195.
 Slead Hall, by H. Travis Clay, Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, 1933, p.182.
 The Nonconformist Register (see  above), p.324.
 History of Brighouse, Rastrick and Hipperholme, by J. Horsfall Turner, 1893, p.237.
 The Nonconformist Register (see  above), p.327.
 Slead Hall, by T. T. Empsall, Bradford Antiquary, Vol.II, p166.
 Slead Hall, by T. T. Empsall, Bradford Antiquary, Vol.II, p183.
 IGI familysearch record based on church records: Parish registers for Ackworth, 1558-1868; FHL film 560152, containing baptisms, marriages and burials 1558-1812.
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