Robert GIBSON(1385) (1628-1692)

Robert GIBSON may have been born at Lightcliffe, Yorkshire, in 1628[1], and there is a record of the baptism of Robertus GIBSON, son of Edwardi GIBSON, on 08 Jun 1628 at Elland, Yorkshire [2], which could well be his. H. Travis Clay[3] also gives his year of birth as 1628. Another LDS member submission names his mother as Dorothea Wilson Gibson. There is a note of a marriage between Edward GIBSON and Dorothea WILSON in Jun 1625 at Toothill, Yorkshire [4] , which also says that Edward was buried in Oct 1637. On a white marble monument fixed to the north wall of the Halifax parish church is recorded the burial, "near this place" of Robert Gibson of Slead Hall, who died, aged 63, in 1691[5]. This agrees with 1628 as his year of birth. J. Horsfall Turner [6], mentions his will, but give no further details.

According to a paper on Slead Hall[7] Robert bought Slead Hall shortly after the Restoration (1660), and H. Travis Clay[8] says he bought lands from John Gill in 1662. Robert was a clothier, more concerned with the buying and selling rather then the manufacture of woolen cloth. The article continues:

... in which he seems to have been remarkably sucessful, having acquired thereby considerable means, and a position equal to that of his most substantial neighbours. And, as was the usual sequence to this, we find him occasionally engaged in the discharge of such public duties as commonly appertained to the station he had so worthily secured.

He was churchwarden in Hipperholme in 1661, together with Henry Hemingway, and his name appears a number of times in the Township Book. In 1687 he was Constable.

According to the monumental inscription in Halifax parish church, Robert's wife was called Rhenetta, and she died in 1715, aged 84, indicating that she was born in about 1631. There are records [9] of Rheneta GREENWOOD, born about 1635, of Dewsbury, who married Robert GIBSON on 27 May 1656 at St. Peter's church, Leeds. This marriage entry is amongst those transcribed by the Thoresbury Society[10], and also appears in Boyds Marriage Index 1538-1840.

Children

H. Travis Clay[11] says that Robert and Rhenetta had two sons, Michael and Edward, and two daughters, Mary and Dorothy. The pedigree in the History of Brighouse etc. [11] lists the same children. The two sons turn up in the baptismal records OK. One daughter, Mary according to H. Travis Clay[12], was buried at Halifax on 10 Jul 1690. However, the daughter who died in that year appears on the MI[5] in Halifax parish church as Elizabeth. Possibly, therefore, there were three daughters. The MI says Elizabeth was 23 when she died, so she was born in about 1667. The IGI contains no baptism record for any daughters of Robert GIBSON.

The children of Robert and Rhenetta may be listed, probably not in the correst order, as:

Sources for this page

[1] IGI familysearch record based on a member submission for which no source details are available.
[2] IGI familysearch, based on church records: The parish records of Elland, Co. Yorks, 1640-1714, which is a book, in three volumes, of transcriptions of the parish records by H. Ormerod, comprising; parish registers,1559-1640, FHL film 962116, item 2; parish registers 1640-1670, and church warden's accounts 1648-1670, FHL film 962116, item 2; and parish registers 1671-1714, FHL film 962117.
[3] Slead Hall, by H. Travis Clay, Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, 1933, p.169.
[4] IGI familysearch record based on a member submission for which no source details are available.
[5] Monumental and other inscriptions in Halifax Parish Church, edited by E. W. Crossley, publ. 1909, p.13. Availabe on CD ROM.
[6] History of Brighouse, Rastrick and Hipperholme, by J. Horsfall Turner, 1893, p.236.
[7] Slead Hall, by T. T. Empsall, Bradford Antiquary, Vol.II, p163ff.
[8] Slead Hall, by H. Travis Clay, Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, 1933, p.178.
[9] IGI familysearch record based on a member submission for which no source details are available. However, marriages for 1656 should be checkable as FHL film 918371 contains baptisms, marriages and burials for the years 1631-1669.
[10] Leeds Parish Church Register 1639-1667, fifth and sixth books; Thoresbury Society, Vol.7, edited by G.D.Lumb, 1897, p.343. The marriage entry reads:27 May 1656. Robert Gibson of Harchet (Hartshead?) parrish, and Rheneta Greenwood of Dewsbery parrish, after publication in Dewsbery church.
[11] Slead Hall, by H. Travis Clay, Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, 1933, p.179.
[12] History of Brighouse, Rastrick and Hipperholme, by J. Horsfall Turner, 1893, p.237.
[13] Slead Hall, by H. Travis Clay, Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, 1933, p.178, quoting Oliver Haywood's diary so far as I can make out.


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