I am trying to establish the genealogy of the Gibbs family in Bermuda and am thoroughly confused. I have been told that four sons of John Gibbs of Brislington emigrated to Bermuda about 1612: 1)John, Jr., 2)Thomas, 3)Joseph, and 4)Benjamin.
1)John, Jr. is said to have settled in Warwick Parish and had sons John, Thomas, and Joseph. 2)Thomas is said to have settled in Southampton Parish and had a son named Thomas. 3) Joseph is said to have settled in Warwick Parish and had sons Joseph, Thomas, William, and Peter 4) Benjamin is said to have settled in Sandys Parish and had sons Jeremiah and Solomon
Too many Thomases, as you will see!
In her book Slaves and Slaveholders in Bermuda 1616-1782, author Virginia Bernhard states that the Thomas Gibbs who witnessed the 1688 will of Abraham Adderley (in Southampton Parish) had married a daughter of Stephen Paynter. Can anyone help with a citation for this marriage? Or help identify this Thomas Gibbs? A Thomas Gibbs alive in 1688 seems unlikely to have been the Thomas who arrived in 1612, but could have been a son of John, Thomas, or Joseph, above.
I do know about the Thomas Gibbs who married Sarah Hunt about 1670, and died 1693. Also their son, another Thomas, who lived 1671-1716, and married Sarah Tucker. But I have not been able to connect this line with any specific Brislington emigrant.
If anyone has any information, hints or suggestions on this Gibbs line, I would be extremely grateful. Thanks so much, Carol