I'm american with roots through New Zealand and in New Zealand and back up to ST Johns/Exploit Island, Newfoundland or near Nova Scotia I believe on one side.My Grandmothers maiden name was Gibbons and she used to tell a story about some of her kin coming around the horne on a ship.
I am having trouble finding the exact Gibbons direct lineage.At one point a couple generations back there were at least eight children and not all names are coming up in the records where we think they should be.
So I would try working from like to work from this side of the Ocean.My Grandmother always referred to the last name Gibbons and the year 1867 and Great Uncle Nicholas and her Grandfather Fredrick Gibbons.
I came accross documents that associated a William Gibbons as a nephew to Elizabeth and William Foote, married 1850? (First born Frederick (1851).Elizabeth's entire Family sailed for New Zealand on Clara in 1864 (per article) taking Milling equipment with them.
A John _(Foote? Gibbons?) died in 1852? and much of the family left for New Zealand that year; 12 years prior (I'm without names / vital stats).
I came accross another document that seems to associate William Gibbons as William Menchington's grandson (although this William Gibbons could have been on New Foundland all his life?)
Any information will be most helpful.
Was their a custom of taken the woman's name upon marriage? Was the Gibbons name a stronger name than Foote in that time?