I am a direct descendant of the GLIBBERY family from the Eastend of London. In no sense am I a genealogist, but I do have a passing interest in our family name. I have succeeded in tracing 127 living relatives who are variously domiciled all over the world. The earliest reference to “GLIBBERY” that I have discovered is that of Old High German of the early 1500s, meaning ‘SLIPPERY’.Interestingly also, following his death it was discovered that Charles Dickens had noted the name “GLIBBERY” in a list of unusual names he had prepared and intended to use in one of his later works.The earliest GLIBBERY I have found refers to the marriage of WILLIAM GLIBBERY to ELIZABETH BARBER at All Saints Church at Maidstone in Kent on the 16th January, 1626.
The Eastend of London branch of the family can be traced to JAMES GLIBBERY, born in 1761, who married ELIZABETH BROCK and died at Parmitters Almshouses in Bethnal Green on 13th December 1837. Their son, WILLIAM GLIBBERY, born on 22 February 1800 in Bethnal Green, married MARTHA HOWARD and died in Bethnal Green in 1873. Their son JOSEPH GLIBBERY was born on 30 September 1838 in Bethnal Green married SARAH PECK and died in 1907 at Bethnal Green. Their children were: JOSEPH CHARLES, born 1861, died 1898; WILLIAM AMOS, born 1862 (date of death unknown); ARTHUR EBENEEZER, born 1864, died 1939; WALTER, born 1872, died 1950; ALBERT EDWARD, born 1876, died 1958. He was my Grandfather.
ALBERT EDWARD married SUSAN ELIZABETH KEELING at Bethnal Green. Their children were: LILLIAN GRACE born 1902, died 1902; ALBERT EDWARD born 1903 (emigrated to Canada - date of death unknown); GEORGE FREDERICK born 1905, died 1995; WALTER HENRY born 1908, died 1989; ARTHUR JOSEPH born 1911, died 2003 (my father); JOHN WILLIAM born 1914, died 1999; HORACE JAMES born 1916, died 1919; ELSIE FRANCES AMELIA, born 1919 and survives today.
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