I have now managed to trace my branch of the Ibbitson (Ibbetson) family back a little further.
My great great grandfather was James Ibbitson (down in 1881 cenus as Ibbetson, Leather Dresser)who was born in 1851 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK and married Mary Hannah nee Watson also from Leeds. The name seems to have changed to Ibbetson with James?
I have now managed to find the father of James, my great great great grandfather. He was John Ibbetson and he was a joiner/cabinet maker in Leeds, West Yorkshire,UK. I am now looking for the wife of John and any brothers or sisters. They seem to come from North Leeds. John would have been born around 1820'ish.
There is a record in the Leeds Registry Office of a wedding in 1849 between a John Ibbetson of North Leeds and a Maria Sedgfield. This would be the right year for a wedding for someone born around 1820.
James Ibbitson's son was George Clifford Ibbitson born in 1877 in Leeds and who married Laura nee Briggs.
Does anyone one have any connection with this side of the family and who may have any further information?
If you can help I will be delighted to hear from you.