The Family of Gilbert Gibson of Louisa
In a court case following the death of his father, George and his brother Gilbert and his sister Frances were involved in litigation with Gilbert Gibson's widow, Sarah and sons Jordan, Gideon and William.You may find this case (very long) on Library of Virginia chancery cases online, Index 1791-023.Many people were deposed in this case.Among them was William Denton who provided the identity of the younger Gilbert Gibson's wife.
William Denton was deposed, his age given about 75 years..said he was at Gilbert Gibson's house when he was living on Pamunkey, called Gibby's Ford about 44 years past as well as he remembered and heard him say to PHEBY JONES if she married his son Gilbert he would give him the land over the river if he behaved well... for he had settled two of his sons well.
The deponent Denton was then questioned by attorney:Being asked among other things, if Gilbert had been then a married man or a widower, and Denton answered he believed a widower..
According to the deposition of Charles Sprouse, who lived rent free on the land of George Gibson at that time at the direction of George Gibson, Sarah Gibson came round after Gilbert Gibson died and tried to run him off and George Gibson told Charles Sprouse to stay on the land as long as he liked since the land was his.In this deposition, Charles Sprouse says he spoke to Stephen Napier/Napper, who attended the reading of Gilbert Gibson's will, who said Sarah was the 'reported wife' of Gilbert Gibson.Charles Sprouse then says, he didn't know whether they were married or not.
The fact that Gilbert Gibson refused to grant gifts of the land to Gilbert, George and Frances set off litigation for years in the Court of Louisa.