Gilbert Gibson of Charles City County
Many on this forum have wondered about the location of the gravesite of Gilbert Gibson, the elder.This Gilbert Gibson was the father of Gilbert Gibson of Louisa County.The William and Mary Quarterly lists the gravesites of Thomas, Francis and Gilbert as being at Sandy Point, Charles City County, along with gravesites for the Lightfoot Family.This has confused a lot of people, including myself, so I went looking.
The Lightfoot cemetery is located on the land of a Mr. Smith, formerly Teddington, facing the James River.The cemetery is small, surrounded by a wrought iron fence, in a grove of ancient walnut trees.Only the Lightfoot Family is buried here.The gravesite is run down now.
There are no Gibsons buried here.
The Gibson graveyard is located on PRIVATE property and after phone calls and pleas from myself and a Lightfoot descendant friend, the elderly owner took me to the gravesite of the Gibsons on the condition I would not take anyone to the site.Myself and my friends visited the site twice.
The graves are located next to each other and marked by headstones.The headstone for Francis is too badly damaged (I was told by farm equipment) to make out.Gilbert's headstone was standing up.Thomas' headstone was laying down face up in the grass.Gilbert's and Thomas' headstones were in remarkable shape being as old as they have to be.They were identical to each other, probably made by the same stone mason at the same time.There are no dates.They are in a farm field, across from the James River at Sandy Point, and this area is a mere 8-9 miles from Jamestown, in an obvious Gibson Family gravesite on acreage that was once owned by Gilbert Senior, also called Gibby.
It grieves me more than I can say that these graves are not attended to by Gibson's descendants but I gave the owner my word and I'll never take anyone there.
I hope that this clears up one little Gibson mystery.