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Thomas Gibbs of Sandwich, Mass. (ca. 1615-1693) By Lydia (Phinney) Brownson and McLean W. McLean, 1969, NEHGR, 1969, Vol. 123, pg 130-131:
Thomas Gibbs b. 28 Jan 1678/9, d. in Sandwich, testate, probably shortly bef 26 May 1746. He m. there, first, 23 Oct 1713 Joanna Swift, dau of William and Elizabeth (____) Swift of Sandwich, b. there 9 Mar. 1692/3, d. prob. shortly after the birth of her third dau in 1717. If we are correct in our hypothesis that her mother m., Secondly 9 Nov. 1716 (as his second wife) John Gibbs, the fact that her dau. Joanna was the wife of Thomas Gibbs would be consistent with the pattern of other family groups in Sandwich of that period. Furthermore, Ebenezer Swift, Joanna's youngest brother, m. in 1724 Abigail Gibbs, a dau. of Benjamin Gibbs.
The page of the Sandwich town records upon which his second marriage was recorded is in part illegible showing: "...Gibbs Junr 1726/7 Dorothy Jenkins." A careful study of the fragmentary records leads us to believe that his second wife was Dorothy, the young widow of Samuel Jenkins of Barnstable, born there 15 July 1697. Amos Otis says this Samuel Jenkins "d. early, without issue" (C.F.Swift, Genealogical Notes on Barnstable Families, 1888, p. 92-3), and Samuel B. Jenkins in his Desc. of John Jenkins (1929) says of Samuel Jenkins that he "m. Dorothy-----; died soon without issue." There was no unmarried Dorothy Jenkins of that period nor did any other woman of the name marry a Jenkins.
This is the Thomas Gibbs "Junr" names as head of a Sandwich Family in 1730 on the list of the Rev. Benjamin Fessenden (op.cit.) Dorothy, wife of Thomas Gibbs, was baptized and admitted 28 Aug. 1727 to the Sandwich Church. On the same day were also baptized the children: "Elizabeth, Joanna and Solomon of Thomas & Dorothy Gibbs" (Sandwich Church Records). But, only the boy was a child of the second wife. The daus. were then aged 20 and 18, while the eldest dau., Experience, was then living in Rochester with her husband Nathan Tupper. It is to be noted that the dau. Elizabeth had published her intention of marriage to Samuel Muxam 18 Sept. 1736, but we think it evident that she had not yet married him.
The will of "Thomas Gibbs of Sandwich . . . husbandman," dated 28 March 1744 was presented for probate 9 May 1746 (Barnstable County Probates, 8:75). The inventory, dated 16 May 1716. His widow Dorothy died 21 Dec. 1748 (Sandwich Town Records)
Mayflower Families in Progress (MFIP), Richard Warren of the Mayflower and His Descendants for Four Generations compiled by Robert S. Wakefield, FASG, Janice A. Beebe and others, Fifth Edition, publ. by General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1995:
Thomas Gibbs b. Sandwich 2 Jan. 1678/9; d. there bet. 28 March 1744 and 9 May 1746.
He m. (1) Sandwich 22 Oct. 1713 Joanna Swift, b. Sandwich 9 March 1692/3; d. aft 16 July 1719; dau. of William and Elizabeth (-------) Swift.
He m. (2) Sandwich 1726/7 Dorothy (_____) Jenkins, d. Sandwich 21 Dec. 1748. She m. (1) Samuel Jenkins.
On 28 Aug. 1737 Dorothy, wife of Thomas Gibbs was bp. and admitted to the Sandwich Church. On the same date Elizabeth, Joanna, and Solomon children of Thomas and Dorothy Gibbs were bp. (Only Solomon was actually Dorothy's child.)
The will of Thomas Gibbs of Sandwich, husbandman, dated 28 March 1744, proved 9 May 1746, names wife Dorothy; son Solomon Gibbs; daus. Experience, Elizabeth and Joanna (no surnames).