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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BIOGRAPHIES GIB

ond, John Crabbe, and third, Benjamin Blanch-
flower; Elizabeth (?-1716), who married first, Ne-
hemiah Blakiston (?-1693), second, Ralph Rymer,
and third, Joshua Guibert (?-1713); and Mary,
who married Kenelm Cheseldyne (1640-1708). PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate; probably well
educated. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Catholic, but
his wife and children were Protestants. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES. Gent, with high status
on arrival in the colony; brought five servants with
him, and by 1648 he had imported over forty ser-
vants; became manor lord of St. Clement's in
1639; sold his English holdings and brought his
family to Maryland in 1650; involved in a cele-
brated legal action against his brothers-in-law over
control of extensive lands in Maryland. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: physician; planter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Assembly, St.
Mary's County, 1638/39, special writ 1641, spe-
cial writ 1641/42, special writ 1642A; Upper
House, 1658, 1659/60. OTHER PROVINCIAL OF-
FICES: Council, 1643-1649, 1651-1660 (suspended
from October 1658 to October 1659 for maligning
other councilors); justice, Provincial Court, 1643-
1649, 1650/51-1660. LOCAL OFFICE: conservator
of the peace, St. Clement's Hundred, St. Mary's
County, 1639/40. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE
ISSUES: a very controversial figure in provincial
politics and frequently at odds with the propri-
etor's spokesmen, Gerard supported Fendall's Re-
bellion in 1659/60, for which he was permanently
barred from voting or holding office in the colony.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: valued at £299.11.3 in 1664. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: 1,030 acres in 1639; 11,000 acres
by 1642; 14,000 acres by 1651, plus 3,500 acres in
Virginia. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by October
19, 1673. LAND:ca. 16,000 acres.

GIBBONS, EDWARD (?-1654). BORN: probably
in England. IMMIGRATED, no definite record that
he ever lived in Maryland. Gibbons lived in New
England at Mount Wollaston prior to 1630, when
he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, and be-
came a freeman. He lived in Virginia at least
briefly in 1646, and he was well acquainted with
Barbados through his mercantile activities. MAR-
RIED Margaret. CHILDREN. Jothan (1633-1658);
Edward (1638-?); and John (1655-?). DAUGHTER:
Jerusha (?-died in infancy). PRIVATE CAREER. ED-
UCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: con-
verted to Puritanism in 1630. OCCUPATIONAL
PROFILE: merchant of Boston; a pioneer in the de-
velopment of New England's export trade. PUBLIC

CAREER. PROVINCIAL OFFICE Council, 1650/51

(no record of actual service). MILITARY SERVICE.
commissioned an admiral and lieutenant, 1650/51,
but no record of service. OUT OF COLONY SER-
viCE: Massachusetts General Court, 1635; assis-
tant, Massachusetts General Court, 1650; major
general of United Colonies of New England, 1649.
STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES, sought by
Lord Baltimore in an effort to attract New Eng-
landers to Maryland and to appoint influential
Protestants to his government; no evidence that
Gibbons ever accepted his commission. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY Owner

of the ship Artillery, in partnership with Edmund
Scarburgh of Virginia; owned a windmill in St.
Mary's County. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED on De-
cember 9, 1654; size of estate unknown.

GIBSON, JOHN (?-1790). BORN: in Talbot
County, of age by 1754; probably third son. NA-
TIVE: at least third generation. RESIDED: in Talbot

County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER Wool-

man (Wollman) Gibson, Gent. (ca. 1695-1742), of
Talbot County. STEPFATHER William Trippe.
MOTHER: Elizabeth, daughter of John Dawson,
granddaughter of Bryant Omealy. BROTHERS:
Woolman Gibson (?-1786); Jonathan; Jacob (?-ca.
1789), who married Rachel; and Bartholomew.
SISTERS: Margaret; Mary; and Alice. MARRIED by
1766 Elizabeth (?-1797). CHILDREN. SONS Wool-
man Gibson, Jr. (?-ca. 1798); John Gibson III (?-
1819). DAUGHTERS. Elizabeth, who married first,
John Thomas, and second, by 1807 (first name
unknown) Stewart; Mary (1766-1790), who mar-
ried Richard Tilghman (1740-1809); and Anna,
who married first, Dr. John Elbert, and second,
Dr. William E. Seth. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION, literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION Anglican.

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1777;

Esq. at death. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE planter.

PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE Conven-
tions, Talbot County, 9th, 1776; Lower House,
Talbot County, 1777, 1777-1778 (Manufactories
2), 1778-1779 (elected to the 1st session to fill va-
cancy), 1779-1780 (Manufactories 2), 1781-1782
(Elections 1). LOCAL OFFICES, churchwarden, St.
Paul's Parish, Queen Anne's County, in office
1757; St. Paul's Parish Vestry, Queen Anne's
County, in office 1763, 1769, 1779-1780, 1782-
1784; justice, Talbot County, commissioned 1774,
1777, and 1778; Committee of Observation, Tal-
bot County, elected 1775; justice, Orphans' Court,
Talbot County, commissioned 1777 and 1778;
commissary for horses, Talbot County, appointed
1781; judge, Court of Appeals for Tax Assess-
ment, Talbot County, commissioned 1786.

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