Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Arthur Augustus Gibbon (see here),
War Office, 1845 to 1879:
He worked in the War Office in London. Started 1845 (age 16).
The War Office was then in the Horse Guards building in Whitehall.
There are letters to "Arthur Gibbon" at War Office from 1845. Must be him, not his father.
His mother's 1st cousin Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea was Secretary for War at various times between 1845 and 1860. Presumably this is how he got the job in 1845.
[Dora Gibbon letter] says that Arthur "visited Wilton House as a young man". This would be in the time of the 12th Earl.
He is definitely at War Office from 1855 (age 26).
His brother William Henry joined British Foreign Legion 1856.
The War Office moved to Cumberland House, Pall Mall, 1858.
He is listed as living St.George's Hanover Square parish, London, at mar 1861.
mar Oct 1861 to Mary Kerr [born 10th Feb 1838,
Robert III, King of Scotland
and of Henry I].
He immediately (leaving London on 13th May 1879)
embarked on a vast period of travelling,
all the time maintaining his house in Kensington (rented it out to others sometimes when he was away from it).
He rented apartments, 6 Garten Strasse, Freiburg, Baden, SW Germany (in Black Forest mountains, near France/Switzerland borders), midsummer 1879 to Apr 1881.
Freiburg was not far from Diersburg, Hohberg (see map), where family of his late sister Georgina might have been.
The family of his other sister Margaret was also on the Continent.
These were the only family he had apart from his brother in South Africa.
His son Arthur apparently went to the University of Freiburg (or maybe this was just school).
Mary is listed
at 1 C Campden Hill Rd, Kensington, in
[UK census, 4 Apr 1881].
She has children Elizabeth and Florence and Mildred with her,
but Arthur and children Arthur and Georgina and Monty are away.
They have 2 servants.
He rented Stanley Lodge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, July-Oct 1881.
[House Book] of 18 July 1881 lists "Drive to Penshurst".
Rented Brook Cottage, Dawlish, near Exmouth, E Devon, Oct 1881 to Apr 1882.
Rented 134 St.Owen St, Hereford, July-Sept 1882.
Rented "Almondbury", Eltham Rd, Lee, London, May 1884 to May 1887.
Rented Elm Cottage, Tiverton, NE Devon, Mar 1886 to Mar 1893.
His initial will dated 15th May 1889, later cancelled.
They are listed in 1891 census at Brynanston Villa, Churchfields, Salisbury, Wiltshire (near Wilton). Florence is the only child with them.
Rented 2 Lunham Rd, Upper Norwood, London, Nov 1891 to May 1892.
Rented "Cawston", Sandown, Isle of Wight, May-Oct 1892.
Rented Craven House, Portland Rd, Southsea, suburb of Portsmouth, 6th-20th Oct 1892.
Rented 4 Portland Terrace, Southsea, Oct 1892 to Apr 1893.
Rented "Ashmore", Hawke Rd, Upper Norwood, Apr 1893 to Mar 1894.
Rented "Lyndenhurst", Auckland Rd, Upper Norwood, Mar 1894 to Mar 1899.
His dau-in-law May Wells described him as "an old autocrat".
Mary dies, 1900:
Arthur and Mary went to Switzerland Oct 1899.
Mary died 25th Mar 1900, age 62 yrs, at Hotel d'Angleterre, Vevey (NOT Vevery), a popular resort on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
She was bur Vevey cemetery (memorial there).
See death notice in The Times, 29 Mar 1900.
See the period of her death in the House Book, p.1 and p.2 and p.3.
He went back to England after wife's death.
Though he was back in Vevey, Nov 1900 to Apr 1901.
Arthur dies, 1907:
He made a new will dated 30 Aug 1906, and again 1 July 1907.
He died at 11 Campden Hill Rd, Kensington, 5 Oct 1907, NOT 9 Oct, age 78 yrs.
He was bur 9 Oct 1907 with parents and dau in West Norwood.
See probate granted 29 Nov 1907 to his son Arthur.
He left £2,249. This is perhaps £1m in today's money. Still well-off, but much less wealthy than his parents' generation. The money from the Earl of Pembroke and from the business had been well spent during the 19th century.
Arthur and Mary had issue:
She was an amateur painter.
Entries in [House Book] record "Florence's painting lessons", lessons at Art school, and subscriptions to Society of Miniature Painters and to Society of Lady Artists.
Her paintings include:
She is listed
in 1911 census
with her Gibbon cousins
at Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
She mar post-1911 to William Johnson, no issue.
(todo) See mar of Florence A Gibbon to "Johson", [GRO.UK], 1st qr 1938, Kensington, Volume: 1a, Page: 331.
William died pre-c.1937.
She died 23rd Aug 1949, age 76 yrs.
Arthur Augustus Gibbon as an old man.
Miniature painted by his daughter Florence.
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Inscription on a book given to Arthur Augustus Gibbon by his younger brother William.
Inscription reads "London, February 3rd 1850" [Arthur's 21st birthday].
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The book is an 1847 edition of the works of Byron.
See title page.
Gibbon listed under KERR in [Burkes Landed Gentry, 1886].
In the modern numbering, 11 Campden Hill Rd is the 3rd house from the corner here. (These are nos. 7, 9, 11 and 13.)
This would seem to match a previous numbering of 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D.
From street view.
Georgina Gibbon on the Gibbon grave, West Norwood.
The quote is from Matthew 18:10: "Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.".
Photo 2007. See full size.
13 - Methylated Spirits, Kettle and Stand
14 - Offertory at Parish Church
15 - Medical Attendance
16 - Champagne, Brandy
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