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Capt. William Gibbon

This family and our family at Nigg Bay

Capt. William Gibbon is buried right beside the three Gibbon graves of our family at Nigg Bay.
Is this a sign that the Stonehaven Gibbons are closely related to our family?
Not necessarily. Capt. William Gibbon's sister married into our family. So maybe that explains it.
Also this is an obvious graveyard for people involved in shipping at Aberdeen.
Capt. William Gibbon,
bapt 21 Nov 1747.
From Stonehaven, S of Aberdeen.
Sailed to America.
He mar 1770, New York, to Maria Cranmer [or Mary, born 1746, Bampton, Devon].
They lived in America for a few years.
They returned to Aberdeen 1776.
He was a ship's captain.
He became Berthmaster for the harbour of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.
[Wyllie, 2020, p.134] says he was Berthmaster for Aberdeen. But this may be confusion with the other Capt. William Gibbon.
President of the Aberdeen Shipmaster Society 1816.
Treasurer of Aberdeen Shipmaster Society 1818.
Not to be confused with the other Capt. William Gibbon, who was also President and Treasurer of the Aberdeen Shipmaster Society.

Death, 1821:
He died 13 Aug 1821, age 73 yrs.
He was bur 17 Aug 1821 at St.Fittick's, Nigg Bay, Aberdeen. See findagrave.
Maria died 19 Oct 1825, age 79 yrs.
She was bur 25 Oct 1825 at Nigg Bay.
They had issue:

  1. James Gibbon,
    bapt 27 Aug 1783 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen], twin with William.
    He was in the army in India.
    Listed as Lieut. Colonel, Bombay, at death of dau 1833.
    [Nigg graves, 2006] reads his dau's gravestone as saying he is "Lieut. Col. Gibbon HEICS".
    HEICS means he was in army of Honourable East India Company.
    Confusingly, HEICS is used for both Honourable East India Company Service and Honourable East India Company's Civil Service.
    James became a Colonel 1845.
    He died 2 Mar 1846, age 62 yrs.
    Report in Aberdeen Journal, 29 Apr 1846.
    He had issue:

    1. Jane Gibbon,
      Jane on grave, Jean in burial record,
      born late 1817 in India,
      bapt 1819 in Bombay.
      She was sent to Scotland.
      She died in Scotland, 1833, age 15, of an "inward complaint".
      [Nigg graves, 2006] reads her grave as saying she died 25 Mar 1833.
      She was bur 1833 at Nigg Bay. See entry.
      Burial entry is confusing. Written between burials on 22 Feb and 7 Apr. Looks like "30th February"!
      One solution to all the above is that she died 25 Mar, bur 30 Mar.

  2. William Gibbon,
    bapt 27 Aug 1783 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen], twin with James.
    He died 31 May 1792, age 8 yrs, bur Nigg Bay.

  3. Sarah Isabella Gibbon.
    or Sarah Isabel,
    bapt 28 Aug 1786 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen].
    She mar 26th Jan 1809 [St.Nicholas', Aberdeen] to Adam Mellis (or Mellies).
    He was an officer in the 60th Regiment.
    He was a Lieutenant. Think he was not a Captain.
    He died 1816 in Martinique, West Indies.
    She died 27 Nov 1831, age 45 yrs. NOT 1832.
    She was bur 8 Dec 1831 at Nigg Bay.

  4. Rev. Charles Gibbon,
    born 20 (or 29) Nov 1789, Aberdeen,
    bapt 2 Dec 1789.

Capt. William Gibbon grave at Nigg Bay

Location: Right beside the three Gibbon graves of our family, NE corner of churchyard at Nigg Bay.

Grave of Capt. William Gibbon at Nigg Bay.
See larger and full size.
From findagrave. Added 2018.

Notes about the grave of Capt. William Gibbon at Nigg Bay.
From [Jervise, 1879, p.16].
Jervise is wrong to say he is of the same branch as our family (which he had mentioned just previously).

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