Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Indian Gibson Family

 Paul Heinegg believes the Evans family 'may have' started with Eleanor, Heinegg writes; 
"Eleanor Evans, born say 1660, was probably an African American since she was a taxable in Surry County, Virginia, in William Hancock's household in 1677, in the household of Robert Caufield in 1678, and in Joseph Rogers' household in 1679 [Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, vol.22, no.3, pp.57, 63, 67]. She may have been the ancestor of....."
Anthony Evans first appears in 1668 in Surry County tax list along with a Robert and Abraham through 1677 when Elanor Evans appears as a WHITE WOMAN in the home of William Hancock. There is nothing to suggest in the early records that Anthony, Robert, Abraham or Eleanor were considered anything but white.  Richard Evans who came over on the Neptune in 1618 and was  listed as living in the community of Basse's Choice may have been the ancestor of this Evans family.

These two sources show Eleanor Evans (Anthony, Robert, etc.) designated as 'white' not African American as Paul Heinegg suggests;
(1)Surry County Virginia Tithables, 1668-1703By Edgar McDonald, Richard Slatten
(2)The list of Surry County Tax Payers or Tithables from 1668 through 1703 is a MS Excel file. Forrest has compiled this long list of 14,581 entries from the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy. It is a large file, bringing together in one place a vast amount of very valuable information about early Surry County tax payers. (When you click on this link you will have to click on Surry County Tax Payers link in the new page. It will open an Excel file where you will find Eleanor Evans listed in the 'white' column.  Also the Gibsons, Chavis, Collins, Goodmans, George -no last name - 'the Spanyard', etc. 
The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660 by PW Coldham  Page 300 
1655:2 November. Morrice Evans of Bruton, Som, labourer, bound to Henry Haines of Bristol, mariner, to serve 4 years in Virginia.
6 November. Morris Evans of Frome, Som, yeoman, bound to Mary Toms of Frome, widow, to serve 4 years in Virginia.
Morris may have or may not have descended from the above families but we do know that one Morris Evans married to Jane Gibson (the younger) who descended from Jane Gibson 'an Indian woman.' The genealogy of Jane Gibson and her brother George Gibson is yet to be written but what is known these two Gibsons were living in Charles City County in the late 1600s to early 1700s were called 'dark mulattoes' and although the numerous records have identified them as 'Indian' Paul Heinegg classifies them as 'Free African Amerians' - even though the descendants won their freedom by proving they descended from 'an Indian woman.'  

Jane had a brother and a son George Gibson and a daughter Jane Gibson who married Morris Evans.  Some of the descendants of the Indian woman, Jane Gibson, were free while others had been enslaved. Thomas Gibson (aka Mingo Jackson) also a descendant of Jane Gibson won his freedom as did some of the Evans family.

Many, if not most, of the Charles City County records were destroyed but we do know that George Gibson, his son George, as well as Gibby Gibson were residents of Charles City County in the mid 1600s and into the early 1700s, as was Thomas Gibson who came over on the Second Supply with Christopher Newport and a later Thomas Gibson or two. 

Gibby Gibson left a will in Charles City County in 1727 and named wife Frances, daughters; Mary Smith, Hannah Denham,  Frances Smith and Tabitha Rollinson, Sons; George,  Gibby, and Edward.  In the LIGHTFOOT Cemetery at Sandy Point is buried Thomas Gibson, Gibby Gibson and Frances Gibson.

The above 'Gibby' is undoubtedly Gilbert Gibson of Louisa County, Virginia who was in Henrico County as early as 1707 and in 1719 in the area of New Kent that would later become Louisa County.

Thomas and Mary Gibson were in New Kent County as early as 1695 but it is unknown at this time if or how he is related to Gibby Gibson. Thomas Gibson died in New Kent/Hanover County in 1734 and left a will naming his daughters; Eunice Nicks, Mary Brooks, Frances Humphrey and sons Thomas, John, Valentine and 'William Robinson.'

Gideon Gibson born about 1720 is the son of John Gibson and Elizabeth Wilcox of Middlesex County, Virginia and removed to the Pee Dee River area in the mid 1700s. The descendants of this families DNA matches that of Gilbert/Gibby Gibson of Louisa County as well as that of Thomas Gibson of Orange County, North Carolina who moved to East Tennessee.

If you believe you descend from this large Gibson Family you might consider joining the Thomas Gibson yahoo group. I will be adding many files over the next few weeks and hope others will do the same.

Yahoo Group
Thomas Gibson Family

Here are links to the transcripts and the Descendency Chart for Jane Gibson

Chancery Court Records, Lynchburg County, Case 1821-033, Charles Evans etc., vs Lewis B. Allen

Jane Gibson descendancy chart on Chancery Papers


  1. I have been researching my Gibson line for many years, my mother was a Gibson. My G-GM told family that we are Black Dutch and I heard this many times as a small child not knowing what it meant. We had traced back to our 4x G-GF, Elijah Gibson b. 1771 VA. I spent hours and hours researching to find his line farther back and found that he was the son of John and Mary Lockett Gibson from Henrico, Powhatan and surrounding counties of VA. I believe and research and DNA has proven that John Gibson was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Worley Gibson. They would have been b. ca 1720. Recently a cousin I had connected with informed me that her brother did his DNA to the Gibson DNA site and it came back that we descend from Thomas Gibson b. 1647, Charles City VA. His DNA matches the Melungeon DNA listed on that site. I have always believed we had Melungeon in our Gibson line and this proved it. Where I am having difficutly is finding the parents of the Thomas Gibson who married Elizabeth Worley. I know that he and Eliz. had 6 sons, some of which are John, William, Miles. He probably would have been a grandson of the Thomas b. 1647. Is there any direction I should go to close this gap? I live in TX and a trip to VA is out of the question, but I have a cousin going there soon. Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. My line comes from Dicey Price Gibson d/o Thomas Gibson and Agnes Elizabeth Peery, My Grand Pa toll use that his mom & Grand Mom where Native American, Cherokee from Salyersville in Magoffin Co in Eastern Ky, but still researching it Help Please any info, Thanks, Fred

  3. I"m not sure if this group or thread is still active, but I strongly believe that I descend from this family as well. My descendant was Charles Evans who claimed Cherokee Indian. I have matched my DNA to Chavis, Mingo Jackson and Jane Gibson.

    1. My husband is James Wesley Gibson. We live in Richland, WA. Jim's family that he remembers are from Franklin and Highland, NC.I traced this family to Orange Co, NC; to Granville Co NC and back to Louisa Co, VA. The ancestor I am looking for Nathan Gibson whose father may have been Thomas Gibson. I would like very much to correspond with people who are investigating this line. I would like to know where you did your DNA? Anxious to hear from you. Donna Gibson

    2. Funny that two of us found this age so recently. I am descended from Gibby (son of Thomas Gibson & Elizabeth Chavis) through Gibby's son Gilbert. Gilbert;s first wife in unknown, but probably mixed race. I would love to know more about her.

  4. No one knows who Gilbert's wife was but it is documented in court transcripts that the Gibsons in Charles City County were descended from Native Americans. Gibby may have been the 'Gibson Gibson' son of Elizabeth Chavis but there is no record of who her husband was, very unlikely it was Thomas Gibson.

  5. I have a Gibson family line. My maternal 4th Great Grandfather Thomas Kasinger was born in Kentucky. His parents were Peter Kessenger and Nancy Gibson.
    I was told that Nancy's father was Thomas Gibson and that he was Cherokee or Choctaw.

    Does anybody have information on Nancy and her father Thomas?

  6. Cyndi's Dna blogspot has native American links,

  7. Hi,
    I see that my Martin Gibson seems to have been born in 1775 in Orange Co. NC. I know they also lived in VA and KY. I descend through his daughter Prudence. I'm trying to locate where Native American DNA came from on my dad's side. I have always been told the Gibsons had NA. I would like to, if possible, locate more information on their possible Native American, and what tribe they may have been affiliated with. Could you point in the best direction to find this information? I have started working on locating info about tribes in the Orange Co. NC area . Any info you could provide me with would be much appreciated.
    Thank you

  8. Hello, excited to see a recent page on this! Through dna i have discovered i descend from Bartholomew Chavis whose son was Richard Chavis. I have been researching, his parents appear to be William Chavis and Francis gibson, daughter of the Gibby Gibson. Been reading a lot of different sites trying to determine who they really are.

    1. Thomas Chavis/Shavers, etc., was neighbors of George Gibson on Chippoakes Creek mid 1600s, believe they were in Lancaster Co., before that.

  9. Elizabeth Gibson Hatfield is listed as the daughter of Thomas and Mary Gibson of New Kent County VA. I did trace her line to England and it shows her Gibson ancestor arriving in 1599.

  10. Thomas Gibson of New Kent Co., who died in 1734 doesn't name a daughter Elizabeth in his will. There is no known wife for this Thomas Gibson


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