Friday, October 12, 2018

Loose Ends & Connections

Jordan and Jonathan Gibson 
Champ Gibson - George Gibson - Lambert Dodson 
Halifax County Road Orders


21 Mar 1771 Road Order: George Combs appointed Surveyor of the Road leading from Boyd’s Road to Roberts’ Road...ordered that he, with male tithables belonging to Moses Hendrick, *William Echols, Sr., John Anderson, Mead Anderson, *Shadrach Gowing, Harry Hereford, John Chapman, John Hood, Nipper Adams, *William Donathan, Thomas Spencer, William Mays, Nathan Sullins, Charles Henderson, George Wood, George Stubblefield, Daniel Easely, Stephen Easely, Joshua Adams, Thomas Lovelace, Samuel Wilson, George Brown, *Champ Gibson, and William Chandler, do forthwith lay open and clear the said Road, and they then return to their former road. (Halifax County, VA, Court Orders, 7:80)

Halifax County was formed from Luneburg, and Lunenburg from Brunswick County which was formed from Prince George in 1720. Hubbard Gibson is on the tax roll in 1704 in Prince George County which was cut off from Charles City County just two years earlier.  Pittsylvania County was established on December 15, 1766 from Halifax County and Henry County was established on October 23, 1776 from Pittsylvania County  Lambert Dodson, Joel Gibson, Champ Gibson [Nichols and Moore] witnessed the will of Thomas Gibson 1780 Henry Co., Virginia. [More later on these families living on Jermiah/Burches-Birches Creek in Halifax County.] 

Champ Gibson is in Halifax Co., 1771 with Shadrach Gowing, William Donathan and William Echols.  Champ Gibson is found in Henry Co., Va.,  on the will of Thomas Gibson along with Lambert Dodson and Joel Gibson, and later in Rockingham Co., North Carolina across the line, with the Goins families -- called the Rockingham Indians.  Champ's daughter, Jemima Gibson gave power of attorney to Tirey Gibson in Hawkins County, Tennessee to settled her father's estate in Rockingham Co., NC.

William Donathan  granted 200 acres in Louisa County on both sides of Gibby's Creek adjoining his own land and George Gibson, son of Gilbert, on 7 August 1752 [Patents 31:183]  - The Donathans moved to Wilkes Co.,  Bryson Gibson, son of Thomas and Mary Gibson of the Stoney Creek Church,  DNA matches the descendants of these Donathans, likely Nelson Donathan of Wilkes Co., NC died Bath Co., Kentucky.  

Philip Dennam/Denham, was taxable on his own tithe and John Going's tithe in Goochland County in 1754 in the list of William Burton [Tithables, 1730-1755. He was living in Halifax County, Virginia, when he and William Donathan were among those ordered to clear a road from Burches Creek to Mirey Creek.   [Gibby Gibson gave to  Hannah Dennam cattle and a boy slave named Jack during her lifetime  1727 Charles City County.]

William Echols daughter Hannah, married to Vardry McBee found in the records below with Jordan Gibson, Jordan is most likely the son of Gilbert of Louisa Co., Va.

 From ENTRY RECORD BOOK, 1737-1770, by Chiarito 8 Jul 1758 **Vardry McBee enters 400 acres on **Jeremiah's Fork on Matthew Stoker's side line

Deed Book 2-6 1759-1767, Halifax County, Virginia by Marian Dodson Chiarito, book 2, page 130, 3 March 1760, William Byrd, Esquire of Charles City County, to **Jonathan Gibson of Halifax County for £5, 16 schillings, 578 acres on **Jeremiahs Fork of ____, beginning at a post oak thence south… All trees, woods, etc. David Caldwell by Power of Attorney for said William Byrd… Signed: W. Byrd Witnesses: Fras. Nash, John Lawson and William Lawson Recorded March Court 1760. .

VARDRY MCBEE married Hannah Echols of Halifax County, they moved to Spartanburg, SC., where Jordan Gibson, son of Gilbert married their daughter RHODA MCBEE. Jonathan Gibson lives on Jeremiah Fork in Halifax Co., neighbor of this Vardry McBee

Spartanburg Co., S.C. Deed Book Abstracts A-T  1785- 1827

p. 260-261 Book B. Jan. 29, 1787: John Sanders (Louisa Co.[VA]) to Jordan Gibson (same); for £10 7 s VA money sold a wagon and harness for four horses. Witness John Brown, John Boswell, and Henry Gibson. Signed John Sanders.
[Deed] Book B, p. 114-116, March 17, 1788 Vardry McBee (Spartanburg) to David Allen [father-in-law of Henry Gibson] 250 ac on both sides of Goacher Cr of Thickety Cr.  Wit Joseph Morriss and JORDAN GIBSON.  Signed Vardry and Hannah McBee]
Sept. 1788
State against Jordan Gibson. On an indictment. The Grand Jury presenting him for Bastardy. It is therefore ordered that a Capias issue for his appearance in Court to answer to the said Indictment.
December 1788
State against Jordan Gibson. On a Breach of the Peace. The defendant appeared in his own person pleads Guilty and the Court having received exculpatory affidavits, fine the defendant one shilling and costs of suit. John Lefever came into Court and entered himself bail for the fees in the above case, acknowledged before Wm. Lancaster, D.C.

Spartanburg Co., S.C.  Minutes of the County Court  1785-1799

Ordered that the child Durrel [Burrell?] McBee which was pretended to be bound to Vardry McBee be delivered to the care of its mother Rhoda McBee, alias Gibson & Jordan Gibson her Husband.

p. 325-326 Book B.Dec. 2, 1789 
Nathan Gibson (Spartanburg) to Henry Gibson (same) ; for 40 L sold following ; a large bay horse 7 years old, 2 feather beds and furniture, 3 cows and calves, 2 heffers, 3 young stears, 17 hogs, a large iron pot, a dutch oven,6 pewter pleats, 2 "diches" for basons, and a crib of corn. Witness John Sanders, George Gibson, Masten Sanders, and Lewis Sanders. Signed Nathan Gibson's mark. Wit. Oath Dec. 21, 1789 Lewis Sanders to Wm. Smith.
 p. 369-371 Book D.Dec. 20, 1795  David Humphrey and wife Jane (Spartanburg) to Henry Gibson (same); for 60 L sterling sold 185 ac on both sides Gocher's  Cr; part of 200 ac grant Dec. 6, 1771 North Carolina to Hugh Moore who sold to Charles Ray who sold to WilliamThompson and sold by his son Sevan Thompson to David Humphrey; 15 ac from grant excluded from this sale on N side of Goucher's Cr. And on E corner of grant.

Jan. 19th 
1793 - Gideon Gibson against Nathan Gibson. Case. Dismissed at equal costs.

October 10, 1797 John Lefever (Spartanburgh County) to SarahWooten a chesnut horse with star and a sorrel stud cold with small star.Witness Rice Ross, G
ideon Gibson, and Jordan Gibson  Witness George Gibson, Young Allen, and William Wilkins. Signed  David Humphrey and Jane's mark. Witness oath April 12, 1796 Young Allen to John Lipscomb.Rec. 

May 15, 1796
p. 127-128 Book F.April 29, 1797David Allen (Spartanburg) to Young Allen (same) ; for 50 L sterling sold 150 ac ; border :Gocher's Cr, George Gibson, David Allen's Spring Br, and Jones; part of 543 ac grant Oct. 6, 1788 Gov. Thomas Pinckney to David Allen . Witness David Jones and Willis Allen.Signed David Allen's mark. Wit. Oath July 15, 1797 David Allen to John Lipscomb.Rec. Oct. 20, 1798

Spartanburg Co., S.C.  Minutes of the County Court  1785-1799

George Gibson & Lewis Sanders as evidences in the case Jordan Gibson against John Sanders, on oath in open Court was allowed, to wit, the said George s 15 for 6 days attendance and the said Lewis 17/ & d 6 for 7 days attendance, and s 33 d 4 for mileage.

Jan. 17th 1798 George Gibson proved 4 days attendance as a witness in the case Nathaniel Wofford against William Vincent, at two shillings & six pence per day.

July 18th 1798 George Gibson proved 7 days attendance as a witness in the case Nathaniel Wofford against William Vincent
July 20, 1798 William McGowen  against George Gibson. Appeal . Ordered that this case be remanded to the Justice from whence it came upon payment of costs.
Spartanburg Co., S.C. Deed Book Abstracts A-T  1785- 1827                                                                                                                  
p. 161-162 Book K.Oct. 11, 1802 Henry Gibson (Spartanburg) to Jarrett Patterson (same); For $300 sold (148ac?) ; SW end of tract (100 ac?) ; border : Corner marked ID and C ; on Goucher's Cr. And 48 ac bordering Ezekiel Howard and David Allen. Witness George Gibson and Ezekiel Sullivan. Signed Henry Gibson's mark. Wit. Oath Oct. 11, 1803 George Gibson to John Lipscomb.Rec. Oct. 16, 1805.Dower renounced Nancy Gibson to John Lipscomb 

Nov. 2, 1804
p. 2-4 Book L & M.Oct. 11, 1803 Henry Gibson (Spartanburg) to Jarrett Patterson (same) ; for $250 sold 180 ac on both sides of Goocher's Cr. ; "there is a line made between Jarret Patterson and George Gibson" ; part of 200 ac grant Dec. 6, 1771 North Carolina to Hugh Moore who sold to Charles Ray and sold to "William Thomson Swan Thomson's son her at " sold  to David Humphreys who sold to Henry Gibson.Witness George Gibson to Ezekiel Sullivan .Signed Henry Gibson's mark.Wit. oath Oct. 11, 1803 George Gibson to John Lipscomb. Rec. Mar. 6, 1809


1800 Spartanburg Co., S.C.

George Gibson.......1-0-0-1-0....males...............................1-0-1-0-0....females

1810 Spartanburg Co., S.C.
George Gibson.....1-1-0-0-1   males..............................3-0-0-1-0  females

Spartanburg Co., SC Will Abstracts 1787-1840
Pg.55 In the Court of Ordinary the 19th day of Feb. 1810 granted a citation to Mayveil (?) Griffen on the estate of Ignatious Griffin decd...
Granted admn. on the estate of Ignatius Griffen decd to Mayvell Griffin...Hugh Moore & Wm. Gibson securities...

Pg.6 Austust 6th 1810 Hugh Moore returned in behalf of Mavel Griffin Admx of Ignatius Griffin decd, Inventory sale.........

Pg. 8 Nov. 6, 1810

Mavel Griffin gave bond with Young Allen security for her future Admin. in the Estate of Ignatius Griffin decd, in place of George Gibson....(there appears to have been more to these entries but for some reason it was left out)

Pg.3 March 4th 1811

Mavel Griffin Adminx. of Ignatius Griffin decd, made an annual return......


George & Abigail Gibson Virginia W 8852

[Todd County formed 1820 from Logan and Christian Counties.
Todd Co., KY On the Oct. 19, 1832 personally appeared before me in open court, George Gibson, a resident of the foresaid county and commonwealth, aged 67 the 14th of last month, who being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the above mentioned benefits.That he entered the service of the U.S. in a company commanded by Capt. John White, the old officers were Col. Abrey, and Major Srmstreet commanded by Gen. Weeden.He entered the service a short time before he was 16 years of age and served 3 months under above mentioned officers.He returned home at the end of 3 months and after some months, the time not recollected, he again entered the service under Capt. William Harris and Lt. Anderson and served 3 months and returned home again and after some months the precise time not recollected he was again called into service under Capt. Holt, he was drafted for 3 months each ( but he does not recollect that he remained that length of time the last tour as he was discharged a few days after the defeat of Cornwallis and he does not recollect the time he left service but knows it was but a short time before the Treaty of Peace.)The Col. and Maj. of the 2nd. tour were Col. Taylor and Maj. Batuse of the 3rd tour forgotten the name of Col. his best impression is that it was Col. Taylor and Maj. Baswell. He resided in Louisa Co., VA. at the time he entered the service and during the War when at home he was drafted as he supposes each time he recollects that his company was laid off in divisions and when the division to which he belonged was called on he was compelled to go.
He marched through Hanover Co.,to Richmond, he was stationed at a place called the Mashin Hills and he marched through King William Co. We lay at Sewens old field about 4 miles from Glouster. Some days before the Battle at York and defeat of Cornwallis on the North side of the river he was a guard. the day proceeding the night on which the battle was fought at York and Gloucester he among the balance of the guards was ordered to rest and meet at headquarters at the old field when he arrived there the main army had left there and gone to Gloucester, we were then ordered to march to Gloucester, we went but stopped on the way to draw cartridges which there the firing commenced the we started and went about 1/2 mile and halted in the night and inquiring was being made whether any man among us could speak French language. It was ascertained that no one among us could speak that language and on account of the danger of not being distinguished we were commanded to lie down on our arms . We remained there until the Battle was over whilst there we could hear the bullets over us. He knew no regular officers while out that he now recollects except Gen. Lafayette.He has no documentary proof or evidence of his service that he knows of no person whose testimony he could produce who can testify to his service.He saw the British stack their arms at Cornwallis defeat, he rode a horse from there taken from one of Tarletons horsemen about 4 miles. He hereby relinquishes every claim except the present for a pension and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency of any state whatever.
                                                                                                                          George Gibson


Grantee: Jordon Gibson
Number of Acres: 114
Survey Date: 20 Sep 1796
County: Logan
Watercourse: Gum Lick Cr
Book Number: 1

Grantee:Jordon GibsonNumber of Acres:200Survey
Date:22 Sep 1796 County:Logan Watercourse
Rock House Fk Book Number:8

1799 - Jordan Gibson vs Solomon Penrod
Capias order to take Solomon Penrod(?) to answer Jordan Gibson – Logan Co. KY Loose Records

1799 -The county is made debtor to Jordon Gibson for 1 wolf scalp £8

Book H, p. 11-12 Sept 29, 1801 JORDAN GIBSON (Logan Co., KY) to Robert Stacey (Spartanburg) waters Cherokee Cr of Broad R.  Witness Amos Austell and Samuel Austell.  Signed JORDAN GIBSON's mark.  Wit. oath, Oct. 26, 1801 Amos Austell to John Lipscomb  Rec. Dec 5, 1801
1800 Jordan Gibson to administer the estate of John Turner deceased

Jordan Gibson enters 100 acres of land on Gum Lick Creek in Logan County

May 18, 1801 Order book 1A page 193
Ordered that Jordan Gibson be allowed 100 acres of land…to wit Gurdon Gibson…Gum Lick creek Order Book 2 page 189

Jan 1802 ”Gordon” Gibson enters 100 acres of land on the waters of Green Lick Creek

Assessment(?) of the property of John Turner deceased sold out of the county March 20, 1802 Gurdon Gibson administrator Order book 1A page 193

An inventory and appraisement of the estate of John Turner deceased - An account of the property of John Turner deceased sold by Silas McBee Order Book 2 page 352-353
[It appears that the McBee family and Jordan Gibson removed to Logan County, Kentucky in the part that became Christian County.

Will Book 1 page 43

Jordan Gibson dated 19 January 1824, probated 17 Jan. 1825.  Wife Rhoda; supposed daughter Polly, wife of George Acres; supposed son Jesse Scott; supposed son David Moore and his son Jordan Moore; exts Richard Millar, Rhoda Gipson, Jesse Scott.
With' Joseph Hughston, Archd Hughston, Catherine White.

While the will mentions none of the Gibsons found in Spartanburg, South Carolina this surely has to be the same Jordan.  A descendant of  Jesse Scott carries the DNA of the Gibson family. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

We Are Still Stuck in the Past

Imagine if your cardiologist was treating your heart condition with research from the 1950s or even the 1980s.  Imagine if detectives, police, FBI etc., ignored all the tools found in the last 50-60 years, not using DNA, previous court records, etc., to investigate and pursue modern crimes.

Yet here we are in 2018 and we still have researchers/authors etc., using records, articles etc., that were written in the 1950s to 1990s.  

DNA has proven the Charles City County, Virginia Gibsons, documented as having Native American roots share ancestors with Louisa, Scott and  Lee Counties of Virginia,  Orange, Wilkes, and Randolph Counties in North Carolina and into Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio etc.  

The Collins DNA [Vardy, Amos, David, etc., of Wilkes County, North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee is found along the Savannah River in Georgia and South Carolina.

Where are the researchers looking into these families?  Well they are still going by research of Henry Price from the fifties, blood studies and researchers of the 1960s, and ignoring all the research turned up in the last twenty years.  All because it doesn't fit their narrative, their stories have been told, their books have been published and they are not going to change it., uh uh, no way.

When I first entered into researching the Melungeons back in late 1990 there were very few websites with any Melungeon research and at that time I put 10 years of research online and have added to it since.  In 1997 I believed there were such things as Melungeon diseases, bumps, knots and squats.  And yes I even believed the Melungeons were only found on Newman's Ridge.  

There are researchers who will still try to convince you they are the only real Melungeons and the Ridge is the origin of these people despite the research of the last 10-20 years ago.

We have found the Croatan/Lumbee claimed they were known as Malungeons, long before they got to the Ridge. Court records show there was a town in Wilson County, Tennessee called Malungeon Town, in the 1850s, and Solomon Bolton, the Perkins, Shoemake, Goins etc., were also known as Melungeons in the 1850s.  

We have stories of the 'mixed Indian' community of Malunjins living in Dothan, Alabama [Did we just find a DNA match to Newmans Ridge Gibsons] as early as 1800.  There are at least a dozen references to the political Moulungeons of Virginia in the 1850-1860s.  When are researchers, authors, etc., put down their copy and paste and do some research?

This letter from Hamilton McMillan was  addressed to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and  was included in the 1890 Indian Population Report published by the Census Bureau.  This letter was written before Dromgoole published her stories of the Melungeons of Newman's Ridge. 
July 17, 1890
--Red Springs, North Carolina
Hamilton McMillan

'The Croatan tribe lives principaly in Robeson county, North Carolina, though there is quite a number of them settle in counties adjoining in North and South Carolina.  In Sumter county, South Carolina, there is a branch of the tribe, and also in east Tennessee.  In Macon county, North Carolina, there is another branch, settled there long ago.  those living in east tennessee are called "Melungeons", a name also retained by them here, which is corruption of 'Melange', a name given them by early settlers (French), which means mixed.''

I can assure you Melungeon descendants all the Gibsons did not spring from Old Thomas and George Gibson of Orange County, North Carolina. 

See Links Below

Bel Air, Maryland
12 Jan 1870


Recollection of the Olden Time

First Series...No.6.

To the Editors of the Aegis & Intellegencer:

"When I commenced my last letter, upon the subject of the young ladies in Bel Air [Harford County jp] and vicinity of the olden time, I imagined I would, before closing, work up all the raw material at my command; but I had progressed but a few sentences before one old acquaintance after another began to come up in memory, and I found my programme would be very incomplete without another letter.  Hence with your privilege, I will refer to a few additional men and boys who lived in and around your village during the first quarter of the present century.

In speaking of legislators in a previous letter, I forgot to mention Jas. W. Williams, who lived on Deer Creek, not far from Husband's Tanyard.  He was a tall, swarthy man, not unlike some of our "F.FV.'s," who take great pride in the very uncertain genealogy that turns the current of Pocahontas in their veins. (And just here let me say in particular, that if one-half of those who claim to have descended from the Indian princess are really such, Virginia in her most savage days, never had a more numerous tribe of malungeons than at present.) As before said, Mr. Williams very much resembled these claimants, with his erect form, elastic step, straight black hair, olive complexion and brilliant eye. ...."

The Molungeons  1856-1869


 Malungeon Town

Melungeons of Hamilton County, Tennessee

Hamilton McMillan - 1890

Melungeons at Fort Blackmore

    THE MELUNGEONS  & FORT BLACKMORE SOME NOTES Attorney Lewis Jarvis was born 1829 in Scott County, Virginia and lived in the area and ...