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Elizabeth Gibbons (Grinling)

Also Known As: "Gorlings"
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Francis Griling and Elizabeth Dyneley
Wife of James Gibbons, of Rotterdam
Mother of Elizabeth Gibbons; Dineley Gibbons and Grinling Gibbons

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About Elizabeth Gibbons

Grindling Gibbons and the art of carving by David Esterly has the following -

Gleanings from the above book:

  • Variations Grinlin , Grinlen , Grinilin, Greenlin, Grindlin , Grinsted , Gringling, Gringlin, Grialin, Griblin, Grymlin, Grimling , Grimblin, or Grumblin

Gibbons's sister addressed him as Grinling and he appears on parish rolls as such. He repeatedly signed himself Grinling. Like other unusual forenames, Grinling is what is technically called a metronymic , the resurrected maiden name of the mother. He was born in Rotterdam of English parents.

Their marriage registry in Rotterdam gives Gibbons's parents' names as James Gibbens and Elizabeth Gorlings . Elizabeth Gorling's great ­grandfather was one Sir Simon Hansacre of Worcestershire. Hansacre's daughter and heiress [Eleanor] married Richard Dynely. The Dynely's daughter Elizabeth Dingley (sic) married Francis Griling; and it is their daughter Elizabeth, her surname now appearing as Gorlings, who is the carver's mother.

In the entry for Gibbons's sister's baptism in the register of the Dutch Reformed Church in Rotterdam on 13 March 1644, the name of Gibbons's mother is given as Elisabeth Grinlin. It seems that the name variously recorded in church registers as Griling, Gorlings, or Grinlin was actually regarded by the family as Grinling, and that the carver's given name memori­alises this maternal family surname. More evidence that this is the correct derivation comes in the form of Gibbons's elder brother's equally curious forename, Dinely, which commemorates a second maternal ancestor: Gibbons's grandmother, Elizabeth Dynely.

Gibbons's father James was a draper, his grandfather a freeman of the Merchant Tailor's Company, and his great Grandfather is described in Northamptonshire as a 'Husbandman' which refers toi someone who owns a farm less than 100 acres, below a yeoman.

Francis Grinling was a tobacco merchant in Rotterdam


Visitations Kent, 1619 has the following

1. Edward Dyneley/Dingley married to ?? daughter of Amias

1a. Moyle Dingley of Chilham married Martha Hales, daughter of Thomas Hales of Thanington

1ai Thomas Dingley or Dynley of Faversham

1aii Elizabeth Dingley married Francis Grilling of London

1aii(a) Elizabeth Grilling (mother of Grinling (v) Gibbons

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Elizabeth Gibbons's Timeline

March 13, 1644
Rotterdam, Netherlands
April 4, 1648