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Katherine Gibbs (Willard)

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: May 31, 1769 (44)
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Judge Josiah Willard and Katherine Willard
Wife of Henry Gibbs of Salem
Mother of Henry Gibbs; Josiah Willard Gibbs and William Gibbs

Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Katherine Gibbs

38. Katherine4 Willard (Josiah3, Samuel2, Simon1); born 28 September 1724 at Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts;28 married Henry Gibbs 27 May 1747; as his 2nd wife, and died 31 May 1769 at age 44. Henry Gibbs was born in 1707 (calculated from age at death: "ae. 52"). He died on 16 February 1759.

The three known children of Katherine4 Willard and Henry Gibbs all born Massachusetts were as follows:

  1.  Henry Gibbs. Married Mary Prescott.
  2. Josiah Willard Gibbs.
  3. William Gibbs.


  1. Henry Gibbs remarried in 1747, selecting the much younger Katherine Willard, daughter of the Provincial Secretary, for his second wife. This marriage further cemented the prominent place of the Gibbs in Salem society but brought comparatively little lucre, and only the fortunate bequest of £500 from a friend, William Lynde, helped the Gibbs maintain their lifestyle and social obligations. In February, 1759, at what should have been the peak of his career, he contracted measles, leaving five children and an insolvent estate with a meager 10s allotted to each child. (1)


  1. Gibbs family papers, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
  2. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1865, By NEHGS Staff. Page 208.
  3. Willard Family Association
  4. Mrs. Henry Gibbs (Katherine Willard) (1724-1769), (painting)
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Katherine Gibbs's Timeline

September 28, 1724
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
May 7, 1749
Age 24
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
September 30, 1752
Age 28
May 4, 1757
Age 32
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
May 31, 1769
Age 44
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts