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Thomas Gibson

Birthplace: Amelia Court House, Amelia County, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: March 20, 1710 (70)
Louisa County, VA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Mingo Thomas Gibson III, Paspahegh and Jane The Elder Gibson (Bnu),-Top 5 PED Slave History Lesson/Cheraw
Husband of Elizabeth Gibson (Chavis)
Father of Gibson Gibson and Habburd Gibson, Sr,
Brother of Jane Gibson, Upper Congaree Shikora; John Jordan Gibson and Hubbard Gibson, I

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About Thomas Gibson


Thomas Gibby Gibson was born in Amelia Court House, Amelia County, VA. His parents were Mingo Thomas Gibson / Paspahegh and Jane The Elder Gibson (Chevers),-Top 5 PED Slave History Lesson/Shikori Cheraw.

Thomas married Elizabeth Chavis. Together they had the following children: Gibson "Gibby" Gibson, Paspaghe.

He died in 1710 in Charles City County, Virginia.

List of Free People of Color in Charles City, Va, 10th of June 1668 A List of ye Tythables from ye Colledge to Smiths forte taken up by Mr. Thos Warren
Tho. Hurle Joh. Shipp Tho Gibson & 1 negro, 04 Translated: Thomas Hurle, John Shipp and Thomas Gibson, continuing in A list of tithables from ye Collins' & Smiths fort taken up by Mr Thomas Warren: Geo. Foster & Tho. Williams, 02 Tho. North, 01 John Clemens, 01Edmond Howell, 01 Thomas Gibson is a father of one Gibson Gibson and therefore husband of Elizabeth Chavis. Elizabeth was married to Thomas and the Peter) Edmond Howell is a godfather of Gibson Gibson--See 23 Dec. 1679 & 28 March 1672] Translated: Thomas Warren, George Foster, Thomas Williams, John Clements, Edmond Howell,

Primary source: Heinegg, Paul. (2005) Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina: From the Colonial Period to About 1820. Baltimore, MD. Genealogical Publishing Co. Vol. I, Foreward, p.1, and chapters on CHAVES FAMILY and GIBSON FAMILY.

He was born on 3 Sep 1639 in Hanover County, Virginia (source: Find-A-Grave Index). According to Heinegg and internet genealogical sources, Thomas Gibson III and Elizabeth Chavis/Chevers (1648 - August 6, 1681) are believed to be parents of Gibson "Gibby" Gibson 1660-1727, Hubbard Gibson 1670-1742, Jane Gibson 1672-1738, George Gibson 1674-1700, and Gidion Gibson 1676-1738. Thomas died on 20 Mar 1710 at the age of 70 and was buried in the Hula-Mikula Family Cemetery in Charles City, Charles City County, Virginia. A tombstone has been placed there in his honor. His son, Gibson Gibson, is also buried there. No information is known about Gibson's ancestors but it is likely that he was of mixed race based on his son, Gibson Gibson, being freed from indenture by Virginia courts when his mother filed a petition for his freedom.

Notes from Gibson Gibson's dad Thomas is probably the Thomas Gibson buried with him. Edmund Howell and Thomas Gibson both fought in Bacon's Rebellion in 1676. [If so, likely out of duress, given the historical perpective]. Edmund Howell was Gibson Gibson's godfather, as stated in Edmund'swill. Edmund also states that Gibson Gibson is the son of Thomas Gibson. Howell was from Surry County, VA (was south of the James River and was originally part of Jamestown, as well). Howell gave a deposition, shortly after Bacon's Rebellion, stating that Thomas Gibson (I assume this is Gibson Gibson' father) was about 30 years of age, being born in the mid 1640's;

The families who became the Melungeons appear to have progressively migrated in family groups, from Louisa County, Virginia to the Flat River area of North Carolina, then into Wilkes County, North Carolina, the New River area and then to the Fort Blackmore area of what are now Russell and Scott Counties in Virginia. Eventually they migrated across the border into what is now Hancock County, Tennessee (then a part of Hawkins County). They settled in the area of Vardy and are found on Newman’s Ridge and surrounding area and into Lee County on Blackwater Creek. The first record of Melungeons is found in the Stony Creek church minutes in 1813 when a reference was made to “harboring them Melungins”. (Melungeon Historical Society).

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Thomas Gibson's Timeline

September 3, 1639
Amelia Court House, Amelia County, Virginia, Colonial America
James City County, Virginia, Colonial America
March 20, 1710
Age 70
Louisa County, VA, United States