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  • ID: I54174
  • Name: Robert Gibbes
  • Surname: Gibbes
  • Given Name: Robert
  • Prefix: Gov.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 Jan 1644/1645 in Sandwich, Kent, England
  • Death: 24 Jun 1715 in ,, South Carolina
  • _UID: 1D47F7E0E4BFCB4C92018DF281ED213BD141
  • Note:
    ! (1) "The Descendants of John Rivers and Ann Newman of Bermuda," by Joseph L. Rivers (Self-pub., Charleston, SC, 2006) p.226.
    (2) "Biographical Directory of the Senate of the State of South Carolina, 1776-1964," comp. by Emily Bellinger, John Reynolds Faunt (Columbia, SC, Archives Department, 1964) Vol. 2, p.187. FHL 975.7 E4s.
    (3) "Early Huguenot Families of South Carolina," by John James Simons III (http://wc.rootsweb.com, jsimonsiii database, 4 Sep 2002). Cites: (a) "The Story of an American Family," p.3, 5.
    (4) "The Early Families of Berkeley County," by John J. Simons III, Berkeley Co. Historical Soc. (http://wc.rootsweb.com, syf database, 6 Jun 2008).
    (5) "Some South Carolina Families," by Joseph L. Rivers (Self-pub., Charleston, SC, 2005). Charleston, SC Public Library. Cites: (a) Family Bible of William Gibbes, traced by Eliza Crosby Gibbes Shover, 1937. (b) "Descendants of Robert Gibbes, 1644-1715," by Alice Hawkins Quinn (1991). SC Historical Soc. file 929Q. (c) "South Carolina Historical Soc. Magazine," Vol. xxii, p.99. (d) Court of Ordinary, Bk 1672-1692, p.369. (e) "Columbia, SC Memorials," Vol. 3, p.338. (f) Probate Court Bk 1714-1717, p.194. (g) Probate Court Bk 1732-1737, p.138.

    ! Birth: (1,3,5a,b) s/o Robert GIBBES/Mary COVENTRY. (1,3) 9 Jan 1643/4.[NOTE: The 1643/4 date would be impossible if his sister Alice was b. 8 Dec 1643.) (5a,b) 9 Jan 1644. (3a) 1644. (1,3,5) Sandwich, Kent, England. (3) St. Peter's Parish.
    Marriage to Jane DAVIS: (2,3) (4) 24 Oct 1678.
    Marriage to Mary DAVIS: (1) Mary DOVER. (3,4) Mary DAVIS. (5) m1. Mary DOVER or DOVIER. m2. Mary DAVIS bef. 12 Jan 1688. (4) 12 Jan 1687/8.
    Marriage to Elizabeth RIXAM: (3) Elizabeth (DONNE) NEALE GODFREY. (5) Elizabeth (RIXAM) NEALE GODFREY. (3) 1710-1711. (5e) Marriage settlement dtd 3 Oct 1710.
    Death: (1,3,5a,b) 24 Jun 1715. (3) SC.

    (5) Bef. 1672, Aug: (2) Immigrated to SC from Barbados with in-laws William and Eleanor DAVIS and wife Jane. (5) Came to Carolina from Barbados with his daughter Mary.
    (3a) To call the commercial intercourse between the Charles Town merchants and the Indian "trade" is almost a euphemism. The Indians were gradually debauched and then enslaved by debt. South Carolina was the only colony that was able to make Indian slavery pay. The merchants profitting by the system included some of the most powerful men of the colony: JOHNSON, TROTT, and Col. RHETT. They found ready allies among the so-called Goose Creek men, a group of planter-merchants who had been one of the most divisive factions in the pre-ARCHDALE era. The more prominent among them were James MOORE, Robert GIBBES, and Ralph IZARD. (3) 1671: In the Assembly from Colleton Co., SC.
    (5) 1684: (3,5) High sheriff of Berkeley Co., SC.
    (5c) 1688, 12 Jan: A power of attorney was executed by Capt. William DAVIS of Barbados "to my trusty and loving son-in-law Capt. Robert GIBBES of the Province of Carolina."
    (5d) 1688, 28 Dec: Thomas GIBBES made his will. Named brother Robert GIBBES, Robert's children Robert and Mary, and made brother Robert GIBBES executor.
    (5) 1699: Lord Proprietor's Deputy.
    (5) Served on the Grand Council.
    (3) 1709-1713: (3,5) Chief Justice.
    (5) 1709, 24 Nov: The Lords Proprietors granted to Col. Robert GIBBES land on John's Island, bounded by Stono River.
    (3) 1709: Chosen Governor by the Council.
    (3,5) 1710-1712: Governor of the Province of Carolina.
    (5f) 1710, 2 Oct: Robert GIBBES made a deed of gift to his son William GIBBES. Wits. Robert GODFREY.
    (3a) 1711, Sep: The Tuscarora Indians lived in a region between the Cape Fear and Pamlico Rivers, mainly along the Neuse. One of the strongest and most warlike tribes in NC, their chief, King Hancock, was able to call upon 1000 warriors from his people. Their fear of the encroaching Europeans was, in this instance, stimulated by Indian traders of VA afraid of competetion from Carolina and also by rival Indian tribes. The Tuscaroras took advantage of divisions in the local government to make their attack, killing or capturing for slavery over 200 settlers. The government was helpless and appealed to VA and SC. VA failed to respond, but Governor GIBBES and the assembly in Charles Town pledged L4,000 and an army. (3) 1712: Chosen Governor by the Council.
    (5) 1714, 14 Apr: Col. Robert GIBBES conveyed to John GODFREY, s/o Richard GODFREY, for 10 shillings, land on John's Island bounded by Stono River granted to him 24 Nov 1709.
    (5e) 1733, 26 May: A memorial by Benjamin GODFREY refers to a marriage settlement for Robert GIBBES 3 Oct 1710 and sets aside 578 acres for John FENWICK, John GODFREY, and Richard GODFREY to hold for the use of Elizabeth GODFREY, mother of said Benjamin and Elizabeth.
    (5g) 1734, 28 Dec: Benjamin GODFREY made his will. Named father-in-law (step-father) Col. Robert GIBBES, dec'd.
  • Change Date: 4 Feb 2010 at 00:00:00



    Father: Robert Gibbes b: 17 Nov 1594 in Elmstone, Kent, England
    Mother: Mary Coventry b: 3 Jan 1615/1616 in , Kent, England

    Marriage 1 Jane Davis b: in ,, Barbados
    • Married: 24 Oct 1678
    Children
    1. Has Children Mary Gibbes b: ABT 1670 in ,, Barbados
    2. Has No Children Robert Gibbes

    Marriage 2 Mary Davis (Dover) (Dovier)
    • Married: BEF 12 Jan 1687/1688
    Children
    1. Has Children William Gibbes (Gibbs) b: 2 Feb 1689
    2. Has No Children Elizabeth Gibbes b: 4 Feb 1692
    3. Has Children John Gibbes (Gibbs) b: 21 Jun 1696 in , John's Island, South Carolina

    Marriage 3 Elizabeth Rixam (Wrixam)
    • Married: ABT 3 Oct 1710 in ,, South Carolina
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