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My 3rd Great Grandfather


Hello, :) I am desperate to find my 3rd GGGF. I have been searching for sixteen years. I know he existed because I do and he is definitely 'The One'. I have his name and date of birth and death and his wife and nine children, but can I find his parents? NO. :(

Here he is and if any of you have heard of him please let me know I would be so grateful :

Henry Gibson
b. 31 Oct 1782 in Heighington, Durham, England
d. 10 March 1856 in Darlington, Durham, England

I have his death certificate and a lot of information about his children and his wife Mary Sands, but nothing more on Henry. He must have parents, I think I have looked in all the likely places but maybe you can think of other sites I could try?

Thank you for reading this :)
Images of Heighington Parish Registers can be viewd on the Familysearch site and Henry is not there. Therefore he either, wasn't baptised, wasn't baptised in Heighton but somewhere else or the baptism has been missed off the Register. I cannot find a baptism anywhere in Durham for a Henry Gibson between 1780 and 1785. I can only find two Gibson baptisms in Heighington John in 1783 and Mary 1787 and in both cases the Vicar has entered the name of the child and the dates but not given the name of the parents. So, unless Henry was baptised as John then changed his name to Henry in later years, he wasn't baptised in Heighington.

England, Durham, Heighington, bishop's transcripts, 1765-1821.

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HenryGibson -Occupation Cordwainer-Residence Darlington-Marriage year 1805-Marriage date 26 Jan 1805-Denomination Anglican-Place Darlington, St Cuthbert-County Durham-Spouse Mary Sands-Spouse's marital status Spinster-Spouse's residence Darlington-Licence or banns BannsArchive
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Archive reference DDR/EA/PBT/2/73Register type Baptisms, marriages & burialsRegister year range 1762-1820Country EnglandRecord set Durham Bishop's Transcripts Marriages
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Both of this Parish
Getting no Bapts for Heighington
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"The parish register dates from 1559." [From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan , London, 1894]
The Parish Registers for the period 1559-1994 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/He).

Marriage indexes for 1570-1837 (64 kbytes) from the George Bell Collection of Durham and Northumberland Indexes.

The Marriages (1570-1837) are included in the Joiner Marriage Index.
Thank you emeltee, yes I have applied the same logic - to no avail. I do wonder if he was born somewhere else. You might have a point about him changing his name :(

Ellie thank you for all the sites to follow I will sit down today and go through them just in case I have missed him. The strange thing is, he was a Master Cordwainer so I would have expected him to be listed somewhere with some background information, but there's nothing.

I did discover a Gibson (of about Henry's father's time) in prison and wondered if he was Henry's father and that Henry had wiped all connection to him, but that would not have affected church records and it seems, as emeltee pointed out, he's not in them.

Oh he is a conundrum!

Thank you both for your time and effort :)
Not a thing Ellie. It has driven my London cousin and me crazy for years. We have both tried every which way, she's even gone up to Durham to look at church registers, etc, all to no avail.
He's just plain Henry Gibson, no middle names, no clues.
I have just had a response from an Ancestry member who has SIX Henry Gibsons and was asking me which one was I seeking!!! I'm waiting for a reply from her.
I feel certain he was born somewhere else but, of course, that doesn't help.
His eldest son was called James and I have put that in as a fishing exercise, but there was no response at all.
I have never met such a brick wall before.
Yes, have his death certificate and know he was also married at St. Cuthbert in 1805.