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#27 David Hibbs {52 Ancestors}

My husband’s three times great grandfather was David Hibbs.  I found a great photo and some wonderful information, which I combined together here, about David Hibbs from the following 2 books:
Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania, Volume 2 By James Hadden


History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania: with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men by Franklin Ellisdavidhibbs


David Hibbs was born July 18, 1809, on the old homestead near New Salem, Menallen Township, Fayette county, PA. His parents were Lacy Hibbs (1762-1819) and Sarah Craft (1766-1848) who were both born in Pennsylvania as well. He was of English descent, and was educated in the common schools. He engaged in general farming and did an extensive business in live stock, which he raised and sold, and if the opportunity offered when he could do so to advantage, he bought. Mr. Hibbs held the usual township offices entrusted to a careful business man, and was for three years a member of the almshouse board.

In all positions he conducted the public business in a satisfactory manner. In politics he was a Democrat. For many years he was a member of the German Baptist Church, and held the office of elder for a number of years. His pecuniary start was small. By industry and careful business management he was able to leave his family in comfortable circumstances. His success was due to his integrity, his industry, his devotion, his unselfishness, and charity. These made his character great, – “The virtues are the forces and powers in life.” He was a quiet man, made but little show, and did his duty as nearly as he was able, and was content. The best legacy he left his family was a good name.

He married, on April 18, 1839, Hannah Walters , born in Masontown , daughter of Ephraim Walters. Jr. They had nine children, two of whom died in infancy. The other children were:

Jefferson Walters (1840-1909)

Mary Frances (1843-1922) Sarah Elizabeth (1847-1917)

Harriet Ann (1849-1938)- Dan’s 2nd great- grandmother

Lucetta Hibbs (1854-1922)

George Lacy (1858-1907)

John Gibson Hibbs (1862-1940)

David Hibs died on May 18, 1868 in Fayette County, PA. His wife died 37 years later in Fayette CO. as well.

and here’s his scrapbook page:

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#16 William Hibbs Jr. {52 Ancestors}

My husband’s maternal 7 times great grandfather was named William Hibbs Jr.  I wrote about his father (William Hibbs Sr.), who was beheaded, in an earlier post. William Hibbs Jr. was born on March 23, 1665 in Gloucestershire, England to William Hibbs Sr. and Joanne (1635- March 6, 1686-possibly beheaded like her husband).  When William Hibbs Jr. was only about 11 years old, his father had him taken on as a cabin boy aboard the ship The Kent, captained by Gregory Marlow.  Hibbs Sr. knew his life was in danger because of his Quaker religion and his vocal dislike of the king and wanted to protect his young son.  Why he didn’t also send the rest of his family to America, I do not understand, as his oldest son was also executed and possibly his wife Joanne as well. Passengers on the Kent were the founders of Chygoes Island, what is now called Burlington, New Jersey where a new Quaker colony was formed.  Their first meeting was held right on the beach underneath the sails from the ship.  William remained with this group of Quakers until 1680 when he moved to Byberry township near Philadelphia, this was right when William Penn was founding Philadelphia. On December 2, 1686 he married Hannah Howell (born in PA 1666-died August 30, 1737 in Philadelphia) who was the daughter of Thomas Howell (17 Feburary 1637 Gloucestershire, England – 27 December 1702 Byberry, PA).  The couple lived on a 100 acre farm in Byberry Township and raised 7 children: Joseph (1687-1762 my husband’s 6 times great grandfather), Jonathan, Sarah, Phoebe, Jacob, William III, Jeremiah, and Hannah. It sounds like William Hibbs Jr., was an important member of the community and was one of the men who helped to make Philadelphia a strong city. William Hibbs signed his will in 1708 by leaving his mark, which indicates that he was illiterate.  He died sometime between September 28, 1708 when he signed his will and March 5, 1709-10 when his will was probated.  photo williamhibbsjrwill.jpg   William’s wife remarried their neighbor Henry English in 1712, he died in 1724 and Hannah later died sometime between June 13 1737 (when she signed her will) and 30 August 1737 (when it was probated) It is also interesting to note that William Jr’s son Joseph (my husband’s 6 times great grandfather) had a daughter named Hannah who married a man named James Cooper on September 18, 1750.  The two had a child named William Cooper who was the father of James Fenimore Cooper, author of Last of the Mohicans!  Yay!  our first celebratory semi-related person (besides the possibility of those king and queen types scattered throughout our English side of the family (my mom’s maternal side).

his scrapbook page:
 photo williamhibbsjr.jpg

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#13 William Hibbs Sr. {52 Ancestors}

I’m skipping my dad’s side of the family tree this week, unfortunately his is the branch I have the least amount of information on, and I want to sit down and really have a chance to talk to him about some of the remaining people on his family tree that I have left to write about.

So this week I am back to my husband’s maternal side of the family, and I will write about William Hibbs Sr. , my husband’s 8 times great grandfather.  I was able to find information about William Sr. and Jr. in the following book: Sheppard-Marshal and Allied Families.

William Hibbs Sr. was born about 1629/30 in Dean Forest, Gloucester, England.  His parents are unknown.

In 1654 he married a woman named Joanne (unknown last name but she was also from the Dean Forest region) and the couple had the following children, Jane (born1654/55), Jonathan (1657-1697/98), Mary (born 1659), Sarah (1660-1702), Hannah (1662-1756), William (1664-1708- My husband’s 7 times great grandfather).  You can read about his son William Hibbs Jr. in this post.

The following information was from the “H.R. Hibbs unpublished manuscripts”

William Sr. joined the Quakers in England, shortly after they were established by a man named George Fox.  As a result of being a Quaker, as opposed to being a member of the Church of England, William Hibbs was fined for not attending church and imprisoned as well.  William Hibbs was either a farmer or minor and was rather well off financially. He and his family lived on the west side of the Severn River near Lydney, England and not far from the Welsh border.

In 1677, William Hibbs Sr. was aware of the danger his family was in and sent his youngest son William Hibbs Jr. (my father’s 7 times great grandfather) to America to keep him safe and also to help begin a new Quaker colony.  William Hibbs Jr. was only about 13 at this time.  William Hibbs Jr. traveled to America with a group of other Quakers on a ship called the Kent.

On March 6, 1686 William Hibbs Sr. was beheaded because of his religious beliefs at the behest of King James II.  His wife Joanne may have also been beheaded at this time.  William’s crime was as follows “He did not attend church services required by English law or pay the tithes as required and said ‘The King can go to the Devil.”

William Sr’s oldest son Jonathon was executed in 1698 for also being a Quaker.  He was either beheaded or drawn and quartered.


When William Hibbs Sr. sent his son William Jr. to America in 1677, Charles II was king of England.  In 1685 King James II took the throne and William sr. must have known his life was more in danger because he wrote his will the following January in 1686.  In February 1686, King James II sent his men to arrest William Sr, and on March 6, 1686 he was beheaded.

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