(…) Gibbes

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(…) Gibbes, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), died before 18 July 1724.1

He married, as her 2nd husband, Alice Dowding, daughter of Thomas Dowding and Alice Pickering, between 1694 and 1724 when she was styled as the widow Alice Thornhill and widow Alice Gibbes in the wills of her parents.2

It is possible that Stephen Gibbs is this man, as his would-be mother in law, in her will, dated 18 Jul 1724, called her daughter, Alice Gibbes, a widow. In his own will, dated 19 February 1701/2 and proved 5 Apr 1712, he stated he was of St. Lucy's Parish, and named or mentioned:
Children Alice Gibbs at 18, John Gibbs and Stephen Gibbs both at 21, and the child my wife Alice Gibbes goes with.
-s- Stephen Gibbes
witnesses: John Jordon, John Aritage, Xtopher: Barrow

There is no record of any other Gibbs man leaving a will or being buried on Barbados between dates of the wills of Alice Dowding's parents.

If she in fact did marry Stephen Gibbes, in the 1715 census forSt. Lucy's Parish "Elce Gibbes and her family" were counted with 2 men ages 26 & 17; 3 women ages 47, 17, 18; one boy age 5. Besides herself, the rest of the family were unnamed.3,4


Alice Dowding b. say 1670, d. aft. 18 Jul 1724
This person was last edited on23 Apr 2023


  1. [S410] Joanne McRee Sanders, compiler, Barbados Records: Wills and Administrations (3 vols., Houston, Texas: Sanders Historical Publications, 1979-1981), 3:104, further cited as Sanders, Barbados Wills.
  2. [S410] Sanders, Barbados Wills, 2:96; 3:104.
  3. [S410] Sanders, Barbados Wills, 3:135.
  4. [S2652] Department of Archives, Black Rock, Barbados, "A Census of the Island of Barbados, West Indies 1715: with the names and ages of all the white Inhabitants of the Island arranged under their several Parishes," 13, FHL microfilm 116149, img 493, further cited as Barbados Census, 1715.