James Gibbins
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James Gibbins (abt. 1614 - aft. 1692)

Lieut James Gibbins aka Gibbons
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1646 in York, York, Massachusetts Baymap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died after in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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James Gibbins migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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James Gibbins was a Mainer.

James Gibbons, aged twenty-one, took the Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance and presented a certificate of his conformity in London on April 14, 1635, preliminary to sailing for New England on the Increase, Robert Lea, master. Gibbons was one of four men against whose bracket names in the record was written the statement that Robert Cordell, goldsmith, in Lombard Street, sent them away, the other three being Samuel Andrewes, aged thirty-seven, Robert Naney, aged twenty-two and Robert Sankey, aged thirty. What their relationship to Robert Cordell may have been and in what sense he "sent them away" remain mysteries. On their arrival in New England the entire party went to Saco in the Province of Maine. Gibbins, alone, of the four companion emigrants, was not "mistered" by the New England scribes, but he did very well for himself nevertheless.

On August 2, 1642, after seven years doubtless spent working for one of the more prominent settlers, Gibbins first appears in the province records when Dr. Richard Vines granted to Thomas Mills, fisherman and James Gibbins, planter, one hundred acres on the west or Biddeford side of the Saco river lately in the possession of Henry Boade, gentleman. In 1646 or 1647 Gibbins married Judith Lewis, daughter of Mr. Thomas Lewis of Saco. She was about twenty-one years old and had inherited from her parents, who were both dead, a quarter of the great Saco patent which covered thirty-two square miles on the eastern bank of the Saco river.[1]

"James Gibbins First Division"

Gibbins was not the equal of his wife's father in social standing, nor does he seem to have possessed ability above that of the average lesser planter of the colony. The size of his wife's estate, for she ultimately became the owner of the entire Lewis share of the patent, made him necessarily a man of some importance, but he did not assume the governmental standing which the control of such a large territory would necessarily entail, and his alienation of most the most important section of the patent withheld from his descendants his opportunity. He was an officer in the plantation's military company, the records referring to him as Sargeant and lieutenant --- one cryptic entry stating, in 1674, "Lieu. Gibbins his horse allowed on." In 1667 he was chosen "master of the magasin," the same town meeting voting "that the sum of twelve pounds be collected too buy powder and shott and other things for the trayne band." We find him one of the selectmen in 1656, a juryman in 1661, and a town commissioner in 1664, while in 1663 he presented in court, with other freemen of Saco, for resisting the authority of Massachusetts and persisting in recognizing the Gorges claims.[2]

"The Indian hostility which had been smoldering since 1681 burst into flame in 1688 and the Gibbins family retired from Saco to the greater protection of Kittery. From there in 1690 Gibbins dated his last deed, giving one hundred acres at Rendesvous Point, in the first division, to his daughter Elizabeth Sharpe, recalling her descent from Mr. Thomas Lewis, deceased, her surviving brother Thomas "sone and heir to said James Gibbons", joining in the conveyance. He probably died soon after, and from the fact that that Judith Gibbins did not join in the deed to her daughter it would seem that she did not survive him."

Accounted By "G.T. Ridlon"

James Gibbins was a man of wealth and much influence among the Saco pioneers. His name is of frequent occurrence on the records until 1683, in which year he gave the town sixteen acres of land for the minister. He married Judith, daughter of Thomas Lewis, purchased the shares of his brother-in-law in the patent and, jointly with his wife, became possessed of extensive lands. He removed to Kittery latterly, but is heard from in 1690, when he conveyed to his daughter one hundred acres of land in that town.[3]


  • Children as follows:
  • 1. JAMES, b. May 19, 1648; m. Dorcas Cilley[*], December, 1668.
  • 2. ELIZABETH, b. April 23, 1652; m. John Sharp, 1667.
  • 3. THOMAS, b. Nov. 23, 1654.
  • 4. CHARITY, b. Jan. 5, 1656.
  • 5. REBECCA, b. Jan. 30, 1658; d. Jan. 3, 1659.
  • 6. RACHEL, b. Oct. 23, 1660; m. Robert Edgecomb.
  • 7. HESTER, b. Aug. 16, 1664.
  • 8. ANTHONY, b. Oct. 14, 1666.
  • [*] Cilley, Sealy, Sealey - JBKaherl


"In 1646 or 1647 [James] Gibbons married Judith Lewis... She was about twenty-one years old and had inherited from her parents, who were both dead, a quarter of the great Saco patent which covered thirty-two square miles on the eastern bank of the Saco river. Heiresses of such magnitude were not common in New England."[5]

On 30 April 1683, "James Gibbins of Saco ... with Judeth his wife" sold to "Hubartas Mattoon of Portsmouth ... one tract of land and meadow being by estimation the upland about thirty acres & the meadow about eight acres more or less lying & being in the township of Saco" [YLR 9:55]. On 12 December 1683, "James Gibbons of Sacoe ..., yeoman, with assent & consent of my wife Judeth" sold to "Benja[min] Blackeman, clerk, in the same town resident, a tract of land lying & being upon the river of Sacoe ..., being the whole second division of patent land laid out to me the said James" [YLR 4:22]. On 25 May 1687, "James Gibbons of Sacoe ..., planter," sold to "Richard Rogers of Sacoe ..., cooper, ... two hundred acres of land" [YLR 4:155].

On 17 July 1690, "James Gibbons of the town of Kittery ... and Thomas Gibbons, son and heir to the said James Gibbons," for "the natural love & affection we have and do bear unto Elizabeth Sharpe, daughter to the said James Gibbons, sister to the said Thomas Gibbons and grandchild to Mr. Thomas Lewes deceased" deeded to her "all that tract or parcel of land containing about one hundred acres lying and being in the town of Sacoe ... together with a parcel of marsh adjoining to the said land ... and also one other parcel of marsh lying in the said town of Saco" [YLR 5:1:45].
BIRTH: About 1614 (aged 21 in 1635 [Hotten 60]).
DEATH: After 17 July 1690 [YLR 5:1:46].
MARRIAGE: By 1648 Judith Lewis, daughter of THOMAS LEWIS [GMB 2:1181-84]. She was born about 1626 (deposed 18 March 1681 "aged fifty-five years or thereabouts" [YLR 5:1:8]) and apparently died before 25 May 1687 (when she did not give consent to a deed made by her husband [YLR 4:155]).
i JAMES GIBBONS, b. Saco 19 March 1648[/9?] [NEHGR 71:125]; m. Saco [blank] December 166[8] Dorcas Seeley [NEHGR 71:126].
ii ELIZABETH GIBBONS, b. Saco 23 April 1652 [NEHGR 71:125]; m. Saco 14 November 1667 John Sharp [NEHGR 71:126].
iii THOMAS GIBBONS, b. Saco 23 November 1654 [NEHGR 71:125]; living 17 July 1690, apparently unmarried [YLR 5:1:45]; no further record.
iv REBECCA GIBBONS, b. Saco 30 January 1656[/7?] [NEHGR 71:125]; d. there 3 January 1658[/9?] [NEHGR 71:127].
v CHARITY GIBBONS, b. Saco 5 January 1658[/9?] [NEHGR 71:125]; no further record.
vi RACHEL GIBBONS, b. Saco 23 October 1660 [NEHGR 71:125]; m. 1682 Robert Edgecomb (on 30 May 1682, "Robert Edgecome & Rachell Gibbons, alias Edgecome," were presented for "committing fornication" [MPCR 3:94]).
vii ESTHER GIBBONS, b. Saco 16 August 1664 [NEHGR 71:125]; no further record.
viii ANTHONY GIBBONS, b. Saco 14 October 1666 [NEHGR 71:125]; no further record.
ix HANNAH GIBBONS, b. say 1668; m. (1) by about 1689_____ Hibbert (eldest known child d. 26 June 1732 aged 43 [Charity Haley Anc 62]); m. (2) by about 1700 Robert Mace (daughter Elizabeth m. in 1720 [Charity Haley Anc 63]).
COMMENTS: Walter Goodwin Davis assessed the character of this immigrant bluntly and concisely: "Gibbins was not the equal of his wife's father in social standing, nor does he seem to have possesed ability above that of the average lesser planter of the colony" [Charity Haley Anc 56]. Many of the records generated by James Gibbons were necessitated by the management and dispersal of the lands that were the inheritance of his wife, her share of the Lewis and Bonython Patent [GMB 2:1181-84; GM 2:1:343-47]. On 29 March 1662, "James Gibbines of Sacoe ... with the consent of my wife Judeth, & my brother-in-law Robert Haywood now residing in the Barbadoes, as by his order to me given bearing date the tenth day of January one thousand six hundred & sixty" made separate leases to Nicholas Edgecome, John Smyth and Thomas Rogers of portions of the Lewis patrimony [YLR 2:5, 25, 41]. The several stages of the division of the Lewis and Bonython Patent are described by Walter Goodwin Daveis in his account of Judith (Lewis) Gibbons [Charity Haley Anc 56-59].
On 5 July 1664, "Saraih the wife of [James] Harmon hath her liberty given her to live either with her mother or with James Gibbines, where he husband may go to her, & there continue unless she & her husband can otherwise agree" [MPCR 2:155]. On 4 April 1671, whereas "their was complaint made against James Harmon, for oppressing one of his children, unto Major Pendleton & the selectmen of the town of Sacoe, who upon good considerations see meet to dispose of the said child to James Gibbines, who appearing in Court desired that she might be bond to him for some convenient time, which this Court considering do hereby bind the said Jayne Harmon to continue a servant unto James Gibbines for the full term of eight years from the date hereof, he providing for her what is convenient for a servant during the said time" [MPCR 2:422].
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1916 and 1956 Walter Goodwin Davis produced excellent accounts of this immigrant and his family [Charity Haley Anc 56-64; Nicholas Davis Anc 97-102]. The earlier of these two items is the more complete, in that it includes a detailed account of each of the children who survived to marry.[6][7][8]


Date: AFT 7 JUL 1692
Place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts[6]


Husband: James Gibbins
Wife: Judith Lewis
Child: James Gibbins
Date: ABT 1646
Place: Saco, York, Maine
Note: from TORREY:
GIBBINS, James & Judith [LEWIS] (1626-); ca 1646?; Lynn/Saco, ME
By the time of her marriage, Judith Lewis had inherited from her parents one quarter of the enormous 32 square mile Saco Patent, which was located on the Saco or eastern side of the Saco River.[6][7]


  1. FTM CD194, MA&ME Fam., V2, NEHGR [pg 11]
  2. FTM CD194, Lewis & Gibbins, [Pg 433_435]
  3. Ridlon, G. T.Saco Valley Settlements and Families ( J. M. Marshall, Portland Me.: Dresser, McLellan & Co., 1895.) [Page 95]
  4. FTM CD523, Geneal. Dict. of ME & NH by Sybil Noyes, Charles Libby and Walter Davis, GPC, 1979, pg 259
  5. FTM CD194, MA&ME Fam., V2, NEHGR [pg 11]
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Davis, Walter Goodwin. Massachusetts And Maine Families In The Ancestry Of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966) (Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, Maryland, 1996) Vol. 2, p. 11-22
  7. 7.0 7.1 Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1860) Vol. 2, p. 245
  8. Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995)

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There are several numbered inline sources here from an old gedcom import that have lost their full source citations. I went back in the history to see if I could decode them, but no luck. Any objections to removing them just to clean this up a little? The associated fact has other sources.
posted by M Cole
edited by M Cole
I want to thank you guys for information on James Gibbins and Judith (Lewis) Gibbins. From what my family told me that they are both my 8th great grandparents. This information means alot to me. Special since i've been looking for more about my family.
posted by Heather Edgecomb
Gibbons-1172 and Gibbins-8 appear to represent the same person because: Similar name, same wife, similar details
posted by Bob Tonsmeire
Gibbins-189 and Gibbins-8 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, similar dates
posted by Bob Tonsmeire