Monday, May 30, 2011

The Witnesses in the Ann Gibson documents

Issue 37 discusses the 1790 era will of Ann Gibson of Harford County, Maryland. Readers will note that there were some obvious clues and one of the witnesses warranted further attention as he witnessed both Ann's will and her deed for chattel property which she executed to her son, William. One has to be careful drawing too many conclusions about witnesses, but in cases where information is minimal and witnesses appear in multiple documents further research is warranted.

I've already located one published source that may help locate information on the witness. Newsletter readers will remember (hopefully) that his acknowledgement of the Gibson will gave a clue about him and suggested more records than one usually sees suggested in a witness statement.

Stay tuned.

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