Ancestors of

Christopher Finch Reynolds

Robert Gibbs

of Winslow & Aylesbury



Time Line

1768 Winslow Birth: Son of John Gibbs and Elizabeth Thorpe  
1 January 1769 Winslow Baptism: Son of John & Elizabeth Gibbs  
22 August 1791 Aylesbury Robert Gibbs (23, currier) married Ann Miller (1770-1835) by licence  
1792-1804 Aylesbury Children born in Castle Street, Aylesbury Dr Williams Library
19 May 1792 Aylesbury John Gibbs (1792-1860) born Dr Williams Library
1 January 1794 Aylesbury Robert Gibbs (1794-1826) born Dr Williams Library
16 December 1795 Aylesbury Samuel Miller Gibbs (1795-1878) born Dr Williams Library
7 August 1796 Aylesbury Disbursements - R Gibbs for Cloths 4s 6d. [First of a series of small payments about every two week, which mostly do not record the goods, although there is one for shoes. By April 1798 they have been consolidated to an annual settlement of account.] Overseers Account Book
1796 Aylesbury Rateable Value 4 5s. [No entry in 1795 - so was he actually established in Aylesbury before 1796 and was he still in Winslow before then?] Church Rate Book
16 February 1798 Aylesbury Ann Gibbs (1798-1824) born Dr Williams Library
9 April 1798 Aylesbury Annual settlement of account for hood he had supplied to the Overseers of the Poor Overseers Account Book
1 July 1798 Waddesdon Robert Gibbs was baptised and admitted into the Waddesdon Hill Baptist Church Bucks R O D/15/7
2 November 1800 Aylesbury Robert Gibbs was a founding member of the Whitehall Street, Aylesbury, Baptist Meeting Bucks R O D/15/7
1801 Aylesbury Rateable Value 4 5s. Church Rate Book
25 December 1801 Aylesbury Brother Robert Gibbs of Winslow was dismissed to the church at Aylesbury, ceasing to be a member of the Waddesdon Hill Baptist Chapel Bucks R O D/15/7
1802 Aylesbury Background: Aylesbury elected 2 Members of Parliament and all "potwallers" (householders with a cooking hearth) had a vote if they had not been on parish relief. In addition there was no controlling landlord so there was a real election. At each contested election the candidate would, in effect, bribe voters to support them and for many people the sums involved were significant. In 1802 some of the voters, including Robert Gibbs, realised that there would only be two candidates for two seats - so there would be no need for an election, and hence no bribes. As a result a committee was formed who asked a Mr Bent (yes he did have this unfortunate name) to stand in Aylesbury and the committee would work to get him elected as long as he spent enough money on buying votes. The election got out of control - with very large sums involved. Mr Bent was elected - but there was a parliamentary enquiry and he was unseated. Details are recorded as Select Committee Evidence on the 1802 Election. In the evidence Robert Gibbs is described as a shoemaker and dealer in second-hand clothes.  
13 January 1802 Aylesbury Active supporter at an election meeting at the Crown Inn, Aylesbury History of Aylesbury
1802 Aylesbury James Hartshorn was worried in case he was turned out of his house (for voting the wrong way) and Mr Gibbs promised one of his until Mr Hartshorn could provide himself with better. Select Committee
Robert Gibbs and others ... treated all to punch, one punch bowl was filled with guineas which were distributed to the voters. ... George Durham ... went to the Bulls Head and Robert Gibbs gave him two guineas out of a punch bowl. Local Occurrences
8 July 1802 Aylesbury. Mr Bent was elected. Robert Gibbs voted for Mr Bent and Du Pre, describing himself as a clothier of Castle Street, Aylesbury. Poll book
25 July 1802 Aylesbury Robert Gibbs membership of the Whitehall St Baptist Church was withdrawn - as were  other members who had been involved in the election. Bucks R O D/15/7
7 October 1802 Aylesbury George Washington Gibbs (1802-1865) born Dr Williams Library
1803 Aylesbury Robert Gibbs was paid 1s 5d for goods supplied Churchwarden's account nook
4 May 1804 Aylesbury Richard Gibbs (1804-1883) born Dr Williams Library
8 May 1804   In a parliamentary debate on the Aylesbury Disenfranchising Bill Sir John Newport repeated the story of the bowl of punch and the bowl of guineas, an inveighed against a profligacy so barefaced as was exhibited on this occasion. This Bill, he hoped, would introduce a purer body of men as electors for the Boroughs. Kentish Gazette
1804 Aylesbury In the election following Robert Bent's unseating Robert Gibbs voted for Cavendish Poll Book
1807 Aylesbury Described as a clothier of Castle Street, Aylesbury Poll Book
6 January 1808 Aylesbury Made Will Will
May 1808 Aylesbury Robert Gibbs died at Cat Street (also known as Castle Street), Aylesbury Local Occurrences
15 May 1808 Winslow Robert Gibbs of Castle Street, Aylesbury, the son of Mr. John Gibbs, of the parish of Winslow, was buried at Keach's Meeting House, Winslow. [Book on Winslow by A. Clear gives date as 5 May.] Local Occurrences
2 August 1808 Aylesbury Ann Gibbs Executor of Robert's will, estate less than 600. The trustees for the estate were Robert's brother-in-law Thomas Dawney (1771-1815) husband of Elizabeth Gibbs (1776-1860) and a leading Aylesbury Quaker, Jasper Jackson (1760-1836) PCC Probate

Property described in Will

4 freehold cottages at the bottom of White Hill occupied by Widow Cout, Mary Batt, William Miller and Elizabeth Dainer.

Freehold cottage at Towns End, purchased from Thomas Collins, and occupied by Harold ?Scaroth?

Freehold cottage in Castle Street, purchased from Henry Thorpe and occupied by Henry Moores.

Freehold cottage in Bakers Lane, purchased from Samuel Woodstock, and occupied by George Gardiner.

Owned cottages occupied by Cook, Jacob Jaycock and others.

Occupied a property owned by Widow Read at a rent of 6 per annum

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