Mary Gibson of Portaferry

Mary Ann Gibson of Portaferry, County Down, Ireland was born to Robert Gibson (birthplace: Scotland) and Mary McCormick (birthplace: Ireland) on April 11, 1837. In A New Lease on Life: Landlords, Tenants, and Immigrants in Ireland and Canada by Catharine Ann Wilson, my relatives – my relatives! – are mentioned on page 231. Mary Gibson married John Wilson sometime in the 1850s on Amherst Island, presumably. They had 4 daughters and 3 sons. One son, a twin named Robert, died in December 1871 at the age of 4 months and 10 days (see picture at right; the stone was broken off at the base when we found it. I swear!). He is buried in Pentland Cemetery on Amherst Island. Mary Ann died September 7, 1923 and is buried on Amherst Island in Glenwood Cemetery.

Next time: John Andrew Wilson, my great-grandfather.

5 thoughts on “Mary Gibson of Portaferry

  1. Mike Bluth

    If you have a copy of this book, can you tell me if any of the Speers Family, also of County Down, Ireland that came to Amherst Island, is mentioned in it?

    I am researching the Speers on Amherst Island and can’t find their ancestors or any ship records of their journey that links them back to Ireland. So, I can’t research past those in Canada to their roots in Ireland.

    Thanks,
    Jill Bluth
    mikeandjillbluth@gmail.com

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