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Re: the Gibson Indians
In Response To: Re: the Gibson Indians ()

While updating my Evans file, I again re-read the testimony of Robert Wills, the only deponent to have known the Jane Gibson family, and not that he deposed on 25 June 1791, "he was well acquainted with Jane and George Gibson her brother who were dark mulattoes and lived in Charles City County, and were free people. That the said Jane Gibson had two children named Jane and George Gibson, that they were also free..." However, when cross-examined two weeks later on 9 July 1791, he corrected himself on the question of George Gibson, the elder: "I never mentioned more than one George Gibson, the Son of the Elder Jane Gibson, brother to Jane Evans. If it be so expressed in my former deposition, it was misconceived. I never did know any but one of the name."
So, his deposition could either be interpreted to mean that it was Jane Gibson the elder who was a "dark mulatto" or Jane Gibson's children Jane and George Gibson who were "dark mulattoes."
Paul


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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