McGIBBON Family Information


6 Nov 1744 Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
MARRIED: Abt 1785, Probably Douglas, York Cty, NB
DIED: 11 Dec 1825 Douglas, York Cty
BURIED: The McGibbon Farm, Douglas

SPOUSE: Ann Drummond b abt 1759 Poughkeepsie, NY; d NB

FATHER: John McGibbon b abt 1720 Perthshire, Scotland; m abt 1740

MOTHER: Ann Kerr b abt 1720 Perthshire

PERSONAL DATA: David was the youngest of three boys born to John and Ann in Stirling and Alloa in Scotland. He sailed for West Florida in 1777 and became an officer in the British Army. As a Lieutenant in Captain Miller's Independent Company, a small one with no more than 21 men, he was responsible for transporting soldiers in barges by way of lakes and rivers along the Mississippi River.

In 1778 Spain declared war on Britain and, in 1779, moved an army upriver from New Orleans to capture Baton Rouge and eliminate the British threat on the Mississippi. David was captured in one of those battles and kept a prisoner until exchanged in 1781. He then sailed with the Loyalists in 1783 to NB and obtained a land grant for 550 acres at Douglas on the north side of the St. John River in 1784.

David married Ann Drummond in 1785. He and his wife raised four children on his farm there. Ann Drummond, David's stepmother, was a descendant of the MacGregors of Scotland. Her ggggrandfather had dropped the last name of MacGregor when it became proscribed in the 16th century and took the name Drummond. It was David's second child and second daughter, Susanna, who married William Dayton in 1821.

1. See the author's book Fathers and Mothers, 2002, 328pp, Ch 8, which details what is known of David's life and is available from the author at 6695 Terry Court, Arvada, 80007 and email: [email protected].
2. The Provincial Archives of NB have some files and a great deal of other material on McGibbon, especially David, including copies of two letters he wrote to Scotland in 1792 and 1795, his will, land grant, newspapers as well as a surname file.
3. J W Caughey, 1934, Bernardo de Galvez in Louisiana, gives a detailed description of all the battles fought in LA at this time, including the battle of Manchac where David was captured.
4. See the author's 1998 article "David McGibbon: British Soldier from Scotland, Generations: 11-16.

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