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Henry George "George" Gibbard

Henry George "George" Gibbard

Male 1853 - 1922  (68 years)

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  • Name Henry George "George" Gibbard  [1
    Nickname George 
    Born 2 May 1853  Padbury, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 3 Jul 1853  Padbury, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Alternate Name George Gibbard  [3
    Alternate Name George Gibbard 
    Alternate Name Henry George Gibbard  [2
    Religion Methodist 
    Residence Palmerston, Minto, Wellington, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 1884  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence From Jul 1887 to 2 Jan 1920  Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Occupation Baker 
    Occupation Farmer  [5, 6
    Will 2 Jan 1920  Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • "THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me GEORGE GIBBARD, Senior, of the town of Mission City in the District of New Westminster and Province of British Columbia made this second day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty.
      I REVOKE all former Wills or other Testamentary Dispositions by me at any time heretofore made, and declare this only to be and contain my last will and testament.
      I DIRECT all my just debts, Funeral and Testamentary expenses to be paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter names [sic] as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
      I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH all my Real and Personal Estate of which I may die possessed in the manner following that is to say:
      To my son Walt Gibbard I bequeath the sum of Six Hundred Dollars ($600), and to my two daughters Agnes Abbott, wife of George A. Abbott and Clara Wilkinson, wife of Tom Wilkinson of the City of Nanaimo, British Columbia, I bequeath Four Hundred Dollars ($400) each. To the Methodist Church at Mission City in the Province of British Columbia, I bequeath the sum of Four Hundred Dollars ($400)00 [sic] to be applied to the Building Fund of the said church.
      All the balance of the moneys realised aforesaid shall be equally divided between my sons and daughters.
      ALL the residue of my state not hereinbefore disposed of I give bequeath and devise unto my executors to be divided equally between my surving [sic] sons and daughters as aforesaid.
      AND I nominate and appoint my sons George Gibbard, Junior and Frank Gibbard, in the event of the death of one of the aforementioned sons then Amos Gibbard shall be executor in his place, to be Executors of this my Last Will and Testament.
      IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above written.
      SIGNED published and declared by the said George Gibbard, Senior, the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who both present together at the same time in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto susbcribed our names as witness.
      Emily Wilbee,
           Mission City
      Chas. A. Gibbard
           Mission City, B.C.
    Died 7 Feb 1922  Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Probate 24 Feb 1922  [3
    Reference Number 16 
    FSFTID 9H1D-33M 
    FSLINK https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=9H1D-33M 
    Buried Hatzic Cemetery, Hatzic, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • East, Row 4, Stone 8
      Find A Grave Memorial# 21740805
    Notes 
    • The following is an article from:

      Scholesfield, E.O.S., "British Columbia : From the Earliest Times to the Present", vol. 3, J.S. Clarke, 1914.

      George Gibbard, Sr., who is considered one of the oldest settlers in the Mission district, was for almost a quarter of a century closely associated with agricultural interests here, the period of his activity covering the time of the greatest growth and development of this part of the province. Out of the wilderness he hewed a model farm and, keeping pace with the rapid progress of the province, gradually accumulated a considerable fortune which has enabled him to retire from active life. He was born in Buckinghamshire, England, May 2, 1853, and is a son of Charles and Elizabeth Gibbard, both of whom have passed away, the father having followed agricultural pursuits during all of his active life.

      George Gibbard acquired his education in the schools of Buckinghamshire but at the early age of eight years was obliged to lay aside his books and earn his own livelihood. He is therefore in all essential respects a self-made man and the hardships of his early life engendered in his character qualities of self-reliance and independence which formed important factors in his later success. Until he was eighteen years of age he worked at farm labor and then moved into Staffordshire, where he learned the baker's trade, following this from 1871 to 1884. In the latter year he emigrated to Canada, taking with him a letter from the agent at Birmingham to the agent at Quebec. The latter gave Mr. Gibbard and his family free transportation from Quebec to Toronto "because he was considered a superior man of the labouring class." At Palmerston, in the latter province, he established a bakery and after conducting this for two and a half years, he sold his business. Having heard of the wonderful opportunities which the west offered and disliking the severe winters in the east, he came to British Columbia, settling in New Westminster, April 18, 1887. After remaining a short time in that city he preempted land in Cedar Valley and began its development at a time when pioneer conditions prevailed everywhere. For miles around the wilderness stretched unbroken by roads or settlements. On account of these conditions Mr. Gibbard was obliged to  pack all of his things to his farm upon his shoulders and provisions were sent from New Westminster, the nearest town. In order to get his children to school he had to cut a road a mile in length through the woods. His own property was entirely unimproved and covered with a dense growth of timber. This Mr. Gibbard cleared, setting himself with courage and resolution to the great task of developing his farm, which with the passing years became a productive and valuable property and a general stopping place for the new settlers in the valley. Mr. Gibbard is considered one of the oldest settlers in the Mission district and the years have brought him success, prominence and a substantial fortune which enables him to spend his later years in rest and retirement. He and his wife now reside in an attractive little cottage in Mission, while three of his sons continue to operate the ranch.
      On the 3rd of January, 1875, Mr. Gibbard was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Cook, a daughter of Samuel [sic] and Mary Ann Cook, of England. Mr. and Mrs. Gibbard became the parents of thirteen children, ten sons and three daughters, and they have twenty-six grandchildren, all their progeny living in the vicinity of Mission. Mr. Gibbard is a member of the Methodist church and is connected fraternally with the Royal Templars. He takes an active interest in public affairs and seven years ago was appointed by the emigration department of the Dominion government as a farmer's delegate to England. During the period of his residence in the Mission district he has witnessed practically its entire growth and development and his own work has been an important factor in progress, his success placing him in the front ranks of progressive and representative citizens.
    Person ID I21  bgibbard
    Last Modified 21 Nov 2017 

    Father Charles Gibbard,   c. 15 Oct 1820, Padbury, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884, West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Berry,   b. 27 Feb 1825, Wendlebury, Oxfordshire, ENG, GBR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1875, West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Family ID F232  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Eliza Cooke,   b. 2 Aug 1856, West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1915, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 3 Jan 1875  West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Type: Ended by death of wife 
    Children 
    +1. John Henry Gibbard,   b. 29 Apr 1875, West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1962, Mission Memorial Hospital, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +2. David "Dave" Gibbard,   b. 23 Oct 1876, West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1960, Mission Memorial Hospital, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +3. Agnes Gibbard,   b. 29 May 1878, West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1934, New Westminster, Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    +4. Clara Gibbard,   b. 29 May 1878, West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1931, Chase River, Nanaimo, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     5. Fred Gibbard,   b. 30 Nov 1879, West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1949, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +6. George Gibbard, Jr.,   b. 10 Jan 1882, West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1964, Richmond, Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +7. Tom Gibbard,   b. 18 Jan 1884, Smethwick, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1923, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     8. Frank Gibbard,   b. 23 Oct 1885, Palmerston, Minto, Wellington, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1886, Palmerston, Minto, Wellington, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +9. Frank Gibbard,   b. 22 Jun 1887, New Westminster, Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1951, Richmond, Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +10. Nellie Gibbard,   b. 15 Aug 1889, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1940, Weyburn, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    +11. Walt Gibbard,   b. 15 Sep 1891, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1957, Seattle, King, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +12. Amos Gibbard,   b. 15 Jul 1893, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1980, Mission Memorial Hospital, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     13. Arthur A. Gibbard,   b. 30 Oct 1895, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1918, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
    +14. Charles Alexander "Charlie" Gibbard,   b. 3 Jul 1898, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1988, Victoria, Capital, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary Florence Holtby,   d. 25 Dec 1916, Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 11 Jul 1916  Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Type: Ended by death of wife 
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F16  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 May 1853 - Padbury, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 3 Jul 1853 - Padbury, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Palmerston, Minto, Wellington, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Type: Ended by death of wife - 3 Jan 1875 - West Bromwich, Sandwell, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1884 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - From Jul 1887 to 2 Jan 1920 - Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Type: Ended by death of wife - 11 Jul 1916 - Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 2 Jan 1920 - Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Feb 1922 - Mission, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hatzic Cemetery, Hatzic, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    H. George Gibbard
    H. George Gibbard
    George Gibbard
    George Gibbard
    George Gibbard family
    George Gibbard family
    Back Row, L-R Fred, Frank, Tom,
    Middle Row, L-R George Jr., Agnes, John, Nellie, Dave, Amos
    Front Row, L-R Arthur, Mr. & Mrs. George & Eliza [ Cooke] Gibbard, Clara
    Bottom Row, Charlie, Walter
    Source: John Powell
    George Gibbard family
    George Gibbard family
    Standing on bench at back, l to r: Fred, Frank, Dave, Walter, George Jr.
    Middle row, l to r: Arthur, Amos, Clara, Nellie, Agnes, Tom
    Seated l to r: George Sr., Charlie, Eliza Cooke, John
    H. George Gibbard
    H. George Gibbard
    George Gibbard, Eliza Cooke & Charlie Gibbard
    George Gibbard, Eliza Cooke & Charlie Gibbard

    Documents
    BC Marriage Registration - 1900-09-117522 - John Henry Gibbard & Mary Louisa Dowding
    BC Marriage Registration - 1900-09-117522 - John Henry Gibbard & Mary Louisa Dowding
    Will - George Gibbard
    Will - George Gibbard
    Probate Inventory X - George Gibbard
    Probate Inventory X - George Gibbard
    Probate Inventory Y - George Gibbard
    Probate Inventory Y - George Gibbard
    BC Death Registration 1962-09-003116 - John Henry Gibbard
    BC Death Registration 1962-09-003116 - John Henry Gibbard

    Headstones
    Eliza Gibbard - Henry George Gibbard
    Eliza Gibbard - Henry George Gibbard

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Gibbard, The Gibbard Family of Cedar Valley, Gibbard, John E., (1981 ,), p. 4 (Reliability: 0).

    2. [S1987] Hatzic Cemetery, (Mission, New Westminster, BC, CAN) (Reliability: 3), 19 Sep 2006.

    3. [S1991] Will - H. George Gibbard, Gibbard, H. George, (Mission, BC, 2 Jan 1920) (Reliability: 3), 24 Nov 2006.

    4. [S9] Obituary - Gibbard, David (1876-1960) (1), ([undated clipping from an unidentified newspaper, possibly the Fraser Valley Record]).

    5. [S625] BC Birth Registration - 1897-09-811512, 1893-09-081706 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S625] BC Birth Registration - 1897-09-811512, 1887-09-080171 (Reliability: 3).


  

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