During April 2018 I will be blogging about my memories as MOM OF 6 from A to Z . These challenge posts will also be found at Creation and Compassion http://marcyhowes.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

G is for Gibby and Grant

The Gibby line and the Grant line of my family tree are two of the few  lines that have been traced back to countries other than England or the USA.  The Gibby line has researched  back to the 1600's in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and the Grant line back to the 1600's in Edinburgh, Scotland.

William Gibby and Catherine Stevenson Gibby    (source: familysearch.com)

William Gibby is one of my paternal great-great-grandfathers.  William was born in 1835 in Slebeck, Pembrokeshire, Wales.  William and his four brothers and two sisters did not get the chance for much education as his family was quite poor.  He and his brothers were apprenticed out as drapers, which as I understand means that they worked in shops that sold fabrics.

In November of 1854 William and his brother John left Wales to emigrate to the United States.  They sailed from Liverpool, England on the sailing vessel Clara Wheeler, bound for New Orleans.  Measles broke out while they were on board, and 22 of the 442 passengers on board died on the trip.  After arriving in New Orleans they traveled by steamship up the Mississippi River to Kansas where the brothers worked on a farm for two years in order to raise money for their trip farther west.  In the summer of 1856 they crossed the plains by covered wagon, driving ox teams in exchange for their board.  William married Catherine Stevenson in 1857 and they settled in the Salt Lake City area and raised 10 children, with William working as a carpenter and a farmer.   He was best known for winning a $500 prize for raising the most wheat from one acre of ground, yielding 8 bushels and 6 lbs.  He died in 1910 at the age of 75.

Ellen Grant Bird

My great grandmother, Ellen Grant, born August 23, 1862 was the first white child born in Gunnison, Utah.  Very few white people were living in the area at the time.  When she was only a few days old, a big Indian came in to see the white papoose, and seeing her abundance of dark hair, said that she was an Indian Papoose and took her from her bed and ran outdoors laughing.  Ellen's father was an interpreter for the Indians, and they often came to see him for help with their troubles.  The Indian thought it all a big joke, but being new to the country and unused to the Indians,  Ellen's mother wasn't much amused by the joke.  It wasn't much longer that she asked to leave Gunnison to visit her parents in the northern part of the state, and she never returned. Ellen's father later returned to try and sell their home and retrieve their belongs, and was told that several of the men he had worked with had been killed by the Indians while they were gone.  Ellen spent the rest of her 91 years in rural Cache County, Utah.  She married Deloss Perley Bird and they raised 9 children.


  1. I love those old photos. I especially love the story about your great grandmother, what a fantastic story to share.

    Cait @ Click's Clan

  2. Thanks for the reminder that I still have work to do! Love those old photos and they deserve a spot on my wall. Off to find them, I think I know where they are . . . .

    Gina, I'm #1302 today, blogging at Book Dragon's Lair

    1. You might want to skip A, F! and G but B, D and E would be good.

  3. I was excited to see this post because my maiden name is Grant, but after reading I don't think we are related. The only Grants who came to Utah on my direct line is Emily Grant who married Nathaniel Woodward. Neither were heard from again. Gail

    1. Gail, we may not have common Utah ancestors on the Grant line, but possibly further back. Both of Ellen's parents, Thomas Tarns Grant and Margaret Adamson were born in Scotland.

  4. Another interesting Family History post, Marcy. What a neat piece of history with William winning $500 for raising wheat. He was a Master Farmer, no doubt. I can just imagine how frightened Ellen's mother must have been...leaving must have been hard, but for her a life saving move. If she kept a journal...wouldn't that be something?
    I am visiting from Co-Host AJ Lauer’s Team. Hope you are enjoying the Challenge. I am enjoying your posts and have given you a Shout Out on my Letter ''G' post.
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