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William Hibbs, Sr
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Birth: 1630
Death: Mar. 6, 1686

William Hibbs Sr. was born in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, near present-day Coleford, in 1630. He lived during the reign of King James II. Although James II was a Catholic king who supposedly did not persecute non-Catholics, at least one source I have claims that William was executed for his religious beliefs by King James's officials. However, I have been unable to substantiate that claim.

Many sources claim the surname Hibbs is likely Welsh in origin. I think it is most likely German in origin.

Much of the following information is taken from a document in my genealogy collection, "Hibbs Genealogy, July 24, 1984," compiled by Margaret Hibbs Brokaw. She cites her sources as: "1. Memory of Volina Hibbs McCoy. 2. A bible [sic] belonging to Volina Hibbs McCoy 3. Personal knowledge and information collected from other family members." Information taken from sources is found in quotes; my comments are found in brackets.

From The Hibbs Family History by Sylvia Snook: "The name Hibbs, according to a book of Welch names, dates from the tribal days and means the sons of Herbert and Isabella, but Ferguson [I assume an historian - krw] disputes this by saying the line was founded by Queen Hebba, who ruled in So. Saxony in 671. She was one of the first Christian queens, and established the first convents in Coldingham [England]." [I have been unable to find information on a Queen Hebba of Saxony. Also, Saxony is -- at least currently -- a part of Germany, so I do not know why the name is considered Welsh in origin. In addition, I don't think Saxony was even founded until around 700 AD. I could be wrong . . . According to sources I have read, the surname Hibbs is a metronymic -- a name taken from a maternal ancestor -- for the female name "Isabella." ) - krw]

From the Brokaw document:
"William Hibbs was born in England in 1630; died there March 6, 1686. He married in 1654, Joanne ________[no name given]. He was apparently a man of considerable means. He joined the Quakers and was fined several times for not attending the Established Church of England. He was also imprisoned for his belief. Many of the Hibbs family remain Quakers to this day. All children, born in England.
I Jane, born January 14, 1655.
II Jonathon, born May 26, 1657; died about 1686.
III Mary, born 1659
IV Sarah, born January 6, 1660; died December 6, 1702.
V Hannah, born November 11, 1662.
VI William Jr., Born January 23, 1665; progenitor of the U.S. Hibbs
VII Joseph, born October 10, 1668."

[Other sources I have read state that William and Joanne had another child, their first born, John, born in 1652. This would have given them 8 children total.] 
Specifically: Buried in England, probably near Kent
Created by: Kathy Riley Williams
Record added: Dec 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17163199

RIP 9x great grandfather. Your legacy lives on.
- Myria
 Added: May. 24, 2012
"Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life."Your eighth great-granddaughter
- Barbara Ann
 Added: Aug. 30, 2010
I am descendent through Jonathan Cooper who married Sarah Hibbs. Brave men and women died defending their faith. Will we do the same?
- MaryAnn Cooper
 Added: Jul. 8, 2010
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