Mary Miller


Personal and Family Information

Mary was born in 1725, the daughter of unknown parents. The place is not known.

She died in 1748. The place is not known.

She had two marriages/partners. Her first husband was James Gibbons, who she married in 1739 in Winchester, Frederick County, VA. Their two known children were Jacob (1745-1833) and Sarah Eliza (1742-1832).

Her second husband was Durrett Covey. They were married, but the date and place have not been found. They had no known children.




Note 1

Source: Mary T. Gibbens, R.R. # 2 Box 301,Center Point, Indiana, Februar y 1990

Jacob Gibbons, eldest son of James Gibbons, sold his property in Hampshire County,Va. in 1791.The paper states that James was deceased, & Mary h ad intermarried with Durrett Covey. James had land surveyed in 1730 in Hampshire County, Va., (Now West Virginia), James died before Lord Fairfax granted him a deed for the property.

Mary T. Gibbens continues to say.................. The first we know of Jacob Gibbens is from the book "History of the Valley of Virginia" by Samuel Kerchival, published in 1833, fifth edition. Mr. Kerchival interviewed our ancestor and in a footnote on page 72 stated that "Jacob Gibbens " " was born September the 10th, 1745". Since the author saw him he ha s departed this life," an honest and good man".

On this same page, was t he following story told by Mr. Kerchival by Jacob Gibbens concerning his sister, Sarah:

Indians were encountered pretty low dow n the North Branch of the Capon River, by Capt. Joshua Lewis, at the head of the eighteen men; one Indian was killed when the others ran off. Previous to the defeat of this party they had committed considerable destruction of the property of the white settlers, and took a Mrs. Horner an d a girl about thirteen years of age prisoners.Mrs. Horner was the moth er of seven or eight children, she never returned to her family.The gir l, whose name was Sarah Gibbens, the sister of the informant, was a prisoner about eight years or nine before she returned home.

Brazil Daily Times, Brazil, IndianaWednesday, August 22,1928 ( news clipping)


Founders of the Indiana Branch of Gibbons Family came to Clay County, i n 1808.

Jacob Gibbons in Revolutionary War

His son served in war of 1812, married a Relative of President Pierce an d then located in Clay County. (NOTE: This would be Jacob Gibbons,Jr.)

The article reads:

The fifth annual reunion of the Gibbons family w as held at Forest park, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 19th.The Gibbons family i s one of the pioneer families of Clay County.The early ancestors of the family having come from England to Virginia during the early settlement of the state.

The earliest ancestors of which the family has a record, is Jacob Gibbons ,Sr. who was born & died in Frederick County, Va.. He was a soldier i n the Revolutionary War having served under General Marion.

Jacob Gibbons,Jr. , a son of Jacob Gibbons,Sr. , was born June 10th, 177 3 near Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. He was married To Mary Pierce, November 21-1798 at Pleasant Point, Harrison County, Virginia.

He served his country in the War of 1812, came to Clay County,Indiana i n 1839. He died April 28- 1848 from lingering disease caused by exposer and cold while in the service of his country during War of 1812. He remain s were laid to rest in Zenor cemetery in Jackson Township, 7 miles South of Brazil.

Jacob Gibbons was the father of twelve children: John, William, Hamilton , Alfred, Nathan A., James , Thomas, Newton and three daughters, Rachel Gibbons Whittington, Mary Ann Gibbons Carter, & Sarah Catherine Gibbons Fortnor.

Four of the children, Thomas, Newton, Alfred, & James established homes i n Illinois, while the others remained in Indiana.About two hundred dece dents of the pioneer family gathered at Forest Park Sunday Aug. 19 to renew family ties & pay fitting tribute to those who blazed the trail that w e might have the things which we now enjoy.

At the noon hour a bountiful dinner was served & enjoyed by every one pre sent.

After the big dinner, the usual business session was held.S.F. Gibbons , of Fooseland, was re-elected president: Charles Witty, of Center Point was elected vice president, and Effie A. Fisher, of Brazil, elected sec -Treas.It was decided to hold the next reunion in Forest Park, the third Sunday in Aug. 1929.

Those coming from other counties and states were, Alfred Gibbons, New Mexico; Mrs. Dorthey Stunkard, Tulsa Oklahoma; S.F. Gibbons & family, Mr . & Mrs. Henry Carlson, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Gibbons, Mrs. Blanch Bishop & children; Mrs. Chas Delong & family;Mr. David Howard; Mr. & Mrs. George Nussell & son; Homer Gibbons & family; Mrs. Jennie C-os; Mrs. C.W. Durst Mr. & Mrs. Frank Fisher & Daughter;All from Illinois.Mrs. Bertha Duncan & so n Paul, Layfayette, Indiana; John Gibbons & family, from Burton; ? Gibbons & family. Rev. & Mrs. Charles Currie, Thomas Gibbons & family,Mrs. Sarah E. Burkett, Mrs. Roland Flint, Mr. & Mrs. A.K. Campbell & family, All f rom Terre Haute, Indiana. Regrets were received from relatives in Texas , New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, California, Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan and Canada, many of whom expect to be with us next year.

Effie A. Fisher, Sec.

The West Virginia Advocate, February 15th, 1990by Wilmer L. Kerns, Ph D.

War & Heartbreak In The North River & Ca capon Valleys

Sagas of Pioneer Families of the North River Settlement History and Tragedy of the Gibbons Family. (pages 2,3,18,19,20,21 & 22) ALLOT OF HISTORY REPORTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

High light foot notes of the following pages............................. ..Page 18 James Gibbons settled

several miles below Jonathon Pugh, just beyond North River Mills. Page 20. Gibbons family history.

Research on the roots of the Gibbons family reveals much lost and forgotten history of the area.The first settlers by this name was James Gibbons, (ca. 1720-1760) He and his wife Mary, settled on Fairfax lands along North river, near the mouth of a stream later named Gibbons Run. Gibbons ' Run, in Hampshire County was named after pioneer James Gibbons. A Fairfax survey, dated Dec. 9-1754, reveals that James Gibbons worked as a chairman for Surveyor John Mauzy. In addition to other families, Indians also assaulted and pillage James Gibbons family and property during the 175 6 raid at North River Mills.His daughter, Sarah Gibbons was taken prisoner and held for eight or nine years before being released presumably, Sarah was returned to Old Frederick County in 1764-1765, age 21 or 22.Sarah Gibbons, was 13 years old at the time of capture. What happened to James Gibbons during the Indian attack is not known. Possibly he was killed or died shortly there after of a disease, or natural cause. His name did not appear in subsequent records. James Gibbons did not live to receive an official Fairfax grant for the 131 acre farm, which he lived.Mar y Gibbons, widow of James, remarried to Durrett Covey, prior to 1771.Covey was one of the Soldiers in Captain Joshua Lewis' militia who came t o the aid of the Gibbons family during the Indian attach in the spring o f 1756. Possibly Covey was involved in securing Sarah Gibbons' release b y the Indians.Gibbons' 131 acre farm, along the North River, was inherited by Jacob Gibbons' Sr., the eldest son and "heir-at-law" of James Gibbons. Jacob Gibbons' Sr. was born sometime during the French and Indian War, his family resettled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where he died ca. 1831