Colin Gibson


Revolutionary War era Albany resident and tailor Colin Gibson probably was born prior to 1750. Perhaps he was the same-named tailor who came from Paisley (in Scotland) to New York with his wife Janet (age 23) in February 1774. That Colin Gibson was then twenty-five years old.

A number of marriage and family senarios are documented for Colin Gibson in Albany and its environs. This particular individual may have married three times. The first may have been to the Scottish woman named Janet. However, in January 1778, the son of Colin Gibson and Ellen Story was christened at the Albany Dutch church. In October 1807, a seventy-year-old Colin Gibson married eighteen-year-old Peggy Miller of Cambridge. One-time Albany resident Jesse Fairchild officiated that ceremony.

In March 1779, his lot in the first ward was valued on the city assessment roll. In 1781, he was among those newcomers who purchased the freedom of Albany. He was identified as a tailor.

In June 1780, he was identifed as an Albany city tailor when he posted a bond for good behavior with the Albany Commissioners.

Otherwise, we seek information on his wartime activities. After the war, he was among those accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

In 1788, his house and property were listed on the tax list. In 1790, his first ward houshold included a couple and two boys. After that, his name seems to have dropped from Albany rolls.

Colin Gibson is said to have been one of the early settlers of Washington County and to have died there at a "good old age." Also, that same family-based source stated that he came from Scotland as a young man, was a United Presbyterian, and was married three times. We leave this sketch having raised a number of questions.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Colin Gibson is CAP biography number 8176. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
Notes: online; more thoughts

first posted: 5/30/10