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.
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.
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.
Sources: The life of Colin Gibson is CAP biography number 8176. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 5/30/10