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Esther Powers Gibbs

In 1662 Hampshire County, Massachusetts was formed from the western section of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Parts of the original county became Hampden, Franklin, Berkshire and Worcester Counties.

Esther Powers Gibbs was born on May 29, 1741 in Quabbin, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Jeremiah Powers and Hannah Fiske.

She married Captain Jesse Gibbs on April 30, 1759. Jesse was born on January 5, 1737/38 in Quabbin. His parents were Thomas Gibbs and Sarah Woolcott. Thomas Gibbs was an early settler of Quabbin.

Esther and Jesse's children included:
Esther Gibbs Ramsdell (1764, married Sylvanus Ramsdell),
Susan Gibbs (1765, married Ezra Stetson),
Jesse Gibbs, Jr. (1765, married Abigail Lanard),
Olive Gibbs (1769),Benjamin Gibbs (about 1770)
Hannah Gibbs (1779, married Seneca Thomas),
Thomas Gibbs (1773, married Mary Haskins), and
Azuba Gibbs.

Jesse appeared in the 1790 census in Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. The household consisted of 4 males over 16, 4 females, and a boy under 16. The next household was Emerson Gibbs and Jeremiah, Aaron, and Nathan Powers were near neighbors.

He was the 1800 census Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. The household consisted of a man and a woman over 45, a man between 26, and 44, a woman between 16 and 25, and a boy under 10.

In 1810, Jesse was in Palmer, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. The household consisted of a man and a woman over 45, a woman between 26 and 44, and a girl between 10 and 15. The other Gibbs in Palmer were Jesse, Jr. Benjamin, Thomas and Emerson.

Esther died in December, 1822.

He died in April, 1831.

Children of Jeremiah Powers
and Hannah Fiske
  • Hannah Powers White
  • Captain Jeremiah Powers, II
  • Eunice Powers Bridges
  • Captain Isaac Powers
  • Aaron Powers
  • Esther Powers Gibbs
  • Elizabeth Powers Davis Griswold
  • Nathan Powers
  • Susannah Powers Hinds
  • Colonel Thomas Powers
  • Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1749 and dissolved in 1938. It was renamed from Quabbin in 1754 .



    from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register Volume 112, Issues 446-448

    Jesse Gibbs, son of Thomas, was born AD 1739 (He died Apr. 1831, aged 92 yrs.) and was married to Esther Powers (she died Dec. 1822, aged 82 yrs.) by whom he had eight children (viz.): three sons and five daughters (viz.) Benjamin  Thomas, Susan, Azuba, Esther, Olive, Hannah and Jesse.

    He [Jesse Jr.] was born July 25, 1765. (He died Feb. 23, 1845 aged 79 yrs.) and was married to Abigail Larnard of New Salem March AD.


    History of North Brookfield, Massachusetts by Josiah Howard Temple, Charles Adams, 1887

    Gibbs, Thomas, son of John and wife Anna, b. Sudbury, Apr. 19, 1689; received grant of eighty acres in Brookfield, Aug. 13, 1714, and came to Brookfield with the Rice families, that year. Received grants in all of two hundred and twenty- five acres. He built on the Dane or Chase place; afterward on the Hinckley place; removed to Quabin.

    He m. (1) Hannah , d. Dec. 19, 1717; (2) Apr. 13, 1719, Sarah Woolcott. Children,
    Abigail, b. Dec. 5, 1717, d. young;
    Abraham, b.Jan. 16, 1720, m. Dec. 6, 1744, Keziah Atwood;
    Hannah, b. Sept. 13, 1722;
    Isaac, b. Nov. 22, 1724;
    Jacob, b. Apr. 21, 1727;
    John, b. May 13, 1729;
    David, b. June 9, 1731;
    Solomon, b. Sept. 16, 1736;
    Jesse, b. Jan. 5, 1738;
    Joshua, b. Apr. 18, 1742.

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