Wayland Connection to the Melungeon Gibson's
I have always pondered why the (1) clerk at the church, if he was
Nevil Wayland, would write the words, 'harboring them Melungins' --
His mother who is almost positively Kezziah GIBSON and her mother
Mary GIBSON (2), both likely from Meluneon Gibson families were
members of this church...
This just never made sense to
me -- but then after reviewing the minutes it dawned on me. Wayland
probably didn't write it, William Brickey did.
shortly after Brickey wrote 'harboring them Melungins' -- Nevil
Wayland and his Melungeon Gibson mother left the area and moved to
Arkansas. And who was William Brickey? A second generation French
Huegenot. So the first use of the word was written by none other than
a FRENCHMAN (1)
"After remaining there some time he
married Elizabeth Cocke daughter of David Cocke and both him and his
wife became members of the Baptist Church at Stony Creek from the
time of its organization, which was organized in 1801. William
Brickey **was Clerk and Deacon of the Church, most of the time up to
his death. **"
THE STONY CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH
As this is written the Minute
Book of the Stony Creek Baptist Church lies on the desk before the
writer. It is faded on account of age and much use. Some of its pages
are missing, and some of those yet remaining are scarcely legible.
The earliest legible date is August 26, 1815, but the church was
organized in 1801. This date is shown in biographical sketches of two
of its first members, William Brickey, Sr., and David L. Cocke. These
sketches are to be found in the Minute Book of the Stony Creek
Regular Baptist Association. According to this record William
Brickey, Sr., was born in Botetourt County, Virginia, December 29,
1779, and became a member of this church at its organization in 1801.
He was its first clerk, and one of its first deacons. He married
Elizabeth Cox, a daughter of David Cox.
– end of quote
I wrote her back telling her about the Gibson neighbors to our
Waylands in Arkansas. There was a Humphrey Gibson, a James and a John
Gibson next to some of our Waylands in Arkansas. There were a john
and James Gibson also living next to us in Southwestern Virginia.
There was a Humphrey Gibson who also lived in South Carolina,
perhaps the same time our Nevil Wayland served there during the
Revolutionary War, as a part of what was called “The Spartan
Regiment”, also called “Roebuck's Regiment”. I have reported
Thomas Gibson's Will, where he mentioned a daughter named Kezziah.
Joanne replied –
The Humphrey Gibson you have found in Arkansas is 'almost
positively' NOT the Humphrey Gibson in South Carolina as that
Humphrey Gibson in SC was found murdered on July 4, 1809.
Humphrey Gibson with your Kezziah in Arkansas very likely Humphrey
Jr., son of Humphrey Gibson Sr., found first in Surry Co., NC., [with
Joel Gibson who was witness to will of Kezziah Gibson's father] then
to Washington Co., Tenn/NC and was one of the first settlers in
Plattin Twp., Mo., and descendants found in Strawberry Twp, Lawrence
The connection of these Gibsons along with John and
James as the Wayland neighbors in Russell County make Kezziah 'almost
positively' the daughter of Thomas and Mary Gibson. And almost
positively proves that Nevil Wayland DID NOT write someone was
'harboring them Malungens' -- that's where MY research has led me.”
– end of quote.
Well, we know some of our Wayland's also settled in Strawberry
Townshp, Lawrence County, Arkansas, too. So descendants of Humphrey Gibson are found in Lawrence County, Arkansas, and his father, Humphrey Sr, is mentioned with respect to Thomas Gibson, who had a daughter named Keziah that is mentioned in his will.It is believed that researchers of Meulngeon thta Nevil Wayland Sr's wife, Keziah, is Keziah Gibson, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Gibson, a known Melungeon family.
My comments – Humphrey Gibson is on the Tax list from Strawberry
Township, Lawrence Co, Ar, from 1832-1838. I had thought I'd seen
something about him being in Lawrence Cunty, Ar before Nevil arrived
in 1815 -- maybe I am wrong about that.
1830 census has
Humphrey Gibson in Cooper Co., Mo -- some neighbors surnames are
Goodman, George and Bass. I don't now if these Goodman's, Bass's and
Goerge's came from Eastern Sioouan communities such as the
Melungeons. I haven't researched it further. Those three surnames
however, are associated with the same Indian peoples.
(1) Our Wayland's attended Stoney Creek Primitive Baptist Church.
In the minutes to that church, the church clerk is the first person
who used “them Melungins” in any literature foud to date. (The
word “Lungens” was used in Baxter County, Arkansas at an even
earlier date.) “Melangeon” is first person plural of “melanger”,
meaning “to mix” in French.
(2) Mary Gibson DID attend the same church.