Biography of Lot H. Gibbs
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Gibbs, Lot Haskell, ship broker, is descended from one of the oldest seafaring families in southeastern Massachusetts. His ancestors settled in Sandwich about 1630, his great grandfather, John Gibbs, and grandfather, Caleb Gibbs, being residents of that town. George C. Gibbs, father of Lot H., was a sailor in the merchant and coasting service, as was also his father, Caleb. Of his six sons, five became master mariners. He died on board his vessel May 22, 1849. He married Mary Cotton Haskell a lineal descendant of Rev. John Cotton, and had seven children, viz.: George C., jr., of New Bedford, who was long engaged in the merchant service, later ran a steam transport for the government, and for about thirty years a steamboat captain on the Sound; John Cotton Gibbs, a master mariner in the merchant service and after the war engaged in steamboating until his death about 1887; Charles Haskell Gibbs, a carpenter and musician, deceased; Lot H., the subject of this sketch; Joseph B., a merchant captain who was lost at sea in 1857; Mary Lucretia, who married Charles T. Bonney, of New Bedford; and Joshua E., a master mariner of merchant vessels and later a steamboat captain, who died in September. 1896. Lot Haskell Gibbs was born in Rochester, Mass., February 17, 1830, and came with the family to New Bedford in 1846. He received a public school education, and began life as a sailor under his father in 1842. In 1851 he became a master mariner, in which capacity he continued in the merchant and coasting service until 1872. In 1873 he engaged in the ship chandlery and grocery trade, which he carried on until about 1881, when he established his present ship brokerage and lumber business. Captain Gibbs is one of the oldest mariners in New Bedford, and is a member of Star in the East Lodge, F. & A. M. In December, 1867, he married Jane W., daughter of Theodore W. Leonard of Rochester, Mass., and they have two children: Elizabeth Leonard and George C.

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Bristol County, Massachusetts
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The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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