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I’ve struggled with sorting out the relationships of the Giblins as there are a few of them with the same first names and it is difficult to distinguish one from another! Especially when the ages given from census to census vary wildly! I’m still not 100% sure that I’ve got it all right but here is what my current thinking is.

The earliest person I have knowledge of is a Francis Giblin of Ireland who I know of through three men who I believe to be his sons, Charles (my 3 x great-grandfather, John and Francis. Through information I have deduced from relationships found on census returns as well as common names on marriage certificates, I have made the assumption that the three of them are brothers with a father named Francis.

Irish records are difficult to find and a lot of official records were destroyed by fire in the Civil War in 1922. There are still some valuable records available if you look for them though, one of which is the Tithe Applotment records which were were compiled at various dates between 1823 and 1837, for the purpose of assessing the amount of tax landowners had to pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. These records are useful in helping to find where a family name is most common and so giving you an idea of where to look for further records. Like I suppose most places, surnames were quite localised in Ireland until folk started to move around and out of their villages looking for work, so a basic surname search of these records will often show where names are most commonly found.

Searching for Giblin in the records has found that between 1824 and 1834 the name appears almost uniquely in the province of Connaught, made up of the counties of Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway, Cavan, Donegal and Mayo with the highest number by far in Roscommon. Sadly, I didn’t find Francis or any of his sons – it was never going to be that easy was it? Perhaps their parish was not surveyed or maybe even they had already left Ireland before the surveys were carried out.

An event half a world away is what probably caused the Giblins and many other Irish people to flee their country in search of better lives. In 1815 an Indonesian volcano, Mount Tambora erupted sending huge amounts of volcanic ash into the upper atmosphere. The following year, 1816 is known as ‘the year without a summer’, crops failed in places in North America and Western Europe and in Ireland, eight continuous weeks of rain caused the failure of the potato crop. This led to massive famine all over the country which in turn led to a typhus epidemic.

It must have been a difficult decision to leave your homeland for the uncertainty of life in another country, leaving some family members behind, perhaps elderly parents who you knew would struggle to survive alone. As young men or as parents with young children, life in Ireland must have felt so hopeless for them to have made that choice. I think the many Giblins I have found in Stockport on census returns are quite probably all related to each other in some way and that is something to investigate further.

Below is a link to the descendant chart of Francis my 4 x great-grandfather through to my grandmother Eliza. There may be other children of Francis but at the moment this is what I have found. My lineage in this chart goes from Francis>Charles born 1809>John born 1831> Charles William born 1852>Eliza born 1884 but as you can see, I’ve gathered a fair few cousin Giblins along the way and there are stories to be told and yet more to be discovered.

Please use the links in the Giblin Menu at the side of the page to discover more about the people in the Giblin branch of my family tree.