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GIBBONS, Edward, born in England; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 9 December 1654. He reached this country as early as 1629, and became a merchant in Boston. He was representative to the general court in 1638-'47, and in 1644, when the militia was organized, was chosen to command the Suffolk regiment with the title of sergeant-major. He was major general of militia in 1649-'51, assistant in 1650-'1, and captain of the ancient and honorable artillery company. Johnson, in his "Wonder-Working Providences," speaks of him as "a man of resolute spirit, bold as a lion, very generous and forward to promote all military matters ; his forts are well contrived and batteries strong and in good repair." He advanced over £2,500 to Charles La Tour (q. v.), secured, by. mortgage, of the latter's fort and lands in Acadia, and lost his money on the capture of the fort by Aulnay de Charnise in 1647. In 1643 General Gibbons was one of the commissioners that formed the confederation of that year between the colonies of Massachusetts, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Haven.
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