I am quite impressed with your ancestral history of the Gibson family.
I have seen your paragraphs concerning the Heyworth Bros company in South America...
My specific interest is in James Crabtree who was designated a junior partner to Heyworth Brothers in South America. Evidently he married one of the Heyworth sisters (Margaret) in 1850. Do you know anything about him and his subsequent family?
Thank you for your attention .
Subsequent correspondence suggested that this James Crabtree was related to a famous American actress and charitable benefactress, and was the direct ancestor of a person still alive.
Though my original researches into merchant families from the Rossendale area trading in South America was peripheral to my Gibson research I decided to look further into this to see what the connection was.
The story begins in Lancashire, as does most of my research, but
moves to South America with the Heyworths and some Crabtrees from the
Rossendale area and to the USA with an unrelated set of Crabtrees with