Source:Libby, Charles T. Libby Family in America, 1602-1881

Source The Libby Family in America, 1602-1881
Author Libby, Charles T. (Charles Thornton)
Place Maine, United States
Year range 1602 - 1881
Surname Berry, Davis, Fogg, Harmon, Jordan, Larrabee, Libby, Meserve, Small, Smith
Subject Family tree
Publication information
Type Book
Publisher B. Thurston & Co.
Date issued 1882
Place issued Portland, ME
Libby, Charles T. (Charles Thornton). The Libby Family in America, 1602-1881. (Portland, ME: B. Thurston & Co., 1882).
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Probably the definitive work on the Libby family of New England, written by a premier genealogist about his own family. This includes useful information on several related families. Uses a numbering system based on birth order, so each individual is assigned a number that shows his descent from the original immigrant, i.e., 10-5-7-2. This numbering system frequently shows up on websites referencing Libby descendants. The reason for relying on this numbering system is illustrated by the following excerpt.

p. 49: “[John Libby (10-5)] had an extra finger on each hand, below the little finger, and from this was called, to distinguish him from the other John Libbys in Scarborough at that time, Five Fingered John Libby.” [Continuing from attached footnote:] “The other John Libbys were called respectively: John Libby, 1-1, Captain John; his son John, Blue John; John Libby, 5-7, Black John, and later, Captain John; John Libby, 1-1-2-1, Little John. There was also John Libby, 11-6, living at the same time, but his nickname, if he had any, was unknown. These names seldom appear in the records, but the places were supplied either by numbers, second, third, etc., or by stating the father’s patronymic class of surnames. John Libby, John’s son; John Libby, Henry’s son; and John Libby, David’s son, were frequently written John Libby Johnson, John Libby Henryson, and John Libby Davidson; so that to a casual reader, Johnson, Henryson and Davidson would seem to be the surnames of the men, and Libby only a middle name.

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FHL film numbers

May be ordered through the nearest Family History Center. See details at Title 179368

There are three filmings:

  • 873976 Item 1
  • 982127 Item 2
  • 1016922 Item 1