Work continues on my dissertation. I’ve added a further few names to my list of Mabbott’s correspondents, and I’ve codified much of his known correspondence and am in the process of going through it for any missed clues. I’ve found a few already. Then I will resume going through the pamphlets published while he served as licenser.
There has been one interesting development, however. I may have tracked down Gilbert’s son, Kympton, to Cornwall. I’m headed down to the Huntington soon to see if I can find a will in any of their indices of wills. I am hopeful. Apparently, Ellen, the widow of a Kympton Mabbott, left some money for a charity in 1711. The timing is right for Kympton’s second wife, and I do believe that he remarried in 1702 or 1703. More on that soon.
As well, there does seem to be some strange information floating around out there. A number of genealogical sites seem to think that Diana Mabbott, Gilbert’s daughter, was the niece of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. One site thought that she was the daughter of Kympton Mabbott and Susan Hyde. As far as I can tell, this is wrong. I think that it is a the result of a sham lineage for an early nineteenth-century family. I can’t prove that yet, but none of the years add up. According to the report published by the Deputy Keeper of the Records in Ireland, Kympton married one Susan Moss in 1676 (which has some other ramifications for my research which I won’t get into now). There is no way that a man born in 1653 could have a marriageable daughter by 1675, a year before he married. Diana Mabbott did marry Sir Henry Tuite, as the genealogy sites say, but she was much more likely the daughter of Gilbert, born to him and his wife in 1652, than any offspring of Kympton. Could there have been another Kympton Mabbott in Dublin? Yes, but since Kympton was clearly a name borrowed from Gilbert’s wife’s side of the family (brother’s and mother’s maiden name), it seems unlikely.
But if the Mabbotts married into the Hyde family, that would definitely be something to note.