I am looking for information on one Nicholas Tobey, Merchant, of Somerset. His Will was made 1674, and one of the TEST (witnesses) was my ancestor, John Gilbert, who also was a Merchant. Were these two just in the same line of work, or were they relatives?
This Will shows up in the Maryland Calendar of Wills, which means that some of Nicholas Tobey's interests were in MD. John Gilbert's land-holdings in old Baltimore Co MD were vast. I think he earned much of it by Headrights, receiving fifty acres for each person he transported. John Gilbert also had interests in Jamaica, so maybe Nicholas Tobey did, also.
Another clue - John Gilbert sold land in 1670 to Abraham Wild, who served as Captain of a ship called Avarilla. In December 1695, hearings about this ship were held in the House of Commons - I think some upset investors wanted answers, and right now.
This is basically my first foray into research Across The Pond. Be good to me! Pj