was born in wiveliscombe,
Somersetshire, England in 1775. Wiveliscombe is about 200 kilometers West of London
at the intersection of B3227 and B3188 toward the Cornwall coast. He was apprentice
to a blacksmith, and joined the Royal Marines, Plymouth Division, on January 3, 1805 at
the age of 29. He enlisted in Taunton. In 1810, he married Joanna Seymour, and
they came and settled in English Settlement, New Brunswick, Canada, when it was a
wilderness in 1818. (Today, English Settlement is located in Pearsonville and Highfield which is South of
the Trans-Canadian Highway Route 2 about 8 km NW of Sussex.) Both are buried in the
Woodland United Church Cemetery, Pearsonville, New Brunswick, Canada.
An alternative background for William and Joanna has been
proposed by family members
and was included in research done by
Colonel Frederick H. Mills in July,1950.
The findings show William
Gamblin fought at the Battle of Traflagar in 1805, and Joanna Seymour was a daughter
of a Nobleman - - a direct descendant from the family of which Jane Seymour, wife of King
Henry VIII, was an illustrious member, and whose brother was her progenitor.
|William and Joanna Gamblin Homestead in
|Gamblin Road Sign in Coles Island, NB,