|John Gibbs claimed the governorship after Governor
Seth Sothel was deposed in 1689 and apparently served in that
office until the arrival of Phillip Ludwell with a commission
and instructions from the Lords Proprietors. In 1689, the county
of Albemarle was allegeldy disestablished and for the next decade
or so the Carolana colony was simply called, "Ye Lands North
and East of Cape Feare" - referring to North Carolina, and
"Ye Lands South and West of Cape Feare" - referrring
to South Carolina.
So far, I have not been able
to dig out much information on John Gibbs, but it is alleged
that not only was he a Governor, but he was also a Landgrave,
which stands to reason.