Descendants of Thomas Gilbert



First Generation


1. Thomas Gilbert , son of Richard Gilbert and Margery Morken, was baptized on 25 Apr 1589 in Yardley, Worcester, ENG 1 and died before 5 Sep 1659 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Emigrant Ancestor.

2. Probate; 6 Oct 1659; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 2. An Inventory of the Estate of Thomas Gilbert was presented and acceptd and Jonathan & John Gilbert are appoynted to Administer to ye Estate in point of husbanding it and paying debts and to be accomptible for ye said estate as reaso shall require in point of distribution.

The Estate of Thomas Gilbert is cr: as by Inventory appears in 127 page of the other end of this book 189 07s 06d
Payd of this to Mr. Holister for Rent due to him from the estate for 59 021 00 00
To charges of funeralls for him & wife 009 17 06
To what payd Rich: Treat for a debt due 005 06 10
To a debt payd Jonathan Gilbert 029 03 10
To seuerall other debts due from ye estate pd: 054 19 05
To payd Obadiah & others for worke about
the preserueing of things & thrashing &c 013 06 05
To what payd John Bernard: Dicks & Hayward 002 05 00
To Josiah Gilbert as legacy 007 00 00
To Obadiah Gilbert as legacy 007 00 00
To what Mr Holister is haue left
on the farme 020 00 00
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169 18 11
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This sume of Nineteen pownds & eight
shillings & seuen pence is to be deuided 19 08 07

To Jonathan Thomas Ezekel & John Gilberd Three pownds seuenten shillings & Ten pence apeice & to Sarah Jenkins Thre pownds seuenteen & Thre pence: to be payd when they shal come and demande it of The sayd Jonathan Gilbert & John gilbert: This acot & distribution of the estate was accepted & ordered by the Court to be recorded Feb: 6t 1663:

Thomas married Elizabeth Bennett 1 on 29 Aug 1610 in Yardley, co. Worcester, ENG 1. (Elizabeth Bennett was born in England.)


Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 M    i. Jonathan Gilbert 1 3 was born in 1617 in England 1, was baptized on 8 Jun 1617 in Yardley, Worcester, ENG 1 and died on 19 Dec 1682 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 1 3.
   3 M    ii. Thomas Gilbert 1 4 was baptized on 16 Feb 1611/12 in Yardley, Worcester, ENG 1 and died on 5 Jun 1662 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA 1 4.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Marriage Contract; 23 May 1655; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA 5. Thomas Gilbert, of Windsor, entered a marriage contract with Katherine [Chapin] Bliss, widow of Nathaniel Bliss, in which he promised to pay the children by her first marriage the inheritances ordered by the court after their father died intestate. The agreement is signed with an X, the mark of Thomas Gilbert.

2. Oath of Freemanship/Allegiance; 23 Mar 1656/57; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. "beinge a Trayning day these tooke the freemens oath: Thomas Gilbert"

3. Jury Duty; 27 Mar 1660; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA 5.

4. Jury Duty; 24 Sep 1661; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA 5.

5. Military Service; 21 Sep 1688; Springfield, Hampden Co., MA 6. Sept 20 1688 Same Phelps & Wm Randal coming from the Bay this eveing & Informing me that the Inhabitants of Quabaug were in some Danger, they being few & weake could not send on Purpose but by these Travelers & [torn] syred them to acquaint me with their wants & that 3 Indians were there last Night sculking & running into a Swamp as before [torn] same day they discovered Tracks &c & desiring some assistance [torn]
This 21th of Sept I accordingly sent to their assistance Henry Gilbert, John Hitchcock, James Warrinar, Eben Pars[torn] Thomas Gilbert Sam Pars[torn]

Thomas married Lydia Unknown (Gilbert). (Lydia Unknown (Gilbert) was born about 1596 in England and died about 1654 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT.)

Documented events in her life were:

1. Court Appearance; 28 Nov 1654; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 7. [Indictment] Lydea Gilburt thou are heere indited by that name of Lydea Gilburt that not hauing the feare of god before thy Eyes thou hast of late years or still dust giue Entertainement to Sathat [sic] the great Enemy of god and mankinde and by his helpe hast killed the Body of Henry Styles besides other witchcrafts for which according to the law of go and the Established law of this Comon wealth thou deservest to Dye[.]
[Verdict] ye Party aboue mentioned is found gulty of witchcraft by ye Jury[.]

   4 M    iii. Josiah Gilbert 1 4 was baptized on 27 Nov 1625 in Yardley, Worcester, ENG 1 and died on 22 Aug 1688 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 1 4.

Documented events in his life were:

1. VR - Birth of Child; 22 Sep 1652; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 8. Birth of Benjamin, son of Josiah Gilbert & Elizabeth, his wife.

2. VR - Birth of Child; 28 Mar 1654; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 8. Birth of Elizabeth, daughter of Josiah Gilbert & Elizabeth, his wife.

3. VR - Birth of Child; 8 Dec 1656; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 8. Birth of Lydiah, daughter of Josiah Gilbert & Elizabeth, his wife.

4. VR - Birth of Child; 12 Sep 1659; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 8. Birth of Josiah, son of Josiah Gilbert & Elizabeth, his wife.

5. VR - Birth of Child; 1 Dec 1661; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 8. Birth of Sarah, daughter of Josiah Gilbert & Elizabeth, his wife.

6. VR - Birth of Child; 20 Sep 1663; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 8. Birth of Eleazer, son of Josiah Gilbert & Elizabeth, his wife.

7. VR - Birth of Child; 12 Apr 1666; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 8. Birth of Moses, son of Josiah Gilbert & Elizabeth, his wife.

8. VR - Birth of Child; 10 Jun 1668; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 8. Birth of Caleb, son of Josiah Gilbert & Elizabeth, his wife.

9. VR - Birth of Child; 18 Nov 1670; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 8. Birth of Mary, daughter of Josiah Gilbert & Elizabeth, his wife.

10. VR - Birth of Child; 12 Apr 1672; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 8. Birth of Amy, daughter of Josiah Gilbert & Elizabeth, his wife.

   5 M    iv. Obadiah Gilbert 1 4 was baptized on 7 Jun 1629 in Yardley, Worcester, ENG 1 and died between 23 Aug 1916 And Sep 1674 in Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT 1.
   6 F    v. Sarah Gilbert 3 was born about 1615 in Yardley, Worcester, ENG.
   7 M    vi. John Gilbert 1 was baptized on 9 Jan 1619/20 in Yardley, Worcester, ENG 1 and died on 29 Dec 1690 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 1.

Documented events in his life were:

1. VR - Birth of Child; 12 Feb 1654/55; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Birth of Elizabeth, daughter of John Gilbert.

2. Jury Duty; 2 Sep 1658; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 9.

3. VR - Birth of Child; 4 Sep 1658; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 10. Birth of Thomas, ye son of John Gilderd.

4. Administrator of Will / Estate; 6 Oct 1659; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 2. Appointed Administrator of his father's estate along with his brother Jonathan by the Particular Court of Connecticut.

5. Town Office; 1 Mar 1659/60; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 11. Constble sworne for Hartford: John Gilbert

6. Court Appearance; 15 May 1660; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 12. John Gilbert appearing in behalfe of Vrsilla Gibbons craues respite til June Court and engagth to pay Costs of the Court.

7. Court Appointment; 14 May 1661; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 13. Wm Wadsworth & John Gilbert are chosen to prize the Goods with ye Marshal yt Wm Edwards is to receaue of Ben: Gibbs ye Dt is to pay ye costs ofye Court in Corne:

8. Jury Duty; 13 May 1662; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 14.

9. Jury Duty; 6 Jan 1662/63; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 15.

10. VR - Birth of Child; 3 Apr 1663; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 16. Birth of Amy, ye daughter of John Gilbert

11. VR - Birth of Child; 3 Apr 1666; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 16. Birth of Joseph, son of John Gilbert.

12. Will; 1 Aug 1690; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 17. Gilbert, Corp. John. Invt. 417-19-10. Taken 13 Jan 1690/1, by Joseph Wadsworth & Thomas Olcott. He died 29 December, 1690. Will dated 1st August, 1690.

I John Gilbert of Hartford do make this my last Will & Testament: I give unto my wife the Lott in the long meadow, 3 acres given us by our Mother Lord; also 10 and the use of my Homsted during life. I give to my son Thomas Land in the long meadow I bought of John Blackleach. I give to my son Joseph My Homested, with all the appurtenances, to enjoy one-half at my decease, and the whole after the decease of my Wige; also my little pasture I bought of Mr. Richard Edwards; also Woodland I bought of Daniel Garrett. I give to my son James my Lott in the Pine Field (abtout 4 1/2 acres) which I bought with my huse. I give my daughter Dorothy Palmer, in addition to what I have already given her, the sum of 10, within 2 years after my decease. I appooint my wife and my son Thomas Gilbert Executors. John Gilbert, LS.
Witness: Thomas Olcott, William Goodwin.

Court Record, Page 22 -- 15 January, 1690/1: Will Proven.

13. Inventory Taken; 13 Jan 1690/91; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 17.

14. Probate; 15 Jan 1690/91; Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 18. Court Record, Page 22--15 January, 1690-1: Will Proven.
See Ante-Nuptial Agreement on File:
An Agreement by and between Josiah Gilbert and Mary Ward, Widow, in the year of 1681: The Condishens hereof: That whear The within bounden Josiah Gilbert shall by the Grace of God marry and take to wife one mary Ward, widow, if the said Josiah, af tar the said marriage had and solomised, hapen to dey before The said mary, That Then The said Jos: shall leaue The said mary tow roomes in the west end of the Dwelling house now in being, with one-Third part of his barn and out housing, fold, yards, and with all freedom Conuenience Therein; as allso one-Third part of his orchard, one The South side, and foure akers of land, tow akers of it abounding one The great Riuer east, and a deuiding fance north, and The orchard west; and The other Tow akers one the south of Diuedent brook, whare The said Mary shall make choyce with Conuenient ways for Transportation; and forty shillings yearly in Corent pay of This Contory, to be paid att The said house by The asins of the said Josiah G: to The said M: or hir asins, aftar The deth of Jo: to be imployed and Disposed to the proper use of The said mary W: During hir life; and if aftar hir Widowhood, to Return The housing unto The eares or asins of the said Jo: It is further granted, That The said mary W: shall, aftar mared solomised, bring The improvement of hir premeses according to Law now in hir possesion in to the free use of the said Joshua G: with Thirty tow pounds of hir Joynter portion, and The other Thirty Tow is for hir att hir Time before his Deth to Declare and make hir Will, deuise and giue att hir plesur, To what parson or parsons and unto what use or porpos as shee will att hir plasure, and allso do permit hir excetors To prove, declare and proforme hir will without intersaption. In Conformation hereof, We sat to our hands october ye 18.
Witness: Daniel Harris, Isaac Johnson.
Joh. Gilbert, Mary Ward.
Wethersfield, ye 2nd March, 1695-6. We whose names are hereunto subscribed, haveing an Interest in & to ye Estate of Josiah Gilbert, late of Wethersfield, Decd., by right of our wives, who were all of them ye Daughters of ye sd. Josiah Gilbert, & haueing as yett not obtained a diuision of ye sd. Estate whereof our Honed father, ye sd. Josiah Gilbert, dyed Intestate, which Estate hath now of a long time bene undeiuded as to an absolute settlement of ye same, where of we whose names are under written have sustained much Damage by Reason ye same is not Deuided as it ought to haue been, & being sencible yt ye sd. Estate is in a suffering Condition for want of Settlement, & ye Right heirs being sufferes thereby: Therefore, we whose names are hereunto subscribed Doe Desire our Respected vncle ffrancis Whitmore of Middletown to Make Complaint in our behalfes to ye County Court at Hartford, & Inform ye Honed Magestrates of ye Condition of ye prsons & ye Condition of ye Estate In order to a Just & Equall Distribution, that Soe euery one may Know, haue & Injoye what of right ought to be theire owne. In witness that this is our Desire, & yt we haue Imployed ye sd. ffrancis Whitmer about ye pemises, we haue hereunto subscribed our names ye Day & year aboue written.
Jonathan X Deming sen., John Riley, Jacob Williams, Simon Willard.
Court Record, Page 97--5 March, 1695-6: Mr. Francis Whetmore, in behalfe of Wido Gilbert, moued this Court to grant an Order that Josiah Gilbert's Estate be Inventoried. This Court appoint Mr. John Chester Jr. and Lt. Wm Warner to take an Inventory and cause it to be presented to this Court. Inventory also on File: Personal Estate, 121-01-06, taken att Money prise, 29 September, 1688, by John Robins, Lt. William Warner & Sergt. Jno. Wells. Inventory of Real Estate, 271-10-00, Taken ye 17 March, 1695-6, per appoyntment of the Court, & apprised as Country pay, per William Warner & John Chester Junr. An Estate in Land at Bantry not known what quantity so as to prize itt. The Children of Josiah Gilbert (with the Inventory):
Benjamin, Eldest son Josiah, 2nd son Eleazer, 3rd son Moses, 4th son Caleb, 5th son John, youngest son Eliz: Demong, Eldest daughter Lydia Ryley, 2nd " Sarah Williams, 3rd " Mary Willard, 4th " Amy Gilbert, youngest "
Page 106--8 April, 1696: Jacob Williams made oath that he made a true presentment of the houseing and Lands of his father-in-Law, Josiah Gilbert Decd., unto the Apprisers. Invt. accepted in Court.
Page 108--23 April, 1696: Adms. to Josiah Gilbert, the second son of the Decd. And this Court order the Adms. to deliver up the Estate to the Wido what becomes due to her by her Joynture. The Children of sd. Mr. Gilbert are desired to agree about the Dist. of the Estate, and they are to be mindfull of the youngest son.
Page 158--(Vol. IV) 18 June, 1696: This Court having been desired to make a Dist. of the Estate of Mr. Josiah Gilbert, do find:
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His Inventory in Real Estate in Pay, 271-10-07
And in Moveable Estate in Money, 121-01-00
In Pay, 242-03-00
The Total is, 513-13-00
Which was ordered to be dist. as followeth: In the first place, wt the Widow is not paid of her Joynture, it be in the 1st place paid to the Widow, and her Annuity set out to her, and that the remainder of the Estate be divided to the Children. What is behind of her Joynture this day is to be paid by Benjamin, he having given his word to the Court he would do it, and he having the Improvement of the Lands hitherto.
Page 117--(Vol. V) 3 September, 1696: Lt. Thomas Hollister having refused to Act as Distributor, this Court appoint Joseph Mygatt Distributor.
Page 144--(Vol. VI) 4 March, 1696-7: Lt. John Chester & Lt. Hollister having refused Dist., this Court appoint Capt. Joseph Wadsworth with Mr. Joseph Mygatt, Dist. See File for Estate that Mary Ward carred to Josiah Gilbert's house when married to him, in January, 1687-8. Accot as followeth: February, 1687-8:
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Cowes, 12-00-00
One Horse bought of her father, 05-00-00
8 Swine, 14-00-00
20 Bushells of Ind: Corne, 01-05-00
payd Ensign Ward for Jos: Gilbert, 35 Shillings, 01-15-00
To Hay sold to Ensign Ward and Jno Black, 25s, 01-05-00
To Cash 4s, or in pay 8s, 00-08-00
The sumers work of 2 boyes, 1 of 14 years old, ye other capable of earning his victualls (returned home before winter, having no recompence).
The Summer work of Mary, about 16 years old.
The Use of the Cowes the summer ( ) at winter.
The Charge of bringing vp Jno, son of ye sd. Josiah, from March, last week, 1689, to the present April, 1696-7 (7 years).
An Account of what was returned to ye sd. Mary Ward after her husband's Decease:
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2 Cowes, 08-00-00
By her husband's contract of marriage she is to have 40s annually, wch now, the last of August, is 7 years, 14-00-00
Of which she hath received 46s of Benjamin Gilbert, 2-06-00
There is still due, August, 1695, 11-14-00
Also sd. Benjamin witholds 2 ackers of ye best of ye Land Granted by contract of marriage, whereby those that have leased ye Land do withold 20s per year for 6 years
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now last August, 6-00-00
So due to ye Widdow, August, 1695, on Joynture acctt, 17-14-00
Page 150--(Vol. IX) 2 May, 1721: Upon Motion of Capt. Ephraim Goodrich that the Lands of Josiah Gilbert sen., sometime of Wethersfield Decd, may be dist., this Court cite Lt. Jonathan Belding, John Reignolds, Daniel Williams and Thomas Deming to appear to object, if they see Cause, why Dist. should not be made.
Page 157--1st September, 1721: Upon the Motion (as per File) of Capt. Ephraim Goodrich that the Lands of Mr. Josiah Gilbert may be dist., and John Reignolds also moving this Court for a Dist. of the Lands given by Mr. Josiah Gilbert to his wife for her Improvement during life (she being lately decd), this Court order that the Matter be deferred.
5th December, 1721: Withdrawn by Capt. Goodrich and John Reignolds.
Page 174--5 September, 1722: It appears to the Satisfaction of this Court that Dist. had been formerly made, and therefore do not see Cause to order any Distribution.
Page 8--(Vol X) 5 March, 1722-3: Upon Motion of John Reynolds, one of the purchasers of part of the Estate, for an Order of Court to set out the Widow's thirds of Land, a Writ was Issued to cite the heirs and purchasers, viz., Capt. Ephraim Goodrich, Widow Lucy Edwards, Jonathan Belding, David Williams and Thomas Deming. The one objection was from Ephraim Goodrich, whose plea was not considered sufficient, and he appealed to the Superior Court.
Page 10-11--22 March, 1722-3: The Heirs move this Court to set out a highway mentioned in the Dist. of this Estate; also to set out to the Heirs the Land on the Westerly side of Highway; also to set out in severallty the Widow's third or Joynture; and all to be done as nigh as possible according to the former Distribution on file. The Court appoint Ebenezer Belding and Jonathan Burnham.
Page 16--23 April, 1722-3: A Return was made to this Court of the setting out a Highway mentioned in a former Distribution of the Estate of Josiah Gilbert, sometime of Wethersfield Decd., and also the setting out to and amongst the Heirs and Assigns of sd. Gilbert The Upland on the West side of the sd. Highway, and also the setting out in severallty to the sd. Heirs and Assigns the Widow's thirds or Joynture, according to the Order of this Court, March 22d last, which this Court do allow and approve, and ordered to be kept upon File, or recorded if the severall parties see Cause to pay for the doeing thereof.

   8 M    vii. Ezekiel Gilbert 1 was baptized on 17 Feb 1621/22 in Yardley, Worcester, ENG 1.
   9 U    viii. Infant Gilbert 1 was buried on 3 Nov 1624 in Yardley, Worcester, ENG 1.

Second Generation (Children)


2. Jonathan Gilbert 1 3 (Thomas1) was born in 1617 in England 1, was baptized on 8 Jun 1617 in Yardley, Worcester, ENG 1 and died on 19 Dec 1682 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 1 3.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Military Service; 20 Feb 1650/51; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 19. Jonathan Gillburt is Chosen and sworne Clerke of the trained Band in Hartford for the yeare ensuing.

2. Town Service; 14 May 1651; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 20. Johnathan Gillburt is apponted by the Courte to goe to Wetherseild and gather vp the seuerall Sums of mony, of those men whose Cattle did Jointe Damages with Thomas Ossmores, according to the distribution of the whole damage made formerly by the Courte, together with his Just fees and Charges in and about the same, and if any whome it Concerns refuse to pay him, hee is to warne them to appeare at the next perticular Courte in Hartford to Answer the same.

3. Lawsuit; 18 Apr 1654; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT 21. Jonathan Gilburt plt: Contra John Willcock defendt: in an Actyon of the Case to the damage of 39s the defendt: is to pay unto the plat: 36ss & the plt: is to giue the defendt: a discharg from his rect: for a Barr: of Mackarill.

4. Lawsuit; 3 Sep 1654; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 7 22. Jonath: Guilburt and John Guilburt Plts: Cont: Rich: Lord defendt: in An Actyon of the Case for detaining a bill of Loading for Boards put abord the SWALLOW to the Damage of 25. In the Actyon John & Jonathan: Giulburt plts: Contra Rich Lord defendt: the Jury finds for the plts: their Bill of Lading & Costs of Courte.

5. Lawsuit; 4 Jun 1657; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 23. Jonathan Gilbert plt contra M<r. Francis Browne defendt, an an Action of the case with the damage to the vallue of 20. ..the Jury finds that the defendt shall pay ten pounds for the Mare and then toposesse her, witht he charge wch hath bene expended about her since shee was hurt wth cost of Court, wch is to bee paid in wheate or easze or that wch is equivolent thervnto. one wittnesse. In case Mr Browne doth not accept of the mare according to the verdict of the Jury, that then the Court orders that Mr Browne shall pay 20ss, for the cure of the Mare, for pasture vntill shee bee cured sixe shillings, for damages done vnto the mare 10ss 1d for charge about the attachmt & Court charges 20ss 10d.

6. Lawsuit; 18 May 1658; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 24. Will Smith plainteif Contr Jonathan Gilbert Deft in an action of debt wth the damadge to ye value of 22. ..the Jury finds for the Plt 20 and cost of the Court.

7. Medical; 6 Nov 1658; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 25. Treated by John Winthrop Jr: Gilbert, Jonathan his wife

8. Lawsuit; 2 Dec 1658; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 26. Jonath: Gilbert complaynes of Varleets reviling speeches to him when he was vpon Excut of his office.

9. Lawsuit; 3 Mar 1658/59; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 27. Jonath Gilbert plt contr Mr. Varleet Deft in an action of Debt wth damadge to the value of 7 10s. ..the Jury finds for the plt his bil. 6 1s 6d and 7s 4d damadge and cost of ye Court Execution dd Aprill 6t for 6.17.4

10. Administrator of Will / Estate; 6 Oct 1659; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 2. Appointed Administrator of his father's estate along with his brother John by the Particular Court of Connecticut.

11. Lawsuit; 7 Mar 1660/61; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 28. Jonathan Gilbert Pt contr: Robt Reeues Dt in an action of debt with damadge 1 19s 0d .. [No resolution given for the case]

12. Lawsuit; 14 May 1661; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 29. Jonathan Gilbert pt on Attachmt contr Jer: Adams in an act of Debt with damadge 2 10 0. Jonath Gilbert appearing to prosecute: Jer Adams pleads want of legall warneing.

13. Lawsuit; 6 Jun 1661; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 30. Jonathan Gilbert pt contr Jer: Adams Dt in an act of Debt wth damadge 3 10s 0... the Jury find for ye pltf 1 7s 8d and costs of ye Court: one witness 2s

14. Lawsuit; 6 Mar 1661/62; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 31. Johnathn Gilbert ptf on Attach: on ye estate of Isaack Stiles in an action of Debt wth dammadge 30s. ..ye Court doe giue to Jon: Gilbert twenty six shillings and eight pence and costs of Court.

15. Financial Transactions; 5 Jun 1662; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 32. The Court hath Granted liberty to Jonath Gilbert of Delivering in vpon Oath to ye Treasurer an Account of such Goods that he doth at any time trade in Custome.

16. Lawsuit; 5 Mar 1662/63; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 33. Jonathn Gilbert pltf contr Abrahm Deeble in an action of debt partly to him and partly to Goodman Marshfield of Springfield to ye Sum of 10s. Abrah Deeble is adiudged to pay to ye marshall Gilbert 2s 8d and Court charges.

17. Court Appearance; 5 Mar 1662/63; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 34. Jonathan Gilbert complaines of Thomas Burnam for abusiue carriages towards him in reference to Abigail Bets as also in referenc to the Exection of his office about Mr Varlet.

18. Will; 10 Sep 1674; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 35. The Last Will & Testament of Mr. Jonathan Gilbert.
In the name of God, Amen. I Jonathan Gilbert of Hartford, in the County of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut, being in perfect health and Good memory at this time & not knowing the time of my dissolation & sensible of mortality and very desirous to leave s settled peace in my family in respect of these Transitory things, I do constitute this my last will and Testament.
Imprimis I give and bequeath my Immortal soul into the everlasting arms of my Blessed Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ who hath redeemed me with his precious blood, * * * Also I bequeath my body to the earth by comely burial, and also my wish is, that my lawful debts be paid and discharged out of my movable estate, which being done, I do dispose of the little estate which God out of his bounty hath betrusted me with, as followeth.
Item. To my dear and loving wife Mary Gilbert, as followeth, the use of my dwelling house, [at Cold Spring] homelotts, orchards, Gardens, Barn, Barnyards, outhouses, warehouse, that part of my Island above that which is commonly known by the name of the Dutch Island all Northward, as also that little land I bought of Mr. Callsey, as also that land I did exchange with Mr. James Richards, as also that pasture I bought of Andrew Warner, also myWood-lot on the West side of Rocky Hill, all & every part of the forementioned particulars, during the time of her Widowhood & til my son Samuel shall attain the age of Twenty one years, and then my wish is that [she] shall peaceably surrender unto Samuel his quiet possession at the aforesaid house & land save only what is here excepted viz the celler, great kitchen & all the chambers over it & garret over the said kitchen, & half my warehouse, that is to say, the South end seller & room over the seller, and half my home lott, theEast end of it & half my Barn & half my barnyard for her use with also full use of water both in the well & pond on the lot without any interruption during her natural life and then imediately after her decease * * * all the aforesaid houseing and lnad I give tomy son Samuel Gilbert & his heirs forever, he paying his brother Ebenezer Gilbert Thirty pounds in Country pay.
Item: I give to my son Jonathan Gilbert one half of the lands in the bounds of Haddam that I bought of Mr. James Bates & Thomas Shaylor * * * or twenty pounds in other estates which he the said Jonathan shall choose which is the completing of his portion to what I have done for him already.
Item: I give to my son Thomas Gilbert my house & homelot on the southside of the riverlet in Hartford and my meadow land that I did exchange & had of Mr. James Richards to possess immediately after his mother's decease, but the house & lott to possess at the age of One & Twenty years; also I give to my son Thomas that Ten acres of land I bought of Lt. Robert Webster, I also give to my son Thomas the lower end of my Island, that is to say, from the upper End of that which is called theDutch Island which I bought of Captain Richard Lord, with a straight line to the great river West & So East on the meadow lotts, I say all my land downward to him & his heirs forever, he paying to his mother Twenty shillins pr year & Twenty pounds of good hops per years during her natural life.
Item: I give to my daughter Lidia Richelson Twenty Shillings.
Item: I give to my daughter Sarah Belcher Twenty Shillings.
Item: I give to my daughter Mary Holton Twenty Shillings.
Item: I give to my daughter Hester Gilbert one hundred pounds to be paid to her within six months of her marriage, or Eighteen years of age, which shall first happen, in Current County pay or part in household goods, to be prized by indifferent men.
Item: I give to my daughter Rachel Gilbert one hundred pounds to be paid her within six months of her marriage, or Eighteen years of age, which shall first happen, in Current County pay or part in household goods, to be prized by indifferent men.
Item: I give my son Ebenezer Gilbert & his heirs forever all that three hundred acres of lnad belonging & also that purchase of lands I bought of Captain Daniel Clark lying in Farmington bounds, with all the priviledges thereto belonging, & also that purchase of land I bought of Messecap commonly called and known by the name of Pagan Chanmischaug: also I give to Ebenezer Gilbert Thirty pounds to be paid him by his brother Samuel Gilbert & twenty pounds more to be paid him out of my Estate to stock his farm with; which fifty pounds shall be paid to him at the age of twenty one years, & my desire is that my wife do remember Hannah Kelly and give her twenty shillings, and more as her discretion shall guide her, if she proves obedient.
Item: I give to my grand child John Rosseler ten pounds to be paid him at the age of Twenty four years in Country pay. Also my will is, that if any of my children proved disobedient & legally convicted so to be, then my wife hath my power to take from such child forty pounds of his or her respective portions and distribute among the others that are obedient.
Also my will is, that if any of my children are taken away by death before they come to receive their respective portions, then that child's portion is to be divided equally amongst the surviving.
Also. I give to my grand child Andrew Belcher five pounds in Country pay.
Also. I give to my grand child Jonathan Richelson five pounds in Country pay.
I also make and constitute Captain John Allyn, my brother John Bilbert, & Sergeant Caleb Standly to be helpful to my dear and loving wife, whom I make, constitute & appoint sole Executrix & administratrix to this my last will and Testament & desire that she satisfy them for their paynes, whom I intreat to see this my will attended & performed, revoking all former wills, as witness my hand this 10th day of Septr 1674.
Signed; sealed in the presence of us, Jonathan Gilbert [L. S.]
John Talcott
John Gilbert

19. VR - Burial; 10 Dec 1682; Center Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 36. Jonathan Gilbert, d. Dec 10, 1682, ae 63

20. Inventory Taken; 12 Feb 1682/83; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 35. 2484-17-09: "The Inventory was taken 12 feb. 1682-3 Amt. 2484. 17s. 9d.
Debts, Cash ----- 113. 0. 3
Country pay ------- 68.14.6
Besides some debts owing from the Estate at Boston."
The real estate was valued at 2423.
Hartford Probate Records, Vol. IV.

Jonathan married Mary Wells 37 38, daughter of Thomas Wells and Frances Albright, in Nov 1650 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. (Mary Wells was born about 1626 in England 39, baptized on 15 Jul 1630 in Evensham, Worcestershire, England 38 and died on 3 Jul 1700 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 35 37.)

Documented events in her life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 9 Feb 1636/37; Evensham, Worcestershire, England 39. Received 30 in the will of her father, Thomas Wells, to be paid on the day of her marriage or at age 21.

2. Medical; 5 Dec 1657; Connecticut 40. Treated by John Winthrop Jr: Gilbert, Jonathan his wife

3. Medical; 6 Nov 1658; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 25. Treated by John Winthrop Jr: Gilbert, Jonathan his wife

4. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 10 Sep 1674; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 35. Executrix of husband's will.

5. Will; 23 May 1700; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 35. Mary, the widow of Jonathan Gilbert, made her will, May 23, 1700, as follows: ----
"First, I commit and bequeath my soul & spirit into the hand of Almighty God my Creatour by whome of his meer and only grace I trust to be saved free into eternal Rest through death and merits of my Saviour & Redeemer Jesus Christ; and my body (hoping for a joyful & glorious Resurrection) to a Christian Burial
"To my son Thomas Gilbert, land in "the North Long Meadow in Hartford."
To son Samuel Gilbert Land "called the Pine Field in Hartford."
To son Ebenezer " In Hartford, "lot of Thomas Butler dec'd."
Item: "to my grandson Thomas Dickinson Twenty pounds in Current Country pay, and also all that is due me from my Sonne in Law Charles Dickinson for the bringing up and keeping of my said grandson Thomas Dickinson; the said sum of Twenty pounds to be paid when he is 21 years of age.
"All the rest of my estate to be divide into 5 equal parts to sons Thomas and Ebenezer Gilbert --- daughters Lydia Chapman, Rachel Marshfield "and the children of my daur of Sarah Belcher ded'd to be accounted as one."
"And further the 1/7th part of the 1/5th part legacy here given until Lydia Chapman shall be paid to the sons of my late grandson Jonathan Richelson dec'd when they attayne to twenty one years of age. And my will also is, that if any of the children of my daughter Sarah Belcher dec'' shall happen to dye, before the attayne, the sons to Twenty one, the daughters to Eighteen years of age, the part of such child shall be equally divided to the survivors;
"And my mind and will is, that the rest of the fifth part Legacy given to my daughter Lydia, not otherwise disposed of to the heirs of the late Jonathan Richardson dec'd, shall be equally divided amongst the children of my said daughter Lydia, which she had by her husband Richardson dec'd, minors. Mr. Richard Edwards & my son Ebenezer Gilbert to be joint executors." "My good friends the Worshipful Caleb Standley Esq. & Mr. John Haines to be the Oberseers" to advise my Executors and see that this my last will is performed. Witness Simon Booth. Samuel Parsons, Caleb Stanley Senr."
An inventory of the estate of Mrs. Mary Gilbert, who dyed 3 July 1700, was taken on the fifth of the same month, and amounted to the sum of 562.13.7. Jonathan Bull, and Samuel Isham, Senr. Were the appraisers. Hartford Probate Records, Vol. V.

Documented events in their marriage were:

1. VR - Birth of Child; 25 Jul 1651; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 41. Sarah Gilbert the daughter of Jonathan Gilbert borne the 25th day of July one thousand sixe hundred fifty one.

2. VR - Birth of Child; 3 Oct 1654; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 41. Lydia Gilbert the daughter of Jonathan Gilbert borne the 3 day of October one thousand sixe hundred fifty four.


Children from this marriage were:

   10 F    i. Lydia Gilbert 4 10 was born on 30 Oct 1654 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 4 10 and died on 2 Aug 1738 in East Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT.

Documented events in her life were:

1. VR - Birth; 3 Oct 1654; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 10.

2. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 10 Sep 1674; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 35. Received legacy of 20 shillings in father's will. Named as Lidia Richelson.

3. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 23 May 1700; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 35. Received a legacy in her mother's will of one fifth of the estate that remained after bequests of land to her brothers: "All the rest of my estate to be divided into 5 equal parts - to sons Thomas & Ebeneer Gilbert - daughters Lydia Chapman, Rachel Marshfield "and the children of my daur of Sarah Belcher dec'd to be accounted as one."

Lydia married Stephen Richardson 42, son of Amos Richardson and Mary Unknown (Richardson), on 25 Sep 1673 in Stonington, New London, CT. (Stephen Richardson was born on 14 Jun 1652 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 42 43 and died in 1694 in Stonington, New London, CT.)

Documented events in his life were:

1. VR - Birth; 14 Jun 1652; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 43.

2. Administrator of Will / Estate; 11 Oct 1683; Stonington, New London, CT 44. P. C. No 100; Vol. II Name: Stephon Richardson Location:
To the Honoured the General Assembly of Connecticut Colony now sitting in Hartford, the Humble Application of Stephen Richardson, showing: That whereas, my Hond Father Mr. Amos Richardson, of Stonington, by the all-disposing Providence of God is lately decd, and did before his death make his Will, wherein he constituted my Hond Mother Executrix, giving her power to dispose of part of his Estate; since which it hath pleased God to take away my mother also by death, who hath also left her last Will in writing, wherein she hath made mee and my brother, Samuel Richardson, Executors of her last Will, we, according to the Trust therein reposed in us, would have proved the sd. Will at the County Court at New London, that we might have been in a legal capacity to have administered to the Estate and have executed the Wills: but it hath pleased God to visit the Magestracy of New London County that there were not so many as to constitute a Court at the usual time, and so all business at that Court, and ours among the rest, was unatended, nor can we learn that there will & certainly be any Court soon held there; and so it is that much of the Estate being in stock of Cattell which are given immediately to be paid on proveing my Mothers Will, & other Estate that requires a present Care & Dispose of, & which we are unwilling to run the Hazzard of if it should be lost, I do for and by order of my Brother, the Co-Executor wth me, and for myself, Humbly beseech this Honourable Court to appoint persons that may speedily hold a Court at New London, or at least that this Court, as your Wisdom shall see best, do appoint some means whereby there may be opportunity given us for a lawful probation of sd. Wills so far as shall appear to be just, that so wee may be capable of Disposeing the Estate as willed by our parents, & not exposed to any Hazzard of Loss of what we can now discharge ourselves if the sd. Wills were proved, nor bear the further charge of it, which is considerable; or if the Honoured Court please to take Cognisance of it and settle the Will, we shall rest satisfied therein; & for this Honoured Court we ever pray, etc.
Hartford, 11 October, 1683.
Steven Richardson.

   11 F    ii. Sarah Gilbert 4 45 was born on 25 Jul 1651 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT and died on 26 Jan 1685/86 in Charlestown, Suffolk Co., MA.

Documented events in her life were:

1. VR - Birth; 25 Jul 1651; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 10.

2. VR - Marriage; 1 Jul 1670; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 45 46. Married Andrew Belcher

3. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 10 Sep 1674; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 35. Received legacy of 20 shillings in father's will. Named as Sarah Belcher.

4. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 23 May 1700; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 35. Her children received a legacy in her mother's will of one fifth of the estate left after bequests of land to their uncles: "and the children of my daur of Sarah Belcher dec'd to be accounted as one."

   12 M    iii. Capt. Thomas Gilbert 35 was born in Aug 1658 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, died on 9 Feb 1708/09 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 35 and was buried in The Granary Burial Yard, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 35.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 10 Sep 1674; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 35. Received house and homelot in father's will.

2. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 23 May 1700; Boston, Lincolnshire, Eng 35. Received legacy in his mother's will: "To my son Thomas Gilbert, Land in "the North Long Meadow in Hartford." Also one fifth of the estate that remained after bequests of lands: "All the rest of my estate to be divided into 5 equal parts - to sons Thomas & Ebeneer Gilbert - daughters Lydia Chapman, Rachel Marshfield "and the children of my daur of Sarah Belcher dec'd to be accounted as one."

3. Gravestone; 9 Feb 1708/09; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 35. Here lyes buried ye
Body of Capt Thomas
Gilburtt departed
This Life Feby ye 9th
1708/9 in ye 64 year
of his age

   13 M    iv. Nathaniel Gilbert was born about 1657 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 47 and died between 1674-1682.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Medical; 29 Jul 1667; Windsor, Hartford Co., CT 47. Treated by John Winthrop Jr.: Gilbert, Nath. 10 y son of marshall Jonathan

   14 F    v. Hester Gilbert was born on 27 Apr 1662 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT and died about 1688.

Documented events in her life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 10 Sep 1674; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 35. Received legacy of 100 in father's will. Named as Hester Gilbert, so unmarried at the time.

   15 M    vi. Captain Samuel Gilbert was born on 5 Aug 1664 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT and died on 5 Aug 1733 in Paugwonk, Inlyme, CT.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 10 Sep 1674; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 35. Samuel was under 21 at the time the will was written.

2. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 23 May 1700; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 35. Received legacy in his mother's will: To son Samuel Gilbert Land "called the Pine Field in Hartford.

   16 M    vii. Ebenezer Gilbert 4 was born on 11 Aug 1666 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 4 and died on 11 Aug 1736 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 10 Sep 1674; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 35. Received legacy of land in father's will.

2. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 23 May 1700; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 35. Received legacy in his mother's will: 'To son Ebenezer Gilbert in Hatford, "lot of Thomas Butler dec'd.' Also one fifth of the estate that remained after bequests of lands: "All the rest of my estate to be divided into 5 equal parts - to sons Thomas & Ebeneer Gilbert - daughters Lydia Chapman, Rachel Marshfield "and the children of my daur of Sarah Belcher dec'd to be accounted as one."

   17 F    viii. Rachel Gilbert was born on 17 Jul 1668 in Salem, Essex Co., MA and died on 13 Nov 1754 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.

Documented events in her life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 10 Sep 1674; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 35. Received legacy of 100 in father's will. Named as Rachel Gilbert, so she was unmarried at the time.

2. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 23 May 1700; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 35. Received a legacy in her mother's will of one fifth of the estate that remained after bequests of land to her brothers: "All the rest of my estate to be divided into 5 equal parts - to sons Thomas & Ebeneer Gilbert - daughters Lydia Chapman, Rachel Marshfield "and the children of my daur of Sarah Belcher dec'd to be accounted as one."



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