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Jonathan Gilbert

Birthplace: Yardley, Worcester, England
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Center Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Gilbert and Elizabeth Gilbert
Husband of Mary Gilbert and Mary Gilbert (Wells)
Father of Jonathan Gilbert; Sarah Belcher; Lydia Richardson; Samuel Gilbert; Nathaniel Gilbert and 5 others
Brother of Capt. John Gilbert; Thomas Gilbert, Jr.; Ezekiel Gilbert; Sarah Jenkins; Josiah Gilbert and 1 other
Half brother of Mary Gilbert and Giles Gilbert

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About Jonathan Gilbert


Jonathan Gilbert Jun 08 1617, Yardley, Worcester, England, m. (1) Jan 29 1645/6, in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, Mary White, Jul 16 1626, Messing, Essex Co., England, (daughter of John White and Mary Levit) d. Abt Dec 1649, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, m. (2) Nov 1650, in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, Mary Wells, b. Abt 1626, England, Jul 15 1630, Evesham St. Lawrence, Worcester, England, (daughter of Thomas Wells and Frances Albright) d. Jul 03 1700, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Jonathan died Dec 19 1682, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.

Notes: Jonathan acted as interpreter between the Indians and the English government. He was a man of business and ran an inn. Gilbert engaged in trade and possed great wealth for that day. He was Collector of Customs at Hartford, Master Marshall of the Connecticut Colony (an office corresponding to that of High Sheriff) for many years, and a representative to the General Court. He was also cornet of the Hartford Troop.

Source: Personal Will, Hartford Probate Records, Vol. 4 (Note: The following is abridged from the entire 2 page will). Item to my dear and loving wife Mary Gilbert the use of my dwelling house (at Cold Springs), homelots, orchards, gardens, barn, barnyard, outhouses, warehouses, that part of my Island above that which is commonly known by the name of the Dutch Island. Item I give to my daughter Rachel Gilbert one-hundred pounds to be paid her within six months after the day of her marriage or at the age of eighteen years, which shall first happen in current country pay or part in household goods apprized by indifferent men. Inventory amount 2484 pounds. Real estate valued at 1312 pounds.

Children by Mary White: 6. i Jonathan Gilbert b. May 11 1648. 7. ii Mary Gilbert b. Dec 15 1649.

Children by Mary Wells: 8. iii Sarah Gilbert b. Jul 25 1651. 9. iv Lydia Gilbert b. Oct 03 1654. v Thomas Gilbert b. 1657, m. (1) Lydia Ballard, m. (2) Mary Lilly Trowbridge. vi Nathaniel Gilbert b. Feb 1660, d. Aft 1674, Meriden, CT. unmarried 10. vii Hester Gilbert b. 1662. viii Samuel Gilbert b. Aug 05 1664, m. Oct 02 1684, Mary Rodgers, (daughter of Samuel Rodgers). Samuel Colchester, New London Co., CT. 11. ix Rachel Gilbert b. Jul 1668. x Ebenezer Gilbert b. 1670, m. Esther Allyn. Ebenezer Kensington, CT. --------------------

   The internet site indicates that Jonathan was born on Sunday, June 8, 1617.
   After his marriage to Mary White, Jonathan lived near the corner of the present Sheldon and Governor Streets, Hartford, Hartford Co, CT. In 1660 Gilbert purchased two islands, Bird's Island and Dutch Island. He purchased land which is now in the heart of Hartford, between Central Row and the Travelers Insurance Compnay's buildings, where he lived and kept an inn until his death. He purchased other parcels of land in Hartford while he lived there.
   Jonathan's second wife, Mary Wells, is described as being a keen and practical woman with an eye for business. The two worked together for common ends and common ambitions. About this time Jonathan became involved in public affairs. He served as Marshall for Hartford for many years ending about 1675. With this responsibility he collected taxes, arrested wrong doers and carried out punishments of crimes and very likely was involved with some of the witchcraft trials of that time. In October 8, 1669 the Court confirmed Marshall Jonathan Gilbert Cornett of the Troope of Horse. Thus he became commander of the Hartford troop and gained a great deal of distinction.
   Gilbert was chosen Deputy in the General Court or Assembly from Hartford in 1677, 1678, and 1681. This Court met twice a year, in May as a Court of Election and in October for general legislation. The General Assembly at this time had almost unlimited powers and acted as a superior court of original jurisdiction as well as a court of appeal from the actions of the four county courts.
  1. Event: Will Proved 12 FEB 1682/83 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
  2. Note:
   Page 111-12-13-14-15 Name: Jonathan Gilbert Location: Hartford
   Invt. ?2484-17-09. Taken 12 February, 1682, by John Allyn, John Gilbert, William Gibbon. Will dated 10 September, 1674.
   I Jonathan Gilbert of Hartford do make my last Will & Testament: I give to my wife Mary Gilbert the use of Homested and Dutch Island, Land I bought of Mr. Callsey, Land exchanged with James Richard, pasture I bought of Andrew Warner, also my wood lott on the west side of Rocky Hill, till my son Samuel attain to 21 years of age, then to be surrendered to him with certain reservations to her during life, then all these to Samuel and his heirs forever, he paying to his brother Ebenezer ?30. I give to my son Jonathan Gilbert half the Land at Haddam I bought of James Bates & Thomas Shaylor, or ?20 in other Estate, which is his portion with what he had before given him. I give to Thomas Gilbert my House & House lott on the south side of the Rivulet. I give to my son Nathaniel Gilbert my farme at Meridian and ?30 more. I give to my daughter Lydia Richison 20 Shillings. I give to my daughter Sarah Belcher 20 Shillings; to my daughter Mary Holton 20 Shillings; to my daughter Hester Gilbert ?100; to Rachel Gilbert ?100. I give to my son, Ebenezer Gilbert, all that 300 acres of Land I bought of Capt. Daniel Clarke in Farmington, also that purchase of Land I bought of Massecup, comonly Called & known by the name of pagonchaumischaug; also, ?50. I desire my wife do remember Hannah Kelly & give her 20s., and more at her discretion if she prove obedient. I give to my grand child, John Rosseter, ?10; to my gr. child, Andrew Belcher, ?5; to my gr. child, Jonathan Richeson, ?5. I make my wife sole Executrix, and desire Capt. John Allyn, my brother John Gilbert, and Sargt. Caleb Standly to be helpful to her, and that she satisfy them for their pains.
   Jonathan Gilbert. Ls.
   Witness: John Talcott, John Gilbert.
   Court Record, Page 65--1st March, 1683: Will Proven.
  1. Occupation: Inn-keeper Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
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American Ancestry, Volume 12 By Thomas P. Hughes


JONATHAN GILBERT of Middletown Ct., b. 1618, d. Dec. 10, 1682, member of ancient and honorable artillery 1653, agent for the colonial commissioners to various Indian chiefs, cornet in Capt. John Mason's troops in Pequot war (m. Jan. 29, 1646 Mary White, b. July 16, 1626, dau. of Elder John White, colonial deputy 1654); son of John Gilbert of Little Ellingham Norfolk, Eng. (m. Anne); son of Thomas, Lord of the manor of Wolcott in North Burlingham Norfolk Eng., cousin of Sir Humphrey Gilbert, the celebrated navigator m. Aleny, dau. of Thomas Ward of Brooke Norfolk Eng., from whom was descended Dudley, Lord Ward, Baron of Burlingham); son of Richard Gilbert of North Potherwain Devonshire Eng., d. 1548, removed to Norfolk and became Lord of the manor of Wolcott (m. 2nd Elizabeth Newton); son of William Gilbert of Bridge Ruh in Cornwall; son of Otho of Compton, high sheriff of Devonshire 1475 (m. Elizabeth, dau. of Robert Hill of Shelston in Modbury co. Devon); son of William Gilbert of Compton (m. Isabelle Ganbon of Mereston); son of William of Compton (m. Elizabeth, dau. and co-heir of Oliver Champernon esquire, and of royal descent through her mother, dau. of Hugh Valletort, from Cedric the Saxon, Emperor Charlemagne, Alfred the Great, etc.); son of Thomas Gilbert of Compton (m. Joan, dau. of William Compton of Compton, esquire); son of Jeffry Gilbert of Compton (m. Amy); son of Gilbert of Compton, in the parish of Manadon in Devonshire 1068.


One of the Gilbert family of New England : ancestry of Sarah Rebecca (Gilbert) Bloss, (wife of John B. Bloss, of Washington, D.C.), eighth in descent from Jonathan Gilbert, of Hartford, Conn (1902)


Children of Jonathan Gilbert:

By wife, Mary White, who d. 1650 (they were married Jan. 29, 1645-'6)--

i. Jonathan, b. May 11, 1648.

ii. Mary, bapt. Dec. 17, 1649; m. (1) John Rossiter, (2) Samuel Holton.

By wife Mary Wells, b. 1626, d. July 3, 1700--

iii. Sarah, b. July 25, 1651; m. July 25, 1670, Capt. Andrew Belcher, of Boston

iv. Lydia, b. Oct. 3, 1654; m. (1) Jonathan Richardson, of Stonington, (2) --- Chapman.

v. Nathaniel ; d. unmarried.

vi. Thomas ; of Boston; m. (1) Lydia Ballett, (2) Mrs Mary Trowbridge.

vii. Samuel, b. 1663; m. Mary Rogers.

viii. Ebenezer, b. ---; m. --- ---.

ix. Rachel ; m. Sept. 22, 1686, Josiah Marshfield.

x. Hester ; m. Charles Dickenson.


The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 edited by James Hammond Trumbull


Mr Jonathan Gilbert, b. 1618; brother of John; m. Jan. 29, 1645-6, Mary, dau. of Elder John White; his wife d. abot 1650, and he m. (2) Mary, dau. of Hugh Wells; townsman, 1658, 1664, 1670, 1674, 1678; deputy, collector of customs, and Marshal of the Colony; d. Dec. 10, 1682, ae. 64; his widow d. July 3, 1700; they had 11 ch.


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Jonathan Gilbert's Timeline

June 8, 1617
Yardley, Worcester, England
June 8, 1617
Worcester, Hereford and Worcester, UK
Age 9
Colchester, Essex, UK
May 11, 1648
Age 30
Hartford, Connecticut
Age 32
July 25, 1651
Age 34
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
October 3, 1654
Age 37
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
September 14, 1658
Age 41
Hartford, Hartford, Conn
February 14, 1660
Age 42
., Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
April 27, 1662
Age 44
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut