Elizabeth Gilbert (Van Benthuysen)
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About Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Van Benthuysen Gilbert was the wife of Sidney Gilbert, who owned a store in Kirtland, OH, at the time the leaders of the LDS Mormon Church were gathered there around 1830. Earlier, her sister, Keziah Ketura Van Benthuysen Rollins, had asked Elizabeth and her husband Sidney to care for her son, James Henry Rollins, after the death of his father, John Porter Rollins in about 1821, when he and the load of cattle he was taking from NY to Canada went down in a storm on Lake Ontario. Keziah sent her son James Henry to be raised by the Gilbert's. They moved from New York to Mentor, Ohio, in 1825, and a year after that moved to Kirtland, Ohio, where Sidney Gilbert went into the mercantile business with Orson Newel K. Whitney. They had their nephew do chores for them, and as soon as he was old enough, James Henry was employed in their store as clerk. When James Henry was about 14 years old in 1830, the leaders of the LDS Mormon Church came into Kirtland, Ohio. And later the family migrated to Missouri, Illinois, and Winter Quarters, Nebraska, before going with the Mormons to Utah in 1848. Elizabeth is not found in the 1850 census, but the 1860 census shows her living with her niece (James Henry's sister), Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner, and her husband and children in Hannibal, MO. By the 1870 census, Elizabeth is living in the home of the plural wife of her nephew, Hannah Alice Hulme (or Humes), along with Hannah's and James Henry's children. Elizabeth is listed as a midwife, which was probably a good skill to have considering her nephew had 22 children with his two wives. In the 1870 census, James Henry's first wife, Evaline Walker is living with James Henry and their children next door to Hannah, her children and Elizabeth.
From the following website: http://byustudies.byu.edu/Resources/BioAlpha/MBRegisterG.aspx
Gilbert, Elizabeth Van Benthusen (1800-1891), born at Albany, Albany County, New York. Her sister, Keziah, was the mother of Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner. Married Algernon S. Gilbert, 1823. Baptized at Kirtland, Ohio, by Oliver Cowdery, 1830. She was the first Mormon woman to enter Jackson County, Missouri, traveling there with her husband and Joseph Smith in 1831. Lived with the Lightners after the death of her husband. Migrated to Utah in 1863. "Ordained" a midwife at Minersville, Utah, 1870. Died at Minersville.