AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 180
HENRY E. H. GILBERT, whose death occurred at his home in Coventry, March 5,
1895, was for years one of the substantial men and prominent citizens of that
town. His ancestors and the families
with which they were allied by marriage were among the first families of New
Dec. 17, 1822, in Mansfield, Tolland Co., Conn., Mr. Gilbert was a son of John
and Anna (Hunt) Gilbert, and a grandson of Major John and Mellicent (Goodrich)
Gilbert. His mother, Anna Hunt, was
a direct descendant of Increase and Cotton Mather, through Rev. John Williams,
of Deerfield, and Rev. Nathan Strong, first minister of North Coventry.
John Gilbert, the grandfather of Henry E.H., born Feb. 26, 1749, was an
influential farmer and leading citizen of the town of Hebron during his earlier
and most active business career. But
for the last twenty years of his life he lived in Belchertown, Mass., where he
kept an oldtime inn or tavern. He
married Mellicent Goodrich, who was born probably Sept. 29, 1754, at Rocky Hill,
in the town of Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Conn., daughter of Oliver Goodrich
and Temperance Wright, of that town, granddaughter of Capt. Ephraim Goodrich of
Wethersfield, and his second wife, Widow Jerusha (Treat) Wells, and
great-granddaughter of Ensign William Goodrich, the first of the name in
Wethersfield, who came from England and married in 1648 Sarah Marvin, also born
in England, daughter of Matthew Marvin, the first of the name in Hartford.
To the marriage of Major Gilbert and Mellicent Goodrich were born
children as follows: Mellicent,
Mellicent (2), Wealthy, John, Bernice, Samuel, Solomon, Harriet, Betsey, George,
Anna (mother of the late J.G. Holland, the distinguished author), Josiah and
Charles. Major Gilbert died in 1819,
at Belchertown, Mass., whither he had removed in 1799.
Gilbert (2), son of Major John, and the father of Henry E.H., was born in Hebron
Sept. 25, 1775, and married (first) April 17, 1797, Cynthia Hyde, who was born
at Lebanon, Conn., June 18, 1776, the seventh daughter of Major Elijah Hyde and
Mary Clark, and a direct descendant of William Hyde, of Norwich, Conn., through
Samuel, Samuel (2), Elijah and Major Elijah.
Mr. Gilbert settled in Mansfield, Conn., where for forty years he was a
merchant. He evinced much business
enterprise, and as a stockholder in the earliest mill built for the purpose, was
among the first to introduce the silk manufacturing industry into the country.
He was outspoken in his temperance sentiments, and early in the century
was chairman of a county meeting held in Tolland at which the first temperance
society in the county was organized. As
an earnest, aggressive Christian his light shone no less conspicuously.
Mrs. Gilbert died April 3, 1821, and Mr. Gilbert married (second) Dec. 1,
1821, Anna Hunt, of Coventry. He
died Feb. 14, 1837. The children of
his first marriage were: Cynthia H.,
John T., Charles D., George O., Gershom C.H., Elizabeth G., Mary M. and Harriet
A.; and those born to the second marriage were Henry E.H. and Nathan S.
E.H. Gilbert, the subject proper of these lines, received his early education in
the schools of his neighborhood. He
later studied under private tutors, and also attended the high school of South
Mansfield and Andover. His father
was a farmer as well as a merchant, and Young Gilbert in boyhood assisted in the
store, and when sixteen years of age engaged in teaching school, which he
continued during intervals when his services were not needed on the farm, which
had been turned over to him for superintendence.
He retained his residence in Mansfield until 1859, in which year he
removed to what was known as the Kingsbury homestead, where he remained until
1866. He then removed to the farm on
which he spent the balance of his days, and where his daughter now resides.
Gilbert was well and favorably known throughout his section of the State.
His political affiliations were with the Republican party and he was
honored by his fellow citizens from time to time with an election to about all
of the town offices within their gift. He
was elected to the State Legislature for the sessions of 1868, 1872 and 1885,
and served on the committees on Banks, Constitutional Amendment and Temperance,
being house chairman of the latter. His
religious connection was for more than forty years with the Congregational
Church, and for most of those years he was either treasurer or member of the
Ecclesiastical Society committee of Mansfield and Coventry.
For nearly thirty years, beginning with 1866, he was treasurer of the
North Coventry Cemetery Association. He
was an enterprising and public-spirited citizen, and as a man bore the respect
and esteem of the communities in which he lived.
Sept. 24, 1851, Mr. Gilbert was married to Elizabeth W., daughter of Harvey
Kingsbury, of Coventry. She died
Nov. 9, 1862, and on June 27, 1866, he was married (second) to Mary J.
Kingsbury, a sister of his first wife. To
the first union were born four children, namely:
(1) Mary died at the age of eight. (2)
Annie Frances married Edgar F. Storrs, of Mansfield, Conn., and their children
were Ada May, Gilbert Holland and Raymond Homer, the latter of whom died when
young. (3) Henry Kingsbury died when
less than two years old. (4) Hattie
Elizabeth resides at the homestead. She
is active in church work and the auxiliary societies.
For years she has been identified with the Congregational Church.
She is a member of the Christian Endeavor Society, has been secretary and
treasurer of the Sunday-school since 1884, and for several years has been a
teacher in the school. Mrs. Mary J.K.
Gilbert survived her husband seven years, he having died March 5, 1895; she died
May 31, 1902, aged seventy-five years and five months, and both are buried in
the cemetery at North Coventry. She
had been a member of the Congregational Church in Coventry more than sixty
years, and treasurer of the Ladies Fragment Society forty-three years.
She was a liberal contributor to benevolent enterprises, and although
frail in health was for many years a faithful Sunday-school teacher.
D. Pingel – great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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