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Ancestors of William Gilbert




Generation No. 1


      1. William Gilbert, born in England; died January 1692/93 in Suffolk, Boston, Mass. He married (1) Rebecca Truesdale. She died February 1704/05 in Boston, Mass.

Notes for William Gilbert:
Database: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

Name: William Gilbert
Year: 1620-1650
Place: Boston
Source Publication Code: 275
Primary Immigrant: Gilbert, William
Annotation: Comprehensive listing of early immigrants, in various arrangements to assist the researcher. Pages 1-189 contain passenger lists; pages 193-295 are indexes.
Source Bibliography: BANKS, CHARLES EDWARD. Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650. Edited, indexed and published by Elijah Ellsworth Brownell. Philadelphia: Bertram Press, 1937. 295p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1957. Repr. 1987.
Page: 34


The following was taken from the book "Gilberts of New England" by Geoffrey Gilbert. Published 1959 at Victoria, BC, Chapter III, Pages 432-438:

William Gilbert was born in England; died between 10 and 23 Jan. 1692/3 in Boston, Mass. He married there 16 Mar. 1669/70 Rebecca Truesdale, date of birth not found; died probably 2 Feb. 1704/5 (not 1702) in Boston.

The earliest mention of William Gilbert is 21 Dec. 1668: "Wm. Gilbert shoemaker hath libertie granted him to open a shop." (Boston Record Commissioner Report, 1880, p. 44). He is mentioned in the tax lists of 1674, 1681, 1687, 1688, and 1691. He is called merchant and cordwainer. He was elected "Sealer of leather" 16 Mar. 1673/4; 'Clarke of the Market' 10 Mar. 1677/8; Constable 10 Mar. 1678/9; Tythingman 25 Apr. 1681 and again 5 May 1686.

In a letter dated at Boston 10 Nov. 1680, addressed to his "most kynd and Loveing Grandfather, Mr. Arthur Bridge (or Bridger), living in Sherborn in Dorsetshire," William Gilbert says he has received the "sorrowful lines informing him of the death of his Grandmother and uncle Thomas his wife at one time." Mentions the death of uncle William at Barbadoes; sends love to uncle Pond and aunt Joan, to uncle Napper, his son and daughter, and to Margaret Emblem and "all the rest of my relations'; mentions "my aunt Roe, Robert and Olive Roe, uncle Phillip's children."

The names in this letter should be sufficient to identify William Gilbert and his English home. Other aids to this end are not wanting. The will of Anne Gilbert of Sherbome, county Dorset, dated 31 Jan. 1605/6, proved 31 Mar. 1608, mentions daughter Cooper, wife of George Cooper; son Henry Gilbert and his daughter Dorothy; Anne Gilbert, daughter of my son John; son Edward Gilbert; son George Gilbert; son Maurice Gilbert; have bought of son Maurice Gilbert lands deeded to him by Anthony Gilbert, Esq., in Hullwyncanton, Cherington and Horsington, Somerset, late the inheritance of George Gilbert, late of Wytcombe, Esq., deceased, which lands, after the death of said George, were the inheritance of Henry Gilbert, brother of said Maurice, and by him conveyed by Fine and Recovery to said Maurice 3 Oct., 3 James 1. Said lands to my son George. Son James. Son George residuary legatee and executor. Canterbury Wills, Windebancke 20.

It is not claimed that William Gilbert was directly related to this tesatar or any of the legatees therein, but the will is suggestive of a possible relation in some degree.

The will of William Gilbert of Boston, dated 10 Jan. 1692 and proved 26 Jan. 1692/3, bequeathed 'all my messuages, houses, lands, etc. to my three sons, and until they severally attain one and twenty years unto Rebecca, my loving wife. Sons to be brought up to such trades as wife shall see fit, as soon as they are capable thereof. When sons attain twenty-one years, one fifth of estate to each of them, and two fifths to my daughter Mary, who by reason of her infirmity requires more for her education and maintenance than my said sons; these two fifths to be in the hands of my wife during her life. To my cousin Elizabeth Truesdell 40 shillings. Wife to be sole executrix." Estate L498-12-0. (Suffolk Probates, vol. 13, P. 109).

Rebecca Gilbert, widow, made her will 8 July 1699, confirming it 29 Oct. 1701; it was probated 10 Mar. 1704/5. To Benjamin Gilbert my youngest son L12 a year; to sons Nathaniel and Joseph my house and lands in Boston; household goods to my three sons. Nathaniel and Joseph to pay Benjamin L12 a year during his life; sons Nathaniel and Joseph executors. At the probate Nathaniel Gilbert was made executor, Joseph Gilbert being absent abroad. (Suffolk Probate&, vol. 15, pp. 395-6). Rebecca wife of William Gilbert became a member of the Old South Church in Boston, and her children were baptized in that church. Her husband is not mentioned as a member. In the will of Deacon Richard Truesdale, dated 9 Sep. 1669, Rebecca Truesdale is called "cozen". He also mentions his 'cozens' Samuel and Thomas Truesdale. Rebecca was then unmarried. Samuel and Rebecca were to have his house, each a half. After her marriage Deacon Truesdale indicated which half William Gilbert and wife Rebecca were to have. One witness said that William was to have his choice. Mrs. Mary Truesdale, wife of Deacon Richard, died 22 Nov. 1674, aged 67 years. By her will, probated 26 Nov. 1674 but dated 1672, she mentions William Gilbert, Jr., not of age, son of "my cousin William Gilbert," and other children by Rebecca Gilbert, his wife.

Court Files at Boston, No. 2335. Bartholomew Cidney, Esq. vs. William Gilbert of Boston for withholding legacy given John Hood of Sherbum in Dorsetshire, England, by his aunt Mrs. Mary Trusdale of Boston, Gidney attorney for John Hood 20 June 1685. William Gilbert's house near the old meeting house in Boston attached

John Hudd son of John, bapt. 22 May 1631 at Boston.

Joan Hudd, daughter of John, bapt. 11 Feb. 1636; m. 16 May 1669 Jeremiah Lodge of Sherborne. Boston Records.



More About William Gilbert:
Occupation: shoemaker,constable,clerk of the market

Notes for Rebecca Truesdale:
member of the Old South Church in Boston


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