AMOS KNOX GILBERT

Amos Knox Gilbert gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. about March, 1845
D. August 17, 1845
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  • Father: Rev. Rodney Gilbert born March 27, 1815 in Schoharie County, NY. An orphan at the age of five; lived with an uncle in Hillsdale, NY working on a farm; in September 1842 received permit to preach as a Baptist clergyman; married Miss Harriet Emeline Tyler, a teacher of Hillsdale, on March 12, 1842 and together had two sons: Eugene and Amos Knox Gilbert.  The Gilberts’ arrived in Lake County, IL in September 1844 traveling by way of the lakes; purchased 120 acres from the Government at $1.25 per acre, located a mile and a half west of Round Lake on Section 19 of Avon Township.  After the death of Harriet in 1845, Rev. Gilbert remarried on September 23, 1846 to Miss Lydia Augusta Hall and together had five children; Orpha E; Adelbert L.; Tyler A. (farms in Avon Twp.); Emma H; and Mary R.  Gilbert was ordained January 13, 1847 to the Baptist Church as Fox Lake or Monaville.  He preached for many years in school houses in that section of the county and took part in many revival meetings.  He was pastor of the Baptist Church of Benton and Newport for some years from 1856.  He also officiated for churches at Wauconda and Antioch when they were without regular pastors.  In 1867 he became pastor of the church at Geneva Lake for two years.  Rev. Gilbert died on his farm in Avon, December 16, 1888.  Mrs. Gilbert died April 18, 1894.  Both Rev. and Mrs. Gilbert are buried at the East Fox Lake Cemetery in Lake Villa, IL.; According to Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999: Last Will and Testament of Rodney Gilbert:

“I Rodney Gilbert of Avon in the County of Lake and State of Illinois being of sound mind and memory do publish, pronounce and declare this as and for my Last Will and Testament.   “I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint Tyler A. Gilbert, my son, Executor of this my Last Will and Testament.  “I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Tyler A. Gilbert, my executor, all my real and personal property subject to the directions and bequests hereinafter made.  “I hereby order and direct my said Executor to pay to my aunt Rachel Knox of Hillsdale, New York, the sum of Seventy Dollars per annum during her life.  “I give, devise and bequeath to my wife, Lydia A. Gilbert the sum of Eleven Hundred Dollars payable six years after my decease with six percent annual interest, and home and board upon the homestead, also all my household furniture except two stoves, the writing desk and one bed with bedding in lieu of dowel.  I give, devise and bequeath to each of my children, Eugene E. Gilbert, Orpha E. Ross, Adelbert S. Gilbert, Emma H. Curry and Mary R. Wines the sum of One Thousand Dollars.  “In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 28th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and eight-seven.  Signed: Rodney Gilbert”

  • Mother: Harriet Emeline (Tyler) Gilbert died October 31, 1845; burial location unknown.
  • Step Mother: Lydia Augusta “Lida” (Hall) Gilbert born October 26, 1824 in Connecticut; married Rev. Rodney Gilbert on September 23, 1846; Lydia died April 18, 1894; buried in the East Fox Lake Cemetery, Lake Villa, Lake County, IL
  • Siblings:
    • Eugene E. Gilbert born May 2, 1843 in Hillsdale, Columbia County, NY; Civil War Veteran, Co. D, 146 Illinois Infantry; Eugene died October 31, 1919; buried in Wauconda Cemetery, Wauconda, Lake County, IL
  • Step Siblings
    • Orpha E. (Gilbert) Ross born about 1849 in Illinois; married Washington Ross on August 24, 1870 in Lake County, IL; Washington was a Civil War Veteran (1861-1865), Company F, 4th Regiment, Wisconsin, Bugler; According to the 1910 U.S. Census Orpha and Washington lived in New Lisbon, Juneau County, WI
    • Adelbert L. Gilbert born November 1851 in Illinois; married Anna M. Seitz (1850-1909) daughter of John Seitz and Catharine Seitz; Adelbert died September 21, 1907 in Milwaukee County, WI; Adelbert and Anna are buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI; According to the Watertown News (Watertown WI) Friday, September 27, 1907, page 6:

“A. L. GILBERT IS DEAD – MANAGER OF SPENCERIAN COLLEGE SUCCUMBS TO ILLNESS – Stricken Two Months Ago on Milwaukee Street – Failed to Recover Health. – MILWAUKEE, Wis., Sept. 21 – Adelbert L. Gilbert, manager of the Spencerian Business college, and for thirty years a well-known educator in Milwaukee, died at 1 o’clock this morning at his residence, 452 Ivanhoe place after an illness of about two months which followed a sudden attack while walking on Wisconsin street. Gilbert, who was 56 years of age spent the greater part of his life in this city.  When a young man he entered the business college of R. C. Spencer, and after graduating he accepted a position as instructor.  He remained there until about four years ago, when he opened a business college in the Hathaway building.  This was closed a year ago and Mr. Gilbert returned to the Spencerian where he was made manager.  During the years of their association in the college, a strong friendship existed between the head of the college and Mr. Gilbert, who was a genial gentleman and a man of the highest sense of honor.  Mr. Spencer this morning spoke of his late manager in the warmest terms of appreciation and friendship, and expressed the deepest sorrow at his death.  About nine weeks ago Mr. Gilbert, who had appeared in reasonably good health up to that time, was suddenly prostrated with an attack of sickness when near the Chapman store, Milwaukee and Wisconsin streets.  He was picked up unconscious and conveyed to his home, where he continued slowly to sink.  At times it was stated by his family and friends that Mr. Gilbert seemed to be improving, and strong hopes were entertained for his recovery.  He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Marie Gilbert.  A married daughter died recently at her home in McGregor, Ia.  He leaves three sisters and two brothers: Mrs. W. Ross, New Lisbon, Wis.; Mrs. P. L. Evans and Mrs. S. Curry of Chicago; E. E. Gilbert of Wauconda, Ill., and Tyler Gilbert of Lake Geneva, Wis.  Mr. Gilbert was a loyal supporter of the First Baptist church, of which he had been a deacon many years.”

    • Tyler A. Gilbert born about 1854 in Illinois; married Willamena J. “Mina” Bonner (1860-1949) on September 14, 1885 in Lake County, IL; Tyler died December 28, 1908; Tyler and Mina are buried in East Fox Lake Cemetery, Lake Villa, Lake County, IL
    • Emma H. (Gilbert) Curry born August 11, 1858 in Illinois; married Samuel P. Curry on April 27, 1882 in Lake County, IL; Emma died February 11, 1914 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL
    • Mary Rachel (Gilbert) Wines Evans born June 30, 1865 in Illinois; married (1) Benjamin W. Wines on December 31, 1884 in Lake County, IL; Benjamin died between 1889-1890; According to the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 for Milwaukee, WI, 1890:

“Wines Mary R. (wid. Benjamin W.) h. 124 Knapp”

married (2) Peter Lawrence Evans (1865-1955) about 1894; Mary died March 21, 1944; Mary and Peter are buried in Parkholm Cemetery, La Grange Park, Cook County, IL; According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Thursday, March 23, 1944, page 16:

“EVANS – Mary Rachel Evans, beloved wife of Peter L., mother of Beulah R. Services Friday at 2:30 p. m. at residence, 418 6th avenue, La Grange.  Interment La Grange.”

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