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GREAT - GREAT - GRANDFATHER
16. Henry Gilbert - Born 1821 in La Riviere ?, Canada. (Perhaps Three Rivers, Canada). Moved to Massachusetts( probably Pittsfield) to work in Woolen Mill. Then moved in late 1850's to Nankin, Wayne Co., Michigan and then back to Pittsfield, Mass. in late 1860's
17. Mary _______ -b. 1823 in Canada.
1. Margaret - b. 1847 in Massachusetts
2. Henry - b. New York 1848
3. Francis Alexander (#8) - b. 1851 in Mass.
4. Mary - b. 1853 in Mass.
5. George - b. 1857 in Michigan
6. Rosa - b. 1863 in Michigan
7. John - b. 1866 in Pittsfield, Mass.
8. Victoria - b. 1868 in Pittsfield, Mass.
From my book "Line of Descent of George Roger Gilbert"
Great - Grandfather
8. FRANCIS ALEXANDER GILBERT-[Charles Edward,4; Charles Francis,2; George Roger,1] Born March 30, 1853 in La Riviere, Canada to Joseph Gilbert and _____ . He married, first, Angeline Bastin, born between January 1 and August 4, 1851, daughter of Joseph and Amelia (Tatro) Bastin. She was the mother of his seven children. She died of "a lung abscess" August 4, 1892 in North Adams, Massachusetts aged 41 years and is buried in the Hill View Cemetery, North Adams, Massachusetts. His second marriage was to Denise Champagne - born 1842 , died 1927. Francis Alexander died November 25, 1923 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He and his second wife are buried in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown, Mass.
My father told me his grandfather, Francis Alexander, was a conductor on the railroad. His remembrance is that his grandfather would give him his conductor's pocket watch to play with. It appears from this section of my research notes below that Francis A. Gilbert did indeed work on the railroad. The year indicated was the year my grandfather, Charles Edward was born. By 1910, when my father was born, Francis Alexander may well have advanced to the position of conductor.
Children of Francis Alexander (8.) and Angeline (Bastin) Gilbert (9) :
1. Mary : born Nov. 15, 1873; m. Alfred Dennett, born 1863, died July 18,1934. She died Dec. 1957. Both are buried in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown, Mass.
..Children: (not necessarily in this order)
..1. I Joseph A. (Dennett) - born August 28, 1897 ; m. Alexina A. ______, born 1896. He died January 7, 1969. On his stone-"Pvt. U.S. Army W.W.I ". They are both buried in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown, Mass.
..2. II Louella (Dennett)- died prior to Jan. 19, 1972
..3. III Earl (Dennett)- died prior to Jan. 19, 1972
..4. IV Williams E. (Dennett)- Born 1908, died 1960. Buried Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown, Mass.
..5. V Edna (Dennett)- m. _____ Roy
..6. VI Antoinette (Dennett) - m. Raymond Girard
....1. i. Doris Ann (Girard) -born July 1935; died February 4, 1936. Buried in Eastlawn Cem. in grandparents plot.
....2. ii. child
....3. iii. Raymond (?)
....4. Also buried in the Alfred Dennett plot "is a female infant of an Alfred Dennett who died in July 1939. Her undertaker was also San Soucie." George Duncan, Cemetery Supterintendant.
2. Francis A. - born April 21, 1875; m. Rose. They had no natural children. He was dead before 6/14/1951
..1. I Mabel - adopted daughter
3. Victoria - born May 16,1879; m. Joseph Fountain. She was dead before 6/14/1951.
..1. I Dewey (Fountain)
..2. II Lena (Fountain)
..3. III Joan (Fountain)
4. Charles Edward (4.) born November 12, 1884; died June 14, 1951.
5. Mary Louise - July 5, 1887 - Sept. 19, 1937 ae 50 ; m. Thomas Aubin.
..1. I Rita (Aubin)
..2. II Anabelle (Aubin)
..3. III Child (Aubin)
6. Joseph Alfred - born Sept. 29, 1888; m. Eva D. Major King b. 1894. He was living in Springfield Mass. in 1951when his brother Charles died June 14, 1951.
..1. Alexander Alfred - b. 1916 m. Lillian A. Garlick
....1. David Alfred - m. Gindy-Lou Gendron
........1. Joseph Alfred
........2. Jonathan David
........3. James Michael
........4. Jessica Leigh - m. William Wilson, Jr.
..........1. Jada Rose-Leigh
..2. Wilfred F. - b. 1919 m. Blanche Gilbert, dau. of Eugene and Malindy Gilbert, his first cousin
....1. Rosalie Lillian m. Ernest Lourenzi (no issue)
....2. Wilfred, Jr. (Butch) m. Roberta (Bobby) Hare (no issue)
....3. Eugene John - m. Merilee Rae Painter
........1. Eugene John
........2. Patrick Henry
7. Eugene - born Dec. 23, 1890; m. Malindy ____. He died before 6/14/1951.
..1. I Blanche (Gilbert) - m. Wilfred Gilbert, above.
..2. II Agnes (Gilbert)
..3. III Gladys (Gilbert)
..4. IV Eugene (Gilbert)
4. CHARLES EDWARD GILBERT - [Charles Francis, 2; George Roger, 1] Born November 12, 1884, in North Adams, Mass., to Francis Alexander and Angelina (Bastin) Gilbert. In "Gazeteer of Berkshire County 1725-1885" , the second part of the book, the Business Directory of 1884-'85, contains on page 225 - Town of North Adams
Gilbert, Francis, car inspector Fitchburg R.R., house near 76 River.
Gilbert, George W., porter at Ramsdell's 99 club store, h. near 76 River.
Given the practices of those days, assuming a natural birth without complications, it would appear that baby Charles was born in this house near 76 River Street, in North Adams, Mass. He was the fourth of seven children born to his parents.
On August 4, 1892, his mother died from a "lung Abscess". At that time, the eldest child, Mary, then aged 18, took over duties as mother to her six brothers and sisters. Charles was 7 years old and these circumstances are probably partly reason for his leaving school after the fourth grade.
Not much is known of him, by the author, until he married. On November 27, 1906 he married Eva Delia Collette, daughter of Joseph and Adaline (Bissaillion, also known as Bezio) St. Andre D'Collette in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Laconia, N.H. His bride was born and raised in Keeseville, New York. Family tradition is that Charles loved to dance and met his "bride to be" at one of those affairs. Whether, the dances occurred in the vicinity of Keeseville or Laconia, I do not know. During my research, there are indications that Francis Alexander Gilbert, father of this subject, may have had some connections to the Keeseville, NY area. Charles's sister, Louise Aubin, is buried with her husband's family in the "French", St. John the Baptist, cemetery in Keeseville, NY. The fact that he and his sister both married someone from Keeseville and that a George Gilbert was listed in the 1875 Keeseville City Directories ', makes a strong possibility of a Gilbert family connection to Kesseville.
Charles and Eva lived in Miller's Falls Mass. at the birth of my father, Charles, in 1910. Relying on the recollections of my father, it is likely they lived in Laconia, NH prior to moving to Miller's Falls. My father remembers his mother's brother Alexander and his family, and his mother's sister Adeline La Mountain and family, all living in Miller's Falls at the same time. Charles Edward moved often, following employment opportunities. In Miller's Falls, he worked for the Miller's Falls Tool Company, as a machinists, developing those skills he would also use later.
At the same time, he lived in a house that contained the town library. He and his wife served as librarians in exchange for their rent. My father remembers people coming to the front room where the books were shelved, to borrow and/or return them.
Some time later, he and his family moved to Springfield, Massachusetts where on September 10, 1918, their youngest son and last child, Milfred Edward was born. There he worked for the Indian River Motocycle Company and the U. S. Munitions Arsenal.
Children of Charles Edward (4.) and Eva Delia (Collette) Gilbert (5.):
1. Beatrice Cordelia - born Dec. 4, 1907, prob. in Laconia, NH; m. July 6, 1925, Poughkeepsie, NY, Emery Joseph Price, born Dec. 14, 1900, d. Aug. 5, 1962. She died in St. Francis Hospital, Port Jervis, NY, Oct. 15, 1984.
Children: Emery Preston, June Anita, Shirley Carol.
2. Charles Francis (2) -born, July 4,1910 in Miller's Falls, Mass.; m. Mildred Barber July 4, 1931 in New York City, NY. She was born in Port Jervis, NY on November 22, 1911. ÊHe died at home May 15, 1997.
Children: Kenneth Earl, George Roger, Loretta Eva.
3. Milfred Edward - born, Sept. 10, 1918, in Springfield, Mass.; m. Josephine H. Boyd, born,1919 in Sparrowbush, NY, dau. of Frank S. and Catherine L. Mc Dermott Boyd, died, Jan. 27, 1977, in St. Francis Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. He died, Nov. 30, 1986, in Charter Suburban Hospital, Mesquite, Texas.
Children: Marilyn Carol, Anne Marie, Michael Edward.
2. CHARLES FRANCIS GILBERT - [George Roger, 1]born July 4, 1910, in Miller's Falls, Massachusetts to Charles Edward and Eva Delia (Collette) Gilbert. Following his father's work, the family moved from there to Springfield, Mass., to Laconia, N.H., to Williamstown, Mass., to Poughkeepsie and finally to Port Jervis, N.Y. He arrived in Port Jervis in his late teens, with a seventh grade education.
While he was working for Peck's Hardware store, Charles met, courted and married Mildred Barber, daughter and 3rd child of Harry Emmett and Loretta (DeWitt) Barber.
Port Jervis Union
Gilbert - Barber
Miss Mildred C. Barber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Barber, of 3 Mt. William street and Charles Francis Gilbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Gilbert, of this city, were united in marriage on Saturday, July 4, 1931, by the Rev. Thomas J. Williams in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, New York City.
The bridesmaid was Nina E. Barber and the best man Charles E. Barber, sister and brother of the bride. The bride's gift to her bridesmaid was a mesh bag and the groom's gift to the best man a gold piece.
The bride was the recipient of many beautiful gifts. The young couple are well and favorably known in this city. The bride is a graduate of the class of 1930 of the Port Jervis High School and is now employed at the W. T. Grant Co. The groom is employed at Peck's Hardware Store.
The happy couple will be at home to their many friends in their newly furnished apartment at 10 Delaware street.
After the wedding, the party attended a double-header at the Polo Grounds in New York City. Some anecdotal wedding stories told by the couple include these facts:
(1) they intended to marry on July 28th but because of the difference in religious background, they could not decide which church in which to get married or who would marry them so they eloped.
(2) the wedding was to take place at City Hall in New York City but that was closed because of the 4th of July holiday.
(3) The Reverend who married them was at the church, caring for the furnace, and they first met him as he brought the ashes upstairs to be disposed of.
(4) During the service, the Minister wrapped his ceremonial cloth around their hands in a symbolic jesture, referred to by some as, "tieing the kno"'.
At the time of his death, May 15, 1997, the marriage had lasted 65 years 10 months and 11 days. She survives.
Their children, all born in Port Jervis:
1. Kenneth Earl - b. October 16, 1932, 10 Delaware St., Port Jervis; married, June 14, 1956, Yoko (Terry) Esashika,- b. October 3, 1932, dau. of Tetsuo Esashika and Mitsue Mayama , granddaughter of Masayaski and Rie Mayama all of Amori, Japan.
Children: Emi, Carol Nancy, Kenneth Earl, Charles Robert who produced 7 Great Grandchildren.
2. George Roger (1.) - b. October 3, 1935, at 19 Washington Ave., Port Jervis, NY. Author of this work. Unmarried. No Issue.
3. Loretta Eva - b. January 4, 1937 at 19 Washington Ave., Port Jervis, NY.; m. April 26, 1958, Robert Louis Vaber, son of John Vaber and Tressa (Campbell) Vaber, b. November 14, 1937. No Issue.