Biography of John Gilbert
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Gilbert, John, physician and surgeon, was born in Newton, Cheshire, England, January 3, 1847, and came with his parents to Fall River in 1859. He obtained his rudimentary education in England and for a short time attended the Fall River schools, but in the man is self educated. For several years he worked in the cotton mills and in a grocery store, spending all of his leisure time in diligent study, devoting much time to theology and preparing himself for the ministry in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, which upholds the doctrine of the church as organized in 1830 by Joseph Smith and others, and which is in contradistinction to the Mormon church of Utah, its members looking with horror on the teachings of the Utah Church. When but nineteen years of age he was ordained to the ministry of this church and continued to preach, lecture, and organize churches until he began the study of medicine. He still continues his ministerial work although not actively. Dr. Gilbert officiated as clergyman of this church in Fall River for four years. At this time he also studied land surveying under Jesse W. Nichols. He first took up the study of medicine under Dr. John H. Jackson with whom he studied for some time. Later he spent two years at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Boston, and one year in the medical department of the University of Vermont where he received his medical degree in 1886. In the same year he began practice at his present location on Pleasant street, Fall River, and has met with most encouraging success. He is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the American Medical Association; past chancellor of Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 57, Knights of Pythias, and a prominent member of the Sons of St. George, in which order he now holds the office of major in the Uniformed Rank. When a young man of seventeen he served one hundred days in the fall of 1864 in the 21st Unattached Company, M. V. M., and was prevented from re enlistment by disability incurred in the field. He is a member of Richard Borden Post No. 46, G. A. R., in which he has held the office of chaplain, surgeon and junior vice commander. Since 1894 Dr. Gilbert has held the chair of the Theory and Practice of Medicine in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Boston, attending to his duties as a lecturer in connection with his professional work in Fall River. He was one of the city physicians of Fall River for three years. January 2, 1870, he married Elizabeth, daughter of John McKee of Fall River. Four children have been born to them, two of whom survive: Susan Elizabeth and Milton John.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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