Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Lauren C. Gilbert, the tenth child in a family of seventeen children, was born in Chester, Geauga Co., Ohio,
March 17, 1830. His ancestor's were early settlers in the vicinity of Boston, Mass., and numbers of them served
in the Continental army during the war of the Revolution.
Joel Gilbert, the father of Lauren C. Gilbert, was a native of the State of Connecticut., and married Miss Crisilda
Crocker. He emigrated westward, and successively became a pioneer in Genoa, Cayuga Co., N. Y., and in Chester,
Geauga Co., Ohio, finally locating upon lands in the latter State now owned by E. O. Lyman.
When nine years of age, Lauren C. Gilbert began work for E. O. Lyman, and remained with him—the proceeds of his
labor being paid to his father—until twenty years old. He then remained at home for a short period, and on the
3d of March, 1852, married Miss Judith Wisner, of his native town. In the autumn of 185 he removed to his present
place of residence in the township of Dorr, purchasing eighty acres, the lands originally occupied by Edward Moore,
and of which but sixteen acres were then improved. Additions to his first purchase have been made from time to
time, until he now owns in this and Leighton townships four hundred and sixty acres. The major portion of the home-farm
is under a high state of cultivation, and the whole embellished by a tasteful residence, commodious farm buildings,
fruit- and shade-trees.
In August, 1861, he enlisted in the First Regiment of Michigan Cavalry, participated in all its campaigns, and,
with his regiment, was mustered out of service at Salt Lake City, Utah, March 10, 1866.
To Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert six children have been born, viz.: Wallace B., Sept. 2, 1854; Samuel J., April 8, 1857;
Lauren D., April 16, 1862; Oliver L., Feb. 3, 1867; Frederick C., Dec. 12, 1870; and Nellie S., June 11, 1872,
who died Oct. 22, 1874.
Politically, Mr. Gilbert is a Republican. Socially, and as a true representative of the agricultural classes of
Allegan County, he is most highly respected.
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.