WILLIAM L. GILBERT.
One of the old settlers of Jasper county, Missouri, and the oldest miller within its borders, is William L. Gilbert,
who is located on section 23, in Twin Grove township. He was born in Franklin county, Virginia, March 3, 1822.
His grandfather was one of the patriot army that marched with Washington until the close of the Revolutionary war.
His father was Michael Gilbert, who was born in England and came from England with his parents while still a babe.
The family located in Virginia, and there Michael Gilbert grew to manhood and married, and in 1838 came to Callaway
county, Missouri, where he died when about sixty three years old. The mother of our subject was Elizabeth Ashworth,
who was born in Virginia, and lived until she was about fifty years of age. These parents reared a family of nine
children, eight of whom grew to maturity.
William L. Gilbert was the third child and the second son born to his parents, and was about sixteen years old
when the family moved to Callaway county, Missouri, and there he lived for thirty years. In 1847 he married Tillitha
Phillips, who was born in Missouri, although her parents were natives of Tennessee. She died on July 25, 1895,
the one child of this marriage dying in infancy.
In 1868 Mr. Gilbert came to Jasper county and located one mile east of Carthage, in Madison township, where he
engaged in farming until 1876, when he sold his farm and came to his present residence, where he owns fifty nacres
of well cultivated and improved land. Mr. Gilbert erected a large gristmill on Spring river, and has been engaged
in milling ever since. His improved machinery makes it possible to grind any kind of grain and feed, and his flour
is unequaled in the county.
Although in a general way Mr. Gilbert regards himself as a member of the Democratic party, on several occasions
he has voted with the Republicans, but he is a man of peace and believes in each one having opinions of his own.
No one is more widely known in the county or more sincerely respected than William L. Gilbert. He professed religion
about forty years ago, and has endeavored to live a Christian life ever since, being an old school Baptist.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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