Biography of N. B. Gilbert
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Gilbert, N. B., was born near Canaan Four Corners, Columbia county, on a farm February 9, 1802. He was the oldest of seven children, and at the age of about fourteen his father died. From that time he assisted his mother in rearing the family, and about six years later they remove to Troy, where Mr. Gilbert learned the carpenter and joiner's trade, at which he worked summers, teaching school in the winter. He had a select school at the Townsend Nail Works (now the Burden Iron Works). March 29, 1829. he married Mary Ann Swartwout in Troy and soon after removed to the old homestead, conducting the farm and also engaging in carpentry at which he employed several men. In 1837 he came with his family to Lock Berlin, Wayne county, and engaged at his trade. In the summer of 1838 he built the church at Lock Berlin and soon after one at Fairville and another at Junius, Seneca county. He was elected superintendent of schools of the town of Galen, serving a number of terms, and was elected justice of the peace in 1841. In 1849 he engaged in the manufacture of carriages, employing from eight to twelve men, continuing to the time of his death in December, 1875, aged seventy three years. His wife died in June, 1889, aged eighty one. He was a Whig and later a Republican on the formation of that party, and was an active politician. He was a prominent member of the M. E. Church and active in the cause of temperance. He left two children: W. H., who now resides in Lock Berlin, and Mary Antoinette of Syracuse. William H. was educated in Lock Berlin, and at the age of twenty nine married Martha L., daughter of Absalon Tyndall, by whom he has one son, Loring H. In 1880 Mr. Gilbert bought part of the Cookingham estate, and also now owns his father's estate. He is a prominent man in his town, having served as justice of the peace twelve years. He is a steward and trustee of the M. E. Church.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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