Biography of William E. Gilbert
Potter County, PA Biographies

WILLIAM E. GILBERT, farmer, P. O. Harrison Valley, was born at Painted Post, N. Y., June 24, 1846, a son of George and Philena (Durfee) Gilbert, who settled in Harrison Valley in 1852. Here his father, a blacksmith by trade, resided one and a half years, when he purchased the farm now occupied by the subject of this sketch, which, with the assistance of his sons, he cleared and improved, and where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1886, when he was aged seventy one years. He had seven children: Frank, Charles A., Edward, William E., Jay, Susie (Mrs. Andrew Wallis) and John. William E. Gilbert has always resided in Harrison township, and, with the exception of the five years he was engaged in the drug business at Harrison Valley. has followed farming; be now owns and occupies a part of the old homestead. In 1873 he married Mary, daughter of James and Sarah (Breese) Douglass of Hector township, this county, and to them has been born one son, Harry. Mr. Gilbert has held the office of town clerk of Harrison township four terms He is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Masonic fraternity.

History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890

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