Did Joseph Gilbert (1731-1776) participate in the American Revolution?

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Joseph died 10/7/1776 and his 16 year old son did participate so it seems likely but I can't prove it.
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Yes.  Joseph Gilbert 1731-1776 was a soldier in the American Revolution.  He served in the 18th Regiment of Militia for CT and served under Abel Brace. Church records  of East and West Hartland list all participants in the town of Hartland. Joseph is listed on pg 390.  Records of this regiment indicate they marched from Hartland to the Battle of Long Island, were held in reserve and then marched back to Hartland.  Joseph died about 3 weeks later, probably the victim of smallpox (but I cannot prove that).

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Obituary notice for Col. Joseph Gilbert

21 March 1776

published at Cambridge, Ma.

New England Chronicle or Essex Gazette:

 

"Upon the general alarm given Apr. 19, 1775, he headed a company of minute men and marched to Roxbury; was present at the battle of Bunker Hill, and on that day risked his life in passing and repassing Charlestown Neck under a heavy fire from the enemy's ships and batteries. In the last regulation ofthe standing militia he was appointed by the General Assembly first colonel of the regiment."

by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
This is probably not the same person, given the date of the obit vs the date you give for his death.
That's what I also meant to add after reading the obit again.  Still at a brick wall- if you find anything else, I'd appreciate it.

 

Mary

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