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John Gilbert Jr. (1749 - 1817)

Maj. [uncertain] John Gilbert Jr.
Born in Hebron, Hartford, Connecticut Colonymap
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Husband of — married 18 Mar 1769 (to 16 Apr 1817) in Hebron, Tolland, Connecticutmap
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Died at age 68 in Belchertown, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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John Gilbert was born in Hebron, Hartford, Connecticut Colony on 12 February 1749 to Samuell Gilbert and Abigail Rowley.[1]

He married Millicent Amelia Goodrich on 18 May 1769 in Hebron, Connecticut.[2][3][4] They had 13 children.

Children from the Hebron Records:
1. Melisent (Millicent) Born August 11, 1770
2. Welthy Born February 22, 1772 and died August 25, 1773
3. Welthy Ann Born February 16, 1774
4. John born September 25, 1775
5. Harriot born June 10, 1778
6. Solomon born February 13, 1780
7. George born October 7, 1781
8. Bernice born July 11, 1783
9. Elizabeth born April 10, 1785
10. Mary born April 9, 1787
11. Samuel Whiting born April 12, 1789
12. Anna born December 1, 1790
Transcript of Bible Record:
(This page was added with sealing wax and was written in blue ink)
Children of John and Milicent Goodrich Gilbert, Hebron:
1. Milicent Died young
2. Milicent Died unmarried
3. Wealthy Married Wm. Wells Cambridge N. Y.
4. John Married 1st Cynthia Hyde 2nd Anna Hunt
5. Bernice Married Jacob Hrvey Mansfield
6. Samuel " Polly Hatch
7. Solomon " Lydia Morgan Jewett City
8. Harriet " Thadeus Parker Beltchertown Ma
9. Betsy " Aaron Terry Ohio
10. George " Sylvia Colton
11. Anna " Harrison Holland
12 Josiah " Mary Goodwin Mansfield
13. Charles “ Note: Charles died at 10 years of age per his headstone and death record. He is buried at Lake Vale, the same cemetery as both John Gilbert and Millicent Goodrich.

John was residing in Hebron, Tolland, Connecticut with his family during the 1790 US Census [5], after which the family moved to Belchertown, Massachusetts. They opened a hotel according to Cole (1888, p. 402), though Gilbert’s in Belchertown was also considered a hostel, inn and/or tavern.[6]

John died on 16 April 1817 in Belchertown, Massachusetts and is buried next to his wife in Lake Vale Cemetery.[7][8]

American Revolutionary Patriot

1776 Project
Maj. John Gilbert Jr. served with 12th Regiment, Connecticut Militia during the American Revolution.
Daughters of the American Revolution
John Gilbert Jr. is a DAR Patriot Ancestor, A045123.

John was an Officer and Patriot for Connecticut towards the end of the American Revolutionary War.

John was a Lieutenant in the 3rd Company of the 12th Regiment (a Hebron Company), per the Revolutionary War Roll of Oct 1782. He was promoted to Captain of the same company, per the Revolutionary War Roll of May 1783.[9] John has a documented highest rank of Captain.[10][11]

Interestingly, many sources list his highest rank as Major, including his Massachusetts death record and gravestone; his son Charles’ gravestone, also at Lake Vale Cemetery in Belchertown, Massachusetts, states “son of Maj. John Gilbert and Millicent Goodrich”; US Census records from 1800 and 1810 both list Major John Gilbert as head of household in Belchertown, Massachusetts [12][13] He is also referenced to as “Major John Gilbert” in Cole’s “History of Tolland County”.[14] The military records to support the higher rank of Major are currently unsourced.

Research Notes

  • John Gilbert was known as John Gilbert, Jr. to differentiate him from his uncle, Lt. John Gilbert of Connecticut (1714-1794).
  • This is not the same person as John George Gilbert, b. 1749, who immigrated to the Colonies in 1761 (see "GERMAN IMMIGRANTS." In Dutch Fork Digest (Dutch Fork Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society, Chapin, SC), vol. 7:3 (July-September 1992), pp. 75-79).
  • Hebron was in county Hartford until 1785. Hebron has since been in county Tolland, Connecticut.
  • DAR has a secondary marriage listed for John to “Amelia X”. Amelia was his wife’s middle name and there are no records sourced to support another marriage.
  • Family tradition had it that John was a major in the revolution. We have been able to find confirmation that he was a captain, but not for major. The 1800 Census lists “John Gelbert Maj.” in Belchertown, Massachusetts.
  • Family record in possession of descendant Ann Friend Clark; digital copy may be in the possession of collateral descendant Christopher Childs (Childs-1516)
  • History of Belchertown, Massachusetts:
  • Not the same person as John Gilbert baptized 9 Jul 1750 to Eliezer Gilbert in Middletown, Connecticut.
  • He is not the same person as Major John Gilbert b. 1774.
  • Not the same person as Captain John Gilbert (1732-1776).
  • There is a John Gilbert with a rank of Sergeant under Capt. Joshua Phelps for Connecticut : Johnston, Henry P., ed.. Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society Revolution Rolls and Lists, 1775-1783. Vol. VIII. Hartford, CT, USA: Connecticut Historical Society, 1901, 1999.
  • This is the Patriot Ancestor whom Veronica Gilbert Newsom (Gilbert-14082) proved direct lineage from in application to join the NSDAR on 5 Oct 2021.
  • There appears to be no listing of this Patriot in the records of NSSAR.


  1. Connecticut, U.S., Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
  2. "Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939," database with images, FamilySearch [1] : 12 May 2016, John, Jn.R Gilbert and Melisent Goodrich, Marriage 18 Mar 1769, Hebron, Tolland, Connecticut, United States; Connecticut State Library, Hartford.
  3. Connecticut, U.S., Marriage Index, 1620-1926 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
  4. "Connecticut, Deaths, 1640-1955", database, FamilySearch ( : 11 June 2020), John Gilbert, Jn.r, 1769.
  5., 1790 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010, Year: 1790; Census Place: Hebron, Tolland, Connecticut; Series: M637; Roll: 1; Page: 153; Image: 474; Family History Library Film: 0568141
  6. Barrus, Hiram, History of the town of Goshen, Hampshire County, Massachusetts : from its first settlement in 1761 to 1881 : with family sketches. Boston: The author, 1881, Chapter VII. Highways, p. 80.
  7. "Massachusetts Town Deaths Index, ca. 1640-1961", database, FamilySearch ( : 10 November 2020), John Gilbert, 1817.
  8. "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910", database, FamilySearch ( : 14 February 2020), John Gilbert, 1817.
  9. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M246, 138 rolls); War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, Record Group 93; National Archives, Washington. D.C.
  10. Connecticut State Library, Militia Papers, Series II, docs 2833a, 2893b.
  11. DAR Supplemental Application documents, DAR Membership Application for Member #90737, Patriot GILBERT, JOHN JR (A045123), Verified 28 July 2007.
  12. 1800 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010, Year: 1800; Census Place: Belchertown, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Series: M32; Roll: 15; Page: 914; Image: 205; Family History Library Film: 205614.
  13. 1810 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010, Year: 1810; Census Place: Belchertown, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Roll: 19; Page: 148; Image: 00156; Family History Library Film: 0205627.
  14. Cole, J.R. History of Tolland County, Connecticut, Including Its Early Settlement and Progress to the Present Time: A Description of Its Historic and Interesting Localities; Sketches of Its Towns and Villages; Portraits of Some of Its Prominent Men, and Biographies. Tolland County, Connecticut: W. W. Preston & Company,1888, Vol. 1, p. 402.

See also:

  • Note: Stone on F.A.G. reports "Maj" and the death age of 68 is accurate; however no military records have been located to confirm a rank above Captain. Find A Grave, Memorial ID# 30628628: His wife is also buried at Lake Vale Cemetery in Belchertown, Massachusetts.
  • Photocopy of gravestone inscription from Belchertown, Massachusetts.
  • The Family Bible; containing the Old and New Testaments with Brief Notes and Instructions, Published by the American Tract Society, New York 150 Nassau Street. Boston: 28 Cornhill. 1857. This Bible is believed to have first belonged to Henry E. H. Gilbert.
  • Vital Records of Hebron, Connecticut. Repository: Hebron Town Hall.

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There was a Major John Gilbert born in 1774 (no relation) that I think gets confused with Cpt. John Gilbert, Jr. (my direct ancestor):