Samuel Gilbert, son of Samuel and Mercy (Warner) Gilbert, was born on 1 May 1712. Samuel died on 16 Oct. 1774, age 64, at Lyme, Grafton, New Hampshire and was buried on his farm on the bank of the Connecticut River. 
Information about the Gilberts while they lived in Lyme, NH was quite well-documented in a history about Lyme’s early families: "The HONORABLE COLONEL SAMUEL GILBERT, ESQ." is the inscription upon the slate stone tablet standing at the foot of one grave in the old burying ground at the river. The "Turner Genealogy" has "Lydia Gilbert. Her grandfather, Col. Samuel Gilbert, was one of the first settlers of Lyme NH and one of the original proprietors of the town. His son, Col. Thomas Gilbert, with his wife Lydia Lathrop, and children, removed from Hebron, Conn., to Lyme in 1773. They had seven daughters and one son, Viz: Clarissa married Maj. James Cook; Anna, married James Pearson; Abigail, married John Dimick; Thomas Lathrop married Sally Dimick and widow Deborah Waite; Lydia, married Jeremiah Bingham; Sally, married Joseph Porter; Betsey, married Dea. Adolphus Dimick; and Polly, married Ezra Conant, all of whom reared families and died in Lyme, except Lydia and Polly, who removed to New York." The manual of the Congregational church of Lyme has "Samuel Gilbert"'s name the 9th on the list of members in the year 1771 and the first on the list of "deacons and Ruling Elders" 1774, making an apparent error in one of them regarding the date of immigration. From his descendants we have learned that he was born in Gilead, Conn., October 16, 1711, and came to Lyme from Hebron, Conn., with his son Thomas to assist him in clearing land and preparing a home for his family; purposing when this was accomplished to return to his remaining sons in Hebron. It has been generally supposed that his death occurred about one year after his first coming to Lyme, but from the dates above quoted, we can but believe that he lived at least three or four years after. His wife Abigail died in 1764, aged forty-nine. That he was a man of considerable distinction is proven by the titles he bore, which were earned in public service. He was also the possessor of wealth which enabled him to aid his sons generously in establishing themselves. The original dweling of the son, Col. THomas Gilbert, was upon the terrace about twenty rods back from the river, near the present house of B.F. Gilbert, out of reach of the annual inundations to which the lower land was subject, and commanding a fine view of the valley to the south. The present house was erected by Maj. Thomas Lathrop Gilbert, son of Thomas, in 1819, and with its high ceiling, deep, shuttered windows, large rooms and broad fire-places, is a good representative of the noble family mansions of that period. Major Thomas L. Gilbert was a man of commanding presence, being six feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, with a powerful voice, and possessing a hearty, hospitable nature. While his farming interests were large he devoted his attention chiefly to marketing cattle and sheep, making long excursions through New Hampshire and Vermont to buy and driving them on the highway to Brighton, Mass., to sell. He at one time took a flock of 1,600 sheep into that market, which was then the largest drove ever taken there. His wife was Sarah, daughter of Shubael Dimick. CHildren, three sons and three daughters.” 
Another (secondary or tertiary) source had birth date as 06 October 1711 and death as 15 October 1774. Sources for those claims are unknown; possible source for 1711 birth date is several death records which estimate his birth in that year. His actual death date is documented on his grave at Gilbert Cemetery. 
The CT marriage record "First Book of Marriages" gives the marriage date for "Gillburd, Samuel Juner Col.& Elizabeth Curtice" as "Feb 7 1732/3"; thus, the correct New Style date would presumably be 07 February 1733.
(To avoid confusion when researching offspring:) Samuel was indeed the third successive in the line with the same given name; however, he appears repeatedly in the birth records of his children and at least one marriage record as "Jn.R" or "Juner" (Junior), rather than "III", presumably because his grandfather Samuel was by that time out of the picture.
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