He arrived in Earls Colne from London around 1676 
He married Elizabeth Josselin in 1677 and they both moved to London.
Extract from her fathers diary After some difficulties to me on both hands. Mr Gilbert Smith and my daughter Elizabeth married by my hand in Lexden privately. 8. she rode towards London, lord for Jesus Christs sake bless them and prosper them in soul and body, and let them live happily in thy sight, and give me comfort in their loves and lives. the ground and bottom of the match among us was not estate. but good qualities let them shine lord in them both. let her be as Elizabeth in scripture: 9. a wonderfully wet time threatening the meadows, lord be not angry with the field, we have sinned.I own thy chastisement,spare lord and bless me and mine.
In 1695 he is referred to as. Gentleman 
There are many legal documents which carry his name in the Earls Colne Record
Some of these relate to inheritance issues particularly in land which was passed to John, Elizabeth’s brother and Mary her sister. The story might take a bit of untangling but the process cannot have been pleasant.
He was buried 28 April 1713
He died about 1714
Ralph Josselin is known for his diary, the contents of which gave an insight into everyday life in Earls Colne. The diary is divided into short, mostly daily documents. The documents may be found on line. Quotes from the diary in this profile are referred to by the document number in the index.
The diary is also summarised in Hockcliffe’s book of 1908 
Gilberts life is also recorded in part by the wider Earls Colne Project and references to people in that project are made using a letter and 3 digits. Gilbert is Person S570 (Note this record incorrectly headed Ann Somerson)
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