Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Alvin Gilbert

Male 1810 - 1878  (68 years)


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  • Name Alvin Gilbert 
    Born 11 Jul 1810  Ontario County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Oct 1878  Rossville, Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Buried in Rossville Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I004521  Tree1
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2020 

    Father Samuel Gilbert,   b. 23 Jun 1783, Worthington, Hampshire, Mass Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1855, Danville, Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Mary Morse,   b. Abt 1787,   d. Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1804  Ontario County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F03378  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Matilda Horr,   b. 1810,   d. 13 Mar 1849, Rossville, Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1831  Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • GILBERT, ABRAM UNKNOWN, MATILDA VERMILION 04/28/1831 A /14
    Children 
     1. Sarah Gilbert,   b. Aft 1831, Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Anne 'Nancy' Gilbert,   b. Aft 1831, Vermillion County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F03435  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Nancy Horr,   b. 1817, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 16 Nov 1849  Vermillion Co. IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • GILBERT, ALVAN ELZEY, NANCY VERMILION 11/16/1849 A /154
    Children 
     1. Alvin Gilbert,   b. 1857, Vermillion Co. IL Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F03386  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "The weather on Monday, December 16, 1836, was quite warm and fast
      softening the heavy snow. On Tuesday it began to rain before day and
      continued until four in the afternoon, at which time the ground was
      covered with water and melting snow. All the small streams were very
      full and the large ones rapidly rising.

      "At this crisis there arose a large and tumultuous looking cloud
      in the west, with a rumbling noise. On its approach everything
      congealed. In less than five minutes it changed a warm atmosphere to one
      of intense cold, and flowing water to ice. One says that he started his
      horse into a gallop in the mud and water and on going a quarter of a
      mile, he was bounding over ice and frozen ground. Another says that in
      an hour after the change he passed over a stream of two feet deep on
      ice, which actually froze solid to the bottom and remained so until
      Spring. The North Fork where it was rapid and so full of water as to
      overflow its bottoms, froze over so solid that night that horses crossed
      the next morning, and it was thus with all the streams.


      "Mr. Alvin Gilbert, with his men, was crossing the prairie from
      Bicknells (about where Rossville is located now) to Sugar Creak, with a
      large drove of hogs. Before the cloud came over them the hogs and horses
      showed the greatest alarm and an apprehension of danger. As it actually
      came upon them, the hogs refusing to go any further, began to pile
      themselves in one vast heap as their best defense on the open prairie.
      During the night half a dozen of them perished, and those on the outside
      were so frozen they had to be cut loose. About twelve others died on
      their way to Chicago in consequence of their being badly frozen, while
      many others lost large pieces of their flesh.

      "Mr. Gilbert and his men rode five or six miles distant, all of
      them having fingers, toes or ears frozen, and the harness so frozen that
      it could not be unhitched from the wagon, and scarcely from the horses.

      1860 census page 268
      LN HN FN LAST NAME FIRST NAME AGE SEX RACE OCCUP. REAL VAL. PERS VAL. BIRTHPLACE
      3 1923 1928 Gilbert Alvin 49 M . Farmer 6,000 3,000 New York
      4 1923 1928 Gilbert Nancy 43 F . . . . Ohio
      5 1923 1928 Gilbert Alvin 3 M . . . . Illinois
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      CENSUS YR: 1870 STATE or TERRITORY: IL COUNTY: Vermilion DIVISION: PO Rossville REEL NO: M593-285 PAGE NO: 363b
      REFERENCE: Enumerated on 8/18/1870, by William Lindsay Written p.22
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      LN HN FN LAST NAME FIRST NAME AGE SEX RACE OCCUP. REAL VAL. PERS VAL. BIRTHPLACE FOREIGN BIRTH MONTH MONTH ATT. CAN'T CAN'T DEAF M-21yrs VOTE- REMARKS

      33 153 150 Gilbert Alvin 63 M W Farmer 44,600 23,000 New York
      34 153 150 Gilbert Nancy 56 F W Keeping house . . Indiana
      35 153 150 Gilbert Alvin 12 M W . . . Illinois
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      First Sale Legal Sect- twn- Ra- Meri Acres price Total Soc
      Name Type Desc ion ship nge dian bought P/Acre Price Stat
      Date Co. or State vol page
      Purch of Purch

      ALVAN FD SESW 2 22N 12W 2 40 1.25 50 MALE 10/05/1833 VERMILION 236 20
      ALVAN FD SWSW 25 22N 12W 2 40 1.25 50 MALE 02/05/1834 VERMILION 236 27
      ALVAN FD SESE 27 23N 12W 2 40 1.25 50 MALE 11/16/1834 VERMILION 237 60
      ALVAN FD SWNW 25 22N 12W 2 40 1.25 50 MALE 12/23/1834 VERMILION 236 49
      ALVIN FD E2NE 11 22N 12W 2 80 1.25 100 MALE 02/15/1836 VERMILION 236 141
      ALVAN FD SESW 25 22N 12W 2 40 1.25 50 MALE 05/11/1836 VERMILION 236 162
      ALVAN FD W2NW 36 22N 12W 2 80 1.25 100 MALE 05/11/1836 VERMILION 236 162
      ALVAN FD E2NW 21 22N 11W 2 40 1.25 50 MALE 05/13/1836 VERMILION 236 162
      ALVAN FD E2SE 26 22N 12W 2 80 1.25 10 MALE 05/13/1836 VERMILION 236 162
      ALVAN FD NWSE 25 22N 12W 2 40 1.25 50 MALE 06/07/1836 VERMILION 236 175
      ALVIN FD NENW 36 22N 12W 2 40 1.25 50 MALE 06/09/1836 VERMILION 236 176
      ALVAN FD SWNE 27 23N 12W 2 40 0 WARRANT MALE 04/22/1850 UNKNOWN 229 49
      ALVAN FD NWNW 27 23N 12W 2 40 0 WARRANT MALE 04/22/1850 UNKNOWN 229 49
      ALVAN FD E2NW 27 23N 12W 2 80 0 WARRANT MALE 04/22/1850 UNKNOWN 229 49
      ALVAN FD SWNE 26 22N 12W 2 40 1.25 50 MALE 05/11/1836 VERMILION 236 162
      ALVAN FD NWSE 9 22N 12W 2 40 0 WARRANT MALE 11/08/1852 UNKNOWN 231 108
      ALVAN FD E2SE 9 22N 12W 2 80 0 WARRANT MALE 11/08/1852 UNKNOWN 231 108
      ALVIN FD LOT2NE 1 22N 12W 2 80 0 WARRANT MALE 11/08/1852 UNKNOWN 231 108
      ALVAN FD SWNE 26 23N 12W 2 40 0 WARRANT MALE 11/09/1852 UNKNOWN 231 110
      ALVAN FD SWNW 27 23N 12W 2 40 0 WARRANT MALE 11/09/1852 UNKNOWN 231 110
      ALVAN FD E2NE 28 23N 12W 2 80 0 WARRANT MALE 11/09/1852 UNKNOWN 231 110
      ALVAN FD W2SW 10 22N 12W 2 80 0 WARRANT MALE 01/29/1853 UNKNOWN 231 159
      ALVIN SC LOT3NENW 16 22N 12W 2 40.32 5.5 221.76 MALE 06/01/1854 UNKNOWN 819 60
      ALVIN SC LOT6SENW 16 22N 12W 2 40.51 6 243.06 MALE 06/01/1854 UNKNOWN 819 60
      ALVIN SC LOT2NWNE 16 22N 12W 2 40.27 6 241.62 MALE 06/01/1854 UNKNOWN 819 60
      ALVIN SC LOT8SENE 16 22N 12W 2 40.37 6 242.22 MALE 06/01/1854 UNKNOWN 819 60
      ALVIN SC LOT7SWNE 16 22N 12W 2 40.41 6 242.46 MALE 06/01/1854 UNKNOWN 819 60
      ALVIN SC LOT1NENE 16 22N 12W 2 40.23 4.5 181.03 MALE 06/01/1854 UNKNOWN 819 60
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      land patents Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office Records

      GILBERT, ALVAN IL Vermilion 4/1/1850 Danville 10771 IL3750__.202
      GILBERT, ALVAN IL Vermilion 3/16/1837 Danville 1631 IL0650__.102
      GILBERT, ALVAN IL Vermilion 11/1/1839 Danville 5104 IL3640__.057
      GILBERT, ALVAN IL Vermilion 11/1/1839 Danville 5105 IL3640__.058
      GILBERT, ALVAN IL Vermilion 11/1/1839 Danville 5106 IL3640__.059
      GILBERT, ALVAN IL Vermilion 11/1/1839 Danville 5124 IL3640__.076
      GILBERT, ALVAN IL Vermilion 11/1/1839 Danville 5126 IL3640__.078
      GILBERT, ALVAN IL Vermilion 9/16/1835 Danville 674 IL0630__.165
      GILBERT, ALVAN IL Iroquois 11/1/1839 Danville 6747 IL3670__.123
      GILBERT, ALVAN IL Iroquois 11/1/1839 Danville 6748 IL3670__.124
      GILBERT, ALVAN IL Vermilion 9/16/1835 Danville 915 IL0630__.404
      GILBERT, ALVIA IL Vermilion 11/1/1839 Danville 5560 IL3640__.484
      GILBERT, ALVIN IL Vermilion 11/1/1839 Danville 4360 IL3620__.333
      GILBERT, ALVIN IL Vermilion 11/1/1839 Danville 5597 IL3650__.022


      Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
      IROQUOIS County
      Sale Legal Sect- Twn- Ra- Meri- Acres Price Total Soc. Date Co. or State of
      Name of Purchaser Type Description ion ship nge dian Bought Per Acre Price Stat Purchased Purchaser Vol. Page
      __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________
      GILBERT ALVAN FD E2LOT8NW 06 25N 14W 2 40.00 1.25 50.00 MALE 11/19/1836 VERMILION 236 212
      IROQUOIS

      GILBERT ALVAN FD W2LOT6NE 02 25N 10E 3 46.80 1.25 58.50 MALE 11/19/1836 VERMILION 236 212
      IROQUOIS

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      . Matilda2 Horr (Robert1) was born 1810, and died March 13, 1849 in Buried in Rossville. She married Alvan Gilbert April 1831, son of Samuel Gilbert and Mary Morse.
      Notes for Alvan Gilbert:
      Postmaster of Rossville. Famous Rossville personage, see article in Rossville Sourenir book...Mr Gilbert was Commissioner appointed by legislature to divide Vermilion County into Townships. His home was the first brick building in the county outside Danville. On building committee of Rossville Presbyterian Church.

      "The History of Ross and South Ross Townships - Vermilion County, Illinois " 1987 - has more information on Alvan.

      Per "History of Ross and South Ross Townships", pg 25, "Alvan and Matilda Horr Gilbert had come to Ross Township in 1931...Alvan was born in Ontario County, New York, on July 11, 1810, the son of Samuel and Mary Morse Gilbert. he first bought a small farm on the wet side of the state road at Mann's Chapel. He bought and traded extensively and owned 900 acres in Ross Township. In 1876 he was elected to the Illinois General Assemly. Eventually, by more trades and purchases, he woned the original Daniel Liggett farm and land. When Mr Gilbert made his home in leggett's Grove, he built his house on the same spot were Mr Liggett had lived, at 306 South Chicago Street. He home was the first brick building in the county oustide of Danville. Mr. Gilbert still has descendants living in and around the Rossville area." See pg 28, about a marker in the curve of the road, placed his yard. See pg 36 for a photo of Alvan Gilbert.

      See "Footprints in the Sands - Founders and Builders of Vermilion County" by Stapp and Sullenberger, for more information, pg 30.

      Referenced in Summer 1998 Illiana Genealogist: Male, white, 68y, 3m, 8d, Yeoman, 18 October 1878 5:00 am, married, american, Gorham Ontario Co, NY, 53 years, Rossville, Belious Remittent fever, pulmonary consumption, 2months 16 days, Manns Chapel, 10/29 1878, D C Payne, Rossville, IL, M. T. Livengood, MD, Rossville.

      See Samuel J Gilbert, s/o A & M (N?), drowned, 10/7 1944, 1y, 5m 6d buried in Gundy cemetery, Vermilion Co, IL

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