|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1800|
|Death: ||Mar. 5, 1889|
Jonathan was born in Hancock County, Georga to Benjamin and Amelia/Emilly (McKENZIE) GILBERT of Virginia. He married Frances W. BUSEY on the 9th of October 1821 in Livingston Co., Kentucky. He moved to Carroll County, Tennessee from Livingston County in 1823. According to The Goodspeed, Biographical Sketch of Carroll Co., Tennessee, Frances W. "died July 4, 1867 and in 1870 Mr. Gilbert married Mrs. Louisa Dumas..." [The date 1867 could be a typographical error, because Francis' tombstone inscription for date of death is 1868]
Newspaper article dated 1887 [prob. from McKenzie Banner]:
Uncle Jack Gilbert, of McKenzie, was in town last Monday. He was 87 years of age the 17th day of last June. He is one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens. He first settled in Carroll county in February, 1823, coming from what was then Livingston (now Crittenden) county, Kentucky, walking through himself and bringing all of his possessions on pack horses. There was then no regularly laid off roads in the country, but there was a trail known as the Forked Deer Trail, which he followed in coming in. He stopped at the old pigeon roost, now in the 4th civil district of Carroll county, cleared a field and raised a fine crop, making from twelve to fifteen barrels of corn per acre. For a time he leased land and afterwards bought and was eminently sucessful as a farmer, and at the commencement of the war was a rich man. At the time Uncle Jack came to West Tennessee there were but few settlers here. Game was abundant, and venison was as common as hog meat at the present time. He recollects to have seen the famous Davy Crockett at a shooting match near his residence in 1823. Mr. Gilbert helped to cut out the road that leads from Huntingdon to Paris, and also helped to clear the bushes and brush off of the public square at Huntingdon, which he describes as being covered by a very dense thicket. He also helped to build the first court house in Huntingdon, which was but a cabin made of unhewn logs. It is really interesting to listen to the old pioneer give history of the rise and development of the county. Though past his four score and seven years, the subject of this notice is well preserved, and may remain with us in his ripe old age for a number of years to come.
On the 5th inst., at his home in McKenzie, J. M. Gilbert, Sr. aged *89 years.
"Uncle Jack," as he was familiarly known, was born in Georgia, June 17, 1800. He emigrated to Franklin county, Tenn., where he resided a short time, and then removed to what is now Crittenden county, Ky. From Kentucky he moved to Carroll county in 1822, and was a citizen of this and Weakley counties until death. He was one of the pioneers of West Tennessee, and did as much perhaps as any man in opening up this country to agricultural purtuits.
Commencing life poor, by his energy and industry and strict attention to his business, he has accummulated a forture at the beginning of the late war, all of which was swept away by its results, except his land. He commenced life anew in 1865, and by his indomitable will and energy he accumulated enough to make him comfortable in his old age.
He was one of Nature's noblemen. Always charitable to the poor and always true to a friend. He was widely known and universally esteemed by his acquaintances and beloved by his friends.
The funeral services, under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, of which he was an active and honored member, were conducted by Rev. T. W. Cannon, at the C. P. Church.
At the conclusion of the services at the church an opportunity was given all to view the face, which was composed as if asleep. How beautiful, how touching, when so many of his former slaves and colored friends gathered around him and shed their tears over the grand old man who they loved so well.
His remains were escorted to his family cemetery by the Masonic fraternity and a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends. There the beautiful and impressive burial ceremony of his order was performed by P. S. Dunlap, and all that was mortal of Uncle Jack was deposited in the silent tomb to await the final call on the morning of the resurrection. His bereaved children and numerous relatives have the sympathies of the entire community, and ... [rest of article unreadable]
*Death date taken from a loose leaf notebook titled 'Gilbert Cemetery' on file at the Gordon Browning Museum & Genealogical Library, McKenzie, Tennessee. The notebook contains copies of the Gilbert Family Bible.
Frances W. Busey Gilbert (1800 - 1868)*
Benjamin Busey Gilbert (____ - 1867)*
Lucy Pernecia Gilbert Harris (1823 - 1902)*
Elizabeth Potia Gilbert Allen (1840 - ____)*
Created by: Robbie Carnell Story
Record added: Jul 30, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20701964