North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1862|
Captain Thomas Gilbert was born 1790 in N. Carolina. His parents were William and Nancy "Nicey" Morris Gilbert. Family lived in Dickson County, TN Thomas served in the War of 1812 in Cpt. Spriggs Co. LA Militia as a boatman and enlisted Dec. 17, 1814 and discharged Feb. 14, 1815. First wife was Elizabeth Drake, 2nd wife Nancy V. Walker and 3rd wife was Elizabeth Dancy Thurmond widow of Robert Collier.
Thomas was an early pioneer of Nashville and one of the early riverboat captains. The following is a list of steamboats that he owned or was the captain of:
1. Rifleman ( Thomas Gilbert & Sterling M. Banner-1818)
2. Emerald (Thomas sold his interest in the boat in 1825)
3. Montgomery (Thomas Gilbert-1828)
4. Rocky Mountain (Thomas Gilbert-1838)
5. John Marshal (Thomas Gilbert- 1841)
6. Suwanee (Thomas Gilbert & J.C. Leake-1846)
7. Globe (Thomas Gilbert-1849)
Excerpts from Steamboatin' on the Cumberland by Byrd Douglas-pgs 13, 18, 38 & 55.
"The steamboat Rifleman as built at Louisville in 1818 and was a larger boat than the General Jackson, being 231 gross tons burden."
"In later years, the Rifleman was captained by Thomas Gilbert who became a famed pilot. His first great feat with the Rifleman was a trip from New Orleans to Nashville, which according to the Nashville Whig of April 17, 1822, was made in twelve days. She was burned at Mobile, the exact date unknown."
"On Feb. 15, 1838, according to the The Nashville Whig, the Rocky Mountain, in command of Captain T. Gilbert, left Nashville with the following cargo; 158 bales of cotton, 222 hogsheads of tobacco, twenty-four ton of pig metal, 304 barrels of flour, 715 sacks of corn, and various miscellaneous package freight."
"The John Marshall was a favorite packet for years between New Orleans and Nashville, She was owned and operated by Captain Thomas Gilbert."
Tennessee State Libary & Archives digital file-Nashville Directory 1853-1854 lists: Thomas Gilbert, Captain steamer Globe, 66 S. Cherry Street
By 1860 Thomas has retired from riverboating is now a farmer.
The 1860 Census of Davidson County, TN 5th Dist. July 10th
has Thomas Gilbert aged 69 and his occupation is farmer, his realestate value is listed as $8,0000 and his personal value at $6,875.
Interments in the Nashville City Cemetery 1846-1962
Nashville Public Library digital file on Nashville City Cemetery contains the following:
Volume: 5-1862- Number: 83 Date: Feb. 14, 1862-Age: 72-Sex:M- Race:W-Residence: Country- Disease: Eruption- Ave Old Ground-Lot:lot ( An old Pioneer Steamboat Man) This file also lists 4 slaves of Cpt. T. Gilbert and his son William Gilbert
Nancy V. Walker Gilbert (1804 - 1839)
Elizabeth Dancy Thurmond Gilbert (1804 - 1890)*
Andrew Jackson Gilbert (1827 - 1898)*
Dewitt Clinton Gilbert (1829 - 1841)*
William Gilbert (1834 - 1861)*
Mary G. Gilbert Thurmond (1836 - 1897)*
Nashville City Cemetery
Plot: Section 28 Lot 59
Maintained by: Rhea Gilbert
Originally Created by: kimshockey (reb)
Record added: Jun 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9018993
Your family is greatful for your service in the War of 1812, for your many brave years piloting the Cumberland River and being a part in Davidson County, TN's early history in and around Nashville.|
Added: Jun. 25, 2013