genealogy of Patty Rose



Genealogy of Patty Rose

Name Josiah* GILBERT
Birth 1756, Salem, Westchester, New York
Death 15 Jul 1831, South Norwich Township, Oxford, Ontario, Canada
Father Josiah* GILBERT (1732-<1781)
Mother Hannah* BREASTED (~1735->1781)
Other Spouses Sarah OUTHOUSE
Spouse Elizabeth, 1st wife of Josiah Gilbert*
Death 1784
1 M Moses* GILBERT
Birth 10 Mar 1780, Queensbury, York, New Brunswick, Canada
Spouse Margaret* GREEN
Marriage abt 1804
Notes for Josiah* GILBERT
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JOSIAH GILBERT, of New Jersey, was a corporal in the King's American Regiment. In company with a man named Pearlie he acted as a spy in the War of the Revolution. After peace was concluded he came under the penalties of the same acts passed by the legislature of New Jersey, as have been detailed in Chapter V., and his escape from his native state was almost as dramatic as that of Abraham Smith.

Late in October, 1783, a body of troops came to his house seeking him, and Gilbert had barely time to leap on his horse and get well away. But he had not gone far when the shouts of his pursuers, also mounted, fell on his ear. The race for freedom was an exciting one, but Gilbert managed to maintain his lead. His pursuers hoped to catch him at the river Alleghany, never thinking that he would venture to cross it. But the brave man, throwing himself from his horse, rolled a small cedar log into the water, and with his left arm round it for support, attempted to steer himself with the other to the opposite shore.

By the time the Americans reached the river, he was nearly two hundred yards from the bank he had left, although it was only with extreme difficulty that he was making his way slowly across. Forthwith, the sergeant commanded his men to open fire upon the swimmer, and the unremitting sharpshooting was kept up as long as Gilbert was within range. The arm which encircled the log was shot in the fleshy part, but by good fortune the bone was not splintered, and he was enabled to still cling to his support. The log itself received many balls, but by keeping it between himself and the enemy his head was protected until he was out of range, and the disappointed troopers had to return gloomily home.

The corporal made his way to New Brunswick, where he remained till 1799. In that year he came to the Long Point country settling in the township of Woodhouse. In the war of 1812 he was appointed captain of a local body of volunteers, and again nobly proved his loyalty to Britain.

Some of his descendants live at the present time near Springford in North Norwich, and some in Dereham. A grandson, John Gilbert, aged eighty-nine, is yet living in Dereham, and also the eldest sister of John Gilbert, a Mrs. Mahoney, at the ripe old age of ninety-two. One of the sons of John Gilbert is called Josiah, after his noted ancestor. [copied from:]
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Josiah Gilbert appears on the first existing rolls of the King's American Regiment in August of 1777 as a private in the late Captain Moses Dunbar's Company at Kingsbridge, New York. The regiment itself was raised beginning in December, 1776, but no rolls are known to exist before August, 1777. He served in that locale and that company, which was given to Captain Thomas Capman in October of 1777, through to the first part of 1780. This would include the two years the regiment was on Rhode Island. The KAR sailed for Virginia in October of 1780 and quickly thereafter left for Charlestown, South Carolina, where it arrived in December of that year. He was then a private in Captain Peter Clements Company. With his regiment and company he left South Carolina in May of 1781 for Savannah, Georgia. In April of 1782 he was still serving in Savannah as a private in Captain Isaac Atwood's Troop of Cavalry in the King's American Regiment. Upon the evacuation of Savannah in July of 1782, he returned to Charlestown, South Carolina until that place was also evacuated in the December following. The regiment returned to New York in January of 1783, and he served for the remainder of the war at Newtown, Long Island as a corporal in Colonel Edmund Fanning's Company. On September 2nd 1783, Josiah is listed as absent with leave.

On October 26, 1783, the King's American Regiment was disbanded in Queensbury Parish, Nova Scotia, where Josiah Gilbert received a land grant of 203 acres. Lot # 106 across the Saint John River from Prince William is where Josiah called home. Prince William is located 40 kilometers west of what is now Fredericton and 60 kilometers east of Woodstock, New Brunswick.
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1787 St. John River, Queensbury, 203 acres; 1793 Great Bear Island, Queensbury, 4.75 acres

8 Jun 1796 Newark [now Niagara-on-the-Lake], applied for 400 acre land grant in the Long Point Settlement; 4 Jul 1797 Josiah and wife Sarah received 200 acres of waste land on Lot #12 Concession #4 of Thownsend Township, Norfolk co.; 21 Apr 179 applied for an additional 100 acres of land and was turned down.

12 Mar 1806 sold land in the Long Point Settlement and in 1808 bought 200 acres on Lot # 21 Concession #8 Norwich Township, Oxford County [now Springford] for $1.25 per acre. Josiah was the first settler to clear land there and erect a log home.
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Josiah Gilbert UE joined the King's American Regiment in August 1777 as a private at Kingsbridge, New York. The KAR was made up of soldiers mainly from the New York area. Near the end of the war they were stationed at Newtown, Long Island.

buried St. Charles Anglican Church, Dereham

picture: land grant certificate
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Notes for Elizabeth, 1st wife of Josiah Gilbert*
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poss SMITH

poss died in Fredrickson
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Last Modified 17 Dec 2004 Created 4 Jan 2005