Gilbert Palmer Smith

Individual

Born: 19 Sep 1812 in Danby, Rutland County, Vermont, USA

Died: 19 Jul 1900 in Guthrie County, Iowa, USA

Father: Barak Smith (? – 1868)

Mother: Mary Palmer (1788 – 1875)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Lydia Palmerton (1818 – 1848)

Married: 4 Oct 1837 in Collins, Erie County, New York, USA

Child: Nathan E. Smith (1838 – 1877)

Child: Emily A. Smith (1841 – ?)

Child: Daniel Wheeler Smith (1843 – 1918)

Child: Hannah A. Smith (1845 – ?)

Child: Mary Elizabeth Smith (1847 – 1931)

Family #2

Spouse/Partner: Clarissa Rathbone (1822 – ?)

Married: 4 Sep 1850 in ?

Notes:

Gilbert worked as a shop joiner, a skilled woodworker.

In 1840 Gilbert was living in Collins (Erie County, NY). In addition to himself, his household included several others, probably wife Lydia and son Nathan, in addition to one unidentified male. (This is almost certainly the case, but the 1840 U.S. Census doesn't list anyone in a household other than the head.) His father Barak lived nearby. [1840 U.S. Census]

By 1850, Gilbert's house included Nathan, Emily, Daniel, Hannah and Mary. It also included Clarissa, though she was not yet married to Gilbert. By 1860, it also included James (73) and May (71) Smith. [1850/1860 U.S. Census]

In 1860, the household also included a 5-year old child named Clark Tayler/Taylor. His relationship is unknown. [1860 U.S. Census]

Before his death in 1900, he was living with his daughter Mary and her husband George Maris in Seely Township. His wife Clarissa is not listed, and may have died earlier. [1900 U.S. Census]

Change Date

This data was last changed on 5 Apr 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1840 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to notes]
1850 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, notes]
1860 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
1880 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1900 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, notes]
1925 Iowa State Census
[applies to name, birth, marriage]
Ancestor Chart of George E. Spear
by Michael Englemann; [applies to name]
History of the original town of Concord
by Erasmus Briggs; Rochester, N.Y.; Union and Advertiser Company's Print; 1883. Subtitle: "Being the present towns of Concord, Collins, N. Collins and Sardinia, Erie County, New York" [applies to marriage]
Private (Family Register, Gilbert P. Smith)
[applies to name, birth, death, marriage]
Private (Spear Birth and Death Dates Notebook)
Handwritten pages, many hands, many inks. Fragile binding and paper, but with numerous names and dates of birth or death. [applies to name, birth, death]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

Were James and May Smith, Gilbert's uncle and aunt?

Gilbert moved to Iowa in 1853, and was a farmer with a stock and dairying business, and one of the proprietors of Cold Spring Cheese Factory. His farm was 254 acres (valued at $15,500).

The "Family Register, Gilbert P. Smith" (intended for wall display) indicates Gilbert died in August.