Gilbert, Elder Linos Family - Clark County
Mrs. Margaret Gilbert Mathew
40 South 14TH Street
Terre Haute, Indiana
6th GEN. REV. OR ELDER LINOS GILBERT son of Noah, ordained a missionary Bap't minister in Coshocton Ohio (recorded Coshocton Ohio court house) was licensed to preach in 1829 by Mill Fork, Co., Bap't church. Born 4-21-1802, New Brunswick, Conn. He with his parents, brothers, and sisters, migrated to western New York in 1814; later they moved to Pultney, Belmont Co., Ohio, where he began teaching school. At the age of 18, 1-24-1820, Linos m. Margery Dunfee b. 9-14-1801 of Irish parents formerly of West Va. They with their sons and only dau. Margery had moved to Ohio. She d. 6-8-1874, Clark Co., Ill., burial in Auburn Cemetery. Her mother, Eunice Dunfee, d. 1888. in 1851 Elder Linos & family moved to Auburn Township Clark Co., Ill. The following was copied from "THE HISTORY OF CLARK Co.", Marshall Ill. Library:
Elder Linos Gilbert was a missionary Bap't minister and finding no church of his demonination closer than 10 miles determined to organize one in the township" In 1852 those interested in the movement met at a school house and effected an organization with the following mgmbers: Elder Linos and wife Margery Electa Gilbert Norris, Sarah Gilbert Wright, Marenda Gilbert Beabout & husband Wm. Beabout, Willis Gilbert, Eunice Gilbert, and Celia McCune. (This Meranda Gilbert Beabout is thought to have been Elder Linos' Sister, for although he had a dau. Marenda she was only 14 years old at this time and later maarried Jesse Beabout).
"Soon after this organization, Reverends Fuson, J. Riley, and H. Humphrey met with the society and formally recognized it as a church in regular standing. In 1860 a new log school house was erected about 2 miles northwest of Auburn Ill. and the little church held its services there until 1872 when frame building 30 x 40 feet was erected on the National Road (now U.S. 40) 2 miles west of Auburn and three miles east of Martinsville Ill., at a cost of about $1,000.
Said church was known as "Bethel". Elder Linos preached there about 15 years without pay until ill health caused him to quit. The council of Island Grove Bap't church southeast of Martinsville Ill., appointed Elder Linos moderator of their church.
Elder Linos was a militia Cap't and drilled the man ages 18 to 45 when they assembled three times yearly for practice. Elder Linos m. Susan Collins 9-7-1879. He d. 9-30-1888 at Andrew Johnson's residence (his dau. Eunice's home) being 6 yrs. 5 mo. 10 days old.
His remains were carried from the church to the grave by 6 of his great grandsons as pall bearers. Burial in Auburn Cemetery. His ch. I REV. NOAH, II. ELECTA, ILL. LINOS WM. P., IV. SARAH, V. JESSE, VI. DR. SAMUEL SLAUGHTER, VII. WILLIS WESLEY, VILL. EUNICE, IX. MERANDA, AND X. JOSEPH N."
*7th GEN. VXI WILLIS WESLEY GILBERT b. 5-11-1833 Coshocton Co. Ohio.,d. 6-3-1900 (age, 67 yrs. & 23 days) Marshall, IIl. Burial Auburn Cemetary.
He came to Clark Co. Ill., with his parents in 1851 but retuned the next yr. to his birthplace where he was united in m. 10-17-1852 to Ruhama Garie b. 1834 dau. of Samuel and Miriana (Houser) Garia. (Miriana d. 2-1-1871 age 56 yrs. 9 mo., burial Auburn Cemetary).
On their return they located near Auburn, Ill., always residing in Clark Co.
To this union 5 sons and 4 dau. were born. ch: Geo. Wesley, Margaret Rebecca (Mag), William Marion, John Milton, Mary Elizabeth (Molly), Linos A., Ruhama Melissa, Rosa E., and Charles Edward.
After Ruhama's death 2-14-1892, Willis W. m. Mrs. Lucy McCumber-Stattler, b. 1828 Logan Co., Ohio dau. of Wm. Henry and Mary (Van Ness) McCumber, widow of Michael Stattler and mother of 5 ch. Willis was age 61 and Lucy 65. They were m. in Martinsville, Ill., 9-25-1893 by W. B. Allen, pastor of the Church of God . (Clark Co. m. book 1 page 298 Marshall, Ill.)
Willis was one of 9 ch., 3 of the brothers dying within a yr.
Willis was a private in the Civil War, being a member of Co., F., 79th, Ill. Inf. He enlisted 8-1-1862 age 29 (altho his papers in Springfield, Ill. archives give his age as 22) 5' 10"eyes grey, hair black, complexion dark. He was mustered out 6-12-1865 by Cap't Wilson, Nashville, Tenn. He was in Sherman's march to the sea and in Libby prison at one time.
His funeral was at Auburn Church. The sermon was preached by Rev. Audles of Martinsville, Ill. The body was laid to rest with the solemnly impressive ceremonies of the G. A. R. of which he was a member.
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