- John Gilbert 1736-1807
- Mary Peck 17??-1805
Edward Gilbert was the third child of the five known children of John Gilbert, a farmer, and his wife Mary Peck of Abbotsley, Huntingdonshire.
Edward married Susan Gillions of Wrestlingworth, Bedfordshire and the couple had ten known children, all baptised in Abbotsley.
In 1805, Edward Gilbert paid Land Tax at Abbotsley but he did not hold very much land. When Abbotsley was enclosed in 1837, Edward is noted as the occupier of a "house, barn, garden and fruit, the property of Jon Lincoln, rateable value £1.15.0". It is unclear as to whether the enclosures brought hardship to the Gilbert family or whether ailing health caused Edward and Susan to fall upon hard times.
By the time of the 1851 census, Edward and his wife appear at the home of their son-in-law, Thomas Cade where they are noted as lodgers and as paupers. Susan, and Thomas Cade are both noted as being blind. Mary Cade - Thomas' wife, and Edward and Susan's daughter, is noted as being deaf.
freebmd.org.uk shows a death recorded in the St Neots district (of which includes Abbotsley) in the December quarter of 1852 for an Edward Gilbert - the only one for that name between the 1851 and 1861 censuses, so this is most likely his. There are also two deaths recorded in 1859 for Susan Gilberts, but as yet none of these are confirmed as being the correct people.
6th March 1774 at Abbotsley church, Huntingdonshire.
- Susan Gillions (1771-c.1859) in approximately 1795 - most likely at Wrestlingworth, Bedfordshire.
- Sarah Gilbert (1795-?)
- George Gilbert (1797-?)
- Mary Gilbert (1799-18??) married Thomas Cade (1799-18??)
- Elizabeth Gilbert (1802-?)
- William Gilbert (1807-1879) married Elizabeth Brightley (1806-?)
- Ellen Gilbert (1808-?)
- Eliza Gilbert (1809-?)
- John Gilbert (1813-?)
- Frances Gilbert (1818-?)
- Frances Gilbert (1834-?)
Possibly in 1852 at Abbotsley, Huntingdonshire. Dec quarter, St Neots 3b/172.