The Gilbert family of Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire

The Gilbert family begin appearing in the parish church and taxation records of Abbotsley, Huntingdonshire (as it was), England, in 1694. They moved from Abbotsley (church pictured), Huntingdonshire to Littleport in approximately 1841 to Burnt Chimney Drove, Littleport which is where the modern Gilbert descendants still farm the land today.

Abbotsley St. Margaret Church, Huntingdonshire
St. Margaret's Church, Abbotsley, Huntingdonshire (now in Cambridgeshire).

On the 1851 census, my Gtx4 Grandparents - Edward Gilbert b. 1774, Abbotsley, and his wife Susan Gillings (sometimes named Gillions) b. 1771, Wrestlingworth, Bedfordshire, were lodging with Thomas Cade of Abbotsley. They were both noted as paupers and Susan is also noted as being blind.

At that time my Gtx3 Grandparents - William Gilbert b. 1807, Abbotsley, and his wife Elizabeth Brightle b. 1806, Camps, Littleport, were living at Burnt Chimney Drove as farmers having had twelve children. Their only surviving son was my Gt. Gt. Grandfather - James Gilbert b. 1849, Littleport and it was he who inherited the Gilbert's farm.

My own link to this family was through my Gt. Grandmother. Her name was Clara Emma Gilbert b. 1884, Littleport, and was one of the nine children of James Gilbert and his wife Elizabeth Howlett b. 1856. Clara married Alfred Newman, my Gt. Grandfather, b.1883, Ely, and they moved to Waterside in Ely which is where they lived until their deaths.

The careful research of distant cousin, Colin Tabeart and the kindness of my Grandmother's cousin - the late Luther Gilbert of Littleport, has supplied me with many of the details displayed on this site for this family.

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