Email of May 23, 2011:
I just wanted to let you know that I got very lucky and found a couple of articles related to what I was looking for. While on the internet I noticed that there were transcriptions from "The Athens Post" extracted by John Forkner. When I looked at the list of names I saw that there was one for Gilbert, GS and a second one for Gilbert, Louisville, TN. When I called Monroe County Archives I learned that the Gilbert, GS article was about the death of Samuel Saffell. He died of milk sickness which was milkweed poisoning. When I looked that up I can now understand why it took him four days to die. The second article concerned the death of one of the younger Gilberts (I do not know if it was A.L. or Samuel S). There were some young men in Louisville celebrating a victory by Johnson (?). Gilbert was killed when thrown from the wagon. The date was August 24, 1855. I am ordering both articles and hope to learn a little more.
The odds of finding the above was not good; probably like finding a needle in a haystack. I still have George S. Gilbert and either A.L. or Samuel S. to learn about. From deed information I was able to learn that George S. had some type of connection with Jacob Gilbert of McMinn County and John Gilbert of Gettysburg, Adams County, PA.
I have also been able to locate where George S. Gilbert's first wife, Nancy Saffell Gilbert, was buried. Her grave was one of those moved when there was flooding by the TVA. Also there was a fourth son, Thaddeus, who died when 1 year old. If sounds as if Nancy was buried to next to her child.
It constantly amazes me how much can be learned about these people long dead. Your work helps to put the pieces together.
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