Maxine, I am also searching for information on these Gilberts! I have been told the same information about the name change when leaving England and coming here. I think this Gilbert is the father of W.P. Gilbert who was the father of John Gilbert. WP and Sarah Gilbert are listed as the parents of my John Gilbert.This John married Jane Fulcher and they left Patrick County and moved to Smyth County. Their son James Gilbert married America Holmes. These are the parents of my grandfather John William Gilbert. I have copies of documents involving the first John, a list of his property at his death, a copy of a deed when he bought land in Patrick County on Spoon Creek, etc.
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Sylvia Gilbert Ryder