These are not my relatives, but I thought someone might like to have the history for their records. It came from the:
"1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties, Chapman Bros", in Michigan.
Hope it helps someone.
HIRAM A. GILBERT. This representative framer of Genesee Township, Genesee County, was born n Nunda Township, Allegany County, N.Y., January 25, 1827 and his parents were also New Yorkers, his father being born in Herkimer County, May 25, 1802. When eleven years of age Luther Gilvert removed with his parents to Cayuga, where he had his training and education and thence, went to Alleghany County where he carried on a farm until 1839 when he removed to Monroe County.
Luther Gilbert, the father of our subject, came to this county , in 1850, making his home on section 18, Genesee Township, and he is now living on the same section and in the house which he built the year after coming here. His first marriage which took place in 1825 united him the mother of our subject, Hannah Wisner, by name, who was born and reared in Cayuga County. To them were granted one daughter and four sons, who born the following names: Orin, Edwin, Horance, Hiram, and Jane.
Hiram Gilbert who is the eldest of this family remained with his father and mother until 1849 when he came to Michigan previous to his fatherâ€™s removal hither and brought on hundred and sixty acres of land where he now resides in Genesee Township, Genesee County. Just previous to coming here he had been united in marriage in Monroe County, N.Y., with Josephine Simmonds.
Mrs. Hiram Gilbert is a native of Wayne County, N.Y., and she became the mother of two daughters and two sons, namely: Jessie, the wife of George Splain who is a traveling man and resides in Flint; Harvey died in 1869; Kittie and Edwin. When Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert came upon the farm there were only twenty-seven acres of it partially improved, but it is now in a fine condition and produces most excellent crops. It comprises one hundred and seventy acres of well improved land and a general farming business is there carried on.
He of whom we write is thoroughly in sympathy with the doctrines which are the teachings of the Republican party and throughout his life he has never, with one exception, voted for a Democrat, and he says that he heartily sorry for that exception. He has the honor of having held the office of Treasurer of the township for three years and is the only man who ever held that office longer than two years. He was also Constable for something over eight years and Highway Commissioner for three years, and in every instance he conducted the duties of these offices so as to win for himself the respect of his fellow-citizens and to advance the interest of the township.