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Re: Gilbert Surname

Jenny (View posts)
Posted: 19 Mar 2003 9:14AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 Mar 2003 10:42AM GMT
Surnames: GILBERT, BENNETT
There were no Gilberts accused at Salem in 1692. However in 1654, Lydia Gilbert of Windsor, Connecticut was convicted of, and probably executed for, witchcraft. (The Salem Witchcraft Trials weren't an isolated incident; witch-hunting was not uncommon in colonial America, and Salem was the end of the American witch-trials, not the beginning as many people think.)

Lydia was probably the second wife of Thomas Gilbert Jr., son of Thomas Gilbert Sr. and Elizabeth Bennett of Wethersfield, Connecticut. There's a good discussion of the problems surrounding her identity in "The English Origin of Thomas Gilbert of Braintree Mass., and Wethersfield, Conn" by Douglas Richardson (in The American Genealogist 1992). She was accused of causing the death of Thomas' former employer, Henry Stiles, through witchcraft. While we don't have proof that Lydia was executed, it's extremely likely because Thomas remarried about a year after her conviction.

If you're interested or have a connection, I'd be happy to pass on other details about her and her family!
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
momiles 6 Apr 2001 7:33AM GMT 
Donna_Delgadi... 18 Mar 2003 6:47PM GMT 
john7209 19 Mar 2003 11:43AM GMT 
Donna_Delgadi... 19 Mar 2003 2:44PM GMT 
Jenny 19 Mar 2003 4:14PM GMT 
jmtce 21 Oct 2009 1:09AM GMT 
coloneldan 27 Mar 2010 3:39PM GMT 
myavalon75 10 Jan 2011 11:53PM GMT 
Brian Easterd... 17 Jan 2011 11:37PM GMT 
okoblaya 3 Nov 2011 7:54PM GMT 
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