Gravestone for UEL pioneers Isaac & Mary Gilbert

Isaac and Mary Gilbert
United Empire Loyalists and pioneers of Norfolk County



In 1981 my grandmother and father purchased a book written by Harriet Walker titled: Isaac Gilbert: United Empire Loyalist, 1742-1822 which traced the descendants of United Empire Loyalist Isaac Gilbert and his wife Mary Rowland up to the early 1980s.
I remember at the age of 7 being thrilled to see my name in print in a leather bound book with gold embossing on the cover.  I spent hours tracing back my ancestry in the book and visiting old graves with my dad and grandma.

Isaac and Mary were born in Connecticut in the early 1700s.  
During the American Revolution, Isaac was a Sergeant in the Queen’s Rangers serving under Colonel John Graves Simcoe, and as United Empire Loyalists, Isaac and Mary took their family to Gagetown New Brunswick after the war in 1783. 
 
They moved to Woodhouse in Norfolk County, Upper Canada in 1799 where Isaac applied for land grant as a Loyalist and received 400 acres and settled on Lot 4, Broken Front in Woodhouse Township on the shore of Lake Erie, east of Port Ryerse.

They died on the same day on September 5th 1822.

Isaac and Mary are buried in Woodhouse United Cemetery about 6km south of Simcoe.  I recently visited their graves at the Woodhouse Cemetery and was shocked at their condition.

I knew they have been deteriorating over the past decade but did not expect them to be in the condition they are currently in.

It is now impossible to decipher who is buried beneath their headstones from what is left from the inscriptions.

I am creating a go-fund me page in the hope that Isaac and Mary’s many descendants could each contribute a small amount in order for a new and proper headstone to be placed on their graves.

I think it is a shame that there is not a proper stone on the graves of the two people who, for many, are the first ancestors to settle in Canada.

I have set the initial goal as $3000 not really knowing the cost of a proper monument.  I have contacted a monument maker near to where Isaac and Mary are buried and once I have a suitable quote I will update the goal accordingly.

Sherri Pettit has created a website in the hopes of updating Harriet Walker’s 1981 book.  
Please go there and help her in any way you can.
http://www.geneofun.on.ca/gilbert/isaac.html 


Isaac Henry Gilbert
1742–1822
Birth 25 OCT 1742 • New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Death 5 SEP 1822 • Woodhouse, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada
My 6th great-grandfather

Mary Rowland
1754–1822
Birth 24 NOV 1754 • Redding, Connecticut, USA
Death 5 SEP 1822 • Woodhouse, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada
My 6th great-grandmother


About me:
Isaac Henry Gilbert (1742 - 1822)
          6th great-grandfather
Ebenezer Thomas Gilbert (1797 - 1871)
          Son of Isaac Henry Gilbert
Lorinda Gilbert (1820 - 1878)
          Daughter of Ebenezer Thomas Gilbert
Catherine Pilkey (1840 - 1907)
          Daughter of Lorinda Gilbert
Sanford Matthews (1867 - 1945)
          Son of Catherine Pilkey
Gladys Edna Matthews (1897 - 1933)
          Daughter of Sanford Matthews
Oral Vireana Babcock (1918 - 1998)
          Daughter of Gladys Edna Matthews
Thomas Bilardino (Bil) Segui (1950 - )
          Son of Oral Vireana Babcock
Michael Joseph Segui (1974 - )
          Son of Thomas Bilardino (Bil) Segui

I was born in Aylmer, Ontario and currently live in Woodstock, Ontario with my wife Andrea and two daughters Isabelle and Gillian.

I have an interest in history, genealogy, guitars, and Freemasonry.

Michael Segui



CONDITION OF THE GRAVE 2007
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CONDITION OF THE GRAVE 2010
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CURRENT CONDITION OF THE GRAVE 2019
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I AM IN THE PROCESS OF COSTING A MONUMENT THAT LOOKS SIMILAR TO THE FOLLOWING.   IT MAINTAINS THE LOOK AND FEEL OF A HISTORICAL GRAVE MARKER AND WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE A BRIEF HISTORY ENGRAVED ON IT.
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PROPOSED GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTION

Isaac Henry Gilbert
October 25 1742
September 5 1822

His wife 
Mary (Rowland) Gilbert
November 24 1754
September 5 1822

Natives of the Colony of Connecticut. 
During the American Revolution, Isaac was loyal to the Crown and a Sergeant in the Queen’s Rangers serving under Colonel John Graves Simcoe.  After the war Isaac and Mary moved their family to New Brunswick as United Empire Loyalists, finally settling in Upper Canada as pioneers in Norfolk County.
Erected by their descendants in 2019

Donations (0)

  • Marilyn Lawson 
    • $50 
    • 3 mos
  • Sandra Boughner 
    • $50 
    • 3 mos
  • Jeannine VanderBeek 
    • $25 
    • 3 mos
  • Andrea Segui 
    • $20 
    • 4 mos
  • Benjamin Doolittle 
    • $30 
    • 4 mos

Organizer 

Michael Segui 
Organizer
Woodstock, ON
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