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Descendants of

John Bige Gilbert

Mary (Bowling) Gilbert


John Bige Gilbert
b: 01 Mar 1757 NC
d: Mar 1868
Mary "Molly" Bowling
daughter of
James &Sarah(Blevins) Bowling
granddaughter of
Benjamin &Martha "Patsy"(Phelps) Bowling
b: 1779
d: 1846

"Gilbert Connections with Historical Figures"
and with the surnames
~ Asher, Bolling, Davis, Sizemore, Taylor ~
as per
Sandra (Asher) Tiller
daughter of
James Rondal &Bertha Lou(Melton) Asher
John &Mariah(Hignite-Hammons) Gilbert
William W. &Nancy(Taylor) Gilbert
Wallace W. &Susan(Jones) Gilbert
Felix Grundy &NancyJane(Wallace) Gilbert
John Gilbert (b:1757),
a half-brother to Felix Grundy Gilbert (b:1754 Scotland), is who
talked Felix into moving to Kentucky, to around the same area as John.
John and Felix are related to William Wallace (the Scottish hero),
to Henry IV (King of England), to Robert The Bruce
(King of Scotland), and to other Royalty.
John married Mary "Molly" Bolling, a direct descendant of
John & Matoaka (Powhatan) "Pocahontas" Rebecca Rolfe,
as are most of the BOLLING/BOWLINGS of that area ...
... who married GILBERTS of that area.
Pocahontas (Powhatan) Rolfe
John was the man who found and buried legendary Chief Redbird,
(a friendly Cherokee, for whom Red Bird River, in KY, is named)
after Chief Redbird had been bushwhacked and murdered by some
white men. Chief Redbird was a Sizemore, and through
Sizemore-Bolling marriages, is at or near the roots of many
The first settler after John on the Red Bird River
of Clay and Knox Counties, KY, was Dillion Asher (b:1777)
(John and Dillion being, literally, the first two settlers there). Dillion
was a close friend of, and a good a woodsman as, Daniel Boone.
Through that association, Dillion became the first tollgate keeper
of the Cumberland Gap. Dillion and his uncle, Dillion Blevins (for
whom the younger Dillion was named), were two of the original
"Kentucky Long Hunters" (in this instance, referring to men who
went from NC to the hunting grounds of KY on "long hunting trips"
that took weeks)
. During one of these trips, Dillion Asher met and
married Mary Davis, but fathered children by both Mary and her sister,
Sarah "Sally" Davis, both cousins of Jefferson Davis,
the first/only President of the "Confederate States of America."
Jefferson Davis
Dillion Blevins was the brother of Dillion Asher's mother,
Martaret "Peggy" (Blevins) Asher. The two Dillions
(an Asher one, a Blevins one) are at or near the roots of many
the GILBERT/ASHER/BLEVINS/DAVIS inter-marriages of that area.
A direct descendant of both Dillion Asher and Felix Gilbert,
James Rondal Asher (b:1924),
married Bertha Melton, daughter of Alexander &Maude(Ball) Melton.
Alexander (b:c1889) is related to Daniel Boone,
and Maude (b:1892) is related to President George Washington
through his mother, Mary (Ball) Washington. Perhaps there are other
Daniel Boone George Washington

And oh, by the way, a relative of George Washington's is
Robert E. Lee.

There were at least four Taylor brothers who fought in the Revolutionary
War, obtained land grants in Kentucky, and were married into the Gilberts.
Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Taylor, who fought along with (literally)
George Washington in that War, was the father of our 12th President,
Zachary "Old Rough & Ready" Taylor.
Zachary, brought as an infant from Virginia, was raised in Kentucky.
Zachary Taylor
Jefferson Davis's first wife was the oldest daughter of Zachary,
but she died young and there were no children from that marriage.
Per researcher Sandra (Asher) Tiller:
"I've not found a blood-line (yet) between President Zachary Taylor,
and the TAYLORS who married into 'our' GILBERTS,
but . . .
(grin) . . . I'm a working on it."

Sandra's collection of documentation includes
reprints of some very interesting chronicles
from the 1800's.
To visit our website section called
"Sandra's Notefiles"

John's & Molly's
List of Descendants
  • (1) Felix Jefferson Gilbert
    b: 21 Feb 1804 Big Creek, Clay Co, KY
    d: 21 May 1859 Big Creek, Clay Co, KY
    m: LUCINDA JANE DORTON, on 07 Feb 1828, in Knox Co, KY
    daughter of Moses &Loadicie(Robinson) Dorton
    b: 22 Dec 1808 Pineville, Knox Co, KY d: 27 Mar 1889

  • (2) Sarah Gilbert
    b: 25 Jan 1806

  • (3) Martha Gilbert
    b: 08 Nov 1807

  • (4) John D. Gilbert
    b: 1809

  • (5) Abijah Gilbert
    b: 1812
    d: an infant

  • (6) Alijah Gilbert
    b: 25 Feb 1815

  • (7) Joseph Gilbert
    b: 12 Jun 1817 KY
    m: Sarah LNU
    b: 1827 Clay Co, KY

  • (8) Nancy Gilbert
    b: 08 Jun 1819
    d: 10 Aug 1906
    buried: Nan Riley Cemetery, Knox Co, KY
    m: BLACKGROVE B. HOPPER,on 04 Oct 1838
    son of William &Nancy(Catching) Hopper
    grandson of Blackgrove &Rhoda(Kesterson) Hopper
    b: 1823

  • (9) Mose Gilbert
    b: 1820

  • (10) Polly Gilbert
    b: 1821

  • (11) Mary Gilbert
    b: 1822

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