Monday, December 2, 2013

Death of Dr. Benjamin Busey Gilbert 1867

Most information posted on the Moran blog is based on information that came directly out of Moran Place.
However, today that is not the case.  I was looking through old Memphis Daily Appeal's online and came across an obituary for Dr. B.B. Gilbert, formerly of Weakley county.

Gilbert--of yellow fever, at McKinzie's (sic) Station, on the Memphis and Ohio railroad on the night of Saturday, the 12 th October inst, Dr. B.B.Gilbert, formerly of Weakly (sic) county, Tenn., aged about forty-two years.
Our Bro. and Comp. Dr. Gilbert had been for ten years engaged in the commission business, as one of the firm of Gilbert, Harris & Co., 286 Front street, and was well known to and esteemed by the community and the Brotherhood.  A gentleman in every sense of the word, true to the sublime teachings of Free Masonry, he practiced in all the walks of life the cardinal virtues inculcated by it, and especially Temperance, Justice, Fair-dealing and Truth. He hath the Master's Word, and has gone to that land beyond the dark river where he shall receive Master's wages.
His funeral, in connection with his mother's will take place at McKenzie on the 27th inst.  The Fraternity generally invited to attend.  Services by the Rev. A.E. Cooper. From the Memphis Daily Appeal Oct. 20 1867.

I knew there were Gilbert's in the Moran family tree so decided to find out exactly who was Dr. B.B. Gilbert.  His full name was Benjamin Busey Gilbert, a son of Jonathan Moore Gilbert Sr and Francis Busey. He was one of many children!  In addition to Benjamin there was Lucy Pernecia Gilbert.  Lucy married Albert Gallatin Harris, the brother of Harriet Harris wife of James Henderson Moran who just happened to be the parents of John Williamson Moran!  Benjamin's other siblings were James Monroe, Randolph, Alfred Gardner, Zillah Miranda, Jonathan Moore Jr, Frances Mariba, Agnes Marietta and Elizabeth Portia.

Benjamin married Mary Eliza Allen in Carroll County on October 28, 1857.  To my knowledge they had no children and she died about 1858.  Perhaps in childbirth?  But that's just speculation on my part.

I found various references on ancestry, rootsweb and other online resources to his mother's death placing it at 1867 to 1869.  I think it's safe to say that she died in 1867 about the time of her son Benjamin since the obituary references his funeral in connection with hers.

On a side note I located an intriguing entry in the September 12 1867 edition of the Memphis Daily Appeal, a month before the death of Benjamin.  This is in regards to Mr. S. Harriss (sic) of the firm of Gilbert & Harriss.  

Mysterious Disappearance--Mr. S. Harriss of the firm of Gilbert & Harriss, No. 282 Second Street, disappeared on the night of the 9th, immediately after supper, and has not since been heard from. Mr. Harriss is about forty-five years old, six feet high, of spare build, no whiskers, dark hair, had on light pants and vest, black sack coat and dark hat.  It is feared by his friends that he has been the victim of foul play.  Any information concerning him will be gladly received at 282 Second street.  From the Memphis Daily Appeal Sept 12 1867.

I don't know who Mr. Harris/Harriss was or if he was ever found but according to an Administrator's Notice that appeared in the Public Ledger on Nov 25, 1867, the firm of Gilbert, Harris & Co. was dissolved by mutual consent on September 16, four days after Mr. Harris went missing.
The executor of Benjamin Gilbert's estate was J. M. Gilbert Jr.  I'm assuming that to be his brother Jonathan Moore Gilbert Jr.  

Many of the Gilbert's can be found at Gilbert Cemetery in Weakley County.

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