Silvester Gilbert House

Gilbert Notes

The Gilbert house was a Georgian style stone house built in about 1821 by early resident Silvester Gilbert. Georgian style homes were prevalent in the thirteen colonies throughout the 18th century. These homes typically are constructed of stone or brick with a symmetrical arrangement of windows and doors on the front of the building. Windows are usually multi-paned sliding sash windows in a 6 over 6 pattern. The front door may have a transom window over it. The Gilbert family lived in this house for 50 years. Silvester Gilbert was born in Otego, New York on September 24, 1787. He came to Ogdensburg in 1810 establishing himself as a hatter. After the War of 1812 he formed a partnership with Judge Averill as a merchant. This partnership was dissolved in 1818. Silvester Gilbert was a prominent early citizen of the village of Ogdensburgh. Among his many accomplishments was helping to form one of the first Masonic lodges in Ogdensburg, becoming a Master in 1826. He held many state offices for the Masons and was a member for 55 years. He was elected Supervisor of the Town of Oswegatchie and was a delegate in 1839 when General William Henry Harrison was nominated for president. On the local level, he was elected village clerk in 1817, village trustee in 1832, and village president in 1835 and 1856. He was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1827 as a Whig. Gilbert was named a commissioner of the Oswegatchie Navigation Company in 1831, which was formed to dig canals linking Black Lake, Gouverneur and Canton. He was elected as a vestryman and warden of the Episcopal Church and was instrumental in completing the building of St. John’s Episcopal Church here in Ogdensburg. The Ogdensburg Academy was established in 1835 with Gilbert listed as one of its trustees. He married Lois Ranney in 1818, who died in 1819. They had one son. Lois Ranney was the daughter of Capt. Seth Ranney, who served in the War of 1812 and Eleanor Matthews. He then married Nancy Ann Seymour, daughter of David and Nancy Seymour. They had 12 children. Silvester Gilbert died in 1865 and is buried in the Ogdensburgh Cemetery. After his death his fellow masons passed a resolution which said “his life has been characterized by a high tone of moral worth which won for him the regard of his fellow citizens.” #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal

Sources: History of St. Lawrence County (L.H. Everts) Charter, Ordinances and School Act of the City of Ogdensburg, New York. January 1st, 1905 Old Houses of the North Country (Watertown Daily Times) #300 Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 3 Dams, Locks and Canals: A Century Before The Seaway (Watertown Daily Times) November 25, 2014 War of 1812 - The Second Revolution By Rainier Chapter Watertown Daily Times January 4, 1922 Bonnie Winter Wright: photo Gilbert Ad: St. Lawrence Gazette June 23, 1829 Official Canvas of SLC: St. Lawrence Gazette November 21, 1826 Dissolution of partnership: St. Lawrence Gazette August 25, 1818 Mason-death of Gilbert: The Daily Journal November 18, 1865 Anti-Jackson Meeting: Northern Light October 25, 1832 Bank of Ogdensburg: St. Lawrence Gazette November 27, 1827 Town of Oswegatchie Supervisor: St. Lawrence Gazette March 11, 1828 Oswegatchie Navigation Co.: St. Lawrence Republican August 18, 1835 War of 1812: The Daily Journal March 1, 1859 Gravestone: William Henry Harrison: St. John’s Episcopal Church: Oswegatchie River:


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