John Gilbert was born about 1729 in New Haven, Conn.; died there 5 July 1779. He married 22 May 1755 Lydia Ives, born 2 Oct. 1733 in New Haven; died there 15 Dec. 1778; daughter of Ebenezer and Mary (Atwater) Ives.
John Gilbert was killed in the British attack on New Haven, July 5, 1779. He left the field he was cultivating and rallied his company for the defense of the town. On his tomb is inscribed that he was slain by the British troops when they plundered New Haven on July 5, 1779, in the 48th year of his age. When overpowered and ordered to surrender he refused, but a shot felled him from his horse and his wounded body was pierced with bayonets.
He also served in the French and the Indian War, in Third Co. (Capt. Joseph Spencer), Second Regiment (Col. Nathan Whiting), from Apr. to 18 Nov. 1758.