Gilbert, Charles Ransom (1863-after 1935)

Charles Ransom Gilbert (sometimes spelled Charles “Ransome” Gilbert) was the manager of the insurance department of Mahon, McFarland and Mahon, and he had a similar role with the London and British North America Company Ltd. He lived at 1911 Nelson Street in 1902 and at 1955 Haro Street from 1903 to 1914.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 8, 1863. His father was Charles Gilbert (1832-1901), a merchant and member of the Chicago Board of Trade. His mother was Jane Lucina Goodridge (1834-1888).

After finishing his schooling, he travelled in the western United States from 1880 to 1883. He returned to Chicago in 1883, where he worked for a lumber company.

He went to California in 1887, where he became a rancher for two years. By 1890, he was in the insurance business, which was his main occupation from then on.

On February 1, 1896, in Santa Clara, California, he married Elizabeth Russell Porter. She was born in San Jose, California, on May 25, probably in 1869, although some sources say 1873 or 1875). Her father was Norman Porter; her mother was Hannah Peck.

In 1900, the Gilberts came to Vancouver, where Charles reorganized the Board of Underwriters.

From 1902 to 1906, he was the secretary-treasurer of the Mainland Board of Fire Underwriters. He invested in real estate. He also became the director and treasurer of the Horse Show Association.

In November 1906, he resigned from the Board of Mainland Fire Underwriters to become the manager of the insurance department of Mahon, McFarland & Mahon. He stayed with Mahon, McFarland & Mahon from 1907 to 1911.

From 1912 to 1914, he was the department manager of London and British North America Company Ltd.

In 1914, the Gilberts left Vancouver to live in Terrace, British Columbia. They sold their house to Mrs. Lester Brooks of Minneapolis.

Charles and Elizabeth lived in Terrace until after the mid-1930s. Charles remained active in the insurance business, often travelling across central and northern British Columbia to evaluate damages for insurance losses. Elizabeth was active in the social life of Terrace.

It appears that Charles had died by 1939. No further information is available for him or for Elizabeth.

Charles and Elizabeth had one son.

John Porter Gilbert

John Porter Gilbert (sometimes called “Jack”) was born in Butte, Montana on April 18, 1898 (although some sources say 1897).

In 1909, he was very ill, and had to go to the Vancouver General Hospital, although he later recovered. He went to a college in the southern United States, probably in California.

His wife, Julia W., was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on August 25, 1905.

John died in Monterey, California, on April 25, 1978.

Julia died in Montery on August 2, 1969.

John and Julia had two children.

Cynthia A. Gilbert

Cynthia A. Gilbert was born in Vancouver about 1930.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Canada, probably Vancouver, about 1935.

Sources

Charles Ransome Gilbert

Charles Ransome Gilbert, British Columbia from the earliest times to the present, Vancouver, S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914, Volume 3, pages 376-377; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/376/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/377/mode/1up

Jane L. Goodridge, 15 May 1834 – 3 March 1888, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/MC1M-7PZ.

“United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M67V-Y2P : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Charles Gilbert in household of Charles Gilbert, Illinois, United States; citing p. , family 25, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000545711.

“United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MXJH-4YR : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Chas. R. Gilbert in household of Chas. J. Gilbert, Evanston, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing sheet 298C, family 3, NARA microfilm publication T9-0201

Evanston, Illinois, Directory, 1888, page 29: https://archive.org/stream/evanstondirector1888evan#page/30/mode/1up: “Gilbert, C.F., real estate.”;

Evanston, Illinois, Directory, 1888, C.J. Gilbert’s additions to Evanston: page 32: https://archive.org/stream/evanstondirector1888evan#page/32/mode/1up

Evanston, Illinois, Directory, 1888, C.J. Gilbert’s additions to Evanston: page 297: https://archive.org/stream/evanstondirector1888evan#page/n300/mode/1up

Evanston, Illinois, Directory, 1888, C.J. Gilbert’s additions to Evanston: page 104: https://archive.org/stream/evanstondirector1888evan#page/103/mode/1up: “Gilbert, Charles J. real estate, 204 Lasalle city and Park bldg.. depot, r 816 Asbury av.

Evanston, Illinois, Directory, 1893, page 177, https://archive.org/stream/evanstondirector_1893evan#page/177/mode/1up: advertisement for Chas. J. Gilbert, real estate and loans, 327 Davis Street, Evanston.  Gilbert, C.J. (Charlotte wife), r. 319 Davis, real estate, 327 Davis.

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZ31-R2C : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Charles Ransome Gilbert and Elizabeth Russell Porter, 1896.

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K86L-WMK : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Chas Ransome Gilbert and Elizabeth Russell Perter, 1896.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVJ-MSV : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Charles R Gilbert, 1901.

Canada Census, 1901, BC BURRARD (#1), Subdistrict: Vancouver (City/Cité) D-3 page 16, family 156, lines 49-50; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59771&highlight=49&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Charles+R.+Gilbert (continues on to next page).

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2QS1-D1G : accessed 27 Dec 2013), C R Gilbert, 1905.

Vancouver Province, May 6, 1905, page 6: Social and Personal: “Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Gilbert, accompanied by their little son Jack, arrived on Saturday last from California, where they had been spending the past month with Mrs. Gilbert’s relatives in San Jose.”

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2QS1-PYL : accessed 27 Dec 2013), C R Gilbert, 1905.

“Mr. C.R. Gilbert is to Resign: Will Formally Acquaint Fire Underwriters with His Intention at Meeting Tomorrow,” Vancouver Province, November 28, 1906, page 1.

“Society,” B.C. Saturday Sunset, January 2, 1909, page 4: “Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Gilbert gave one of the many jolly Christmas dinner parties, covers being laid for ten, the guests being Mr. and Mrs. Henry Carry, Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Proctor, Mr. and Mrs. Quigley, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Wright.”

“Society,” B.C. Saturday Sunset, February 6, 1909, page 8: “Mrs. Gilbert, Seattle, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, Haro street.”

“Society,” B.C. Saturday Sunset, March 20, 1909, page 4: “Miss Porter, who is on a visit to her sister, Mrs. C.R. Gilbert, is returning to her home in San Jose after a two years’ trip around the world.”

1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 1 Vancouver City, page 5, family 50, lines 22-25, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63663&highlight=22&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Charles+Gilbert

Society, Vancouver Province, December 21, 1912, page 8: “Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Gilbert left this week for the south to spend Christmas with their son, who is attending college.”

Society, Vancouver Province, June 18, 1914, page 5: “Mrs. Babcock entertained a company of fourteen at luncheon on Tuesday for Mrs. C.R. Gilbert, who is leaving town shortly to reside in the Prince Rupert region.”

Social and Personal News, Vancouver Province, July 4, 1914, page 12: “In compliment to Mrs. C.R. Gilbert who is about to leave Vancouver to live in the Peace River district [sic] Mrs. J.H. Senkler entertained a company of friends at luncheon and afterward at a bowling contest at her residence  on Haro street. . . .”

Society, Vancouver Sun, July 4, 1914, page 6: “The impending departure of Mrs. C.R. Gilbert, to reside in the Prince Rupert region, has been the occasion of much entertaining in her honor during the past week or two. . . .”

Society, Vancouver Province, July 8, 1914, page 8: “Mrs. Lester Brooks of Minneapolis, who has been spending the summer here, has purchased the residence of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Gilbert on Haro street, which she will use as a summer home. Mrs. Brooks will not occupy the house until next spring.”

B.C. Saturday Sunset, March 13, 1915, page 5: “Mrs. Brooks has returned from Minneapolis and is now settled in the house in Haro street she acquired last autumn.”

Society, Vancouver Province, November 12, 1915, page 8: “Mrs. C.R. Gilbert is expected to arrive from Fort George next week and will spend a few days in Vancouver on her way south.”

Society, Vancouver Province, December 22, 1916, page 10: “Mrs. C.R. Gilbert, who has been for the last two weeks in Vancouver, left last night for Fort George.”

Prince George Star – March 30, 1917 – Page 5, http://pgnewspapers.lib.pg.bc.ca/fedora/repository/pgs:1917-03-30-05: Hotel Arrivals: at the Prince George: C.R. Gilbert, Terrace.

Prince George Citizen – June 16, 1922 – Page 8, http://pgnewspapers.lib.pg.bc.ca/fedora/repository/pgc:1922-06-16-08: “C.R. Gilbert, of Terrace, spent a short time in this city this week on business . . .”

Omineca Herald, January 5, 1923, page 4: “Lands: Fruit, Vegetable and Dairy Lands in the Terrace District: Insurance of all kinds: Notary Public: Correspondence solicited: Shas. R. Gilbert, Agent, Terrace B.C.”

Omineca Herald, January 12, 1923, page 4: “Mrs. and Mrs. C.R. Gilbert and family left Thursday to spend a holiday at San Jose, the home of Mrs. Gilbert’s mother.”

Prince George Citizen – June 07, 1923 – Page 2, http://pgnewspapers.lib.pg.bc.ca/fedora/repository/pgc:1923-06-07-02: “C.R. Gilbert assures Terrace people they will have bridge soon: C.R. Gilbert, of Terrace, has been making the people of the town feel good by assuring them the plans have been completed for the bridge over the Skeena, and that a start will be made upon the job this summer.”

Prince George Citizen – May 15, 1924 – Page 8, http://pgnewspapers.lib.pg.bc.ca/fedora/repository/pgc:1924-05-15-08: “C.R. Gilbert, the insurance adjuster of Terrace, spent a few days in the city, following his adjustment of the loss on the contents of the railway station building at Vanderhoof”

Prince George Citizen – April 22, 1926 – Page 10, http://pgnewspapers.lib.pg.bc.ca/fedora/repository/pgc:1926-04-22-10: “C.R. Gilbert, fire insurance adjustor, of Terrace, was in the city on Tuesday, adjusting the loss in connection with the fire on the home-site of Mrs. S. Kimball, in the Beaverly district. . . .”

Prince George Citizen – June 30, 1927 – Page 1, http://pgnewspapers.lib.pg.bc.ca/fedora/repository/pgc:1927-06-30-01: “McDonald Hotel Will be Enlarged, Renovated and Steam-Heated: C.R. Gilbert, of Terrace, insurance adjuster, has fixed the loss in connection with the fire in the McDonald hotel at $5500. . . .”

Terrace News, January 14, 1931, page 1, column 4: “Notice: During my intended absence from Terrace, of several months durations, Mr. T. Elwood Brook will have charge of my business. I trust the favors shown me in the past will be continued through Mr. Brooks while I am away. Chas. R. Gilbert.”

Terrace News, May 11, 1932, page 1: “Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Gilbert returned home Wednesday night of last week after a year’s absence. During the last twelve months they have toured through England, Scotland, France, Germany and Italy. Mr. Gilbert is now busy picking up the strings of his business and renewind old acquaintances.”

Omineca Herald, February 1, 1933, page 1: “Mrs. C.R. Gilbert leaves Thursday for Vancouver where she will enter the hospital for treatment. Her many old friends here will hope for her speedy recovery.”

Terrace News, March 1, 1933, page 1: “Word has been received from Mrs. C.R. Gilbert to the effect that her recovery has been so satisfactory that she will leave the hospital this week and go to the home of her son where she will spend some time before returning to Terrace.”

Prince George Citizen – March 09, 1933 – Page 3, http://pgnewspapers.lib.pg.bc.ca/fedora/repository/pgc:1933-03-09-03: “Local Happenings: The home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Devauld, a few miles out of Vanderhoof, was completely destroyed by fire on the afternoon of Monday, February 27th. There was no one in the house at the time of the fire as Mrs. Davauld and her daughter were visiting and Mrs. Devault was chopping wood out of sight of the structure. George Ogston made the appraisement in the absence of Mr. Gilbert, of Terrace, who was too ill to make the adjustment.”

Terrace News, September 13, 1933, page 1: “Terrace Notes: Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Gilbert left last Thursday and spent the rest of the week at the coast.”

Terrace News, February 7, 1934, page 1: “Terrace Notes: C.R. Gilbert is the latest addition to the local big game hunters. He has a squirrel to his credit. It got too cockey around the Gilbert home and assumed to dictate to the holder of the title to the property.”

Terrace News, July 25, 1934, page 1, “Mrs. Hamilton of Vancouver is a guest of Mrs. C.R. Gilbert for few weeks.”

Terrace News, August 29, 1934, page 1: “Terrace Notes: Mrs. C.R. Gilbert who has been holidaying in the south returned home on Friday. Accompanying Mrs. Gilbert was her grand-daughter, Miss Cynthia Gilbert who will spend some time here.”

Terrace News, October 10, 1934, page 1: “John Gilbert of Vancouver arrived on Wednesday last to spend a week with his parents Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Gilbert. When he returns south he will be accompanied by his daughter Cynthia who has been spending some weeks with her grandparents.”

Terrace News, October 24, 1934, page 1: “J. Gilbert, accompanied by his daughter Cynthia left for his home in Vancouver on Thursday after spending a couple of weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Gilgert [sic].”

Terrace News, May 8, 1935, page 1: “Mr. and mrs. C.R. Gilbert are back from a trip south. Mr. Gilbert, who has not been in Vancouver for two years, says he found conditions greatly changed, and felt that affiars were much more hopeful as people generally are doing serious thinking about the problems of the times.”

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1938, page 544 (Terrace, British Columbia): “Gilbert, Chas. R. real est and agt. Terrace Tel. Co.”

British Columbia Supreme Court (Vancouver), Probate/estate files, GR-1415, B08849 Gilbert, Charles Ransome, P – 24669.

Elizabeth Russell Porter (wife of Charles Ransome Gilbert)

History of Berlin, Connecticut, Catharine Melinda North and Adolph Burnett Benson, New Haven : Tuttle, page 110; https://archive.org/stream/cu31924028842031#page/n147/mode/1up. [Norman Porter family.]

“California, Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT6T-2XL : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Norman Porter, 1866.

“California, Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT6Y-H5B : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Norman Porter, 1866.

“California, Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT6B-MTW : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Norman Porter, 1866.

“California, Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT6T-QSD : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Norman Porter, 1867.

“United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MNX9-1SH : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Elizabeth Porter in household of Norman Porter, California, United States; citing p. , family 251, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000545587.

“California, Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT6T-644 : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Norman Porter, 1871.

“California, Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT6T-1X3 : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Norman Porter, 1873.

“California, Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT6Y-VRZ : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Norman Porter, 1876.

“United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M6PJ-JYB : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Elizabeth R. Porter in household of Norman Porter, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States; citing sheet 50D, family 4, NARA microfilm publication T9-0081

John Porter Gilbert (son of Charles Ransome Gilbert and Elizabeth Russell Porter)

Vancouver Province, April 6, 1909, page 9: “Jack, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Bilbert, who has been very ill at the General hospital, is so far improved that he was able to be moved to his home yesterday.”

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909-1957,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/246Y-KXK : accessed 27 Dec 2013), John P Gilbert, 1928.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909-1957,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/24JN-M1L : accessed 27 Dec 2013), John P Gilbert, 1932. NOTE: wife is Julia W. Unknown, born August 25, 1905, East Orange, New Jersey. Daughter is Cynthia, born about 1930.

“United States Census, 1940,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K94Q-S3R : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Jack Gilbert, Carmel-by-the Sea, Monterey Judicial Township, Monterey, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 27-25, sheet 13A, family 452, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 268.

“California, Death Index, 1940-1997,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VPN2-BKH : accessed 27 Dec 2013), John Porter Gilbert, 1978.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J1BT-738 : accessed 28 Dec 2013), John Gilbert, April 1978; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

“California, Death Index, 1940-1997,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VGRY-2Q9 : accessed 27 Dec 2013), Julia W Gilbert, 1969.

Cynthia A. Gilbert (daughter of John Porter Gilbert)

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLWG-X4X : accessed 28 Dec 2013), Cynthia A Gilbert, 1950.

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