Australian English Genealogy

Descendants of Samuel Gilbert

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3. John Gilbert

Came free with mother on the Lord Melville

Occupation: Baker

14. Samuel Gilbert

GILBERT.-February 8, at his residence, Morella, Point Piper-road, Woollahra, Samuel Gilbert, aged 47, eldest son of the late John Gilbert, of Parramatta.

Source: The SMH 9 Feb 1889

Timothy Brien

It is with deep regret that we have to record the fact that on yesterday (Friday) morning another of the district's well known identities passed away. We refer to the death of Mr Timothy Brien of Seven Hills. The old gentleman has been ailing for a long time and his illness occasioned much concern among a wide circle of friends and has been referred to in the 'Argus'. Mr Brien had reached the advanced age of 83 years and lately his health was breaking up fast. The funeral is arranged for 2 o'clock this afternoon and will move to Castle Hill Church of England Cemetery.

SourceThe Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate 16th January, 1897

6. Maria Gilbert

WILLIAMS. — January 25, at her residence Belmore Park, Parramatta, Maria, the dearly beloved wife of Edwin Williams, and second eldest daughter of the late Samuel Gilbert, after a short and painful illness, aged 67 years.

Source: The SMH - 27 Jan 1883

Edwin Williams

Arrived in 1832 on the Providence, along with his mother.

Occupation: carpenter

William Wybrow(known as Tindale)

Married as Tindale

William Best

The Late William Best.
One of the Pioneers.
The late William Best, of Seven Hills, whose death at 87 years of age we recorded last week, was one of the State's pioneers. He was born at Baulkham Hills, and was the first white settler in the Murrumbidgee. Three of his sons, William, John and Samuel are now large fruitgrowers and sheep farmers in the Yass district, on an estate of 2000 acres which was given to them by their father. His two other sons, George and Robert, are well known and esteemed residents of Seven Hills, and his married daughters are Mesdames H. A. Best, F. Hudson (deceased), S. Howard, Addison (St. Mary's), Pike (Young), Carter (Welling- ton), and Sheldon (Sydney). The late Mr. William Best married a daughter of an old Parramatta identity, Mr. Samuel Gilbert. For sixty years he had been an orchardist at Seven Hills, and when he did take an active part in politics he was a great supporter of the late Hon. James Byrnes and Sir John Lackey.
It is related of the late Mr. W. Best that, when he was a youth of about 18, working with his brothers in the southern districts, he and they once encountered a party of bushrangers near Bargo and were ordered to 'bail up.' The Bests were returning from town with supplies and amongst the booty which the robbers secured was a considerable quantity of tobacco. Young William Best was much in- censed by these lawless proceedings, and, but for the intervention of his brothers would have tried to make a fight for it— a dangerous proceeding in those bad old days of robbery under arms. However, he vowed that if ever he again met the leader of the outlaws he would have his revenge. Some 40 years after- wards, when Mr. Best had settled at Seven Hills and was pursuing the peaceful calling of an orchardist, there came one night a knock at the door just as the household were sitting down to tea. The visitor proved to be a tramp who besought food, and was at once, after the kindly custom of the Bests, taken into the kitchen and provided with dinner. Strange to say, as soon as the late Mr. William Best heard the man's voice he at once recognised it, laid down his knife and fork, rose from the table and went into the kitchen to interrogate the new comer. 'Halloa,' he said, ' who are you and what are you after ? ' The man made some reply of the conventional kind. ' Look here,' said Mr. Best, ' Isn't your name H------, and were you not known as ' Tommy, the Settler? ' The visitor seemed greatly surprised and a good deal alarmed. ' I suppose you don't know me,' continued Mr. Best, ' but I know you. I'm Billy Best, whom you once stuck up and robbed of a lot of tobacco. Finish your dinner and then clear out of this, quick and lively.' The ex- bushranger took this advice, made tracks forth- with, and did not trouble Mr. Best further. Old Mr. Best used to say that he had seen as many as 50 and 60 blacks dead at one waterhole, which had been poisoned by the white settlers. The blacks had become such an anxiety that the settlers considered that the best way to deal with them was to exterminate them by poisoning the water. He had seen prime bullocks weighing 1000 lbs going begging for 30s, and at Gundagai had come across casks, chairs, and clothes trunks in the topmost branches of tall trees, where they had been conveyed by flood waters. The blacks, he said, used to predict that Wagga would be submerged some day, as they had often seen it under water. Mr. Best was the original lessee of Buckinbong. The remains of the late Mr. W. Best were on Sunday reverently laid to rest in St. John's Cemetery, Parramatta, the classic burial ground wherein many of those who, in the early days, assisted in the building up of this colony, now sleep peacefully. Many were the mourners who joined in the solemn procession that slowly wound its way from the dwelling at Seven Hills where deceased had breathed his last. There were the five sorrowing sons of the lamented veteran : Messrs. Robert, George, William, John, and Samuel Best, his sons-in- law, Messrs. H. A. Best (Dural), S. Howard, and H. Addison (St. Mary's), as well as his relatives, Messrs. M. Best and T. S. Best. There also were Messrs. E. P. Pearce, G. W. Pearce, James Pearce, C. Horwood, D. P. Horwood, R. H. Lalor, J. Burns, H. Meurant, R. Meurant, A. Hartley, J. Luke, sen., R. Luke, H. Luke, W. Davis, A. A. Howard, A. J. Howard, H. Howard, H. H. Smith, Hackett, P. R. Brien, J. Buckley, S. Beehag, A. Brien, W. Moon, Folkard, and others. The service in St. John's Church was conducted by the Rev. G. Middleton, the impressive lesson being read by the Ven. Archdeacon Gunther, and Mr. Middleton also officiated at the grave side. The funeral arrangements were efficiently carried out by Mr. W. Metcalfe.

Source: The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate 11 Oct 1902