From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
William S. Gilbert, one of the enterprising, practical citizens of York Township, resides on section 31. His home farm contains 155 acres and he also owns sixty-four acres on section 1, Otsego Township. He was born in Portage County, Ohio, Sept. 22, 1836, and was fifteen years of age when his parents, John and Mary Gilbert came to this county. He was married Sept. 27, 1862, to Harriet Case, a native of this county, born Oct. 19, 1842, daughter of Firman and Permelia Case. They have given special attention to the education of their three children -- Clarence, Dora and Hugh, the two eldest of whom are teachers and the youngest now in training for the same profession. In politics Mr. Gilbert is a Republican. He is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity -- Angola Lodge, No. 236; Angola Chapter, No. 58; Angola Council, No. 27; and K.T. Commandery, No. 19, of Kendallville. Mrs. Gilbert and her daughter are members of the Disciples church.
Submitted by Kim Davoli