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GILBERT, REV. DAVID McCONAGHY, D. D., pastor of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran church, Harrisburg, Pa., was born in Gettysburg, Pa., February 4, 1836. He is a son of the late Dr. David and Jane E. (Brown) Gilbert. His father, David Gilbert, M. D., was born near Gettysburg, July 27, 1803; was an eminent physician and surgeon; practiced in Gettysburg until 1852; after-wards resided in Philadelphia, and was for some years a professor in the medical department of Pennsylvania College in that city; he died July 28, 1868. Mrs. Dr. Gilbert died February 22, 1893, aged eighty-six. Four of their family of eight children are still living: Harriet B., wife of John M. Adler, M. D., of Philadelphia; Boyd Anna, widow of the late Andrew Ross Potts, of Washington, D. C.; David McC., and Miss Julia K. Their only other son was Dr. William Kent Gilbert, eldest of the family, at the time of his death coroner of Philadelphia. Two of the children died in infancy; the remaining one was Hannah M., wife of Jackson McAbee, of Philadelphia.

Rev. David McC. Gilbert pursued his early studies in the preparatory department of Pennsylvania College, at Gettysburg; he was graduated from the college in 1857, and from the theological seminary, of the same p lace, in 1859. In October, 1859, he was licensed to preach the gospel and administer the sacraments by the West Pennsylvania Synod. In the fall of 1860 he was ordained by the Synod of Virginia as a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In December, 1859, he was called to the pastorate of the Central Evangelical Lutheran church of Staunton, Va., where he labored with fidelity and success until May, 1863. June 1, 1863, to July 1, 1871, he was pastor of what is now known as the Church of Ascension, at Savannah, Ga. He then returned to his former pastorate at Staunton, and remained until April 1, 1873. He then took charge of a parish at Winchester, Va., and labored there until December, 1887, when he was called to his present pastorate; he began his labors here on the first Sunday in December, 1887.

Rev. Dr. Gilbert was married, in New Orleans, October 29, 1866, to Miss Mary Rutledge, daughter of the late John G. and Catherine Fallingatt, of Savannah, Ga. Their children are: John G., attorney-at-law, Harrisburg, Pa., William Kent, Frederick M., Catherine, David McC., Jr., Marion Rutledge, Henry D., and Jane. Dr. Gilbert is at present president of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of East Pennsylvania.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 18 June 2001

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