Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 8/24/1813 - 8/17/1815
Birth Date: 1787
Death Date: 1/1/1823
Thomas Gilbert was born in 1787 in Marblehead, Massachusetts. His father, also Thomas Gilbert, was a sailmaker.
Gilbert married Elizabeth Graves on June 14, 1818. They had two sons, Thomas and John. Thomas was born in 1821 and became a sailmaker. John’s birthdate is unkown, but he later served in the Civil War.
Gilbert was described as 5′ 5″ tall, and having light hair and a light complexion.
Gilbert entered USS Constitution between August 17 and August 24, 1813. His rank was able seaman. He was assigned to forecastle division as a sail trimmer. During battle he passed shot for the no. 4 gun. He was discharged on August 17, 1815 at Boston, Massachusetts.
Battles and Engagements
Gilbert was on board for the battles with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant.
In 1820 he was working as a merchant seaman on the schooner Jachin, sailing from Marblehead to the West Indies. Gilbert was lost at sea on January 1, 1823. It is unclear whether he was still serving on Jachin at the time.