Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904, pp. 32-33. McCracken Co.
HON. JESSE C. GILBERT Hon. Jesse C. Gilbert, deceased, was born in Marshall county, Kentucky, in the year 1831. His father was Joel Gilbert, who, in 1818, removed from North Carolina, his native state, to the state of Kentucky, and settled near the present site of Benton, Marshall county, Kentucky. He married Miss Tempa Grace, who bore him a family of ten children, of whom the subject of these memoirs was the seventh in order of birth. The parents were pioneers of Marshall county in the real sense of the term, and spent the rest of their days near the place of their original settlement in that county. The mother died in 1834, and the father in 1852. Jesse C. Gilbert was born and reared the son of a pioneer farmer, and the scenes of his youth and early manhood were such as came to others of his day and time. Nothing unusual came into his experiences, but from an early date he possessed a fondness for books. He acquired a fair acadamic [sic] education, and, desiring to become a lawyer, he entered the law office of Philander Palmer, one of the ablest lawyers of Kentucky, at that time, and under whose guidance he continued to read law until his admission to the bar in 1855. He was elected clerk of the Marshall county courts when he was only twenty-two years of age. Later he was elected county attorney, and in 1861 he was elected to represent his county in the legislature. Ten years later he was elected state senator from the second senatorial district, and in the state senate he served to 1875. In 1874 he removed to the city of Paducah, where he continued to reside and practice law to the time of his death. He gained a large and lucrative clientage; won the reputation of being a profound lawyer, eloquent advocate and speaker, and gained the respect of all who knew him. In 1858 he married, in Benton, Miss Azelia Barry, who survived him and still resides in the city of Paducah.