Near Oneida in Clay County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
John Gilbert, Sr. Memorial Highway
Named in honor of first white man to settle on Red Bird River, at the mouth of Gilbertís Creek. A veteran of Revolutionary War, John Gilbert came here to hunt and trap. He surveyed and claimed much of Clay, Leslie and Harlan counties; was an early salt maker. He became a Baptist minister and established three churches in the area.
This versatile pioneer (1764-1868) was state senator from Clay, Knox, Harlan and Whitley counties, 1833-1837; introduced bill for benefit of Clay Co. Seminary. A self-taught doctor, he ministered physically as well as spiritually. After Clay Co. formed, 1807, Gilbert served as justice of peace and tax assessor.
September 1979 †††††††††††††††Julian Carroll, Governor
Erected 1979 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Transportation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 10.294′ N, 83° 34.975′ W. Marker is near Oneida, Kentucky, in Clay County. Marker is on State Highway 66 0.6 miles north of U.S. 421, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oneida KY 40972, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Chief Red Bird (a few steps from this marker); Oneida Baptist Institute (approx. 7.6 miles away); County Named, 1806 (approx. 10 miles away); Salt Works was located along the old Warrior's Path (approx. 10 miles away); This Site is Birth Place of Local History (approx. 10 miles away); Gov. Bert T. Combs (1959-1963)/Bert T. Combs (1911 – 1991) (approx. 10 miles away); Goose Creek Salt Works (approx. 10 miles away); A Masterful Retreat (approx. 10 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oneida.
Categories. • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.