Gilbert Button Nettleton (1828-1922), Carpenter-Architect

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DBA: G. B. Nettleton

G. B. Nettleton, son of Alfred and Maria Button Nettleton, was born February 21, 1828, in Litchfield County, Connecticut.[8] He appears at Stockbridge, Massachusetts in the 1860 and 1970 censuses as a master carpenter. By 1878, he was advertising as an architect in a North Platte, Nebraska newspaper. He was still at North Platte in 1880, listed by the census as a carpenter. Later, he plied his trade as a house carpenter in Goldfield, then Colorado Springs, both in Colorado. By 1920 he was retired at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Nettleton was married to Charlotte Elizabeth Hull Nettleton, and together they had ten children.[8] Two of the sons also worked as carpenters. The Nettletons may also have been in McCook, Nebraska for a time, as he filed for a homestead there in 1873 and was issued a patent in 1878. He filed a second pre-emption on adjacent land in 1884, but that was cancelled by the government as an illegal second filing.[10] As Nettleton had taken a mortgage on that land, the mortgager filed a foreclosure on the property in 1890.[9] It was shortly after these events that Nettleton relocated to Colorado. He died August 26, 1922 at Colorado Springs, Colorado.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Educational & Professional Associations

1860-1870: master carpenter, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.[6][7]

1878: advertised as an architect at North Platte, Nebraska.[1]

1880: carpenter, North Platte, Nebraska.[2]

1900: house carpenter, Goldfield, Colorado.[3]

1910: house carpenter, Colorado Springs, Colorado.[4]

1920: residing at St. Petersburg, Florida.[5]


1. North Platte Western Nebraskian (April 27, 1878), Adv.

2. 1880 United States Census, s.v. “Gilbert B. Nettleton,” North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, accessed through

3. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Gilbert B. Nettleton,” Goldfield, Teller County, Nebraska, accessed through

4. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “Gilbert B. Nettleton,” Colorado Spring, El Paso County, Nebraska, accessed through

5. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “Gilbert P. Nettleton,” St. Petersburg Precinct, Pinellas County, Florida, accessed through

6. 1870 United States Census, s.v. “Gilbert B. Nettleton,” Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, accessed through

7. 1860 United States Census, s.v. “Gilbert B. Nettleton,” Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, accessed through

8. “Gilbert Button Nettleton,” Find a Grave Memorial website, accessed October 18, 2012,

9. “Red Willow County, Nebraska, Court Abstracts, Volume 6,” Item 19, November 8, 1890, accessed October 18, 2012,

10. Decisions of the Department of the Interior and General Land Office in Cases Relating to the Public Lands From January 1, 1894, to June 30, 1894 Volume XVII, ed. by S. V. Proudfit (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1894), 54-55, Accessed October 18, 2012 through Google Books,

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Gilbert Button Nettleton (1828-1922), Carpenter-Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 26, 2015. Accessed, October 31, 2020.

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