Jonathan Gillett

Male Abt 1604 - 1677  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name Jonathan Gillett 
    Born Abt 1604  Chaffcombe, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Aug 1677  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1890  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2006 

    Father William Gylett, Rev,   b. Abt 1582, Of, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2 Apr 1641, Chaffcombe, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Mother William Gylette, Mrs.,   b. Abt 1578, Of Chaffcombe, Sommerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1681  (Age ~ 103 years) 
    Family ID F1015  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Dolebere,   c. 7 Jun 1607, Cadhayne, Colyton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1685/1686, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married 29 Mar 1634  Colyton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jonathan Gillett,   b. Dec 1634, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1697  (Age ~ 62 years)
     2. Cornelius Gillett,   b. 1633, Dorcester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1711, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     3. Mary Gillett,   b. Abt 1638, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1719  (Age ~ 81 years)
     4. Ann, Anna, or Hannah Gillett,   b. 29 Dec 1639, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1711  (Age 71 years)
     5. Joseph Gillett,   c. 25 Jul 1641, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1675, King Phillip's War, at Battle Creek Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years)
     6. Samuel Gillett,   c. 2 Jan 1642, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1676, Indian Battle at, Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years)
     7. John Gillett,   b. 5 Oct 1644, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1682, Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     8. Abigail Gillett,   c. 28 Jun 1646, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1648  (Age ~ 1 years)
     9. Jeremiah Gillett,   b. 12 Feb 1647/1648, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1692/1693  (Age 45 years)
     10. Josiah Gillett,   c. 14 Jul 1650, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1736  (Age ~ 86 years)
    Family ID F1014  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • BIOGRAPHY:
      1. Appears that there was still a family estate in Windsor, Connceticut into the mid 1850's. Also known as GYLETTE, GYLETT, GILLET, GILLETTE, GYLOT, GYLET, GALET, GELOT, GILET, and so on.

      2. Quoted from "Some of the Descendants of Jonathan Gillett" referenced in misc-sources below: "Jonathan Gillet the progenitor of this branch of the family belonged with his brother Nathan to the company of about one hundred and forty Puritans, which was formed in the counties of Devonshire, Dorsetshire, and Somersetshire, England, sailed with Revs...John Warham and John Maverick as pastors, in the 'Mary and John', March 20, 1630, and arrived in Nantasket, May 30th, following, settlement being made at Dorchester [Mass.]. He was made a freeman there, May 6, 1635...With the Dorchester Church and Rev. Mr. Wareham, he and Nathan removed about 1636 to Windsor, Conn...He and his wife Mary Dolbiar (Dolbere) whom he married Mar. 29, 1634 at Colyton in Devonshire, England, are included in Matthew Grants Church list, made 37 years after the settlement, of 21 'members who were so in Dorchester and came up with Mr. Warham, and are still with us'. They were also privileged having paid six shillings, to sit in the long seats in the church. He gave 4 s.6 d. to fund in aid of sufferers by the Indian War at Simsbury and Springfield, and was one of the committee of distribution." Also quoted is the story of the "Bear Bible" which was the Gillett family bible and was printed in Amsterdam in 1599 and known as the Geneva edition which was very popular among Puritans. The cover is a rough, home-made, leather binding. There are deep scratches in the front edges of the leaves, which according to family tradition, were made by a bear's claws as the Bible lay on a window sill holding up a window sash. Much info is recorded and can be seen in copies of the referenced source noted herein and with copy on file with this individual.

      3. Appears he probably returned to England and met his wife. Evidently the couple within a very short time after their marriage, sailed for New England and Jonathan their first child was born about six months after they came to land.

      4. "The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography":
      a. Entry for Lewis Singer Gillette, pg. 62: "...a descendant of Jonathan Gillette, who came to this country from England or Scotland in the ship 'Mary and John', in 1630, and settled in Dorchester, Mass. The family is descended from French Huguenots who fled from France about 1580. From Jonathan Gillette, who moved to Windsor, Conn., in 1635, the line of descent is traced through his son Jonathan..."
      b. Entry for Clarence Preston Gillette, pg. 407: "The Gillette family in the United States is descended from two brothers, Nathan and Jonathan Gillet, of Devonshire, England, sons of Huguenot parents who fled from their home near Burge, France, to Scotland, in 1572. The sons sailed for America in 1630 in the ship 'Mary and John' with a company of 140 emigrants, and settled at Dorchester, Mass. They removed, to Windsor, Conn., in 1636, where their descendants remained for several generations."

      5. FHL book 929.273 B233w, "Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor, Connecticut, 1614-1909," John Barber White, pp. 15-19, mentions Jonathan's home in the following quote about Thomas Barber [also one of my other ancestors living in Windsor, CT, at the same time: "The following is a copy of a portion of the London Passenger Register for the ship 'Christian' in which the Saltonstall party sailed for America: '16 Marcij 1634, Theis vnderwritten names are to be transported to New England inbarqued in ye 'Christian' de Lo (from London); Joh. White Mr. bound thither, the men having taken ye oath of Allegiance & Supremacie.
      Names/Yeres:
      1 ffrancis Stiles 35
      2 Tho: Bassett 37
      3 Tho: Stiles 20
      4 Tho: Barber 21
      The ancient Jewish year which opened with the 25th of March continued long to have a legal position in Christian countries. In England, it was not until 1752 that the 1st of January became the initial day of the legal year, as it had long been of the popular year. The 'Christian,' therefore, sailed on the 16th of March 1635 instead of March 1634, as the London Custom House Record states. According to the Windsor records, in 1635 Thomas Barber was granted 'a lot ten rods west of Humphrey Hyde's Mill Road, 8 acres and 22 rods wide, bounded south by Mill Brook, extending as stated 2 rods wide, to accommodate Barber and Alvord, and also a way for Mr. Wareham, Minister to go to his lot north of Barber's and Alvord's and ended in the Poquonock Road.'... Thomas Barber's residence, it is stated, was located 'upon an ancient road which running about southwesterly from the rivulet (near where the present road from Palisade Green comes in) intersected the Poquonock road above the old mill.' On the north side of this road were the residences of Thos. Barber, Humphrey Hyde, and Alex Alvord, and on the south side that of Jonathan Gillett.

      MARRIAGE:
      1. Parish records of St. Andrew's Church, Colyton, Devon, England; 1634; Quoted from "Some of the Descendents of Jonathan Gillett"; ; per "misc-source" record noted below; reads "1634, Jonathan Gillett and Mary Dolbear, 29 March".

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      QUESTIONS:
      1. Birth at: Chaffcombe, Som., England?

      SOURCES_MISC:
      1. "Descendents of Jonathan Gillett," in The New Engand Hist. and Geneal. Reg. 1893. Another book ?"Ancient Windsor (Conn W9).
      2. Per family group sheet archive record, copy in file 2656 of Kerry Petersen. 3. Bertha Bortle Beal Aldridge, "Gillette Families, Some of the Descendents of Jonathan Gillet and Nathan Gillet"; 1572-1800; Collection entitled, "Genealogy and Local History," by University Microfilming, Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Microfiche no. G-1135; Public Library call no. GEN-R 929.3; Traces family from Huguenot origins in France to Scotland in 1572, to England, to Nantasket and Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630, and then to Windsor, Connecticut in 1636.