Mary Dolebere

Female 1607 - 1686  (~ 78 years)


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  • Name Mary Dolebere 
    Christened 7 Jun 1607  Cadhayne, Colyton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Jan 1685/1686  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1892  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2015 

    Father Rawkey Dolbiar or Dolebere,   b. 17 Aug 1571, Cadhayne, Colyton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1641, Colyton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Mary Mitchell or Mychell,   c. 4 Dec 1576, Colyton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1648, Colyton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1602  of Cadhayne, Colyton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1016  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jonathan Gillett,   b. Abt 1604, Chaffcombe, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1677, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married 29 Mar 1634  Colyton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jonathan Gillett,   b. From Dec 1634 to Jan 1634/1635, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1697/1698, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     2. Cornelius Gillett,   b. Abt Jul 1636, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1711, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     3. Mary Gillett,   b. Abt 1637/1638, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1719, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     4. Anna or Hannah Gillett,   b. 29 Dec 1639, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1711, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     5. Joseph Gillett,   c. 25 Jul 1641, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1675, King Phillip's War at Bloody Brook near Deerfield, Hampshire (now Franklin), Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years)
     6. Samuel Gillett,   c. 22 Jan 1642/1643, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1676, Indian Battle at Turner's Falls near Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
    +7. John Gillett,   b. 5 Oct 1644, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1682, Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     8. Abigail Gillett,   c. 28 Jun 1646, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1648/1649, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 2 years)
     9. Jeremiah Gillett,   b. 12 Feb 1647/1648, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1692/1693, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     10. Josiah Gillett,   c. 14 Jul 1650, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1736, Colchester, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years)
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1014  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Ancestry.com's "The Great Migration Begins, Sketches, Preserved Puritan":
      "Jonathan Gillett
      Origin: Chaffcombe, Somersetshire.
      Migration: 1633.
      First Residence: Dorchester.
      Removes: Windsor 1638.
      Return Trips: To England in 1633 and return 1634.
      Church Membership: Admission to Dorchester church prior to 6 May 1635 implied by freemanship.
      Freeman: 6 May 1635 (as "Jonathan Jellett," second in a sequence of five Dorchester men) [MBCR 1:370].
      Offices: Connecticut jury, December 1653, 7 June 1655, 26 August 1657, 3 March 1658/9, 15 May 1660, 6 December 1660, 5 September 1661, 9 October 1661, 13 May 1662, 20 January 1662[/3] [RPCC 119, 143, 181, 197, 211, 219, 238, 240, 246, 261]. Windsor constable, March 1655/6 [RPCC 161].
      Estate: Allowed by town of Dorchester "to fence in half an acre of ground about his house leaving a sufficient highway," and granted four acres of marsh; also "Jonathan Gillet's house" mentioned, 17 April 1635 [DTR 11]; "Jellets" to have two acres of marsh, 27 June 1636 (no first name is given, so this grant may be to both Jonathan and Nathan) [DTR 17]. (In the grant of meadows beyond Neponset, Lot #32, marked only "J.," may have belonged to Jonathan Gillet, since it was immediately next to the lot of N[athan] Gillet [DTR 321].) In Thomas Treadwell's deed of land to Edward Breck, dated 20 June 1638, one of the abutters to a parcel of land was "Mr. Parker on the other side which was once Jonathan Gillete's" [DTR 35]. On 9 June 1662 Jonathan Gillett Sen. was granted two parcels of swampland totaling five or six acres by the court-appointed committee to dispose of land without the west bounds of Windsor [WiLR 1:41]. Other "Jonathan Gillett" land entries appear to pertain to Jonathan Jr. In his will, dated 8 August 1677 and proved 6 September 1677, "Jonathan Gillett sen. of Windsor ... being at present very ill and under distemper of body above ordinary" named "my wife ... sole executrix " and "my son Josiah Gillett to take care for the improvement of his mother's estate," she to have the use of "both my houselots, my one and that which was my brother Nathan Gillett's, which are both nine acres, also at the upper end of the first meadow, or that which is Timothy Phelpes," and "all that remains of that to me I set out three acres to my son John"; after "my decease ... my son Josias" to assist his mother, and after her death "he shall enjoy for his own ... my now dwelling house and all the appurtenances with it, with five acres of houselands & all other parcels of land, as are expressed to be his mother's for her use whilst she lives, only excepting the house & four acres of the houseland to it, which my son Jeremy shall possess for his own after my wife's decease" and "the six acres in the second meadow I set out to him, he is to possess for his own at the present"; "thirdly, my will is that if the Lord should take me and my wife both of us away by death within four years after the date hereof, my son Josiah shall pay some legacies, as to his brother Jonathan Gillett £4 and a gun, and to his brother Cornelius Gillett £4, & to my daughter, Peter Browne's wife, £2, and to my daughter, Samuel Fyllye's wife, £2, and to the two children which I have taken that were my son Joseph's, deceased, as the little son Jonathan £5, and the girl £5. My son Jonathan is to have the other twenty acres of woodland joining to the twenty acres expressed to my wife. He is to have his twenty acres next to Thomas Barber, ten acres of it I give him, the other ten he hath bought. Also, Jonathan and Cornelius my sons are to have my eleven acres without the west bounds of Windsor, betwixt them, after my decease. And my son John Gillett to have six acres of the other parcel without the bounds at present, and Jeremie to have the remainder of it" [Hartford PD Case #2202; Manwaring 1:200-01]. The inventory of "Jonathan Gillett Senior who died the 23 day of this August" was taken 31 August 1677 and totalled £273 10s., including real estate valued at £188: "his dwelling & barn house land five acres," £70; "his dwelling house that was his brother Nathan's & four acres of houseland," £40; "the first meadow, near four acres," £20; "the second meadow eight acres," £30; "twenty acres of woodland," £10; "six acres of upland," £12; and "without the west bounds of Windsor common land fifteen acres," £6 [Hartford PD Case #2202]. More than a generation later, on 25 August 1719, Jonathan Filley, Josiah Filly, John Filly, Thomas Gillett and Joseph Gillett petitioned the probate court that their "grandfather Jonathan Gillit late of Windsor" had left unadministered estate and they requested that someone be appointed to administer the property [Hartford PD Case #2202].
      Birth: By about 1609 (based on presumed age at marriage), son of Rev. William Gillett.
      Death: Windsor 23 August 1677 (from inventory).
      Marriage: Colyton, Devonshire, 29 March 1634 Mary Dolbiar, bp. Colyton, Devonshire, 7 June 1607 [TAG 15:208-17]. She died Windsor 5 January 1685[/6] [CTVR 56; TAG 15:210].

      2. Also known as Dolbiaror or Dolbear.

      3. Manuscript from the Windsor CT. Historical Society Library of Jay Mack Holbrook entitled "Conn. Colonists - Windsor 1635-1703" has the following listings for Gillets. I am not sure what the references refer to, but they appear to be a compilation of mentioned names in original sources. I have rearranged the entries to be chronological rather than alphabetical as presented by the book compiler:
      Gillet, Widow; estate in pounds = 27; 1677; GRA677:3.
      Gillett, Mary 607; church member, 1678; CHS930:10; spelling: Gillet, wife of Jonath.
      Gillitt, Mary Widow; death 5 Jan 1686; WIN638:44.

      4. Article from the Gillette family file at the Windsor Historical Society by Gary Boyd Roberts entitled "Genealogies of Conn. families from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register," vol. II, Baltimore, 1983, Gen. Pub. Co., Inc., pp. 35-37:
      "The Brothers Jonathan and Nathan Gillett and Some of Their Descendants. Compiled by Alice Lucinda Priest, B.L., of Brookline, Mass.
      The descendants of the Puritan brothers Jonathan and Nathan Gillett of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn., were and almost surely are, numerous, yet there is an interesting opportunity for much further investigation of records to identify all the lines through the genealogical reference library at 9 Ashburton Place, Boston.
      The April 1893 'New England Historical and Genealogical Register' published a very able nine-page record of "Descendants of Jonathan Gillet of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn.' compiled by Salmon Cone Gillette and arranged and enlarged by the Rev. Henry Clay Alvord, A.M., both descendants. Their record is altogether concerned with the descendants of Jonathan's youngest Child, Josiah. Another very important publication is the April 1939 'American Genealogist' ten-page report of John Insley Coddington, A.M., on 'Jonathan Gillett of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn., and Mary Dolbere or Dolbiar, his Wife.' As the title indicates, its important and convincing mission was to establish the fact of the marriage and the genealogical background of the bride and the believed background of the groom, with no purpose of a record of descendants beyond their children.
      This present record concerns principally the early line of Jonathan's third son, Joseph, and, because of later-date opportunities, can correct a few errors in earlier records, make additions, and enlarge on some interesting items.
      That Jonathan and Nathan Gillett were brothers is proved by the 8 August 1677 will of Jonathan. To quote: ... 'my wife ... shall have ... the Housing and Lands of both my Houselotts, my one and that which was my Brother Nathan Gillett's, ...'
      Henry R. Stiles, A.M., in his 1892 second edition of 'Ancient Windsor, Conn.' states: 'Jonathan Gillett, with his brother Nathan, came to Dorchester, Mass., with Rev. Warham, (June 1930) and (both) to Windsor with the first emigration. Both he and his wife were members of the original Dorchester and Windsor churches ... There is still extant ... a copy of the ... Bible, of 1599. This Bible was brought to New England by this Jonathan Gillett, Sen'r, and afterwards passed into the hands of the present Holcomb family... In this Bible occurs the following manuscript record: 'My father Gille(tt) came into new ingland the secon(d) time in June in the yeare 1634 and Jonathan his sonne was born about half a yeare after he came to land.'' The foregoing record proves that Jonathan Gillett's wife accompanied him on his second trip from England to New England; and very strongly suggests that he married her in England on his return trip to his native land.
      Therefore Mr. Coddington's 1939 opening statement is even more than the strongest kind of circumstantial evidence. It is as follows:
      'The Parish Register of St. Andrew's Church at Colyton, co. Devon, contains the following marriage record:
      '1634 Jonathan Gillett & Mary Dolbiar, 29 March.'
      'This is the answer to the question of the long-sought identity of Mary, wife of Jonathan Gillett, the emigrant from England to Dorchester, Mass., and settler at Windsor, Conn.'
      Mr. Coddington's next statement is: 'There can be very little doubt but that Jonathan Gillett was the son of the Reverand William Gillett or Gyllett, Rector of Chaffcombe, co. Somerset, who was instituted to that benefice 4 Feb 1609-10, and who died early in 1641', etc. And there are five valuable pages on the ancestry of Mr. Dolbiar (Dolbere) that should all be read. They include the Colyton baptism: '1607, Mary, d. of Rockye Dolebeere, 7 June.' '1571 Rawkey, s. of Robarte Dolber of Caddhayn, 17 August.' The marriages: '1563 Robert Dolbere of Cadden & Agnes, d. of one Samson, Hawkechurche, 26 April.' '1602 Rockye Dolber, s. of Robert Dolber of Cadhaine & Marie, d. of John Michell of Barretshaine, 10 October.'
      ...As was customary in certain regions in old England, Jonathan's youngest son, Josiah, was to continue at home and take care of his mother and own the old home place. But if Jonathan, Sr., and his wife Mary should both die within four years, his will states, 'my son Josiah shall pay some legacies, as to his Brother Jonathan Gillett ₤4 and a gunn, and to his Brother Cornelius Gillett ₤4 & to my daughter, Peter Browne's wife, ₤2, and to my daughter, Samuel ffyllyes wife ₤2, and to ye two children which I have taken that were my son Joseph's Dec'd, as ye little son Jonathan ₤5, and ye garle ₤5. My son Jonathan is to have the other 20 acres of Woodland... Also Jonathan and Cornelius my sons to have my 11 acres...And my son John Gillett to have... and Jeremie to have...'
      ...Jonathan Gillett, Sr., died in Windsor 23 Aug 1677, fifteen days after making his will, and his wife Mary died there 5 Jan 1685-6, over eight years later, which obviated the payment of legacies by son Josiah. It is important to read the entire will, as well as those of fourteen others of the Gillett family, all to be found in 'A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District', 3 volumes, by Charles W. Manwaring, 1904...
      Jonathan Gillett (probably son of Rev. William Gillett), of England, Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Connn., born probably in co. Somerset, England, in 160-, died in Windsor 23 Aug 1677. He married in Colyton, co. Devon, England, 29 March 1634, Mary Dolbiar or Dolbere, bapt. in Colyton 7 June 1607, died in Windsor 5 Jan 1685-6. [Children listed.]"

      5. From the newsletter "Gillett Pride 'n' Joy," vol. 10, no. 2, sourced family tree by Barbara Delgado, 1939 Republic Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, copy from the Gillett family file at the Windsor Historical Society:
      References:
      MJ5=Mary and John, vol. 5, no. 2.
      NEH=New England Hist. and Gene. Reg., vol. 100.
      Wivr=Windsor, CT. Vital Records.
      TAG=The American Genealogist, Vol. #.
      FC=The Gillett Family by Flora Clark.
      BA=Bertha Aldridge's Book
      Quote: "Jonathan Gillett; son of William Gyllett, b. before 1609 place unknown (MJ5), probably Co. Somerset, England (NEH); d. 23 Aug 1677 as Jonathan Sr. (Wivr); m. 29 Mar 1634 Colyton, Co. Devon, Eng. (TAG15) Mary Dolbere/Dolbiar (TAG15), ba. 7 Jun 1607 Colyton, Eng. (TAG15), d. 5 Jan 1607 as Mary, wid. (Wivr) d/o Rawkey Dolbere/Dolbiar and Mary (Michell or Mychell) his wife (TAG15). The Breeches Bible says 'My father Gillett came into New-inglan the second time in June 1634 and Jonathan his sonne was born about half a year aftur he cam to land.' (TAG15). Sailed in the Mary and John 20 Mar 1630 with 140 puritans from the counties of Devonshire, Dorsetshire, and Somersetshire, England, arriving 30 May 1630 off Nantasket. Made a freeman there 6 May 1635. Removed about 1636 to Windsor, CT. (NEH). Jonathan Sr. had 7 children born in Windsor dated 17 Aug 1677 (Wivr). Jonathan's will dated 8 Aug 1677, proved 6 Sep 1677 (TAG15). The second crossing of Jonathan and wife Mary is listed 31 Mar 1633 on the ship "Recovery of London," date of marriage conflicts so probably m. 29 Mar 1633/4(MJ2)."

      MARRIAGE:
      1. Quoted from "Some of the Descendants of Jonathan Gillett"; per "Misc_Source" record noted below:
      "Fairly recent research has discovered the record of his subsequent marriage. The Parish Register of St. Andrew's Church at Colyton, County of Devon, (England) contains the following marriage entry:
      '1634, Jonathan Gillett and Mary Dolbear, 29 March.' the bride May Dolbear or Dolbere, was baptized at Colyton 7 Jun 1607. She was daughter of Roykey (Rockye, Rokey, Rokie, Rokye or Rochee) Dolbere (or Dolbiar), yeiomman, (i.e., farmer), of the hamlet of Cadhayne, in the parish of Colyton and of Mary Mitchell (or Mychell) 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.

      2. From the book "New England Marriages Prior to 1700," p. 304 for the Gillett family: "Gillett, Jonathan (-1677) & Mary (Dolberson/Dolbison) (1601-1685), 1685/6?); Colyton, Eng. 29 Mar 1634; Dorchester/Windsor, CT."

      DEATH:
      1. Manuscript from the Windsor CT. Historical Society Library of Jay Mack Holbrook entitled "Conn. Colonists - Windsor 1635-1703" has the following listings for Gillets. I am not sure what the references refer to, but they appear to be a compilation of mentioned names in original sources:
      Gillitt, Mary Widow; death 5 Jan 1686; WIN638:44.

      SOURCES_MISC:
      1. Family tree entitled "Gillett, Dolbiar, Mychell, Sampson," Mar 1992, donated by John R. and Joyce Snell, 587 Cranbrook Rd., #33, London, Ontario, Canada N6K2Y4. Copy in the Windsor, CT, Historical Society.

      2. The book "Gillette Families, Some of the Descendants of Jonathan Gillet and Nathan Gillet," comp. Bertha Bortle Beal Aldridge, 1955, 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.