Mary Gillett

Male Abt 1638 - 1719  (~ 81 years)

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  • Name Mary Gillett 
    Born Abt 1637/1638  Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Aug 1719  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2223  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2015 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Mary Dolebere,   c. 7 Jun 1607, Cadhayne, Colyton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1685/1686, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States 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 
    Family ID F1014  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Peter Brown,   b. Abt 1632, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1691/1692, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 15 Jul 1658  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1157  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Henry R. Stiles, "The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut," 1892, v. 2, pp. 117-118: "Peter Brown, ancestor of the Windsor Browns, carpenter, came to Plymouth in the Mayflower, 1620, being then unmarried; in div. of Plymouth lands, 1623, had but one acre of land assigned to him; but in 1627, in div. of cattle, his name, with those of Mary and Martha Brown, occurs, each of them receiving a share in the lot; he d. 1633, invent. presented, Oct. 4, 1633. The order of Court on sett. of his est. mentions his having had 'divers children by divers wives.' Mary, his wid., was second wife and administratrix; and, aside from ₤15 sett.on his two daus., rec'd the remainder of his est.for support of her young family.
      Peter (son of the above), b. 1632, rem. from Duxbury, Mass.; m. 15 Jul 1638, Mary (prob. dau. of Jonathan or Nathan) Gillett; he admitted to Windsor Church 22 Jun 1662 (O.C.R.); bought in Windsor same year (Jun 28) house and lot of Robert Hayward, 'near the mill,' and doubtless resided there until he bought the Josias Ellsworth place near William Phelps, Jr., 31 Jan 1664, which since has been called the Peter Brown place, and became conspicuous about the begining of present century because of the opposition of its then occupant (a Peter Brown) to the opening of a new road which left his ho. in the lot, etc. This ho. was demolished some 30 years since. He contributed 7d. to the Conn. Col. relief Fund for the Poor of other Colonies, 1676; his wife owned Half-Way Cov't in Windsor Church 17 Jul 1659. - O.C.R. Peter Brown died 9 Mar 1691/2, age 60; est. ₤408 15s. 6d. Children born and baptized, O.C.R.:
      a. Mary, b. 2 May, bp. 24 Jul 1659.
      b. Hannah, b. 29, bp. 30 Sep 1660.
      c. Abigail, b. 8, bp. 10 Aug 1662; m. Samuel Fowler, Nov. 1683.
      d. Hepzibah, b. 19, bp. 20 Nov 1664.
      e. Peter, b. 12 Mar 1666/7.
      f. John, b. 8 Jan 1668.
      g. Jonathan, b. 30 Mar 1670.
      h. Cornelius, b. 30 Jul 1672.
      i. Hester, b. 22 May 1673.
      j. Isabel, b. 9 Jun 1676.
      k. Deborah, b. 12 Feb 'night before,' 1678; m. John Hosford, 9 Apr 1696.
      l. Sarah, b. 20 Aug 1681; m. Joseph Moore.
      m. ___, dau., unmarried.
      n. ___, dau., unmarried."

      2.'s "The Great Migration Begins, Sketches, Preserved Puritan" has the following listing of children for the emigrant Jonathan Gillett. [See his notes for full quotation from which this small portion is taken.]:
      i Jonathan, b. about December 1634 [TAG 15:210]; m. (1) Windsor 23 April 1661 Mary Kelsey [Grant 39], daughter of William Kelsey [TAG 68:209, 210, 215]; m. (2) Windsor 14 December 1676 Miriam Dibble [Grant 39], daughter of Thomas Dibble.
      ii Cornelius, b. say 1636; m. by 1659 Priscilla Kelsey, daughter of William Kelsey [TAG 68:214; Grant 39].
      iii Mary, b. say 1638; m. Windsor 15 July 1658 Peter Brown [Grant 33-34; TAG 33:215]. (Because of the tight chronology between the date of marriage of the parents and the known birthdate of the fourth Child, Coddington suggests that Cornelius and Mary may have been twins [TAG 15:211].)
      iv Anna, b. Windsor 29 December 1639 [Grant 39]; m. Windsor 29 October 1663 Samuel Filley [Grant 37].
      v Joseph, bp. Windsor 25 July 1641 [Grant 39]; m. Windsor 24 November 1664 Elizabeth Hawkes [WiVR].
      vi Samuel, bp. Windsor 22 January 1642/3 [Grant 39]; no further record.
      vii John, b. Windsor 5 October 1644 [Grant 39]; m. Windsor 8 July 1669 "Marcy Barber" [CTVR 12; Grant 40]. John Gillett d. in 1682 [Manwaring 1:307] and his widow m. (2) Windsor 14 June 1683 George Norton [CTVR 52], son of George Norton. She was the daughter of Thomas Barber [Manwaring 1:94], and had been taken in by Walter FILER after her father's death [RPCC 262, 264].
      viii Abigail, bp. Windsor 28 June 1646 [Grant 39]; d. Windsor 1648 [Grant 81].
      ix Jeremiah, b. Windsor 12 February 1647/8 [Grant 39]; m. Windsor 15 October 1685 Deborah Bartlett [WiVR Barbour 117], daughter of Benjamin Bartlett.
      x Josiah, bp. Windsor 14 July 1650 [Grant 39]; m. Windsor 30 June 1676 Joanna Taintor [Grant 42, 76].
      Bibliographic Note: George E. McCracken surveyed the literature on the Gillett family in 1979, providing some brief commentary on the relative reliability of the many publications [TAG 55:170-1]."
      DTR: Fourth Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston. 1880. Dorchester Town Records (Boston 1883).
      TAG: The American Genealogist, Volume 9 to present (1932+).
      Grant: "Matthew Grant Record, 1639-1681" in Some Early Records and Documents of and Relating to the Town of Windsor, Connecticut, 1639-1703 (Hartford 1930).
      WiVR: Windsor Vital Records, typescript, Connecticut State Library (1918-29).
      WiVR Barbour: Windsor Vital Records, Barbour Collection, Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut.
      CTVR: Births Marriages and Deaths Returned from Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield and Entered in the Early Land Records of the Colony of Connecticut..., Edwin Stanley Welles, ed. (Hartford 1898).
      Manwaring: A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Volume One, Hartford Probate District, 1635-1700, Charles William Manwaring, comp. (Hartford 1904).
      RPCC: Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663, Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, Volume 22 (Hartford 1928; rpt. Bowie, Maryland, 1987).
      WiLR: Windsor, Connecticut, Deeds (microfilm of original at Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut)."

      3. Henry R. Stiles, "The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut," 1892, v. 2, p. 289:
      "Jonathan Gillett, with his brother Nathan came to Dorchester, Mass., with Rev. Warham, and (both) to Windsor with the first emigration (see p. 157, Vol. I). Both he and his wife were members of the orig. D. and W. ch. (O.C.R.); D.W.P. thinks that he probably d. 27 Feb 1697-8; O.C.R. says: 'Jonathan, Sen.,' d. 23 Aug 1677, and in its list of persons taken into Windsor ch. 'and are now living' (the date of this Rec. is 21 Dec 1677) is mentioned 'Wid. Gillett.' The Rec. in Gillett-Holcomb Bible, referred to below (see also Note p. 290), says 'Father Gillett dyed in 1667.' There is still extant, in the possession of a Windsor family, a copy of the Geneva edition of the Bible, of 1599, commonly known as the 'Breeches Bible,' because the fig leaf garment made by our first parents in the Garden of Eden, and which in the King James's Version is called apron, is herein given as breeches. This Bible was brought to New England by this Jonathan Gillett, Sen'r, and afterwards passed into the hands of the present Holcomb family, prob. through Lois, who was the daughter of Jonathan Holcomb by his second wife, Wid. Mary Gillet, whom he married 28 Jun 1721. Lois Holcomb, b. 5 Jul 1748, was married July 1772 to Noah (father of Perly, father of Dea. Anson) Cooley of North Granby, Conn. In the family, this Gillett-Holcomb Bible was familiarly known as the 'Bear Bible,' because it was once, in the olden days, placed in a window to keep the sash raised, when a bear endeavoring to effect an entrance, clawed it, leaving the marks of his claws so deep upon the edges of its leaves, that they are still very plainly to be seen. In this Bible occurs the following manuscript record: 'My father Gille(tt) came into new-inglan the secon(d) time in June in the yeare 1634 and Jonathan his sonne was born about half a yeare aftur he cam to land.' A jar now in possession of Mr. Norman F. Stoughton of So. Windsor, was, it is said, 'brought over' by the first Jonathan Gillett. It is white with blue lines, 6 inches in height and 7 inches in diameter. Children:
      a. Cornelius, came to Windsor with his father.
      b. Jonathan, Jr., b. in New Eng., 1634/5.
      c. Mary, b. in New. Eng. Born in Windsor (O.C.R.)
      d. Anna (Hannah, O.C.R.) b. 29 Dec 1639, specifically mentioned in O.C.R. as 'his first born in Windsor.'
      e. Joseph, bp. 25 Jul 1641.
      f. Samuel, bp. 22 Jan 1642.
      g. John, b. 5 Oct 1641.
      h. Abigail, bp. 28 Jun 1646; d. 1649. - O.C.R.
      i. Jeremiah, b. 12, bp. (O.C.R.) 20 Feb 1647.
      j. Josiah, bp. 14 Jul 1650."

      4. From the book "The Descendants (by the Female Branches) of Joseph Loomis, who Came from Braintree, England, in the Year 1638 and Settled in Windsor, CT, in 1639," by Elias Loomis (Yale Professor), 1880, v. 1, p. 166:
      "Peter Brown, b. 1632, m. Mary Gillett July 15, 1658. Owned land in Windsor in 1658. He d. March 9, 1691/2, ae. 60. He was the son of Peter Brown who came to Plymouth in the May Flower in 1620. Children:
      a. Mary, b. 2 May 1659.
      b. Hannah, b. 29 Sep 1660.
      c. Abigail, b. 8 Aug 1662, m. Samuel Fowler, Nov 1683.
      d. Hepzibah, b. 19 Nov 1664.
      e. Peter, b. 12 Mar 1666, m. Mary Barber 22 Jul 1696. Poquonnoc.
      f. John, b. 8 Jan 1668, m. Elizabeth Loomis 4 Feb 1691-2. He d. 4 Feb 1728. She d. 11 Dec 1723.
      g. Jonathan, b. 30 Mar 1670, m. Mindwell Loomis 1 Oct 1696. He d. 26 Aug 1747. She d. 1 Mar 1767.
      h. Cornelius, b. 30 Jul 1672, m. Abigail Barber 4 Dec 1701. He d. 26 Jan 1747.
      i. Hester, b. 22 May 1673.
      j. Isabel, b. 9 Jun 1676.
      k. Deborah, b. 12 Feb 1678, m. John Hosford 9 Apr 1696.
      l. Sarah, b. 20 Aug 1681, m. Joseph Moore."

      5. The book "The 'Mary and John," chapter "The Passengers," p. 37:
      "Jonathan and Nathan Gillett were the sons of Rev. William Gillett, Rector of Chaffcombe, co. Somerset, who died in 1641. Jonathan Gillett came to America with his brother in 1630, but returned to England to marry March 29, 1634, at Colyton, co. Devon, Mary Dolbere, who was b. 7 Jun 1607, and d. 5 Jan 1685, dau. of Rawkey and Mary (Mitchell) Dolbere. Mary Dolbere is thought to have been a relative of Rev. Warham. (Jacobus, Donald Lines: 'The American Genealogist,' v. XV, p. 209. New Haven, Conn., 1938-39.)
      In a bible belonging to the Gillett family is the following: 'My Grandfather Gille(tt) came into new englan the secon time in June in the yeare 1634 and Jonathan his sonne was born about half a years aftur he cam to land.'
      Jonathan Gillett was made a freeman in 1635, moved to Windsor in 1636, and died there 23 Aug 1677. Children:
      a. Jonathan, 1634-5 Sep 1708; m. 22 Apr 1662, Mary, 1634-18 Apr 1676, dau. of William Kelsey; m. (2) 1676 Miriam Dibble, d. 1687. Children: Mary, Jonathan, William, Thomas, and Samuel.
      b. Cornelius, b. 1635; m. Priscilla Kelsey.
      c. Mary (twin), m. Peter Brown.
      d. Anna, b. 29 Dec 1639; m. 1663, Samuel Filley, 1643-1711.
      e. Joseph, b. 25 Jul 1641; killed in King Philip's War; m. 1664, Elizabeth, 1647-1725, dau. of John Hawkes. Children: Joseph, 1664; Elizabeth, 1666; Mary, 1667; Jonathan, 1669-1692; John, 1671; Nathaniel, 1673; Hannah, 1675.
      f. Samuel, b. 22 Jan 1642.
      g. John, b. 4 Oct 1644; m. 1669, Mary, dau. Thomas Barber.
      h. Abigail, 1646-1649.
      i. Jeremiah, 20 Feb 1647-1 Mar 1692; m. 1685, Deborah Bartlett. Deborah m. (2) Samuel Adams.
      j. Josiah, bapt. 15 Jul 1650; m. 1676, Joanna Taintor."

      6. 20 Mar 2008
      "Mary Gillett born late 1637/early 1638 in Dorchester, married Peter Brown/BrownE 15 July 1658 in Windsor, died 27 Aug. 1719 in Windsor. Peter was born ca. 1632, died 9 Mar. 1691/2 in Windsor (a son of Peter Brown of the Mayflower?). His estate amounted to £480. Peter and Mary had 12 children. For a continuation of this line see Jacobus, Donald L. & Herschel S. Murphy, "Peter Brown of Windsor, CT" (TAG, 1957), 33:214 - 222."
      Cornelius, the brother of Mary, assisted in the probate of Peter Browne: "On 23 Mar. 1691 Cornelius Gillett and two others took inventory of the estate of Peter Browne, Sr., of Windsor. It amounted to £408-15-06. [Manwaring, Charles W., "A Digest of Early CT Probate Records, 1687-1695," 127-8.]"

      7. The book "Gillette Families, Some of the Descendants of Jonathan Gillet and Nathan Gillet," comp. Bertha Bortle Beal Aldridge, 1955, P. 15: "Mary, m. Peter Brown of Windsor. 14 ch."

      8. 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:
      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
      SH=Stiles History of Windsor, CT.
      Quote: "Mary, b. 1638 Dorchester, Mass. (NEH), d. 27 Aug 1719 Windsor, CT (NEH), m. 15 Jul 1658 (Wivr) Peter Brown (Wivr), b. ca. 1632, d. 9 Mar 1691 age 60 (NEH), perhaps s/o Peter (NEH), 12 children (NEH)."

      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. I have rearranged the entries to be chronological rather than alphabetical as presented by the book compiler:
      Gillet, Mary; marriage to Peter Brown; 15 Jul 1658; WIN638:54.
      Gillet, Mary; marriage to Peter Brown; 15 Jul 1658; CHS930:33.