Joseph Gillett

Male 1641 - 1675  (~ 34 years)

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  • Name Joseph Gillett 
    Christened 25 Jul 1641  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 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 
    Person ID I2225  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 1 Sep 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 Elizabeth Hawkes,   c. 10 Jan 1646/1647, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1681, of Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1663  Hadley, Hampshire, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1.'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)."

      2. 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."

      3. Henry R. Stiles, "The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut," 1892, v. 2, p. 290:
      "Joseph (son of Jonathan) Gillett, settled at Simsbury; m. Elizabeth (dau. of John) Hawkes, 1664; bought the Hawkes place at Windsor, where he resided until about 1673, when he removed to Deerfield, Massachusetts, and sold the Hawkes place to Thomas Parsons, and he sold it to John Osborn, Jr. Children (Old Church Records):
      a. Joseph, b. 2 Nov 1664.
      b. Elizabeth, b. 11 or 12 Jun 1666.
      c. Mary, b. 10 Sep 1667.
      d. Jonathan, b. 11 Aug 1669; acc. to 'Col. rec.,' d. 3 Jun 1686.
      e. John, b. 10 Jun 1671; m.; had Joseph, b. 16 Feb 1692.
      f. Nathaniel, b. 4 May 1673.
      g. Hannah, b. 30 Jan 1674.
      h. Daughter.
      i. Daughter.

      4. Henry R. Stiles, "The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut," 1892, v. 2, p. 369: "John (Hakes) Hawkes, land grant (see page 158, Vol. 1); removed to Hadley about 1660; dying, his widow sold lands to their son-in-law, Joseph Gillett, 1666. Children (Old Church Records gives him eleven; all these are given in O.C.R. as births):
      a. John, b. 13 Aug 1643.
      b. Nathaniel, bp. 16 Feb 1644.
      c. Elizabeth, bp. 10 Jan 1646; m. Joseph Gillett, who prob. resided on the Hawkes lands until about 1673, when he removed to Deerfield.
      d. Ann, bp. 1 Oct 1648.
      e. Isaac, b. 11 Aug 1650; 'was drowned in the Great River June 22, 1659, by voluntarily going in to swim, and on the day following was found (by an Indian), driven far down, and was brought and buried.' - Windsor Records.
      f. Mary, b. 23 May 1652.
      g. Joanna, b. 8 Feb 1653; d. bef. 1674.
      h. Eleazer, b. 20 Dec 1655.
      i. Sarah, b. 29 Sep 1657.
      j. Gershom (Jesom, in rec.), b. 12 Apr 1659
      (None of this family remained in Windsor.)"

      5. From the family files at the Windsor, Connecticut, Historical Society is the following typescript:
      "An Early Bee Hunter's Adventures. A true story by Francis McGee Thompson.
      The first settlement made by the English upon the 'Long' river of the Indians, the 'Fresh' river of the Dutch, now called the Connecticut, was made by William Holmes of Plymouth, who sailed into the mouth in October, 1633, and unloaded from his vessel at a point just below the mouth of Windsor river, the already prepared frame of his house. When he returned to Plymouth he took with him some of the sachems of that region, whom the Pequots had driven out. The Dutch from Manhattan had traded on the 'Long' river with the natives since 1614 and intending to forestall the English, they had early in 1633 erected a small fort where Hartford now stands, which they named 'Good Hope.' The Dutch trained the two small guns in their fort on Holmes' ship and ordered him to stop, but he told them he had commission from the Governor of Plymouth to go up the river, 'and if they did shoote, they must obey their order and proceede.' So he proceeded to his destination. Within two years, churches at Dorchester, Watertown and New Town, with their pastors, had moved bodily to the Connecticut, and settled at Windsor, Wethersfield and Hartford. Among the earliest from Dorchester to Windsor, was Jonathan Gillet, or as more frequently spelled in early times, 'Gillit.' He subsequently removed to Simsbury, and raised a family of ten children.
      His third son, Joseph, (bapt. 25 Jul 1641) was one of the early settlers of Deerfield, later the frontier town of the Connecticut valley, and was killed by King Philip's Indians at the massacre of Lothrop and his men at Bloody Brook, 18 Sep 1675. Samuel, younger brother of Joseph, was slain on the retreat of Capt.William Turner after the fight at Turner Falls, 19 May 1676. The next year the widow of Samuel married Stephen Jennings of Hatfield, and that same year she with two of her children, were taken prisoners to Canada. While a prisoner she became the mother of a babe whom she named Captiviity Jennings. These prisoners were rescued in 1678. Joseph Gillet was the father of seven children, and his son, John, born 10 Jun 1671 was the hero of this story.
      Near the village of Greenfield on 16 Sep 1696, John Gillet age 25 and John Smead, 23 years old of Deerfield, were engaged in 'hunting bees.' Undoubtedly they were soldiers sent out on a scout and the 'tracking bees' were merely in incident of the occasion. It seems the early settlers of Connecticut transported bees from the towns about Boston and there were hives of bees at Northampton and Hadley in the early days. While busily engaged in 'tracking' his bees, Gillet, before he was aware of their presence, was nearly surrounded by nineteen French Mohawk Indians. Smead, being more distant, took flight and made his escape. It has always been thought that some of this party of Indians were well acquainted with the people at Deerfield, and it is recorded that the Deerfield people are fearful concerning the pretended friendly Indians proving enemies, being worse than open enemies. Gillet may have recognized some 'friendly' Indians in the party and perhaps made no effort to escape; but at all events he was made a prisoner, and the Indians fearing that Smead would alarm the settlers at Deerfield, four or five miles away, left three men to guard him while the other sixteen pushed on the make a raid on the settlement.
      It was 'lecture' day at Deerfield and nearly all the adult population were gathered in the little new meeting house to hear Rev. John Williams, who had for ten years been the pastor of this frontier flock in the wilderness. The Indians, entering the settlement at the north end of the village, meeting no resistance, came to the house of Daniel Belding, whom they had seen driving into his yard, a cart loaded with corn from the meadow. Mr. Belding, being somewhat belated, left his oxen in the yard and hastened into the house to make ready to attend the lecture. Immediately the Indians rushed in and took Mr. Belding, his son Nathaniel age 22, his daughter Esther age 13 prisoners and killed Mrs. Belding and their sons Daniel age 16, John age 3, and their daughter Thankful age 10 months. Samuel, their boy aged nine years was on the load of corn and when the Indian took him from the cart he kicked and scratched a bit, the savage who became vexed and set him down and struck his hatchet into his head and left him for dead. The boy soon recovered his sense and saw the Indians running from the place. He started for the fort but was so weak when he came to the little bridge over the swamp he fell off and was rescued and taken to the minister's house. For a long time his life was despaired of, but he recovered and lived until 1750. Abigail Belding, age 6, while running to the fort was wounded in the arm, and Zebediah Williams was wounded as he opened the palisade gate to let in the frightened settlers. Sarah, another daughter age 14, hid herself among the tobacco hanging in a chamber and thus escaped. One of the Indians was wounded and the people having become thoroughly alarmed, the Indians withdrew. John Smead came safely into town after the enemy had returned with their prisoners. After picking up their companions and Gillet at Green river, the Indians camped near the Connecticut river and took the route to Canada by way of Otter river.
      The Mohawk war party sent out scouts who discovered a hostile Albany party, and they immediately made preparations to attack their enemies. They tied their English prisoners to trees and left two of their party as guards. One of the prisoners taken in the skirmish was a Scatacook, and one was a young Albany Mohawk. When the Indians and their captives were well on their journey, Mr. Belding asked the Scatacook what he thought the enemy would do to them. He told them they would not kill the English prisoners but would give some of them to the French and keep some of them for slaves. He said they would probably burn him, at least he expected that would be his fate. When they reached the lake that night it was raining very hard and some of the Indians took Scatacook under a canoe, but in some manner he managed to work himself free from his bonds and escaped. They made a great search for the missing Indian prisoner but were forced to continue without him. The Albany Mohawk, being of the same nation as his captors, was not in danger of being burned, the Canada Indians being Mohawks, but living in Canada that they might enjoy the Catholic religion.
      When the party reached the Oso fort the captive men were forced to run the gauntlet and they suffered much by being beaten with clubs and firebrands. It was the 9th of October when they reached Canada and the prophecy of the Scatacook proved true. Mr. Belding and his daughter were kept by the Indians and John Gillet and Nathaniel Belding were given to the French. The French placed Gillet as a servant with the Nuns on their farm and Nathaniel worked for the Holy Sisters. In July Mr. Belding was sold to the Jesuits.
      Early the following winter, Col. Schuyler arrived from Albany, bringing with him a copy of the articles of peace between England and France, and took with him to Albany some Dutch captives. The following April Col. Schuyler returned with his brother, the Dutch Dominie at Albany, and others and after negotiation the governor of New France gave liberty to all captives, Dutch and English to return home, and ordered all captives under sixteen might be compelled to return while those above that age might be at liberty to go or stay. On June 8th the Schuyler party, having gathered all the captives they could, both Dutch and English, started for Albany by way of Lake Champlain. Mr. Belding and his daughter went down the river to New York, thence sailed to Stamford, Conn. and from there to Norwalk. He reached his home at Deerfield, and in 1699 married for his second wife, Hepzibah, widow of Lt. Thomas Wells. She was taken prisoner at the destruction of Deerfield on 29 Feb 1704 and killed on the march to Canada.
      Our bee hunter, John Gillet, reached Deerfield a short time previous to the return of the Belding family by the round about way of France and England. Upon Gillet's return home and the story of his hardships becoming known, the representative to the General Court from Hatfield, presented the following petition for his relief:
      'Whereas John Gillett who hath been very active and willing soldier with the County of Hampshire and being on the 16th day of September 1696 out upon service and together with some others was that day taken by the enemy and suffering and hardship was carried to Cannadie captive and there remained till September last and then sent thence prisoner into old France and thence (by the late articles of peace) he sold Gillet with other captives was released and carried into England. Since his arrival there hath lived and obtained pay for his passage by charity of some English merchants, and now being arrived here destitute of money or clothes for his present relief humbly propose to ye Honorable Court to allow him something which this Court judge meet for the present relief.' -Samll Partrigg.
      'Province Laws - Chap. 17, 1698. Resolved there be allowed and paid out of the public treasury the sum of six pounds to John Gillet for his present relief, having been employed as a soldier in his majesties service within the province, and taken prisoner and carried into Canada and from thence to old France and now returned home. Approved June 17, 1698.'
      John Smead, who escaped capture was living at Deerfield when this village was sacked by the French and Indians on Feb. 29, 1703-4 with his wife and Child, and all escaped capture. His son John made application to the General Court for some recognition of his father's service and received two hundred acres of land. This son John was a soldier at Fort Massachusetts when it was captured by the French and Indians on Aug. 20, 1746 and himself, wife and five children were among the captives taken to Canada. His wife became the mother of a girl baby enroute and was baptized 'Captivity' by Rev. John Norton, the English chaplain, also a prisoner. Mrs. Smead died the following March and Mr. Smead and the three youngest children were redeemed and reached Boston in August 1747, but he was killed by the Indians near the Connecticut river just three weeks after his return from captivity."

      6. 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."

      7. 20 Mar 2008
      "Joseph Gillett baptized 25 July 1641 in Windsor, CT, married Elizabeth Hawkes 24 Nov. 1663 in Hadley, MA,[45] killed in an Indian massacre 18 Sept. 1675 at Bloody Brook, Deerfield, MA. Elizabeth was baptized 10 Jan. 1646/7 in Windsor, CT, died 11 Oct. 1681 in Hatfield, MA(?). She was a daughter of John & Elizabeth (Browne) Hawkes. She married (2) Nathaniel Dickinson 16 Dec. 1680 in Hatfield, MA. He died 11 Oct. 1710. Elizabeth's father, John Hawkes, died intestate in June 1662 in Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA. In the estate settlement: "Elizabeth shall have the sum of twenty pounds at her day of marriage in such pay as the estate will afford."[46]
      In 1666 Joseph bought Windsor land from his widowed mother-in-law. No doubt this was the "homelot with the addition eight acres" (annotated "sold to Joseph Gylitt") in John Hawkes' Windsor, CT, estate settlement. Joseph and his young family probably lived on this land until their removal to Deerfield, MA.
      Joseph was listed as a freeman in Windsor on 8 Oct. 1668 and on 11 Oct. 1669.[47]
      The first record of Joseph in Deerfield is 7 Nov. 1673 when he was present at a plantation meeting there. Deerfield lot numbers 31 & 32 had been drawn in 1671 by Robert Hinsdale and Nathaniel Colburne. In 1673 these 2 lots were owned by "Joseph Gillett, son of Jonathan (1), born 1641." (Note that Robert Hindsdale had married (2) widow Elizabeth {Brown} Hawkes in 1668.) When the lots were sold in 1694 they were described as "Sometime two town lots, 16½ by 72 rods with a house on it."
      In Sept. 1675 during King Philip's War Deerfield was attacked several times by the Indians. It was decided to evacuate Deerfield. Capt. Thomas Lathrop's company of soldiers were bringing loaded carts toward Northampton when they were ambushed at a spot since known as Bloody Brook, about 5 or 6 miles due south of Deerfield. The men were taken completely by surprise. Joseph Gillett and Capt. Lathrop were among the 64 English killed on 18 Sept.[48] Reoccupation of Deerfield did not occur until the spring of 1682.
      The 1676 inventory of Joseph Gillit's estate was presented to the Corte by John Hawks (Joseph's mother's father or brother?). The inventory totaled £010-09-00. Also belonging to the estate "Land at Deerfield, viz. two homelotts & Land in ye meadows vallued at 8 Commons. Debts due ye estate: £02-12-00.
      As noted above, Joseph's widow, Elizabeth, married (2) Nathaniel Dickinson 16 Dec. 1680. Elizabeth then died 11 Oct. 1681.
      On 18 Apr. 1682 Nathaniel Dickinson of Hatfield requested power of administration of Jos. Gillett's estate. In 1686 the estate was finally settled with Joseph Gillett's 4 sons and 2 daughters. The oldest son, Joseph Gillett, received a double part.[49]
      All of the children of Joseph & Elizabeth were born in Windsor, CT:[50]
      i. Lt. Joseph Gillett born 2 (20?) Nov. 1664, married (1) Hesther/Esther Gull 2 (3?) Nov. 1687 in Hatfield, MA, married (2) Mary Griswold 17 May 1692 in Hartford, CT, married (3) Elizabeth [-?-] after 1719, died 13 Feb. 1745/6 in Hartford, CT. Esther was born 21 Nov. 1665 in Hadley, MA, died in 1691 in Deerfield. She was a daughter of William & Elizabeth (Smith/Foote) Gull of Hatfield. Mary was born 16 Mar. 1670/71 in Windsor, CT, died 19 Dec. 1719 in Hartford. She was a daughter of Joseph & Mary (Gaylord) Griswold.[51] Data kindly supplied by Richard Field ( ).
      Following the conclusion of the probation of his father's estate in 1686 Joseph received several grants of land in Deerfield. In 1690 Joseph Gillett bought lot #41 on Town Street in Deerfield from John & Benoni Stebbins. In 1691 Joseph sold back to John & Benoni Stebbins 20 acres in Deerfield Boggy meadow (Deed Book D:151).
      In 1690 Joseph Gillett & Hesther (X) Gillitt signed an agreement regarding the estate of Hesther's mother. In his 12 Apr. 1701 will William Gull (Hesther's father) bequeathed "to my Loveing Grandchild Elizabeth the daughter of my Loving daughter Hesther deceased sometime wife to Joseph Gillet my Lot in ye Meadow commonly called the great meadow in Hatfield con by estm. Five [Six?] acres."
      In 1696 Joseph was corporal in the Deerfield garrison. On 16 July 1698 "Corporal gillit" participated in the Promroy Pursuit of Indians that resulted in the rescue of 2 boys who had been captured by the Indians. But note that Joseph was apparently removing on to Hartford, CT, via Windsor.
      By 1694 Joseph was buying land in Hartford, CT. On 8 Dec. 1700 he was received into the Second Church of Hartford, Conn.[52] In 1713 he became an original member of the Third Church of Hartford.
      On 16 July 1700 Joseph Jillet of Hartford bought from Samuel Carer of Deerfield the following "Two Certain pieces, or parcels of land Scituate In the Township of Deerfield:
      - Seven ackers and One Rood
      - 10 acres lying in the Great Meadow.
      In May 1714 Mr. Joseph Gillet of Hartford was confirmed "to be Ensign of the company or trainband at the west division in the town of Hartford, aforesaid, and that he be commissioned accordingly." In May 1720 he was promoted to Lieutenant.
      In 1716 Joseph's wife Mary received from the estate of her father, Joseph Griswold, £25 of moveables. Mary's daughter Sarah Gillett received £5 of moveables.[53]
      On 4 Mar. 1745 the will of Joseph Gillet, Gentleman, Hartford, was probated. Named in his will were his wife Elizabeth, son Joseph (and his 2 sons Stephen & Asa), son Jonathan, deceased (and his children Jonathan, Mehetabel & Mary), daughter Sarah Goodwin, daughter Abigail Smith, deceased, daughter Dorothy Bewell, son Matthew, granddaughter Rhoda Andrews, daughter Elizabeth Marsh, daughter Mary Andrews, daughter Esther Bancroft, daughter Hannah Burr and the heirs of Abigail Smith, deceased. Sons Joseph and Matthew were the executors. The inventory amounted to £2,246 plus.
      The only child of Joseph & Esther was:
      a. Elizabeth Gillett born 12 Apr. 1689 in Deerfield, married Ebenezer Marsh of Hatfield, MA in 1707, died after 16 Mar. 1753 in Sunderland, MA.[54] Ebenezer and Elizabeth had 11 children.[55]
      The 9 children of Joseph & Mary were:
      b. Joseph Gillett born 16 Feb. 1692/3 (17 May 1693?) in Windsor, married Sarah Burr in Hartford, died 11 Nov. 1764. Sarah was a daughter of John & Sarah Burr. Joseph & Sarah were admitted to the West Hartford Church 24 Nov. 1717.[56]
      c. Jonathan Gillett born 1694-1698 probably in Hartford, married Mehitabel Dickinson, died before 6 June 1741. Apparently Mehitabel predeceased him. Administrator of Joseph's estate was Joseph Gillett of Hartford (his father?). Moses Dickinson of Hartford was appointed guardian of the 3 children. They were:
      1) Mehetabell Gillett born ca. 1733.
      2) Mary (May) Gillett born ca. 1735. On 13 Nov. 1750 Mary chose Stephen Goodwin of Simsbury to be her guardian (see paragraph below).
      3) Jonathan Gillett born 4 Feb. 1737 in West Division of Hartford Twp., married Elizabeth Steel in 1758, died 9 Dec. 1779 in West Hartford. On 11 Feb. 1752 Jonathan chose his uncle Joseph Gillett to be his guardian (see paragraph above). In the Revolutionary War Lt. Jonathan Gillett of Col. Huntington's Regiment was captured 27 Aug. (5 Sept.?) 1776 by the British following the Battle of Long Island. He was first confined to a prison ship but later was released and had the liberty of New York City on parole for 2 years. Due to ill health he was released in the fall of 1779 and permitted to return to his home in West Hartford where he died 9 Dec. 1779. His son, Jonathan Gillett, enlisted after his father's death, was captured at Horse-Neck by Col. De Lancy's Light Horse and taken to New York City and imprisoned, as his father had before him.[57]
      d. Mary Gillett born 2 Nov. 1699 in Hartford, baptized 31 Dec. 1699, married Caleb Andrews 15 Feb. 1721/2 in Wethersfield, died 1 Jan. 1786 in Newington, CT. They had 9 children.
      e. Esther Gillett born 1 March 1701 in Hartford, baptized 27 Apr. 1701, married Nathaniel Bancroft of Windsor, died after 8 Mar. 1753. Nathaniel was born ca. 1700 in Windsor.
      f. Hannah Gillett born in 1702 in Hartford, baptized 18 Oct. 1702, married Nodiah (Hodiah) Burr in the Third Church in Hartford, died after 8 Mar. 1753. Hodiah was born 21 Dec. 1701 in Farmington, CT. They had 2 children.
      g. Sarah Gillett born 30 Sept. 1704 in Hartford, baptized 8 Oct. 1704, married Stephen Goodwin 27 June 1727 in Hartford, died 24 Oct. 1792 in Simsbury, CT. They had 5 children.
      h. Abigail Gillett born 9 Aug. 1705 in Hartford, baptized 30 Sept. 1705, married Abiel Smith 24 Sept. 1729 in Litchfield, died 12 July 1738 in Litchfield. They had 6 children.
      i. Matthew Gillett born 4 Mar. 1707/8 in Hartford,
      j. Dorothy Gillett born in Jan. 1710 in Hartford, baptized 21 Jan. 1710/11, married Ebenezer Buell 19 Oct. 1736 in the Third Church in Hartford, died 24 June 1767 in Litchfield, CT. Ebenezer was born 16 Mar. 1713 in Lebanon, CT, died 25 Feb. 1801 in Litchfield, CT. Both Ebenezer & Dorothy were buried in the West Burying Ground in Litchfield.
      ii. Elizabeth Gillett born 12 June 1666, living 30 Mar. 1686.
      iii. Mary Gillett born 1 (10?) Sept. 1667, living 30 Mar. 1686.
      iv. Jonathan Gillett born 11 Aug. 1669, died 3 June 1686 in Windsor, CT.
      v. John Gillett born 10 June 1671, married Experience Dewey 3 Jan. 1699/1700 in Lebanon, CT, died in April 1755 in Lebanon. Experience was born 9 Apr. 1682 in Westfield (Northampton?), MA, died 1755 in Lebanon, CT. She was a daughter of Josiah & Hepzibah (Lyman) Dewey.
      John became associated with the Deerfield garrison along with his older brother Joseph and probably his younger brother Nathaniel. On 16 Sept. 1696 "John Smead and John Gillett being in the woods, looking or tracking Bees, were beset by a company of French Mohawks. John Gillett was taken prisoner and John Smead escaped." The Indians took John to Canada, arriving there 9 Oct. He was given to the French and "worked as a servt to ye Nuns at their farm." After peace was declared John got back to Deerfield "by was of France & so to England, having received great kindness in England." Col. Samuel Partridge reported to the Massachusetts General Court:
      "Wheras John Gillet who hath been very active and willing souldr within the County of Hampshire & Being on the 16th day of Sept. 1696 out upon service & together with some others was that day taken by the Enemy & suffering hardship was carried to Canada Captive & there Remayned till Septer Last & then was sent from thence Prisoner unto old ffrance & thence (by the later Articles of Peace) the sd Gillet together with other Captives was Released & carried into England: Since his Arrivall there hath Lived & obtained pay for his Passage by the Charities of some English Marchets there; & now being arrived here Destetute of Money or Cloaths for his P'sent Reliefe Humbly propose it to ye Honoble Genll Corte to allow him something wt this Corte judge meet for his P'sent Reliefe. Samuel Patrigg -- June 17 1698 -- In the House of Representatives -- Ordered that there be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treasury the sum of six pounds to the above named John Gillet for the consideration above mentioned (Sgd) Nathl Byfield, Speaker."
      However, on 23 Oct. 1696 he had been assumed dead and administration had been granted his estate![58]
      For more than 30 years after the 1675 King Philip's War the inhabitants of the Northampton area had lived in almost daily apprehension of attacks from the Indians. Thus many decided to remove to safer locations, such as Lebanon, CT. The Lebanon tract had been sold by the Indians in 1692 and settlement had begun in 1695.
      John was one of the 51 original proprietors of Lebanon in 1695.[59] In Dec. 1697 he obtained homelot No. 19. Experience's brother Deacon Josiah Dewey lived nearby at homelot No. 9.[60]
      The children of John & Experience were all born in Lebanon, CT:
      a. Experience Gillett born 18 Aug. 1701.
      b. John Gillett, Jr., born 7 Oct. 1702, married Abigail Lee 1 (30?) Dec. 1726 in First Congregational Church in Lebanon, died in Apr. 1775 (10 July 1788?) in Hebron. Abigail was born 27 Feb. 1703/4 in Lebanon, a daughter of Stephen Lee. The children of John & Abigail were:
      A. Lucy Gillett born 11 Oct. 1728 in Lebanon, married Joseph Waters 10 Dec. 1746.[61]
      B. Bezabel Gillett born 21 June 1731 in Hebron, Tolland Co., CT.
      C. Irene Gillett born 27 Feb. 1733 in Hebron.
      D. John Gillett born 6 Jan. 1738/9 in Hebron, married Mrs. Abigail Pomeroy 19 Apr. 1759. Abigail was born 12 June 1743 or 1744 in Hebron, died 24 Jan. 1835.
      c. Ebenezer Gillett born 5 June 1705, married Mary Ordway 23 Sept. 1730, died 19 Oct. 1776. Mary was born 16 Aug. 1712 in Lebanon, died 4 Sept. 1791. On 21 Sept. 1727 Ebenezer witnessed in Lebanon the deed of his cousin Elijah Gillet. Ebenezer was a charter proprietor of Hartford, VT, his share of the first division being lot No. 16, lying on the Connecticut River, north of White River. After purchasing the entire right of Gideon Hebard, he gave his son John, Dec. 23, 1767, one whole share, his original right, and on the same day he gave his son Israel the whole right purchased of Gideon Hebard, excepting the few acres located in Quebec. Ebenezer never went to Hartford, VT.[62]
      d. Gershom Gillett born 26 June 1711
      vi. Nathaniel Gillet. Nathaniel Gillet was born 4 May 1673 in Windsor, CT (Deerfield, MA?), married Sarah Colver ca. 1701, died intestate 10 July 1714 in Lebanon, New London Co., CT. Sarah was born 17 Mar. 1681/2 in New London, CT,[63] died 6 Jan. 1716/7 in Enfield MA (now CT). She was a daughter of John & Mercy (Clark) Colver.[64] (Note that Frederick L. Colver points out that John Colver had removed from New Haven to New London in 1679).[65]
      By 1682 both of Nathaniel's parents were dead. Nathaniel was then brought up by his step-father Nathaniel Dickinson. They lived in Hadley and/or Hatfield, MA.
      Along with his brothers Joseph and John, Nathaniel probably became connected with the Deerfield garrison.[66]
      On 14 (16) July 1698, Corporal Gillit was one of the Garrison Soldiers at Deerfield who, under Benjamin Wright, marched up the Connecticut River to Vernon, Vermont, to rescue Indian captives. Then Joseph Hawley and Joseph Parsons were sent to Albany, NY, to give a particular account of the affair.
      Nath'l Gillet (along with Benj. Wright, William King, Benj. Stebbins & Jona. Taylor) guarded the two men being sent from Deerfield to Albany. For his effort, Nathaniel was awarded £1.[67]
      When Nathaniel removed to Lebanon, CT, and where he married Sarah Colver are not known. We do know that Nathaniel's brother John was in Lebanon by 1695 and that Nathaniel had been working on a farm in Lebanon before 16 Jan. 1710/11 (see below).
      Sarah's uncle Lt. Edward Culver had moved from Norwich, CT, to Lebanon, CT.[68] He was one of the 51 original proprietors of Lebanon in 1695.[69] Sarah's eldest brother John Colver (Sr.) was also in Lebanon for a time. On 31 May 1732 John Collver Senr of Lebanon sold for £60 to John Watrus of Groton, CT, land in Groton.[70]
      Apparently by 1699 Sarah's parents had split up and Mercy was living in Lebanon as late as 13 Mar. 1732.[71]
      This Colver family were Rogerenes. They were very unpopular because they denounced as unscriptural all interference by the civil authorities in the worship of God.[72] On 26 July (Aug?) 1725 Sarah's brother John Colver and his wife Sarah were members of a party of Rogerenes that went from Groton to Lebanon on Sunday to baptize converts. They were arrested in Norwich for traveling on the Sabbath and were, in default of money to pay their fine, whipped and afterwards released and continued their journey to Lebanon.[73] In 1734 John Colver, his wife and 10 children with their families, making a party of 21 in all, removed to New Jersey and settled for a time on the east side of Schooley's Mountain, Morris Co. (Fig.).[74] Note that our Doc Elijah Gillet first shows up in Newark, NJ, in 1732. Probably this is just a coincidence since the Rogerenes believed that "Any resort in sickness to physicians or the use of medicine was sinful."[75]
      The first Congregational Church in Lebanon was organized in 1700 but marriage records do not begin until 1712.[76]
      On 16 Jan. 1710/11 Capt John Mason of ye Town of Stonington in New London County for & upon Good Consideration of Labour upon another farm by Nathanl Gillet of Lebanon, 100 acres in the presence of John Poaxson(?) and John Huchisson.[77] John Mason was one of the 51 original proprietors of Lebanon in 1695. [78] That Gillette Creek is near the southern corner of the town. When Nathaniel's son Elijah sold on 21 Sept. 1722 the land he had inherited from his father the land description identified "the Easternmost branch of the Deep Brook" (Lebanon Deed Book 4:56-57). Both Gillette Brook and Deep Brook (River) flow into the Yantic River.
      The inventory of the estate of Nathanniel Gillet Late of Lebanon, Deceased was taken by Eduerd Coluer and John Sprague on 19 July 1714.[79] The total valuation was £142-19-04 of which £100-00-00 was for house and land. Sarah Gillit widow and Relick of Nathll Gillitt late of Lebanon decd made oath in a Court of Probate that she gave in a true Accot of her ____ husbands Estate to the appraisers, and that if anything more appeared she would add it to the Inventory. The names and ages of ye Children:
      1. Nathaniel aged twelve years
      2. Joseph aged ten years
      3. Elijah aged eight years
      4. Jonathan aged six years.
      Also included in the estate papers on file were an Account of Administration, a bond for £300 by Sarah Gillett and her surety Edward Coluer and the following 10 receipts:
      - John Page, Groton, County of Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, New England, 1708, 4 shillings, witnesses: Ephraim Coluer & Martha Coluer.
      - Samuel Hide
      - Sam'l Huntington
      - Joseph Trumble
      - Stephen Tilden
      - Dr. Thomas Palmer (John & Experience Woodward witnesses)
      - Edward Pratt
      - William Bruster
      - Gersham Maloon
      - Thos Leffingwell.
      The children of Nathaniel & Sarah were all born in Lebanon:
      i. Nathaniel Gillet born 18 Nov. 1702, baptized 3 Jan. 1702/3,[80] married Mercy Smith 6 Apr. 1727 in Litchfield, CT, died 28 Mar. 1756 in Salisbury, CT. Mercy married (2) Benjamin Boardman.
      On 12 May 1724 Nathaniel Gilit of Lebanon in New London Co. sold to Caleb Hamon of Lebanon land his father had purchased of Capt. John Mason. Witnesses were William Hunt and William Clark.[81]
      On 8 July 1726 Nathaniel Gillot of town of Litchfield, Hartford Co., sold for £14 to Samuel Hills 6 2/3 acres of land in Lebanon. Witnesses were Samuel West and Nathan West.[82]
      On 12 July 1740 Nathaniel Gellit of Litchfield, CT, bought about 126 acres of land lying upon the Sharon line in Salisbury (NW corner of CT).[83] In 1742 he payed a tax of £29 in Salisbury.[84]
      Probate #1377 of the estate of Nathaniel Gillett of Salisbury, Sharon District, was made in 1756. A bond to the Court of Probate was signed by Mercy Gellett (her mark) and Thomas Skinner.
      ii. Joseph Gillet was born 11 Oct. 1704, baptized 25 Oct. 1713 in the Lebanon Congregational Church, married Ann Merrill/Merrell by Benjamin Catlin 23 Jan. 1727/8 in Litchfield (W. Hartford?), died 29 July 1765 in Amenia, NY.[89] Ann was born 16 Nov. 1704 in Hartford, a daughter of John Merrill, Jr. On 9 May 1748 John Merrill, Jr., willed 10 shillings to his daughter Ann Merrill, alias Gillet. On 16 June 1726 Joseph Gillot formerly of Lebanon sold to Samuel Hills for £56 land (no doubt the land he had inherited from his father).[90] In 1739 Joseph was living in Judea (now Washington), CT. He was a cordwainer (i.e., shoemaker).
      iii. Elijah Gillet. Elijah Gillet was born 31 July 1706 in Lebanon, CT, and baptized 25 Oct. 1713 in the Lebanon Congregational Church along with his brothers Joseph & Jonathan.[92] The church had been organized in 1700. Elijah probably married Jane [-?-] before 1742 (see below).
      Following his father's 1714 death in Lebanon, Elijah no doubt removed with his mother to Enfield, MA (now CT).
      We next hear of Elijah on 2 May 1724 when Enfield soldiers Joseph and Elijah Gillett were billeted in Hatfield, MA, at Dr. Thomas Hastings' home.[93] On 17 Nov. 1724 an account was rendered by Dr. Thomas Hastings of Hatfield, MA, "for Sundry billeting and Subsistence to Com. Soldiers in ye time of their Paying & Repaying May 2, 1724. To 8 meals and lodging to Jos. Gillet & Elijah Gillet soldiers sent from Infield at 0-4-4."[94] Joseph Gillet was Elijah's older brother. It turns out that Dr. Thomas & Anna (Hawkes) Hastings who billeted Joseph & Elijah Gillet had a daughter Hannah who had married 9 Jan. 1697/8 Samuel Gillett, a cousin of the boys' father Nathaniel. Samuel's father, Samuel Gillett, had been killed by the Indians in 1676 at the Turner Falls Fight.
      Then on 21 Sept. 1727 Elijah Gillet sold for £53 to Samuel Hills the 20 acres of land he had inherited from his father and the 6 2/3 acres he had obtained from his deceased brother Jonathan (Lebanon Deed Book 4:56-57). The deed was witnessed by Gersham Clark and Eben: Gillet. Ebenezer Gillet was Elijah's cousin. At the time Elijah signed this deed he was living in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT, but no mention of him has been found in the Wethersfield deeds, church records, etc. In fact, no further record of him has been found in CT! In this connection, note that Elijah Gillet did not marry Mary Evarts as mistakenly reported in Barbour's "Collection of CT Town Vital Records," 37:194.
      But we now pick up out of the blue an Elijah Gillet in Newark, Essex Co., NJ. At this point we are assuming this is our Elijah. Naturally, I would much appreciate anyone's data to prove (or disprove) this assumption.
      In Dec. 1733 Elijah Gillett and Jno. Cooper inventoried the estate of Dr. Michael Powell of Newark, Essex Co., NJ. The inventory amounted to £38.17.05.[95] Note that Elijah's second cousin John Gillett was also living in Newark at this time.
      The 22 Sept. 1737 inventory of the estate of Samuel Cooper, Esq., of Newark, Essex Co., NJ, listed a bond due from Doctor Gillet.[96]
      Elijah Gillette witnessed the will of Silas Hains of Hanover, Morris Co., NJ, tailor. Executors were Rev. Mr. Daniel Taylor of Newark and Joseph Tuttle of Hanover. The will was proved 2 Feb. 1742.[97] Joseph Tuttle had settled in Newark. In 1725 he bought land in Hanover, Morris Co., and removed there ca. 1732.[98] The receipt for carrying Silas Hain's will to Burlington was signed by David Stout 27 Sept. 1743.[99]
      Doctor Elijah Jillet and his wife Jane were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown in 1742 when Rev. Timothy Johnes became the first pastor.[100]
      So Elijah Gillet was a doctor! Note that this does not indicate that he attended a medical school. In fact before 1770 medical students who did not study in Europe received their medical education through the apprentice system.[101] Also note that the Rogerenes believed that it was contrary to their tenets to employ physicians or to use medicine.[102] Thus it would appear that Elijah was not associated with the Rogerenes on Schooley's Mountain in the West corner of Morris Co.[103]
      In 1744 Elijah Gillett was appointed high sheriff of Morris Co. by the Governor.[104] Thomas Clark was the first sheriff, being appointed in 1739. The third sheriff was Caleb Fairchild, appointed in 1748.[105]
      In a suit Allworth vs Simcock in the March 1748 term Middlesex Session of the NJ Supreme Court, John Simcock, Jr., was being held by Elijah Gillette, Esq., High Sheriff of Morris Co.[106]
      On 25 July 1748 David Kitechel, Timothy Tuttle and Elijah Gillett witnessed the will of Caleb Ball of Hanover, Morris Co., NJ, gentleman.[107] Caleb Ball had been a leading citizen of Newark in 1700.[108] About 1710 he removed to Whippanong, Hanover Twp., where he became owner of one-sixth of the "Old Iron Works."[109] Abraham Kitchell (father of David Kitechel) was a neighbor.[110] Timothy Tuttle was born in Woodbridge, NJ, 16 Oct. 1696, settled in Newark, NJ, with his brother Joseph Tuttle. In 1728 Timothy was chosen "Clerk of Strays." In 1730-1731 he was a fence viewer and an overseer of the poor. He was chosen Assessor in 1732. About 1733 he removed to Hanover, Morris Co.[111]
      No Gillet, etc., was a freeholder (i.e., real estate owner) in Morris Co. in 1752 or 1776.[112]
      Strays posted in Hanover Twp:
      - 16 Nov. 1752 by Doc Elijah Gillet
      - 11 Dec. 1759 by Doc Elijah Gillit.[113]
      On 4 June 1754 Elijah Gillett of Morris Co. was appointed administrator of the will of James Eakin of Philadelphia, merchant. Elijah was a creditor of James Eakin.[114]
      Elijah Jillet and his wife Jane were both received by Letter ca. 1755 into the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown. He was a physician.[115]
      At a 29 Aug. 1764 Session meeting of the First Presbyterian Church of Middletown a difference between Doc Elijah Gillet and Brother Coe was settled.[116]
      In the 17 Oct. 1765 issue of the "New York Gazette or Weekly Post Boy" there was published an order made by Jacob Ford & Robert Goble, Esquires, Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, for the County of Morris and Province of East New-Jersey, upon the petition of Elijah Gillet and Henry Sweet, insolvent debtors, in which they assigned their estates to Benjamin Halsey and Joseph Morris in accordance with "An Act for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors" passed in the "Fifth Year of his present Majesty's Reign."[117]
      Nothing further has been discovered for Elijah. By 1772 his son-in-law William Throckmorton and many others experienced financial problems and migrated westward and southward. Were Elijah and Jane with them?
      iv. Jonathan Gillet born 5 May 1708 in Lebanon, died before 21 Sept. 1727.
      v. Joshua Gillet born 26 Dec. 1710, died 13 Mar. 1710/11 in Lebanon, CT.
      vii. Hannah Gillett born 30 Jan. 1674/5, died 11 Aug. 1683 in Windsor."
      [45] Priest, Alice L., "The Brothers Jonathan & Nathan Gillett & Some of their Descendants" (NEH&GR, 1947), 101:43 & 288-289.
      [46] Anderson, Robert C., "The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England 1634-1635" (2003), 3:257-259.
      [47] Ibid., 101:44.
      [48] Leach, Douglas A., "Flintlock & Tomahawk: New England in King Philip's War" (1958), 87-88.
      [49] Priest, Alice L., "The Brothers Jonathan & Nathan Gillett & Some of their Descendants" (NEH&GR, 1947), 101:43-46.
      [50] "Some Early Records & Documents of and Relating to the Town of Windsor, CT, 1639 - 1703" (1930), 66.
      [51] Ibid., 101:
      [52] Barbour, Lucius B., "Families of Early Hartford, CT" (1977), 263.
      [53] Manwaring, Charles W., "A Digest of the Early CT Probate Records, Hartford District" (1904), 2:393.
      [54] Ward, Daniel C., "Descendants of Jacques De Gylette," #96 (
      [55] "Some Early Records & Documents of and Relating to the Town of Windsor, CT, 1639 - 1703" (1930), 101:160.
      [56] Barbour, Lucius B., Families of Early Hartford, CT" (1977), 263.
      [57] Stiles, Henry R., "History & Genealogies of Ancient Windsor" (1892), 2:297-299; Priest, Alice L., "The Brothers Jonathan & Nathan Gillett & Some of their Descendants" (NEH&GR, 1947), 101:153.
      [58] Sheldon, George, "A History of Deerfield, Massachusetts," (1895), 2:173.
      [59] Milne, George McLean, "Lebanon, 3 Centuries in a CT Hilltop Town" (1996), 270.
      [60] Priest, Alice L., "The Brothers Jonathan & Nathan Gillett & Some of their Descendants" (NEH&GR, 1947), 101:240.
      [61] "Vital Records of Lebanon, CT," 1:121.
      [62] Data supplied by Anne Gillette (
      [63] "Vital Records of New Haven, 1649-1850" (1917), 52.
      [64] Wood, W. Herbert & Donald L. Jacobus, "Additions & Corrections to the Colver-Culver Genealogy" (TAG, 1955), 31:133.
      [65] Frederic Lathrop Colver, "Colver-Culver Genealogy" (1910), 48.
      [66] Priest, Alice L., "The Brothers Jonathan & Nathan Gillett & Some of their Descendants, (NEH&GR, 1948), 101:49.
      [67] Priest, Alice L., "The Brothers Jonathan & Nathan Gillett & Some of their Descendants" (NEH&GR, 1947), 290; Sheldon, George, "A History of Deerfield, Massachusetts" (1895/1972 1:260-261.
      [68] Wood, W. Herbert & Donald L. Jacobus, "Additions & Corrections to the Colver/Culver Genealogy" (TAG, 1955), 31:138.
      [69] Rev. Orlo D. Hine, "Early Lebanon, An Historical Address" (1880), 151-152; Milne, George McClean, "Lebanon, 3 Centuries in a CT Hilltop Town" (1986), 270.
      [70] Wood, W. Herbert & Donald L. Jacobus, "Additions & Corrections to the Colver/Culver Genealogy" (TAG, 1955), 31:141.
      [71] Wood, W. Herbert & Donald L. Jacobus, "Additions & Corrections to the Colver/Culver Genealogy" (TAG, 1955), 31:130-132.
      [72] Giorgi, Valerie D. "Colver-Culver Family Genealogy" (1984), 17.
      [73] "Registration of Pedigrees" (NYG&BR, 1920), 51:91; David Benedict "A General History of the Baptist Denomination in America" (1813), 2:425; "The Rogerenes: Some Hitherto Unpublished Annals Belonging to the Colonial History of CT" (1904), 34; Frederic L. Colver "Colver-Culver Genealogy " (1910), 59.
      [74] "Registration of Pedigrees" (NYG&BR, 1920), 51:91; Giorgi, Valerie D., "Colver-Culver Family Genealogy" (1984), 37-38; David Benedict "A General History of the Baptist Denomination in America" (1813), 2:425.
      [75] Chambers, Theodore F., "The Early Germans of New Jersey" (1895), 179.
      [76] Frederick W. Bailey, Early CT Marriages" (1896), 38.
      [77] "Land Records - Town of Lebanon, Conn, Deeds," 2:489.
      [78] Milne, George McClean, "Lebanon, 3 Centuries in a CT Hilltop Town" (1986), 2.
      [79] Probate #2231, 1714, Lebanon, District of New London, Book B:91.
      [80] Lebanon First Church Records, 4:22.
      [81] Lebanon Deed Book 3:539.
      [82] Lebanon Deed Book 4:14.
      [83] "Historical Collection Relating to the Town of Salisbury, Litchfield Co., CT" (1913/1916), 182.
      [84] Julia Pettee, "The Rev. Jonathan Lee & his 18th century Salisbury Parish: The Early History of the Town of Salisbury, CT" (1957), 76 & 94.
      [85] Burton W. Spear, "Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630" (1985), 5:59.
      [86] Donna V. Russell, "Salisbury, Connecticut, Taxpayers" (NGSQ, 1988), 71:94-96.
      [87] "Salisbury, CT, Vital Records," 2:13.
      [88] Moore, Norman H. G., "Gillette Family: Descendants of Jonathan of Windsor."
      [89] "Barbour Collection of CT Vital Records: Litchfield 1719 - 1854" (2000), 23:90.
      [90] Lebanon Deed Book 4:12."
      [91] Boston Transcript, 28 Feb. 1927, #4627.
      [92] "Lebanon First Congregational Church," 4:174.
      [93] (NEH&GR, 1947), 101:241.
      [94] MA Archives, vol. 24, doc. 264, folio 105.
      [95] "Calendar of Wills, 1730-1750" in NJ Colonial Documents, 1st series, 30:385.
      [96] "Calendar of Wills, 1730-1750" in NJ Colonial Documents, 1st series, 30:110.
      [97] "Calendar of Wills, 1730-1750" in NJ Colonial Documents, 1st series, 30:211.
      [98] George F. Tuttle, "The Descendants of William & Elizabeth Tuttle" (1883), 309.
      [99] A. Van Doren Honeyman, ed., "Archives of the State of New Jersey: 1st series, vol. 30, "Calendar of Wills," vol. 2.
      [100] "History of Morris Co., NJ" (W. W. Munsell & Co., 1882), 132 & Andrew M. Sherman, "Historic Morristown, NJ, the Story of Its First Century" (1905), 54.
      [101] Major Edgar E. Hume, "Institutions Awarding Medical Degrees Prior to 1825" (TAG, 1934/5), 11:101-103.
      [102] John W. Barber, "CT Historical Collections" (1838), 279.
      [103] "History of Morris Co., NJ" (W. W. Munsell & Co., 1882).
      [104] "History of Morris Co., NJ" (W. W. Munsell & Co., 1882), 74.
      [105] A. Van Doren Honeyman, "Northwest New Jersey: A History of Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren & Sussex Counties" (1927), 1:329.
      [106] "New Jersey Supreme Court Records" (Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Jan. 1992), 67:32.
      [107] "Calendar of Wills" in NJ Colonial Documents, 1st series, 30:33; Morris Co., Deed Book, 6:34.
      [108] Pierson, David L., "Narratives of Newark, NJ, from the Days of its Founding, 1666-1916" (1917), 135.
      [109] Myrose, Elizabeth R. & Clair B. Kitchell, "Along the Whippanong: A History of Hanover Twp., NJ," 35.
      [110] <>.
      [111] George F. Tuttle, "The Descendants of William & Elizabeth Tuttle" (1883), 309.
      [112] Andrew M. Sherman, "Historic Morristown, NJ, the Story of Its First Century" (1905), 54.
      [113] Harriet Stryker-Rodda, "Some Early Records of Morris Co., NJ, 1740-1799" (1975), 33 & 36.
      [114] "Abstracts of Wills," 3:101 in NJ Archives, 1st Series, vol. 32.
      [115] "The Record of the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown, NJ, & Its History" (1885), 2:117.
      [116] "Morristown, NJ, First Presbyterian Church Records," 1:150 (LDS film # 888748).
      [117] "Newspaper Extracts," 5:658, in New Jersey Archives, 1st series, vol. 24."

      8. 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, Joseph; baptism 25 Jul 1641; CHS930:39; father: Gillet, Jonathan Sr.
      Gillet, Joseph; baptism 25 Jul 1641; WIN638:14; father: Gillet, Jonathan.
      Gillet, Elisabeth; birth 12 Jun 1662; WIN638:39; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Joseph; birth 2 Nov 1664; CHS930:40; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Joseph; birth 2 Nov 1664; CHS930:66; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Joseph; birth 20 Nov 1664; WEL898:18; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Joseph; birth 28 Nov 1664; WIN638:18; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Elisabeth; birth 12 Jun 1666; CHS930:40; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Elisabeth; birth 12 Jun 1666; CHS930:66; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Elisabeth; birth 12 Jun 1666; WEL898:20; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Mary; birth 1 Sep 1667; WIN638:39; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Mary; birth 1 Sep 1667; CHS930:66; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Mary; birth 1 Sep 1667; CHS930:40; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Joseph 641; freeman 1669; TRU852:519; spelling: Gillet, Josep.
      Gillet, Jonathan; birth 11 Aug 1669; CHS930:66; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Jonathan; birth 11 Aug 1669; CHS930:40; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Jonathan; birth 11 Aug 1669; WIN638:39; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Joseph 641; household size = 6, 7 Mar 1670; spelling: Gillet.
      Gillet, John; birth 10 Jun 1671; CHS930:66; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, John; birth 10 Jun 1671; WIN638:39; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Nathanell; birth 4 May 1673; CHS930:66; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Nathaniel; birth 4 May 1673; WIN638:39; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Hannah; birth 30 Jun 1675; WIN638:39; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Hanna; birth 30 Jan 1675; CHS930:66; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Josep; children born = 7, 1677; CHS930:91.
      Gillet, Joseph 641; church member 1678; CH930:8; spelling: Gillet, Josep.
      Gillet, Hannah; death 11 Aug 1683; WIN638:44; father: Gillet, Joseph.
      Gillet, Jonathan; death 3 Jun 1686; WEL898:55; father: Gillet, Joseph.

      9. One page copied at the Windsor, CT Historical Society without title except for a page header entitled "Early Windsor Families," page 551 (may be Stiles book; also an almost word for word version found in The book "Gillette Families, Some of the Descendants of Jonathan Gillet and Nathan Gillet," comp. Bertha Bortle Beal Aldridge, 1955):
      "Jonathan Gillett (1639), from Dorchester, had a lot granted to him seventeen rods wide. He had two sons and one daughter born before coming here, and five sons and two daughters born here, 1639-1650. Of his sons, Cornelius married, and had two sons and five daughters born, 1659-1678. He bought of Josiah Ellsworth the A. Alford place, which remained in the family until the death of the late Lieutenant Cornelis Gillett, about 1866. Jonathan married Mary Kelsey, 1661; had two sons and one daughter. Then he married Miriam, daughter of Thomas Dibble, 1676, and had two sons. He bought that part of the Hydes lot lying east of the Mill road, and probably built there. Joseph married Elizabeth, daughter of John Hawkes; had four sons and three daughters born, 1664-1674. He bought the Hawkes place, and remained there until about 1673, when he removed to Deerfield, Mass. John married Mary, daughter of Thomas Barber, 1669, and had four sons. He bought Joseph Phelp's place, west of William Phelps, Jr., and probably lived there. Jeremiah, in 1680, had his uncle Nathan Gillett's place, who had removed to Simsbury in 1670. Josiah had the homestead."

      10. The book "Gillette Families, Some of the Descendants of Jonathan Gillet and Nathan Gillet," comp. Bertha Bortle Beal Aldridge, 1955, pp. 18-19:
      "Joseph Gillett, (son of Jonathan) bapt. 25 Jul 1641, Windsor, Conn., another rec. says he was bapt. in Simsbury, Conn., son of Jonathan and Mary Dolbiar Gillet, m. 24 Nov 1663, Elizabeth Hawks, dau. of John and Eliza Hawks of Haddam. She m. (2) Nathaniel Dickinson 16 Dec 1680. The Hist. of Deerfield, Vol. 2, p. 173 says 'Joseph came as one of our earliest settlers, built on No. 32, on the Dr. Willard lot; was killed with Capt. Lothrop 18 Sep 1675 in King Phillip's War at Battle Creek. [Someone has penciled in 'Blood Brook, South Deerfield, MA.']
      Joseph, b. 2 Nov 1664, Windsor, Conn., d. 1745-6; m. 2 Nov 1687, Esther Gall.
      Elizabeth, b. 12 Jun 1666.
      Mary, b. 10 Sep 1667.
      Jonathan, b. 11 Aug 1669; d. 3 Jun 1686.
      John, b. 10 Jun 1671; captured by the Indians 16 Sep 1696; d. Lebanon, Conn., Apr 1755; m. Lebanon, Conn., 3 Jan 1700 to Experience Dewey, b. Westfield, Mass., 9 Apr 1682. On 23 Oct 1696, administration was granted on his estate, he being killed or captured by the Indians, therefore, as to his personal residue in Deerfield is dead. He was taken to Canada; was sent to France, thence to England, where he was sent home about 1698. John was one of the 51 charter members or proprietors of Lebanon, Conn.
      Nathaniel, b. 4 May 1673; d. 10 Jul 1714; m. abt 170?, Sarah Culver, d. 6 Jan 1716-17.
      Hannah, b. 30 Jan 1675; d. 11 Aug 1683. Jonathan, Joseph's father in his will mentions 'and to ye two children, which I taken that were my son Joseph's dead, as ye little son Jonathan 5, and ye garle 5 (Mary?) there seems to be no further mention in Jonathan's wil of either Joseph or Samuel or their families."

      11. 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. 41-43:
      "Joseph Gillett (son of Jonathan), of Windsor, Conn., and Deerfield, Mass., baptized in Windsor 25 Jul 1641, died in Deerfield, in the tragic warfare at Bloody Brook, 18 Sept 1675. He married, probably in Hadley, Mass., in 1663 or 1664, Elizabeth Hawkes, baptized in Windsor 10 Jan 1646/7, died almost surely 1681, daughter of John and Elizabeth Hawkes. Elizabeth (Hawkes) Gillett married secondly, 16 Dec. 1680, as his second wife, Nathaniel Dickenson of Hatfield, Mass.
      Joseph Gillett was made a freeman in Windsor 8 Oct 1668 and is again so listed there 11 Oct 1669. The births of his seven children are recorded there and the deaths of two.
      These records indicate the error of statements that Joseph was of Simsbury, Conn., and had nine children; the probable ground for the latter error to be indicated later by a 1686 probate record. While the Windsor birth records of all seven children suggest that the young family did not move to new-town Deerfield until the spring of 1675, Joseph was financially interested in the projective settlement by 1673.
      Another erroneous statement is the Joseph Gillett and Elizabeth Hawkes marriage date, and probably the place: 'at Windsor 24 Nov 1664.' There is no known Windsor record of the marriage, and Windsor would not have recorded the birth of Joseph's first child, 2 Nov 1664 (or even 20 Nov 1664, as one statement has it) if the parents were then not married. Hence the birth record seems to guarantee the marriage by 1664 before 2 Nov.; and it may have been in 1663, but probably not earlier.
      Stiles states that John Hawkes' widow sold Windsor lands to their son-in-law Joseph Gillett in 1666, 'who probably resided on the Hawkes lands until about 1673 when he removed to Deerfield.' Another Windsor record is: ' Joseph Gillett, adult, church member 16().'
      In 1669 the first house was built in Deerfield; the second house in 1670; and house lots were drawn 14 May 1671. In 1673 at least twenty men were present, Joseph Gillet one of them; also Robert Hinsdell (later Hinsdale) and his five sons; and Robert had married (2) Widow Elizabeth Hawkes, and his son had married her daughter Mary Hawkes in 1672 and gone at once to Deerfield with her. Lots No. 31 and 32, drawn 1671 by Robert Hinsdale and Nathaniel Colburne, in 1673 were owned by 'Joseph Gillett, son of Jonathan (1), born 1641' and he 'built on No. 32 - the Dr. Willard lot; was killed with Capt. Lothrop, Sept. 18, 1675' (Sheldon, 'History of Deerfield'). When the lots were sold in 1694 by Joseph Gillett's son, they are described as "Sometime two town lots, 16-1/2 by 72 rods, with a house on it.'
      In two or three days after Bloody Brook battle, the garrison and inhabitants of Deerfield abandoned the place, and a third village in Hampshire County was given up to desolation. The surviving inhabitants retired to Hatfield and other places.
      In 1680 measures were taken for the reoccupation of their lands by the Proprietors of Deerfield, and the spring of 1682 is considered as the date of the permanent settlement. And by the spring of 1682 Joseph Gillett's widow (Hawkes) was also dead, after having married (2) 16 Dec. 1680, as his second wife, Nathaniel Dickinson of Hatfield, Mass.; and at that date her seven children were all living.
      Hampshire County, Mass., Probate Records in Northampton give the following records of the estate of Joseph Gillett; Card Index - Joseph Gillet, Deerfield. Adm., vol. 1, p. 172, year 1676. Inventory, adms., p. 222, year 1682. Ad., Inv., & Dist., p. 257, year 1686:
      'John Hawks presented to this Corte ye Inventory of ye Estate of Joseph Gillit deceased to wch he mad Oath wch Inventory is on ffile with the Reocrder of this Corte & Powere of adminstration upon ye Estate of Joseph Gillit Deceased is by this Corte granted to Elizabeth Gillit the Relict.
      Here following a copy of ye Inventory of ye Estate of Joseph Gillitt deceased (Inventory difficult to read in the opening part of list of stock, tools, etc. It includes: cow, yearling, young mare: and 'due from Eldr Strong 20 due from Caaleb Pomery')
      Above Inventory taken by Quimtan Stockwell, Samll Billing. Sum total 010 - 09-00.
      There is Likewise belonging to this Estate, land at Deerfield viz two homelotts & Land in ye meadows vallued at 8 Comons.
      Debts due from ye Estate 02 - 12 - 00.
      Page 222, Adms. on Jos. Gillett Estate, April 18, 1682. Nathaniel Dickinson of Hatfield (appearing before magistrates Pynchon & (?) both Assistants of this Jurisdiction & a clerk present - desiring power of administration upon ye Estate of Joseph Gillitt sometyme of deerfield deceased whose Widdow or Relict sd Dickinson had married & in her Right was adminsitrator to sd Estate, wch ceased at sd Widdow's death, and it being needful to conserve same for his children sd Dickinson desiring of it. - Granted.
      Page 257 - Settlement Estate Joseph Gillett 1686.
      Dist. - March 30, 1686 - Additional inventory, of clothes etc. presented by Nathaniel Dickenson, who stated after her marriage to him, the widow of Joseph Gillett 'soon after died'...'the sd Nathaniel Dickenson shewing himself faithful to his trust & also to settled sd children i