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Samuel Gillett

Male 1643 - 1676  (~ 33 years)

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  • Name Samuel Gillett 
    Christened 22 Jan 1642/1643  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 May 1676  Indian Battle at Turner's Falls near Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2226  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 Hannah Dickinson,   b. 6 Dec 1648, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1687, of Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 40 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1668  Hadley or Hatfield, , Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1160  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. 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. [Story continues in notes of Joseph Gillet.]"

      4. 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."

      5. 20 Mar 2008
      "Samuel Gillett baptized in Windsor 22 Jan. 1642/3, married Hannah Dickinson 23 Sept. 1668 in Hadley (Hatfield?), MA, killed 19 May 1676 at Turner's Falls. Samuel & Hannah settled on the frontier at Hatfield, MA. Hannah was born 6 Dec. 1648 in Wethersfield, died after 1687. She was a daughter of Sgt. John & Frances Dickinson. She married (2) Stephen Jennings in Hatfield 15 May 1677 and they removed to Brookfield, MA. Samuel and Hannah had 4 children. Samuel was with Capt. Turner at the Falls Fight at Peskeompsinson [Sheldon, George, "A History of Deerfield, Massachusetts" (1895), 2:173.] in which 37 English were lost including Samuel and Capt. Turner. [Williams, John, "The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion" (1795/1966), 110.]
      Hannah had been remarried only a few months when on 19 Sept. 1677 she and her 5-year old daughter Mary and her 4-year old son Samuel were captured during an Indian attack on Hatfield. Hannah was pregnant at the time. When the authorities refused to pursue the Indians in fear of ambush, her husband and Benjamin Wait set out together to recover the captives who were headed for Canada. After a journey that lasted all winter they reached Canada in January and negotiated a ransom with the French. There Hannah had a daughter she named Captivity Jennings on 22 Jan. 1678. Hannah returned to home with her children in June 1678. [Spear, Burton W., "Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630," 5:59.] On 22 July 1710 Stephen Jennings while engaged in making hay was ambushed and killed by Indians at Brookfield. Captivity Jennings married Abigah Bartlett. He too was killed by Indians Oct. 1708. [Stiles, Henry R., "The History of Ancient Wethersfield, CT" (1904), 328.]
      Samuel Gillett, son of Samuel and Hannah, was born ca. 1673, married Hannah HASTINGS 9 Jan. 1697/8."

      6. 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. 43:
      "Samuel Gillett (son of Jonathan), of Windsor, Conn., and Hatfield, Mass., baptized in Windsor 22 Jan 1642/3, slain in the Turners Falls, Mass., fight 19 May 1676. He married in Hadley, Mass., fight 19 May 1676. He married in Hadley, Mass., 23 Sept 1668, Hannah Dickenson of Wethersfield, Conn., and Hadley, Mass., born in Wethersfield 6 Dec 1648, died after 1687, daughter of Sergt. John Dickenson. She married secondly, in Hatfield, 15 May 1677, Stephen Jennings of Hatfield.
      On 19 Sep 1677 Hannah (Dickinson) Gillett Jennings was captured with two of her Gillett children and fourteen others by Indians. She was taken to Canada, rescued by the heroic work of her husband and others and reached home again about June 1678 with their two Gillett children and her new born daughter of March 1678, Captivity Jennings.
      [Four children listed.]
      ('Genealogies of Hadley Families Embracing the Early Settlers of the Towns of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby,' by L.M. Boltwood, 1862. The 1863 Hadley History; 1910 Hatfield History.)"

      7. From the Gillett family file of the Windsor Historical Society, an article entitled: "The Brothers Jonathan and Nathan Gillett and Some of Their Descendants," comp. by Alice Lucinda Priest, B.L., of Brookline, Mass., p. 65, Additions and Corrections, Volume 100:
      "Page 70, marriage of Samll Gillit and Hannah Dickenson, Sept. 23, 1668. Their four recorded children born as follows: daughter Hannah born 20 Sep 1669; page 96, daughter Mary born 20 Dec 1670; son Samll born 24 May 1672; daughter Hannah born 5 Sep 1673. Hannah Dickenson married 2d 15 May 1677 to Stephen Gennings. (Notice the correct birth dates of daughter Mary and son Samuel. Also that the record of the widow's marriage chanced to use her maiden name; but refers to it as a 2nd marriage.) ...
      Northampton, Mass., Probate Index, 1677, vol. 1, page 190: Samuel Gillett, adms., invt., settlement. Hanah Gillett ye Relict of Samll Gillett Deceased Exhibited to this Court An Inventory of her late Husbands Estate who dyed, wch inventory was ffiled with ye Records of this Corte Power of administration upon ye Estate aforesd is granted unto ye sd Hannah Gillett Widdow. And for ye settlement of ye sd Estate - this Corte does order yt ye whole Estate be at ye dispose of ye Widdow for her own maintenance & ye Widdow as her own foe Ever.
      Here followeth a Copy of ye Inventory of ye Estate of Samll Gillet of Hatfield who dyed May 18th 1676 -
      The inventory was taken by Phillip Smith, Samll Church, Samll Partregg; included 11 items, ('land at Hatfield, Sword, Cowes, hogges, calf', etc.), and the 'Sum totall' was 331-00-20.
      The only date noticed for this probate record was the initial 1677. Mr. Corbin is expert authority for its May 18th date for Samuel Gillett's death. Wells' 1910 Hatfield History states that the soldiers in the early May 19, 1676 Falls Fight set out from Hatfield after sunset on Thursday May 18. That is doubtless authority for the date 18 in the probate record. Wells' further states, that when the expedition reached Hatfield again, 45 men were missing, and two were mortally wounded. Two others reached the settlement that night, two on Sunday, two on Monday, and the total loss was 42. 'William Allis, John Colefax and Samuel Gillett were killed.' (Hatfield men.) Samuel Gillett signed a May 3, 1667 Hadley 'west side' petition; and one or more later ones."

      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: "Samuel, b., ba. 22 Jan 1642 (Wivr as s/o Jonathan Sr.), d. 19 May 1676 Turner' Falls, Mass. (NEH), m. 23 Sep 1668 Hadley, Mass. (NEH) Hannah Dickinson (NEH) b. 6 Dec 1648 (NEH), d. after 1687 (NEH), d. after 1687 (NEH) d/o John (NEH), she m. 2nd in Hatfield 15 May 1677 (NEH) Stephen Jennings (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, Samuel; baptism 22 Jan 1642; WIN638:14; father: Gillet, Jonathan.
      Gillet, Samuell; baptism 22 Jan 1643; CHS930:39; father: Gillet, Jonathan Sr.

      1. From the book "New England Marriages Prior to 1700," p. 304 for the Gillett family: "Gillet, Samuel (1642-1676), Hatfield & Hannah Dickinson (1648?, 1646-), m/2 Stephen Jennings 1677; 23 Sep 1668; Hadley."

      1. Killed in Battle with Indians at Hatfield, Massachusetts.