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Mary Gillett, wife of Nathaniel Skinner


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William Gyllett

Most of the information on the Gillett family is from researchers Beverly J. Schonewolf and Bill Barton that appears to be well documented.

Rev. William Gyllett, father of Jonathan and Nathan, was a rector of Chaffcombe, Somerset, England. (1) Chaffcombe is five miles west of Crewkerne. (2) He was made rector on February 4, 1609/10, and died early in 1641. The Chaffcombe parish records begin only in 1678, but the Bishop’s Transcripts survive for the years 1611, 1621, 1623, 1634, 1638 & 1639, and they were all signed by Rev. William Gylett. (3) The baptisms of some of his children were recorded here. He had a brother Richard and a kinsman Henry Hutchins.

William was born circa 1574 in Chaffcombe, Somerset, England, christened January 25, 1579 in N. Petherton, Somerset. (4) He married Habiathia Pye on September 18, 1609 in Donytt, Somerset. William died April 2/4, 1641 in Chaffcombe, buried April 16, 1641 in Chaffcombe. Habiathia was born circa 1578 in Chaffcombe, died May 14, 1681 in Chaffcombe. William wrote his will in 1641 and it was proved April 16, 1641. (5) The April 2, 1641 inventory showed the estate to be worth £259/14/8, which included £13/6/8 for silver plate and an equal sum for books. In his will William referred to land which his son Nathan had made over to him by letter of attorney (see Nathan below). To all his children in England he gave two silver spoones apiece. Beneficiaries were his children William, Thomas, Jeremiah, Habiah and Mary. Overseers were Joseph Greenfield, Mr. Luffe, brother Richard (see Richard above) and kinsman Henry Hutchins. (6) After his bequests his will states, “The rest of my goods I give to my son William, whom I make my executor.” His inventory listed 259 pounds, 14s, 6 pence, which included 13 pounds of silver plate and an equal sum of books. To each of his children, “in England,” he left two silver spoons apiece and one “chayre” and one frame stool. He left his son William land on condition he pay one annuity, 12 pounds to his sister Hebiah, 4 pounds to his sister Mary, and to his brother Jeremiah, 40 s. Jonathan and Nathan probably received their share when they left for New England.

In Dorset Pilgrims, Thistlethwaite suggests that Rev. Gillett influenced a John Hill of his own parish and the people of nearby Combe St. Nicholas, Ilminster and Broadway to emigrate to New England. (7) He also states that Rev. Gyllett held Puritan beliefs.

The children of William & Habiathia were: (8)



Jonathan Gillett

Jonathan Gillett (12) and his brother Nathan possibly came to New England on the ship Mary & John in 1630 (but see below). Jonathan Gillett returned to England and married Mary Dolbiar, (see Dolbair section in Skinner history) in Colyton, Devon on March 29, 1634. He remained in England one year after their marriage and then they sailed to New England on the ship Recovery of London, which sailed from Weymouth, England on March 31, 1635. How he met Mary from Colyton is not known. However, the Mary and John passenger, George Hull of Crewkerne, had two brothers who were ministers at Colyton.

Jonathan Gillett and his brother Nathan are frequently included in passenger lists of the Mary & John. They were both from the West Country, and both settled first in Dorchester. The first record of Nathan is his admission to freemanship in 1634, which implies that he arrived by 1633. From the statement of Jonathan’s son Benjamin in the copy of the “Breeches Bible” [Bear Bible] that “My father Gille[tt] came into new-inglan .the sec-ond time in June in the year 1634 . . . ,” we know that Jonathan arrived for the second time in 1634, and he does appear on the 1634 passenger list of the Recovery. (13) He could have come for the first time in 1633, turned around immediately to return to England to marry early in 1634 and board ship in time to sail back to New England. There was a ship from the West Country in 1633 that could have brought the Gillett brothers to New England, and at this time it is not justified to place them on the Mary & John that arrived in 1630.

Jonathan Gillet’s name appears in the list of all grantees of Dorchester lands whose names were in the Town Records prior to Jan. 1636. Five years later many of the families moved to Windsor, Connecticut, under the leadership of Rev. John Warham. (14) Jonathan settled near Mr. Warham in Windsor. But earlier Jonathan returned to England and married Mary Dolbiar on March 29, 1634 in Colyton, Devonshire. They soon boarded the Recovery of London, departing on March 31, 1634 from Weymouth, Dorset, for New England. On board were 26 passengers, most from Dorset, Somerset and Devon. (15)

Both Jonathan and his wife were members of the original Dorchester and Windsor churches. Jonathan brought with him a copy of the 1599 Geneva edition of the Bible. In the family it was known as the “Bear Bible” because it had been clawed by a bear when it lay on a window-sill holding up a window sash. In this bible is written “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.” (16)

Jonathan was born circa 1609 (based on estimated age at marriage), another source states he was born on December 29, 1605 in Chaffcombe, Somerst, England. Jonathan died on August 23, 1677 (from inventory), probably buried in Old Burying Ground. (17) He married Mary Dolbair/Dolbere on March 29, 1634, possibly at St. Andrew’s Church at Colyton, Devonshire. Mary was born on June 7, 1607 or baptized on June 17, 1607 at Colyton, Devonshire, (18) and died at Windsor on January 5, 1685/86. (19) She was a daughter of Rawkey & Mary (Michell) Dolbere. (20) The register of St. Andrew’s Church at Colyton, Devonshire, reads “29 March 1634 Jonathan Gillet, sonne of Rev. William Gillet, and Mary Dolbere of Colyton, County Devonshire, England.” (21)

Jonathan became a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on May 6, 1635, as M Jonathan “Jellett,” second in a sequence of five Dorchester men. (22) That year he was granted permission to fence in a half acre about his house, leaving sufficient highway and four more acres of marsh against Fox Point (Dorchester). “Jonathan Gillet’s house” was mentioned, April 17, 1635; (23) “Jellets” to have two acres of marsh, June 27, 1636 (no first name is given, so this grant may be to both Jonathan and Nathan). (24) The grant of meadows beyond Neponset, Lot #32, marked only J. M. may have belonged to Jonathan Gillet, since it was immediately next to the lot of N[athan] Gillet. (25) In Thomas Treadwell’s deed of land to Edward Breck, dated June 20, 1638, one of the abutters to a parcel of land was “Mr. Parker on the other side which was once Jonathan Gillete’s.” (26) On June 9, 1662 Jonathan Gillett Sen. was granted two parcels of swampland totalling five or six acres by the court-appointed committee to dispose of land without the west bounds of Windsor. (27) Other “Jonathan Gillett” land entries appear to be Jonathan Jr.

Jonathan served in the Pequot War in 1637, was granted, in 1671, land in Simsbury, Connecticut for his service. Jonathan moved to Windsor, Connecticut in 1639. In Windsor Jonathan was granted in 1639 a lot 17 rods wide. It contained over 4 acres and was near Mr. Warham’s. His brother Nathan’s lot was on the west side and paralleled Jonathan’s. (28) He served on the Connecticut jury, December 1653, 7 June 1655, 26 August 1657, 3 March 1658/9, 15 May 1660, 6 December 1660, 5 September 1661, 9 October 1661, 13 May 1662, 20 January 1662/63. (29) He was a constable of Windsor in 1665. (30) He was taxed 4-0 on February 10, 1673 in Windsor.

Jona Gillet (April 6, 1662), Jonath. Gillett’s wife and Cornelus Gillet (16 June 1665) were admitted to the Windsor Church per Matthew Grant’s church record “(A list of those members of the church that) were so in Dorchester, and came up here with Mr. Warham and still are of us.” (31)

On June 9, 1662 Jonathan Gillett Sen. was granted 2 parcels of swampland totaling 5 or 6 acres by the court-appointed committee to dispose of land without the west bounds of Windsor. On April 28, 1665, Nassahegan, sachem of Poquonock, sold to Jonathan Gillet, Sen., of Windsor a piece of land, swamp or marsh, containing 12 acres called by the Indians Matacomacok. This was situated without the west bounds of Windsor, southerly of the swamp belonging to John Moore & Edward Griswold.

On October 11, 1669 “Jonathan Gillet, Senr.” was listed as a freeman of Windsor. In 1671 Jonathan was granted 40 acres in Simsbury, Connecticut, for his 1637 service in the Pequot War. In 1675 both Jon. Gillet and Jon. Gillet, Jr., were taxed in Windsor in the “Family and horse” category. (32) Voluntary contributors for the poor on June 11, 1676 included: Jonathan Gillet, Senr. 4s. 6d.; Nathan Gillet 2s. 6d.; Cornelius Gillet 2s. 6d. (33) On July 10, 1676 Jonath Gillet, Senr, Deacon Jno Moore, John Loomys & Jacob Drake of Windsor were credited by the Connecticut “Council” for distributing supplies to “our brethren in distress in our neighboring Colonyes” and requested them to distribute the remainder to Springfield and those upper towns according to their good discretion. (34)

Jonathan’s will was dated August 8, 1677, proved September 6, 1677, inventory taken by Matthew Grant (ancestor of Ulysses S. Grant). His Last Will and Testament: (35) I Jonathan Gillett Sr., of Windsor, do make this my Last Will and Testament: Imprimis: My will is that my wife shall be my sole Executrix, and my son Josiah Gillett to take the care for ye improvement of his mother’s estate for her use and benefit that I shall leave her whilst she lives, which she shall have ye use and benefit that may be made of the houseing and lands of both my houselotts, my one and that which was my brother Nathan Gillett’s, which are both 9 acres, also at ye upper end of ye 1st meadow, or that which is Timothy Phelps. All that remains of yt to me, I set out 3 acres to my son John. My will is that after my decease, as I have expressed, that my son Josias shall take ye care on him, to be an help and ayde to his mother in what shee needs his labor to manage her ocasions, and after her decease he shall injoy for his owne, for himselfe and his heirs forever, my now dwelling house and all the appurtenances with it, with 5 acres of house lands and all other parcels of land, as are expressed to be his mother’s for her use whilst she lives, only excepting the house and 4 acres of ye houseland to it, which my sonn Jeremy shall posses for his owne after my wifes decease; ye 6 acres in ye 2nd meadow I set out to him, he is to possess for his one at present. Thirdly, my will is that if the Lord should take me and my wife both of us away by death within this 4 years after ye date hereof, my son Josiah shall pay some legacies, as to his brother Jonathan Gillett L4 and a gunn, and to his brother Cornelius Gillett L4, and to my daughter, Peter Browne’s wife, L2, and to my daughter, Samuel Fyllyes wife, L2, and to ye two children which I have taken that ware my son Joseph’s, Dec’d, as ye little son Jonathan L5, and ye garle L5. My son Jonathan is to have the other 20 acres of Woodland joining to ye 20 acres expressed to my wife. He is to have his 20 acres next to Thomas Barber, 10 acres of it I give him, ye other 10 he hath bought. Also Jonathan and Cornelius my sons are to have my 11 acres without ye west bounds of Windsor, betwixt them, after my decease. And my son John Gillett to have six acres of ye other parcel without ye bounds at present, and Jeremie to have the remainder of it. Signed: Jonathan Gillett. Witness: Nathaniel Chauncey, Matthew Grant. Court Record, p. 164, 6 September 1677: Will exhibited.

The inventory of “Jonathan Gillett Senior who died the 23 day of this August” was taken August 31, 1677 and totaled £273 10s., including real estate valued at £188. “His dwelling & barn house land five acres” £70; “his dwelling house that was his brother Nathan’s & four acres of houseland” £40; “the first meadow, near four acres,” £20; “the second meadow eight acres,” £30; “twenty acres of woodland,” £10; “six acres of upland,” £12; and “without the west bounds of Windsor common land fifteen acres,” £6. (36)

In the will Jonathan wrote “my will is that if the Lord should take me and my wife both of us away by death within four years after the date hereof, my son Josiah shall pay some legacie, as to his brother Jonathan Gillett £4 and a gun, and to his brother Cornelius Gillett £4, & to my daughter, Peter Browne’s wife £2, and to my daughter Samuel Fylle’s wife, £2, and to the two children which I have taken that were my son Joseph’s, deceased, as the little son Johnathan £5, and the girl £5. Since Jonathan’s wife, Mary, did not die until 1685 this part of his will did not take effect. Widow Mary was named sole executrix of Jonathan’s will. She inherited “both of my houselots, my one and that which was my brother Nathan Gillett’s, which are both nine acres, also at the upper end of the first meadow, or that which is Timothy Phelpes.

More than a generation later, on August 25, 1719, Jonathan Filley, Josiah Filly, John Filly, Thomas Gillett and Joseph Gillett petitioned the probate court that their “grandfather Jonathan Gillit late of Windsor” had left unadministered estate and they requested that someone be appointed to administer the property. (37) 6 October, 1719: (38) “Upon the Complaint made by Jonathan Filley, Josiah Filley, John Filley and Thomas Gillett of Windsor, and Joseph Gillett of Hartford, a Sumons was Issued to cite Jonathan Gillett, John Graham and his wife Priscilla, Cornelius Brown of Windsor, and Josiah Gillett of Colchester, to show reasons, if any they have, why Adms. should not be granted on some part of the Estate of said complainants’ grand Father, Jonathan Gillett, sometime of Windsor, Deceased. Not granted.”

The children of Jonathan and Mary were:




Nathan Gillett

Nathan Gillett, (114) son of William Gyllett, was born circa 1613, based on the date of his freemanship in 1669, (115) died on September 15, 1689. (116) He married by 1639, his wife’s name is unknown, but she was “above fifty years” old on May 30, 1667, (117) and died at Windsor on February 21, 1670/71. (118) The first record of Nathan in America is his admission to the Massachusetts Bay Colony on May 14, 1634 which implies arrival by 1633 and admission to the Dorchester, Massachusetts, Church. Nathan served in the Pequot War in 1637. (119) In the grant of meadows beyond Neponset in Dorchester, “N. Gillet” held Lot #33, four acres. (120) A grant of two acres of marsh on June 27, 1636 to “Jellets” may have been to Nathan as well as to Jonathan. (121) Sometime before his father’s death in 1641 Nathaniel by power of attorney conveyed some land in England to his father. He was granted fifty acres by the Connecticut court for his service in the Pequot War on October 12, 1671. (122)

In the Windsor land inventory in January 1640 Nathan Gillett held five parcels: a homestead of five acres (annotated “sold to his brother Jonathan,” later to his nephew Jeremiah); three and a half acres in the Little Neck (annotated “sold to Mr. Warham”); “in meadow and upland adjoining in the second meadow twenty[?] acres more or less” (annotated “sold to Robart Hayward”); “in Long Meadow three acres more or less and adjoining to it two acres” (annotated “sold to J. Enows”); and “over the Great River begins one hundred sixty rods back & then is in breadth eleven rods, in length two miles and half” (annotated “this is now Owen Tudor’s”). This list was amended June 5, 1660 to include “fifteen acres of land” granted to Nathan Gillet. (123) On October 11, 1669 Nathan Gillet was listed as a freeman of Windsor.

On May 31, 1678 Nathan “Gillit” and John Moses came to an agreement allowing John Moses three rods of Gillett’s land. “Elias Gillit and John Mosses Junior, both sons to the aged men above written, to perfect and settle the line,” also agreed to the line as it was run. (124) In an undated deed “Nathan Gillit of Windsor who is deceased did give unto his son Elias Gillit his heirs and assigns forever and ordered me so to record it to him and them . . . as attest Jno Slater, Register.”. (125) The same John Slater noted that the record of “Nathan Gillit Senior’s” land laid out in 1672 or 1673, being approximately eighty-six acres, was re-recorded in the town records, the original “being burnt.” (126)

Nathan bought land in the new settlement of Simsbury, Connecticut. On March 9, 1679/80 the committee appointed by the General Court “for settling of ye plantation of Simsbury” determined that proprietor Nathan Gillit’s land should be on the “eastside.” (127) [Donald L. Jacobus “Gillett Addenda” (TAG, 1950), 26:52.] “In the year 1687 or 88 Nathan Gillit of Windsor . . . being disposed before his death to dispose of his land did in his lifetime make distribution to his children of said meadow lot in the township of Simsbury to each his proportion being personally himself present. . . . and is as followeth: ‘First to his son Elias being the eldest son living’ three acres and three rood at Weatoug; to ‘Nathan Gillit Junior’ one part of ‘Nathan Gillit Senior’s’ meadow in Simsbury; and to ‘Thomas Wapples of Hartford’ Nathan being ‘his wife’s father’s meadow in Weatoug being approximately eleven acres and three roods.” (128) Thomas Wapples was his son-in-law. He also made separate deeds to his three daughters.

On April 18, 1688 “Nathan Gillyt senor of Windsor” deeded to “Nicholas Gozard of the town of Simsbury . . . my son-in-law . . . and husband to my daughter Elizabeth” fourteen acres of meadow. But Nathan died before signing the deed and “Elyas Gillit being the eldest son to my father that is now living” honored the deed to Gozzard on May 26, 1692. (129) On April 19, 1688 “Nathan Gillit Senr of Windsor” deeded to “Eliez[e]r Hill of the town of Simsbury . . . husband to my daughter Sarah” a parcel of land, part upland, part meadow in Simsbury on the east side of the river. Elias confirmed this under the same conditions as the Gozzard deed. (130)

Although Nathan Gillett was an original grantee of land at Simsbury, and several of his children resided there, Nathan himself apparently never moved to Simsbury. There is an article on the family of Nathan Gillett by George E. McCracken, “Nathan Gillett’s Earlier Descendants,” American Genealogist, 56:129-40. The children of Nathan, all born or baptized in Windsor, (131) were:


Endnotes

1 Genealogies of CT Families; familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/c/h/Beverly-J-Schonewolf/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0302.html.

2 Plummer, John, “Identifying George P~?~ of the Recovery, 1633 [1634],” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 1989, 252.

3 Coddington, John I., “Jonathan Gillett of Dorchester, Mass., & Windsor, Conn., & Mary Dolbere or Dolbiar, His Wife,” The American Genealogist, 15:208-209.

4 www.pcez.com/~bigshoe/du/Holc/culver.html.

5 Taunton wills, 1641, file 13.

6 Anderson, Robert C., “The Great Migration Begins” (1995), 2: 769-772; Lea, J. Henry & J. R. Hutchinson, “Clues from English Archives Contributory to American Genealogy,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1910, 41:282-283; McCracken, George E., “New Gillett Information from England,” The American Genealogist, 1979, 55:171.

7 Frank Thistlethwaite, Dorset Pilgrims, London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1989, p. 52.

8 McCracken, George E., “New Gillett Information from England,” The American Genealogist, 1979, 55:171; Susan L. Bayton, “Descendants of William Gylett” (http://familytreemaker.com/users/b/a/y/Susan-L-Bayton/GENE2-0001.html).

9 Joseph Forster, ed., Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714, Oxford, 1891, Vol. WP. 569.

10 Aldridge, Bertha B., “Gillette Family Including some of the Descendants of the Immigrants Jonathan & Nathan Gillet” (1955), 12.

11 Jacobus, Donald L., “Gillett Addenda,” The American Genealogist, 1950, 26:52.

12 Aldridge, Bertha B., “Gillette Family Including some of the Descendants of the Immigrants Jonathan & Nathan Gillet” (1955), 13-20; Anderson, Robert C., “The Great Migration Begins” ( ), 2:766-770; Coddington, John I., “Jonathan Gillett of Dorchester, MA, & Windsor, CT, & Mary Dolbere or Dollar, his Wife,” The American Genealogist, 1938/9, 15:208-212; Priest, Alice L., “The Brothers Jonathan & Nathan Gillett & Some of their Descendants,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1946-1947, 100:272-277, 101:43-47 & 289; Spear, Burton W., “Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630,” 5:49-67;Stiles, Henry R., “History & Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, CT, 1635-1891” (1892), 2:289-290; Thomas, Wilma G., “Joseph Gillet-Gillett-Gillette Family of CT, Ohio & Kansas” (1970), 3-21.

13 The American Genealogist, 15:210; National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 71:171, 77:250.

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83 “Land Records – Town of Lebanon, Conn, Deeds,” 2:489.

84 Lebanon Deed Book 4:56-57.

85 Probate #2231, 1714, Lebanon, District of New London, Book B:91.

86 Matthew Grant 39.

87 Sheldon, George, “A History of Deerfield, Massachusetts” (1895), 2:173.

88 Williams, John, “The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion” (1795/1966), 110.

89 Spear, Burton W., “Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630,” 5:59.

90 Stiles, Henry R., “The History of Ancient Wethersfield, CT” (1904), 328.

91 Matthew Grant 39.

92 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), 12; Matthew Grant 40.

93 Charles William Manwaring, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1995, Manwaring 1:307.

94 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), 52.

95 Ancestry.com. Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1635-50 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original data: A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1635-1700. Vol. I. n.p., 1906, p. 121.

96 Manwaring, Charles W., “A Digest of Early CT Probate Records, 1677-1687,” 121.

97 Mrs. William C. Clark, “William Hooker Gillette, Actor and Playwright,” The American Genealogist (1968), 45:225-228.

98 Matthew Grant 39, 81.

99 Matthew Grant 39.

100 Windsor Vital Records, Barbour Collection, Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut, 117.

101 Ancestry.com. Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1635-50 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original data: A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1635-1700. Vol. I. n.p., 1906, p. 159.

102 Matthew Grant 39.

103 Matthew Grant 42, 76.

104 New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1893, vol 47, p 168-177. “Descendants of Jonathan Gillet, of Dorchester, Mass. and Windsor, Conn.”

105 Jones, Nathan H., “The Ancestors of my Daughters” (1914), 120.

106 Gillette, Salmon C. & Rev. Henry C. Alvord, “Descendants of Jonathan Gillet of Dorchester, MA, & Windsor, CT,” New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 1893, 47:168-169.

107 Most of this information is from Starr Taintor, “Genealogy of the Taintor Family of Connecticut. Descendants of Charles Taintor of Wethersfield and Fairfield, Connecticut. Compiled from Town and Church Records, Histories and Various Family Genealogies,” Unpublished, n.d.

108 Colchester, Connecticut land records, Vol. 2, p. 121.

109 Transcription of “Memoranda of All the Inscriptions in the Old Burying Ground at Colchester, Conn. With some notes from the Town Records,” by Frank E. Randall, 1886. Reprinted from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, January 1883.

110 Transcription of “Memoranda of All the Inscriptions in the Old Burying Ground at Colchester, Conn. With some notes from the Town Records,” by Frank E. Randall, 1886. Reprinted from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, January 1883.

111 Extracts from the Records of Colchester, With Some Transcripts From the Recording of Machaell Taintor, of “Brainford,” Conn.; Transcribed by Charles M. Taintor; Hartford, 1864.

112 Ancestry.com. Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1729-50 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original data: A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1729-1750. Vol. III. n.p., 1906, pp. 164-185.

113 Manwaring:3:52-3 (18 Oct 1749) Lemuel Storrs and Hannah hw both of Colchester, she dau and only heir of Aaron Gillett of Colechester . . . her mother Hannah Chamberlain of Colchester.

114 Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins Immigrants to New England 1620 – 1633, Boston 1995.

115 In list of Windsor freemen, 11 October 1669, The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 15 volumes (Hartford 1850-1890) 2:519.

116 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), 57.

117 The American Genealogist 23:126, citing WMJ 730.

118 Windsor Vital Records, Barbour Collection, Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut; McCracken, George E., “Nathan Gillett’s Earlier Descendants” The American Genealogist, 1980), 56:129-139; Anderson, Robert C., “The Great Migration Begins” (1995), 2:770-772.

119 The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 15 volumes (Hartford 1850-1890) 2:161.

120 Dorchester Town Records (Boston 1883) 321.

121 Dorchester Town Records (Boston 1883) 17.

122 The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776, 15 volumes (Hartford 1850-1890) 2:161, 251, 288.

123 Windsor, Connecticut, Deeds (microfilm of original at Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut) 1:36.

124 SimsLR 1:109 (Sims Land Records).

125 SimsLR 1:142 (Sims Land Records).

126 SimsLR 1:142 (Sims Land Records).

127 Donald L. Jacobus “Gillett Addenda,” The American Genealogist, 1950, 26:52.

128 SimsLR 1:143 (Sims Land Records).

129 SimsLR 1:96-97 (Sims Land Records).

130 SimsLR 1:125 (Sims Land Records).

131 Matthew Grant 40.

132 Manwaring 1:453; The American Genealogist, 56:130.

133 Simsbury Deed 1½:96-97

134 Matthew Grant 28.

135 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), 12.

136 Matthew Grant 81.

137 Matthew Grant 81; 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), 43.

138 SimsVR Barbour 60.

139 SimsVR Barbour 61.

140 Matthew Grant 81; 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), 43.

141 Windsor Vital Records, Barbour Collection, Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut, 119.

142 The American Genealogist, 56:133.

143 Clark, Mrs. William C., “Which Nathan Gillett Married Hannah Buckland?,” The American Genealogist, 1971, 47:79.

144 The American Genealogist, 56:134, citing SimsLR 1:109.