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Birthplace: Of Chaffcombe, Somerset, , England
Death: Died in Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
Occupation: Minister, Reverend
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About William Edward Gillette (Gyllette)

http://www.genyourway.com/gt-hist.html

The son of Richard Gylett was the Rev. William Gyllett, who was a preacher of the Gospel. He was born in 1574. In England he was instituted to be Rector of Chaffcombe, County Somerset, on February 4, 1609/10.

At least two of his sons, Jonathan and Nathan, were members of a company of 140 Puritans from the counties of Devonshire, Dorsetshire, and Somersetshire, England, that left England on March 20, 1630, on the ship Mary and John for Dorchester, Massachusetts. They arrived in Nantucket (now Hull), Massachusetts, on May 30, 1630.

Hull, Massachusetts, is located on a peninsula in Boston Bay where the Atlantic Ocean enters the harbor to the city of Boston. This was only 9-1/2 years after the first Pilgrims from the Mayflower settled in the first permanent colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The GILLETS, like the other Puritans, left England for the Colonies because their present monarch, Charles I, ruled as an absolute and irresponsible monarch in England. The Puritans and other dissenters were crushed with cruelty. In most cases the people leaving England at the time were well educated men and women. Leading the group was the Rev. John Warham of Exeter and the Rev. John Maverick was the teacher.

The sons and daughters of the Rev. William Gyllett:

  1. Habiah Gillet - born 1603 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
  2. William Gillet - born 1604 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - he did not come to America and was heir to most of his father's land
  3. Jeremiah Gillet - (direct ancestor) - born about 1608 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - there is no record of his marriage, whether it was in England or his new country, America
  4. Mary Gillet - born about 1610 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
  5. Jonathan Gillet - born about 1610 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - died August 23, 1677, in Windsor, Connecticut about 67 years old - although he came to America in 1630 he returned to marry Mary Dolbere on March 29, 1634, at Colyton, County Devonshire, England - Mary was born in Colyton, the daughter of Rockye Dolbere - Jonathan's wife, Mary, died January 5, 1685 - they were the parents of at least six children. Two of their sons were lost in fights with Indians-- Joseph (b.1641;d.1675), their third son, at age 34 in the Deerfield, Massachusetts, Bloody Brook Indian massacre. Samuel (b.1643;d.1677), their fourth son, at age 34 in the Turner Falls, Massachusetts, Indian fight
  6. Nathan Gillet - born about 1612 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - died between 1688 and 1692 - married Elizabeth _______ - she died in Simsbury, Connecticut, on February 21, 1670 - they were the parents of eight children.
  7. Elias Gillet - born February 11, 1612, at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - he was not mentioned in his father's will but records indicate he was a clergyman who had the following Oxford dates: "Gillet, Elias, son of William of Chaffcombe, Somerset, sacred (i.e., priest, clergyman) New Hal Inn, matriculated 7 May 1632, aged 20; B.A. & 7 June 1632; M.A. 23 April 1635."
  8. Thomas Gillet - born March 27, 1621, at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
  9. Andrew Gillet - born April 1623 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England The Rev. William Gyllet died April 2, 1641.

Rev. William Gyllet's Will was proven on April 16, 1641, by the executor, William Gillet, in the Arch Deaconry Court at Taunton. His estate, as recorded on April 2, 1641, was worth 259 pounds, 14 shillings, which included books worth 13 pounds, 6 shillings. It mentions his sons, Nathan, William, Thomas, and Jeremiah and his daughters, Abiah and Mary. It does not mention his son, Jonathan, who probably received his share before leaving for America in 1630 or when he returned to be married in England in 1634.

Abstract of the will of William Gyllet:

"My daughters, Habiah and Mary; land which my son Nathan made over to me by letter of attorney. My son William, the next reversion of said land, shall surrender his estate (therein) unto Thomas when requested, there unto, I give and bequeath unto my son, Jeremiah, my chatell (lease) of Courtground. To all my children in England, I give two silver spoons apiece. I give and bequeath unto my son, William and his heirs my land called Bowers (lease) on condition that he do pay out the same one annuity of twelve pounds; vizt; to my daughters, Habiah 4 pounds; to my daughter Mary 4 pounds, and to my son Jeremiah, 40 shillings.

To Thomas, Jeremiah, Mary, and Habiah, each of them one chayre and one frame stool. The rest of my goods I give to my son William, whom I make executor, and Mr. Joseph Greenfield, Mr. Luffe, my brother Richard and my kinsman, Henry Hutchings, overseers".

It was signed "William Gyllett" with no witnesses.

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William Gillett

The son of Richard Gylett was the Rev. William Gyllett, who was a preacher of the Gospel. He was born in 1574. In England he was instituted to be Rector of Chaffcombe, County Somerset, on February 4, 1609/10.


At least two of his sons, Jonathan and Nathan, were members of a company of 140 Puritans from the counties of Devonshire, Dorsetshire, and Somersetshire, England, that left England on March 20, 1630, on the ship Mary and John for Dorchester, Massachusetts. They arrived in Nantucket (now Hull), Massachusetts, on May 30, 1630.

Hull, Massachusetts, is located on a peninsula in Boston Bay where the Atlantic Ocean enters the harbor to the city of Boston. This was only 9-1/2 years after the first Pilgrims from the Mayflower settled in the first permanent colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The GILLETS, like the other Puritans, left England for the Colonies because their present monarch, Charles I, ruled as an absolute and irresponsible monarch in England. The Puritans and other dissenters were crushed with cruelty. In most cases the people leaving England at the time were well educated men and women. Leading the group was the Rev. John Warham of Exeter and the Rev. John Maverick was the teacher.

The sons and daughters of the Rev. William Gyllett:

   * Habiah Gillet - born 1603 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
   * William Gillet - born 1604 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - he did not come to America and was heir to most of his father's land
   * Jeremiah Gillet - born about 1608 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - there is no record of his marriage, whether it was in England or his new country, America
   * Mary Gillet - born about 1610 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
   * Jonathan Gillet - born about 1610 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - died August 23, 1677, in Windsor, Connecticut about 67 years old - although he came to America in 1630 he returned to marry Mary Dolbere on March 29, 1634, at Colyton, County Devonshire, England - Mary was born in Colyton, the daughter of Rockye Dolbere - Jonathan's wife, Mary, died January 5, 1685 - they were the parents of at least six children.
         o Two of their sons were lost in fights with Indians-- Joseph (b.1641;d.1675), their third son, at age 34 in the Deerfield, Massachusetts, Bloody Brook Indian massacre
         o Samuel (b.1643;d.1677), their fourth son, at age 34 in the Turner Falls, Massachusetts, Indian fight 
   * Nathan Gillet - born about 1612 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - died between 1688 and 1692 - married Elizabeth _______ - she died in Simsbury, Connecticut, on February 21, 1670 - they were the parents of eight children.
   * Elias Gillet - born February 11, 1612, at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - he was not mentioned in his father's will but records indicate he was a clergyman who had the following Oxford dates:
           "Gillet, Elias, son of William of Chaffcombe, Somerset, sacred (i.e., priest, clergyman) New Hal Inn, matriculated 7 May 1632, aged 20; B.A. & 7 June 1632; M.A. 23 April 1635."
   * Thomas Gillet - born March 27, 1621, at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
   * Andrew Gillet - born April 1623 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England The Rev. William Gyllet died April 2, 1641.
   * Rev. William Gyllet's Will was proven on April 16, 1641, by the executor, William Gillet, in the Arch Deaconry Court at Taunton. His estate, as recorded on April 2, 1641, was worth 259 pounds, 14 shillings, which included books worth 13 pounds, 6 shillings. It mentions his sons, Nathan, William, Thomas, and Jeremiah and his daughters, Abiah and Mary. It does not mention his son, Jonathan, who probably received his share before leaving for America in 1630 or when he returned to be married in England in 1634.
      
     Abstract of the will of William Gyllet:
         "My daughters, Habiah and Mary; land which my son Nathan made over to me by letter of attorney. My son William, the next reversion of said land, shall surrender his estate (therein) unto Thomas when requested, there unto, I give and bequeath unto my son, Jeremiah, my chatell (lease) of Courtground. To all my children in England, I give two silver spoons apiece. I give and bequeath unto my son, William and his heirs my land called Bowers (lease) on condition that he do pay out the same one annuity of twelve pounds; vizt; to my daughters, Habiah 4 pounds; to my daughter Mary 4 pounds, and to my son Jeremiah, 40 shillings.
          
         To Thomas, Jeremiah, Mary, and Habiah, each of them one chayre and one frame stool. The rest of my goods I give to my son William, whom I make executor, and Mr. Joseph Greenfield, Mr. Luffe, my brother Richard and my kinsman, Henry Hutchings, overseers".
     It was signed "William Gyllett" with no witnesses. 

suzysclanadded this on 26 May 2010

phelpsmarcoriginally submitted this to Phelps/Woodward Family Tree on 23 Jul 2009

Preaching in England

1600's , England

William was born in England, the first son of Jacques de Gylet and his wife, Jeanne Mestre. His father had been a minister in the French Reformed church -- a Huguenot who fled France to avoid death.

William followed in his father's footsteps and became a minister for the French Church in England. His sons would also become religious activists who sailed to the New World to further escape Europe's oppression.

suzysclanadded this on 26 May 2010

ssgillette9813originally submitted this to Jack Gillette's Family Tree on 8 Jun 2007

Gillette Message Boards: Re: Rev. William Gillett

YES

EARLIEST ANCESTORS OF GILLETT'S IN AMERICA

Jonathan, Nathan and Jeremiah Gillett were the first progenitors of the Gillett family in America.

They were among the ten children of Rev. William Gillett (Gyllett), Rector of Chaffcombe, Somerset, England. William Gillett was instituted to that Benefice on February 4, 1609. He was born in 1574 and died in April 1641.

The ancestors of Jonathan, Nathan and Jeremiah Gillett were French Huguenots living in Guyenne Bergerac Province, France. They fled from France about time of the massacre of the French Protestants, beginning on St. Batholomew's Day, August 24, 1572, during the reign of King Henry II. They went to Scotland and remained there about thirty years, then moved to Devonshire England.

Jonathan and Nathan came to the colonies (MA) in 1630. By 1633, Jonathan had returned to England and married Mary Dolbere returning to Dorchester, MA with her in 1634.

The descendants of Jonathan, Nathan and Jeremiah Gillett remained in Connecticut for four or five generations, then some moved westward and today the name Gillett is known all over the United States. There were many spellings of the name over the years and now it is spelled with one (t); with two (tt's); or Gillette.

suzysclanadded this on 26 May 2010

cmarieengstromoriginally submitted this to Engstrom Family Tree on 3 May 2009

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rootsweb bio

  1. ID: I327
  2. Title: Reverend 1 2
  3. Name: William Gillett 1 2
  4. Title: Reverend 1 3
  5. Name: William Gylett 1 3
  6. Name: William Gylet 4
  7. Name: William Gyllet 4
  8. Sex: M
  9. Change Date: 12 OCT 1997
  10. Death: 01 JAN 1641-02 APR 1641 1 in England 1
  11. Will: 1641 1
  12. Note: 16 APR 1641 Archdeaconry Court, Taunton, Englandwill was proved 1 1 1
  13. Note: 04 FEB 1609/10instituted as Rector of Chaffcombe, Somerset, England 1 2 3 1 2 3
  14. Death: 1641 2
  15. Note: early in 1641 2

Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown Children

  1. William Gillett
  2. Habiah Gillett
  3. Mary Gillett
  4. Jonathan Gillett b: ABT 1607
  5. Nathan Gillett b: ABT 1610? in England
  6. Elias Gillett b: ABT 1612
  7. Thomas Gillett
  8. Andrew Gillett

Sources:

  1. Coddington, John Insley, "Jonathan Gillett of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn., and Mary Dolbere or Dolbiar, his wife," The American Genealogist Vol. 15, p. 208.
  2. "Jonathan and Nathan Gelletts' Descendants," New England Historic Genealogical Register Vol. 100. Need to get full article - have one p. printed from CD-ROM version, p. 273.
  3. McCracken, George E., "Nathan Gillett's Earlier Descendants," The American Genealogist Vol. 56, p. 129.
  4. McCracken, George E., "New Gillett Information from England," The American Genealogist Vol. 55, p. 171. 

suzysclanadded this on 27 Jul 2010

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=tdoyle&id=I327

-------------------- Father of Jonathan and Nathan Gillett. Rector of Chaffcombe, County Somerset, England. Instituted into that benefice on Feb. 4, 1609. Rev. William Gillett's will was proved April 16, 1641. It mentions his daughters Abiah and Mary, and his sons, Nathan, William, Thomas and Jeremiah. It does not mention his son Jonathan, who probably received his bequest before leaving for America in 1630 or at the time of his marriage in England in 1634. His will makes bequests to his "children in England" indicating there were other children in New England. -------------------- Referred to as "Reverend". -------------------- from Gillett Family History http://www.genyourway.com/gt-hist.html

The ELEVENTH Generation - The Rev. William Gyllett Family BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

The son of Richard Gylett was the Rev. William Gyllett, who was a preacher of the Gospel. He was born in 1574. In England he was instituted to be Rector of Chaffcombe, County Somerset, on February 4, 1609/10.

At least two of his sons, Jonathan and Nathan, were members of a company of 140 Puritans from the counties of Devonshire, Dorsetshire, and Somersetshire, England, that left England on March 20, 1630, on the ship Mary and John for Dorchester, Massachusetts. They arrived in Nantucket (now Hull), Massachusetts, on May 30, 1630.

Hull, Massachusetts, is located on a peninsula in Boston Bay where the Atlantic Ocean enters the harbor to the city of Boston. This was only 9-1/2 years after the first Pilgrims from the Mayflower settled in the first permanent colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The GILLETS, like the other Puritans, left England for the Colonies because their present monarch, Charles I, ruled as an absolute and irresponsible monarch in England. The Puritans and other dissenters were crushed with cruelty. In most cases the people leaving England at the time were well educated men and women. Leading the group was the Rev. John Warham of Exeter and the Rev. John Maverick was the teacher.

The sons and daughters of the Rev. William Gyllett:

   * Habiah Gillet - born 1603 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
   * William Gillet - born 1604 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - he did not come to America and was heir to most of his father's land
   * Jeremiah Gillet - (direct ancestor) - born about 1608 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - there is no record of his marriage, whether it was in England or his new country, America
   * Mary Gillet - born about 1610 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
   * Jonathan Gillet - born about 1610 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - died August 23, 1677, in Windsor, Connecticut about 67 years old - although he came to America in 1630 he returned to marry Mary Dolbere on March 29, 1634, at Colyton, County Devonshire, England - Mary was born in Colyton, the daughter of Rockye Dolbere - Jonathan's wife, Mary, died January 5, 1685 - they were the parents of at least six children.
         o Two of their sons were lost in fights with Indians-- Joseph (b.1641;d.1675), their third son, at age 34 in the Deerfield, Massachusetts, Bloody Brook Indian massacre
         o Samuel (b.1643;d.1677), their fourth son, at age 34 in the Turner Falls, Massachusetts, Indian fight 
   * Nathan Gillet - born about 1612 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - died between 1688 and 1692 - married Elizabeth _______ - she died in Simsbury, Connecticut, on February 21, 1670 - they were the parents of eight children.
   * Elias Gillet - born February 11, 1612, at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - he was not mentioned in his father's will but records indicate he was a clergyman who had the following Oxford dates:
           "Gillet, Elias, son of William of Chaffcombe, Somerset, sacred (i.e., priest, clergyman) New Hal Inn, matriculated 7 May 1632, aged 20; B.A. & 7 June 1632; M.A. 23 April 1635."
   * Thomas Gillet - born March 27, 1621, at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
   * Andrew Gillet - born April 1623 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England The Rev. William Gyllet died April 2, 1641.

Rev. William Gyllet's Will was proven on April 16, 1641, by the executor, William Gillet, in the Arch Deaconry Court at Taunton. His estate, as recorded on April 2, 1641, was worth 259 pounds, 14 shillings, which included books worth 13 pounds, 6 shillings. It mentions his sons, Nathan, William, Thomas, and Jeremiah and his daughters, Abiah and Mary. It does not mention his son, Jonathan, who probably received his share before leaving for America in 1630 or when he returned to be married in England in 1634.

Abstract of the will of William Gyllet:

   "My daughters, Habiah and Mary; land which my son Nathan made over to me by letter of attorney. My son William, the next reversion of said land, shall surrender his estate (therein) unto Thomas when requested, there unto, I give and bequeath unto my son, Jeremiah, my chatell (lease) of Courtground. To all my children in England, I give two silver spoons apiece. I give and bequeath unto my son, William and his heirs my land called Bowers (lease) on condition that he do pay out the same one annuity of twelve pounds; vizt; to my daughters, Habiah 4 pounds; to my daughter Mary 4 pounds, and to my son Jeremiah, 40 shillings.
   To Thomas, Jeremiah, Mary, and Habiah, each of them one chayre and one frame stool. The rest of my goods I give to my son William, whom I make executor, and Mr. Joseph Greenfield, Mr. Luffe, my brother Richard and my kinsman, Henry Hutchings, overseers".

It was signed "William Gyllett" with no witnesses.

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