Thomas Willet, Jr. (c.1620 - 1646)

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Birthplace: Bristol, Gloucestershire, , England
Death: Died in Flushing, Queens, New York
Occupation: Soldier
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About Thomas Willet, Jr.

Thomas Willett; b. circa 1620/21 at Bristol, England; m. Sarah Cornell, daughter of Thomas Cornell and Rebecca Briggs, 1 Sep 1643 at New Amsterdam, New Netherlands; 1st husband; d. circa 1645.

    He was a soldier. He resided at Bristol, England. He immigrated

in 1643 to New Amsterdam, New Netherlands.

    Sarah Cornell resided at Essex, England. She resided at Cornell's

Neck, NY. She married Charles Bridges on 3 Nov 1647 at Dutch Reformed Church, New Amsterdam; 2nd husband. She married John Lawrence Jr., son of John Lawrence and Susannah, on 20 Nov 1682; license, 3rd husband. She died between 1692 and 1698.

    Known children of Thomas Willett and Sarah Cornell were as


                i. Lt. William Willett; baptized 27 Jun or 6 Jul 1644
                   at New Amsterdam; d. 1701; no issue.
    2.         ii. Col. Thomas Willett, bap. 26 Nov 1645 at Dutch
                   Reformed Church, New Amsterdam; m. Heiltie
                   Elbertse Stoothoff; m. Charity Stevenson.

-------------------- Was one of the English soldiers in the employ of the West India Company. Emigrated from the Shire of Essex in England, he remained in New Amsterdam for several years, still apparently in the employ of the West India Company. He was one of those who took part in the massacre of the Indians, by Director Kieft's orders on the night of 25 February, 2643 at Paviona. Upon the next day, he was one of the witnesses of the killing of the Dutchman, Dirck Straetmaker, and his wife, who in spite of warnings to the contrary had insisted on visiting the scene of the horrid butchery of the preceding night, where the bodies of the slain were still lying. [Dirck] and his wife were there murdered by some of the enraged Indians who had already begun to gather in the vicinity - the Dutch soldiers being too far away to afford relief -

Although his ground-brief for the land on Hoogh Street was only obtained in 1645, there is evidence that he had built upon the plot before that time, his house occupying very nearly the site of the present building, No. 48 Stone Street, (now an old tea and coffee warehouse). He serverd under Governor Kieft. -------------------- He immigrated in 1643 to New Amsterdam, New Netherlands. -------------------- Thomas Willett was born in Bristol England and migrated to New Amsterdam - married sarah cornell in New York

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Thomas Willett, Jr.'s Timeline

Bristol, Gloucestershire, , England
September 1, 1643
Age 23
New Amsterdam Reformed Church
Age 23
Age 23
Age 24
Age 25
New Amsterdam, New Netherland
Age 26
Flushing, Queens, New York