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Joseph Gillett

Also Known As: "Gillette"
Birthdate: (34)
Birthplace: Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Death: September 18, 1675 (30-38)
Bloody Brook, Deerfield, Hampshire County (Present Franklin County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA) (Killed in Indian Massacre during King Phillip's War)
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Gillett, Sr. and Mary Gillett
Husband of Elizabeth Dickinson (Hawkes)
Father of Lt Joseph Gillett; Elizabeth Gillett; Mary Gillett; Jonathan Gillett; John Gillett, I and 6 others
Brother of Cornelius Gillette; Jonathan Gillette, Jr.; Mary Brown; Ann Elizabeth Filley; Samuel Gillett and 4 others

Occupation: Military
Managed by: Private User
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About Joseph Gillett

Extract from "The History of Deerfield" & Wikipedia

"Joseph came as one of our earliest settlers, built on No. 32, on the Dr. Willard lot; was killed with Capt. Lothrop September 18, 1675 in the King Philips War at Battle Creek."

From Wikipedia -

King Philip's War, sometimes called Metacom's War or Metacom's Rebellion was an armed conflict between Native American inhabitants of present-day southern New England and English colonists and their Native American allies from 1675–1676. It continued in northern New England (primarily on the Maine frontier) even after King Philip was killed, until a treaty was signed at Casco Bay in April 1678. According to a combined estimate of loss of life in Schultz and Tougias' "King Philip's War, The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict" (based on sources from the Department of Defense, the Bureau of Census, and the work of Colonial historian Francis Jennings), 800 out of 52,000 English colonists (1.5%) and 3,000 out of 20,000 natives (15%) lost their lives due to the war, which makes it proportionately one of the bloodiest and most costly in the history of America. More than half of New England's ninety towns were assaulted by Native American warriors.

The war quickly spread, and soon involved the Podunk and Nipmuck tribes. During the summer of 1675 the Native Americans attacked at Middleborough and Dartmouth (July 8), Mendon (July 14), Brookfield (August 2), and Lancaster (August 9). In early September they attacked Deerfield, Hadley, and Northfield (possibly giving rise to the Angel of Hadley legend.) The New England Confederation declared war on the Native Americans on September 9, 1675. The next colonial expedition was to recover crops from abandoned fields for the coming winter and included almost a hundred farmers/militia. They got careless and were ambushed and soundly defeated in the Battle of Bloody Brook (near Hadley) on September 18, 1675.

suzysclanadded this on 17 Jun 2010

Anne_Midgleyoriginally submitted this to Leithauser Midgley on 10 Jan 2010

Bloody Brook

Bloody Brook

Bloody Brook is the site where a group of several hundred warriors successfully ambushed a convoy of English militia and teamsters carting grain from Deerfield to Hadley during Metacom’s War (1675-1676). Sixty English and over 100 warriors were killed in the initial attack and subsequent battle, which the English later named the Bloody Brook massacre.

suzysclanadded this on 15 May 2010

sandrawaite2001originally submitted this to Jacobs on 4 May 2010

picture of home and stoy posted at

in 1675 JOSEPH GILLETT (1641-1675) inventory was presented at the Hampshire Probate Court...." land in Derefield viz two homelotts"......Gillett was killed at Bloody Brook, 1675......

in 1700 sold to SAMUEL CARTER (1665-1728), whom Sheldon

(historian) said was probably born in London......CARTER moved to Hartford and his redeemed son, Ebenezer ( 1697-1774 ) was bought by SAMUEL ALLEN (1684-1728) 1705 in 1711 SAMUEL BARNARD ((1684-1762), bought the house, moved to Salem about 1720, and in his will he gave the house to his nephew Joseph Barnard (1717-1785)

This goes on a bit............

As I said before, any ancestor of the Deerfield settlers, should get this book.....FAMILY AND LANDSCAPE, DEERFIELD HOMELOTS FROM 1671 by Susan McGowan and Amelia F. Miller....which can be ordered through the Deerfield Museum Store................

suzysclanadded this on 15 May 2010

Joseph Gillet /Gillett

b. 25 July 1641 Windsor, CT

d. 18 Sep. 1675 Deerfield, MA (killed in Bloody Brook Massacre)

m. Elizabeth Hawks/ Hawkes 4 Nov. 1663 Hadley, MA

b. 10 Jan. 1647 Windsor, Hartford, CT

d. 11 Oct. 1681 Bloody Brook, Deerfield, Franklin, MA

"GILLETT, or JELLETT, ...(4945v) JOSEPH, Windsor, br. of ((4945ii) Jonathan). m. 1664, (1220[2]) Elizabeth Hawks, had Joseph, b. 2 Nov. 1664; Elizabeth 12 June 1666; Mary, 10 Sept. 1667; Jonathan, 11 Aug. 1669; John, 10 June 1671; Nathaniel, 4 May 1673; Hannah, 30 Jan. 1675; was k. by the Ind. with Capt. Lathrop and flower of Essex, 18 Sept. 1675, d. young."

-- James Savage

For Bloody Brook massacre see

One of the earliest settlers of the village of Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Deerfield is now in Franklin County).

Joseph Gillette (Sr.) was a teamster killed at Bloody Brook. The teamsters were hauling grain to storage, under the protection of Captain Thomas Lothrop and his soldiers.

"Joseph Gillett was made freeman in [Windsor, Connecticut] 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. . . . 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." —NEHGR

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Joseph Gillett's Timeline

July 25, 1641
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
July 25, 1641
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
July 25, 1641
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
July 25, 1641
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
July 25, 1641
Windsor, Hartford, Conn.
July 25, 1641
Winsor, Hartford, Conn
July 25, 1641
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
July 25, 1641
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
November 20, 1664
Age 23
Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States