About Mary Millett
1. Mary GREENWAY was christened 6 NOV 1605 in Mildenhall, Wiltshire, England, died BEF 26 SEP 1682 in Brookfield, Essex County, MA. She was the daughter of 2. John GREENWAY and 3. Mary.
She married Thomas MILLETT 1 MAY 1629 in London, England, son of John MILLETT and Eleanor PRITCHARD. He was christened 24 OCT 1604 in Newbury, Berkshire, England, died BEF 23 SEP 1675 in Brookfield, Essex County, MA.
They immigrated from London to Massachusetts on the Elizabeth, 1635.
- John MILLETT b: 6 MAY 1630 in St. Saviors, Surrey, England
- Thomas MILLETT c: 16 AUG 1633 in St. Saviors, Surrey, England
- John MILLETT b: 8 JUL 1635 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, MA
- Jonathan MILLETT b: 1638 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, MA
- Mary MILLETT b: AUG 1639 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, MA
- Mehetabel MILLETT b: 14 MAR 1641/1642 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, MA
- Bethia MILLETT b: FEB 1643 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, MA
- Nathaniel MILLETT b: DEC 1647 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, MA
Source: Paul C. Reed and Leslie Mahler. “The Correct English Origin Of Thomas Millett Of Dorchester, Massachusetts, Part Two.” The American Genealogist, Vol. 75, No. 4, October 2000, pp. 310-319.
While Anderson, in "The Great Migration Begins", says Mary was "born about 1606, aged 29 in 1635" daughter of John Greenaway, and shows John's wife to be Mary, Anderson questioned whether wife Mary was the mother of all the children. Reed and Mahler, in the Millett article, give her baptismal date and call her "daughter of John and Ursula (___) Green(a)way of Dorchester, Mass." Since the baptismal record itself does not give the mother's name, we are left wondering whether this is an error, or if there is additional information which was not published in these articles. In 1648 Mary Millett was one of those signing a petition from Dorchester in favor of noted midwife, Alice Tilley, wife of William Tilley. Millet says she died "5 June or 27 Sept 1682 at Gloucester MA." On 26 September 1682 the heirs agreed regarding division of their parents' estate (Ipswich Court). The record includes money due Sarah, widow of John Millett, "for her own use this to be for the tending of their mother Mary Millet late deceased". On 27 September 1682 administration was granted to son Thomas.
Resided: London (Southwark)
Came to New England on the ship "Elizabeth" in 1635. They settled first in Dorchester, afterwards in Gloucester.
Thomas (1604-1675) and Mary Greenoway (1605-1682)
In April of 1635, Thomas Millett and his wife Mary Greenoway Millett (daughter of John and Mary) set sail for America on the ship Elizabeth of London. They came with their 2-year old son, Thomas, and with Mary’s older sister Ursula. They settled in Dorchester where they lived for the next twenty years (Dorchester is now an area of southeast Boston).
Life in early Dorchester: XXX
Soon after arriving, On May 8, 1635, Mary gave birth to John, their first child born in America. Over the next few years Mary gave birth to five more children, all born in Dorchester. In birth order the children are (most of the genealogical data in this story come from References 3 and 4 listed at the end):
John: Born in England. Died in infancy.
Thomas: Born in England, 1633. Lived to the age of 75, had 4 children.
John: Born May 8, 1635. Lived to the age of 43. Had 7 children.
Jonathan: Born May 27, 1638. Died in infancy.
Mary: Born June 26, 1639. Died at Gloucester, MA. January 23, 1695 at the age of 55. Had 9 children. She married Thomas Riggs of Gloucester. He lived to the age of 90, “was highly educated” and was the Gloucester town clerk for 51 years (1665-1716).
Mehetable: Born June 1, 1641. Lived to the age of 57. Had 10 children.
Bethia: Born June 1, 1643. Lived to the age of 56. Had 1 child.
Nathaniel: Born 1647. Lived to the age of 72. Had 11 children.
Bold and blue signifies the direct line to Clinton Babbit Millett (1879-1946).
Note to 13th generation descendants of Thomas and Mary: 16,380 people have contributed to your genetic makeup since Nathaniel was born and if Mary hadn’t had her 8th child, you wouldn’t be here!
Giving birth in early colonial times: XXX
Thomas joined the Dorchester Church about 1636, was made Freeman about 1637, and was a grantee of land the same year.
Religion in early Dorchester: XXX
Bonnie Riggs: Today I read some of Roger Williams writings from 1642 (he was expelled from Massachusetts in 1636 for advocating that all land be bought rather than confiscated from the Indians, among other heretical ideas.) Talk about a man WAY before his time. I knew that he founded Rhode Island as a haven for religious freedom and tolerance, but I didn't realize how eloquently he argued for the separation of church and state. Those in power today would do well to read his thoughts. He also argued that there is no such thing as a "holy war". In a holy war, both sides profess to be doing the will of God against evil, but the true will of God is peace. There is never reason for a spiritual war to be fought with material weapons, even a war against evil. Spiritual wars are to be fought with spiritual weapons like love, tolerance, example and prayer. The only legitimate reason for a secular war is to free those who are being oppressed.
The Big Woods: XXX
After 20 years in Dorchester, Thomas and Mary moved to Gloucester (30 miles northeast of Boston where he was a teaching elder of the First Church. In 1665 he conveyed to his son, Thomas, lands lying in Gloucester near the old meeting house plain.
Early Gloucester: XXX
At some point Thomas and Mary moved to Brookfield (50 miles west of Boston). In Brookfield they had a home and land on Town Neck It seems possible that Thomas perished when Brookfield was destroyed during King Philip's War and may have been killed by the Indians. The year was 1675; he was 71 years old. Mary somehow got back to the family in Dorchester where she died September 27, 1682 at the age of 77.
Brookfield – the Colonial frontier: XXX
From Rebecca Chickering: I haven't seen any direct reference as to why Thomas moved to Brookfield. I do know that many settlers liked the open farmland that was available there. The land is very rich and fertile. Most of the houses sat on top of Foster hill, which back then, it was written that you could see for a few miles. You could see wildlife, deer, turkey etc out in the fields at quite a distance.
In order to get their petition, they needed to have a certain number of families living there. They also needed to have a preacher on site as well. They offered their preacher a house, land etc. in return for church work.
3) Manuscript: Millett Family by Reverend Daniel Caldwell Millett, 1870, Holmesburg, Pennsylvania. (Note on the last page of the manuscript held by Gregg Baldwin Millett --: “The foregoing work is a copy of work done by Stephen C. Millett, Jr. and borrowed from him on September 9, 1934 by Clinton Charles Millett, Omaha, Nebraska”).
4) Ancestors and Descendants of Thomas Millett, from Chertsey, Surreyshire, England to Dorchester, Massachusetts, and His Wife Mary Greenoway, by George Francis Millett, 1959. A copy of this book is in the NYS Library in Albany.
"The History Of Androscoggin County", Chapter XXXII, Pg580-581 (A digital copy of this reference can be found on ancestry.com)
"History of the Town of Leeds, Androscoggin County, Maine" Chapter III Pg243-252 (A digital copy of this reference can be found on ancestry.com)
Mary Millett's Timeline
November 6, 1605
Mildenhall, Wiltshire , England
November 6, 1605
Mildenhall, Wiltshire, England
Earl, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
March 6, 1623
Earls Colne, Essex, England, United Kingdom
May 6, 1630
Southwark, Surrey, England
August 16, 1632
Southwark, St Saviour, Surrey, England
July 8, 1635
Southwark, Surrey, England
July 27, 1638
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
August 26, 1639
Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts