Name: John Slater
Death: 13 MAY 1713 1 2
Change Date: 7 May 2005 at 20:55:08|
Abiah Gillett b: 22 AUG 1641 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
15 JUL 1669
in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut 3 1 2 3
- Change Date:
8 May 2005
- Elias Slater
- Title: The Slater Family: Descendants of Samuel and Margaret (Wilson) Slater
Abbrev: Kevin D. Arvin
Author: Kevin D. Arvin
Publication: June 2003
Text: 1 FIRST GENERATION
1-1. SAMUEL SLATER1 was born October 11, 1798 in Virginia. He was the son of William Slater and Eleanor Claypool, who were married April 10, 1786. He was the grandson of Thomas Slater and Sarah Williams, who were married March 10, 1760. He was the great grandson of Elias Slater and Sarah Bussing, who were married August 30, 1718 in New Harlem, New York. He was the great great grandson of John Slater and Abiah Gillett, who were married July 15, 1669. John died May 13, 1713 and Abiah died November 21, 1716 in Simbury, Connecticut.
Samuel came to Richland County, Ohio when he was young.
The 1820 census does not list any Samuel Slaters in Ohio. The census was probably taken in the summer before he was married. There were four Slaters listed in Richland County: Isaac Slater in Washington Township, James Slater in Perry Township, John Slater in Orange Township (present-day Ashland County), and William Slater in Monroe Township. William was the only one having a male of Samuel's age living with him.
Samuel married MARGARET WILSON on November 23, 1820 in Richland County, Ohio (marriage book 1, page 84; some county marriage indexes incorrectly say it was 1821. From Richland County records: "The state of Ohio, Richland County --- I certify that on the 23rd of November last I joined together in matrimony Samuel Slater and Margaret Wilson both of the County aforesaid. Given under my hand and head this 10th day of January AD 1821. Nicholas Flaharty").
Margaret was born December 7, 1800 in Virginia. Margaret also came to Richland County when she was young. The 1820 census lists eight Wilson families in Richland County with a female of Margaret's age living with them. The three that lived closest to William Slater were William Wilson in Monroe Township and John Wilson and John Wilson Jr. in Worthington Township just to the south. John Wilson Sr. seems the most likely candidate for Margaret's father, since in the other two households Margaret would have had to be the lady of the house. John Wilson still lived in Worthington Township in the 1830 and 1840 censuses.
In the 1830 census Samuel was listed living in Worthington Township, Richland County, Ohio with one male age 0-4 (John), two males age 5-9 (Sanford, William), one male age 30-39 (Samuel), two females age 0-4 (Eliza and Sarah), one female age 5-9 (Ellen), one female age 10-14 (Malinda), and one female age 30-39 (Margaret).
They lived there until 1834, when they moved to Williams County, Ohio, where they lived the rest of their lives. They settled near Clarksville, a town that no longer exists, which was south of Edgerton in present-day Milford Township, Defiance County, along the St. Joseph River, a quarter mile south of the present county line, and two miles east of the Ohio-Indiana border. Samuel was the first settler of Milford Township. He was the first justice of the peace for St. Joseph Township, commissioned January 1, 1836 and sworn in February 22, 1836.
Samuel made a government land purchase through the Fort Wayne, Indiana land office on November 30, 1836.
In 1837 Samuel was listed in Milford Township on the Williams County property tax list.
In the 1840 census Samuel was living in Milford Township, Williams County with three males age 0-4 (Luther, Lyman, and Leonard), two males age 5-9 (Thomas and Edward), one male age 10-14 (John), two males age 15-19 (Sanford, William), one male age 40-49 (Samuel), one female age 5-9 (Sarah), one female age 10-14 (Eliza), one female age 15-19 (Ellen), and one female age 30-39 (Margaret). Milford Township became a part of Defiance County when it was established on March 4, 1845 from parts of Williams, Henry, and Paulding Counties. Samuel was listed as a voter in Milford Township in October 1845.
In the 1850 census (taken September 7th) Samuel was listed in St. Joseph Township, Williams County with his wife Margaret (age 51), and children John (age 22), Sarah (age 20), Thomas (age 18), Edward (age 16), Luther (age 14), Lyman (age 12), Leonard (age 11), Samuel (age 9), and Willson (age 4), and also his daughter Eliza Tucker (age 23) with her children John (age 3, listed as born in Virginia) and Ellen (age 8 months), and Susannah Slater (age 20).
Samuel died October 1, 1850 near Clarksville, Ohio. Samuel's will was dated September 30, 1850 and accepted into probate on October 7, 1850 (Williams County Probate case no. 217). The will left everything to Margaret so long as she did not remarry. If she remarried, his estate was to be divided among his children. Leander C. Noble was appointed the executor. He was authorized to sell 80 acres of land -- 40 acres in the northwest quarter of the northeast quarter of section 33 and 40 acres adjoining it in the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of section 33 (which in 1864 was owned by J. T. Russell).
Leander Noble's expenses for administering the estate totaled $46.93: $3.38 for paying clerk "as per voucher", $10.00 for S. E. Beabesle(?), $1.50 to (?) to (?) will, $10.68 for 6% on $198, $1.50 for going to Bryan to sell land, $1.50 for going to Bryan to prove will, $1.50 for going to Bryan to pay taxes, $1.50 for notifying judges, $1.50 for going to Bryan twice, $1.37 for publishing the final account, $6.00 for probate judges fees, and $5.00 charges for special services as administrator.
He paid $158.61 for debts owed to creditors: $2.00 for S. B. Gayalt(?), $8.07 for J. Avery, 75p¬¥???c for Asa Ackley, $28.80 for Daniel Farnham, $38.51 for Solomon Stough (Samuel's doctor), $31.39 for William Bratton, $5.21 for Michael Upp, $3.12 for Jacob Nieghart(?), $11.05 for the county treasurer, $11.04 for Case & Foster (lawyers), $5.00 for Norman Smith, $6.71 for "amount of hay notes retained," $27.62 "retained my account," $5.04 for G. C. Nobles account, 75p¬¥???c for William Street, $2.00 for A. W. Wilcox, and $6.19 for Jared Stoddard, administrator of the estate of Samuel Holton.
The receipt for the money due to the Holton estate was dated October 14, 1839 and promised payment of $3.57 in nine months by either Samuel or Jared A. Ball to Jared Stoddard.
The town of Edgerton in St. Joseph Township was platted in 1858.
In the 1860 census Margaret was living in St. Joseph Township with sons Leonard, Samuel, Wilson, and with Rose Slater (age 10).
In the 1870 census Margaret was 70 years old and living in St. Joseph Township with her grandson Samuel Slater (age 6, son of John).
Margaret died August 9, 1877 near Clarksville, Ohio. The Williams County Probate Index lists Margaret's will, dated August 14, 1877 (case no. 1937).
Samuel and Margaret are both buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Edgerton. They share a stone with their son Lyman. Samuel's inscription is on the west side and gives his death date and age: "Died Oct. 1, 1850 Aged 51Y. 11M. 20D." and a quote: "There again I hope to meet you above no [one or two indistinct words] tears are shed." Margaret's inscription is on the north side and says "Wife of S. Slater Died Aug. 9, 1877 Aged 76Y. 9M. 2D."
Children of Samuel and Margaret (Wilson) Slater
(2-1) i. Malinda?2, born 1819-20 in Richland County, Ohio
(2-2) ii. Sanford2, born 1821-2 in Richland County, Ohio
(2-3) iii. Ellen2, born 1824 in Richland County, Ohio
(2-4) iv. William2, born 1825-6 in Richland County, Ohio
(2-5) v. Eliza2, born December 4, 1827 in Richland County, Ohio
(2-6) vi. John2, born June 27, 1829 in Richland County, Ohio
(2-7) vii. Sarah2, born 1829-30 in Richland County, Ohio
(2-8) viii. Thomas2, born January 26, 1832 in Richland County, Ohio
(2-9) ix. Edward2, born November 21, 1833 in Richland County, Ohio
(2-10) x. Luther2, born November 14, 1835 in Williams County, Ohio
(2-11) xi. Lyman2, born October 14, 1838 (1837?) in Williams County, Ohio
(2-12) xii. Leonard2, born January 14, 1839 near Edgerton, Williams County, Ohio
(2-13) xiii. Samuel2, born February 25, 1841 in Williams County, Ohio
(2-14) xiv. Wilson2, born 1845-6 in Williams County, Ohio
2-8. THOMAS SLATER2 (Samuel1) was born January 26, 1832 in Richland County, Ohio. In the 1850 census he was living with his parents in St. Joseph Township, Williams County, Ohio at age 18.
He married SUSANNA KYLE on October 3, 1852 in Williams County, Ohio (marriage book II, page 127). Susanna was born July 27, 1834 in Ohio.
In the 1860 census they were living in St. Joseph Township with their children Mary (age 6), Henry (age 5), and Samuel (age 1), all born in Ohio. In the 1870 census they were living with their children Mary, Henry (says he was born in Illinois), Joseph (age 7, born in Illinois), and Margaret (age 2, born in Ohio).
Thomas died April 11, 1873.
Susanna later married Moses M. Case in 1874-5. Moses was born February 1832 in Indiana. Moses had been previously married to Rebeccah -?- in 1849-50 in Indiana. She was born 1830-1 in Indiana. In the 1850 census they were living alone in Ray Township, Franklin County, Indiana and Moses was a farmer. They were not listed in Indiana in 1860.
In the 1880 census Moses and Susan were living in Union Township, Adams County, Iowa with Moses' children Alice (age 16), Kate (age 10), and Bertha (age 8), who were all born in Iowa, and Susan's children Elizabeth (age 26), Joseph (age 16), Maggie (age 12), Nellie (age 9), and Lotta (age 7), and Moses' nephew Frank Welch (age 10). Moses was a farmer.
In the 1900 census they were living in Bazile Township, Antelope County, Nebraska with Susan's daughter Mary. Moses was a farmer. Susan had had 8 children and 6 were still living.
In the 1910 census they were living in Bazile Township with Moses' daughter Nancy (age 35, born in Iowa). Moses was a farmer. Susan had had 8 children and 4 were still living. Moses had 17 children with 7 still living.
Susanna died April 14, 1915 in Nebraska.
Children of Thomas and Susan (Kyle) Slater
(3-32) i. Mary3, born August 30, 1853 in Ohio
(3-33) ii. Henry W.3, born February 10, 1855 in Ohio (Illinois?)
(3-34) iii. Samuel C.3, born April 15, 1860 in Ohio; died April 25, 1861
(3-35) iv. Joseph3, born December 25, 1862 in Ohio (Illinois?)
(3-36) v. James3, born ?; died December 1, 1865
(3-37) vi. Margaret "Maggie"3, born December 7, 1867 in Ohio
(3-38) vii. Nellie3, born September 9, 1870 in Ohio
(3-39) viii. Lotta3, born May 20, 1873 in Iowa
3-37. MARGARET "MAGGIE" SLATER3 (Thomas2, Samuel1) was born December 7, 1867 in Ohio.
She married JOHN CURTIS BOMAR on December 9, 1882 in Iowa. He was born July 20, 1862 in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois.
John later married Viola M. -?-. They had children Harry, Gene, and Fred.
Maggie died August 6, 1941 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska. She was buried in Old Cemetery in Plainview, Nebraska.
John died January 4, 1949 at Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska. He was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Children of John and Maggie (Slater) Bomar
(4-73) i. Mary Blanche4, born July 3, 1885 in Glenwood, Mills County, Iowa
(4-74) ii. Archie4, born July 2, 1887 in Glenwood, Mills County, Iowa
(4-75) iii. LeRoy4, born January 25, 1889 in Nebraska
(4-76) iv. Nettie F.4, born December 3, 1890
(4-77) v. Eva4, born September 4, 1892 in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska
(4-78) vi. Raymond4, born October 17, 1895 in Springfield, Missouri
(4-79) vii. Thelma Gertrude4, born December 1898 in Springfield, Missouri
(4-80) viii. Theodore Milton4, born March 19, 1904
4-77. EVA BOMAR4 (Margaret "Maggie"3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born September 4, 1892 in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.
She married JOSEPH ALANSO BARNES on September 7, 1910 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska. He was the brother of Melzar Barnes who married Eva's sister Mary.
Eva died December 30, 1974 in Arvada, Jefferson County, Colorado. According to the Social Security Death Index her Social Security number was 522-03-8511 and it was issued in Colorado. She was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Children of Joseph and Eva (Bomar) Barnes
(5-92) i. Waldo Weldon5, born June 15, 1911
(5-93) ii. Ronald5, born May 31, 1914
(5-94) iii. Wilma Edith5, born January 11, 1917
(5-95) iv. Phyllis Lavelle5, born July 29, 1923
(5-96) v. daughter5, born ?
5-95. PHYLLIS LAVELLE BARNES5 (Eva Bomar4, Margaret "Maggie"3, Thomas2, Samuel1) was born July 29, 1923.
She married ROBERT LOUIS BROWN.
Phyllis died April 3, 2000. According to the Social Security Death Index her Social Security number was 560-26-4328 and it was issued in California. She was a resident of Newport News, Virginia.
From: "Kevin D. Arvin"
Date: Wed Jul 2, 2003 10:46:11 AM US/Eastern
To: "Jim Burrows" <email@example.com>
Subject: Thomas Slater's burial place
I don't think I've noticed Thomas Slater's burial place mentioned in any of your web pages. I was at the Fort Wayne library a few days ago and I looked through the cemetery listings for Adams County, Iowa and found that he is buried in Stringtown Cemetery in Grant Township, in or near the town of Stringtown. I also looked at the marriage index and found no Slater marriages listed during the time that the family would have been living in Adams County.
Date: 3 Sep 2003
- Title: Windsor, Hartford Co, Connecticut Vital Records
Abbrev: Windsor Vital Records
Author: G. R. Maude, Town Clerk
Publication: Feb 1906
Text: Windsor, Hartford Co, Connecticut Vital Records
Windsor Marriages - 1640s to early 1700s
First Book Windsor
Births Marriages and Deaths
G. R. Maude, Town Clerk
John Slaughter was married to Abiah that had been wife to Elisha Bartlett July 15th 69
Date: FROM 1638 TO 1704
Place: Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
Date: 7 May 2005
- Title: The Great Migration Begins:
Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3
Abbrev: Great Migration Begins
Author: Robert Charles Anderson
Publication: New England Historic Genealogical Society,
Boston, Suffolk, MA
Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
Date: 17 Dec 2002
Text: JONATHAN GILLETT
from The Great Migration Begins Immigrants to New England 1620 - 1633
by Robert Charles Anderson, Boston 1995
ORIGIN: Chaffcombe, Somersetshire
FIRST RESIDENCE: Dorchester
REMOVES: Windsor 1638
RETURN TRIPS: To England in 1633 and return 1634
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Dorchester church prior to 6 May 1635 implied by freemanship.
FREEMAN: 6 May 1635 (as "Jonathan Jellett," second in a sequence of five Dorchester men) [MBCR 1:370].
OFFICES: 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[/3] [RPCC 119, 143, 181, 197, 211, 219, 238, 240, 246, 261]. Windsor constable, March 1655/6 [RPCC 161].
ESTATE: Allowed by town of Dorchester "to fence in half an acre of ground about his house leaving a sufficient highway," and granted four acres of marsh; also "Jonathan Gillet's house" mentioned, 17 April 1635 [DTR 11]; "Jellets" to have two acres of marsh, 27 June 1636 (no first name is given, so this grant may be to both Jonathan and Nathan) [DTR 17]. (In the grant of meadows beyond Neponset, Lot #32, marked only "J.," may have belonged to Jonathan Gillet, since it was immediately next to the lot of N[athan] Gillet [DTR 321].) In Thomas Treadwell's deed of land to Edward Breck, dated 20 June 1638, one of the abutters to a parcel of land was "Mr. Parker on the other side which was once Jonathan Gillete's" [DTR 35].
On 9 June 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 [WiLR 1:41]. Other "Jonathan Gillett" land entries appear to pertain to Jonathan Jr.
In his will, dated 8 August 1677 and proved 6 September 1677, "Jonathan Gillett sen. of Windsor ... being at present very ill and under distemper of body above ordinary" named "my wife ... sole executrix " and "my son Josiah Gillett to take care for the improvement of his mother's estate," she to have the use of "both 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," and "all that remains of that to me I set out three acres to my son John"; after "my decease ... my son Josias" to assist his mother, and after her death "he shall enjoy for his own ... my now dwelling house and all the appurtenances with it, with five acres of houselands & all other parcels of land, as are expressed to be his mother's for her use whilst she lives, only excepting the house & four acres of the houseland to it, which my son Jeremy shall possess for his own after my wife's decease" and "the six acres in the second meadow I set out to him, he is to possess for his own at the present"; "thirdly, 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 legacies, 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 Fyllye's wife, £2, and to the two children which I have taken that were my son Joseph's, deceased, as the little son Jonathan £5, and the girl £5. My son Jonathan is to have the other twenty acres of woodland joining to the twenty acres expressed to my wife. He is to have his twenty acres next to Thomas Barber, ten acres of it I give him, the other ten he hath bought. Also, Jonathan and Cornelius my sons are to have my eleven acres without the west bounds of Windsor, betwixt them, after my decease. And my son John Gillett to have six acres of the other parcel without the bounds at present, and Jeremie to have the remainder of it" [Hartford PD Case #2202; Manwaring 1:200-01].
The inventory of "Jonathan Gillett Senior who died the 23 day of this August" was taken 31 August 1677 and totalled £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 [Hartford PD Case #2202].
More than a generation later, on 25 August 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 [Hartford PD Case #2202].
BIRTH: By about 1609 (based on presumed age at marriage), son of Rev. William Gillett.
DEATH: Windsor 23 August 1677 (from inventory).
MARRIAGE: Colyton, Devonshire, 29 March 1634 Mary Dolbiar, bp. Colyton, Devonshire, 7 June 1607 [TAG 15:208-17]. She died Windsor 5 January 1685[/6] [CTVR 56; TAG 15:210].
1. JONATHAN, b. about December 1634 [TAG 15:210]; m. (1) Windsor 23 April 1661 Mary Kelsey [Grant 39], daughter of WILLIAM KELSEY [TAG 68:209, 210, 215]; m. (2) Windsor 14 December 1676 Miriam Dibble [Grant 39], daughter of Thomas Dibble.
2. CORNELIUS, b. say 1636; m. by 1659 Priscilla Kelsey, daughter of WILLIAM KELSEY [TAG 68:214; Grant 39].
3. MARY, b. say 1638; m. Windsor 15 July 1658 Peter Brown [Grant 33-34; TAG 33:215]. (Because of the tight chronology between the date of marriage of the parents and the known birthdate of the fourth child, Coddington suggests that Cornelius and Mary may have been twins [TAG 15:211].)
4. ANNA, b. Windsor 29 December 1639 [Grant 39]; m. Windsor 29 October 1663 Samuel Filley [Grant 37].
5. JOSEPH, bp. Windsor 25 July 1641 [Grant 39]; m. Windsor 24 November 1664 Elizabeth Hawkes [WiVR].
6. SAMUEL, bp. Windsor 22 January 1642/3 [Grant 39]; no further record.
7. JOHN, b. Windsor 5 October 1644 [Grant 39]; m. Windsor 8 July 1669 "Marcy Barber" [CTVR 12; Grant 40]. John Gillett d. in 1682 [Manwaring 1:307] and his widow m. (2) Windsor 14 June 1683 George Norton [CTVR 52], son of GEORGE NORTON. She was the daughter of Thomas Barber [Manwaring 1:94], and had been taken in by WALTER FILER after her father's death [RPCC 262, 264].
8. ABIGAIL, bp. Windsor 28 June 1646 [Grant 39]; d. Windsor 1648 [Grant 81].
9. JEREMIAH, b. Windsor 12 February 1647/8 [Grant 39]; m. Windsor 15 October 1685 Deborah Bartlett [WiVR Barbour 117], daughter of Benjamin Bartlett.
10. JOSIAH, bp. Windsor 14 July 1650 [Grant 39]; m. Windsor 30 June 1676 Joanna Taintor [Grant 42, 76].
ASSOCIATIONS: He was brother of NATHAN GILLETT of Dorchester and Windsor.
Ever since the publication of the will of Rev. William Gillett, Rector of Chaffcombe, Somersetshire [NYGBR 41:282-83], Jonathan and Nathan Gillett of Dorchester and Windsor have been considered his sons, although there have been some nagging doubts. In 1979 George E. McCracken published additional information which makes the identification solid [TAG 55:170-73]. McCracken suggested that Jonathan, Nathan and some of their siblings were born before 1610, when William Gillett was instituted at Chaffcombe; but we only have scattered Bishops' Transcripts for some of the years after 1610, and there is a ten-year gap when several Gillett children could have been born. Jonathan was probably older than Elias, who was baptized on 11 February 1611/2 and so could well have been born at an earlier residence for the family. Nathan, however, need not have been born until 1613, and he could have been born at Chaffcombe, next after Elias, during a period when neither the parish register nor the Bishops' Transcripts survive for that parish.
COMMENTS: Jonathan Gillett and his brother Nathan are frequently included in passenger lists of the Mary & John. While this is not impossible, it is also not a necessary conclusion. They were both from the West Country, and both settled first in Dorchester, but were they first here in 1630? The first record of Nathan is his admission to freemanship in 1634, which implies arrival by 1633, and nothing more. From the statement of Jonathan's son Benjamin in their copy of the "Breeches Bible" that "My father Gille[tt] came into new-inglan the second 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 [TAG 15:210; NGSQ 71:171, 77:250]. But 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 as a result we would not be justified in placing them on the Mary & John. Any evidence which might overturn this conclusion would almost certainly have to come from England.
Jonathan Gillett had left Dorchester by 20 June 1638 [DTR 35]. Anna, born December 1639, was the first of his children to be born in Windsor. Since the chronology for the births of his children is tight, the previous child, Mary, was probably born late in 1637 or early in 1638, and in Dorchester, so the date for the move from Dorchester to Windsor would be in the first half of 1638.
In his 17 August 1677 accounting of "what children has been born in Windsor from our beginning hither," Matthew Grant said that "Jonathan Gellet senior" had seven [Grant 90], which accords with the actual list of children given by Grant elsewhere.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: George E. McCracken surveyed the literature on the Gillett family in 1979, providing some brief commentary on the relative reliability of the many publications [TAG 55:170-71].
from The Great Migration Begins Immigrants to New England 1620 - 1633
by Robert Charles Anderson, Boston 1995
ORIGIN: Chaffcombe, Somersetshire
FIRST RESIDENCE: Dorchester
REMOVES: Windsor 1636
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Dorchester church prior to 14 May 1634 implied by freemanship.
FREEMAN: 14 May 1634 [MBCR 1:369]. In list of Windsor freemen, 11 October 1669 [CCCR 2:519].
OFFICES: Served in Pequot War, 1637 [CCCR 2:161].
ESTATE: In the grant of meadows beyond Neponset in Dorchester, "N. Gillet" held Lot #33, four acres [DTR 321]. (A grant of two acres of marsh on 27 June 1636 to "Jellets" may have been to Nathan as well as to Jonathan [DTR 17].)
Granted fifty acres by Connecticut court for service in Pequot War, 12 October 1671 [CCCR 2:161, 251, 288].
In the Windsor land inventory in January 1640 Nathan Gillett held five parcels: a homestead of five acres (annotated "sold to his brother Jonathan"); 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 5 June 1660 to include "fifteen acres of land" granted to Nathan Gillet [WiLR 1:36].
On 31 May 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 [SimsLR 1<<:109].
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" [SimsLR 1<<:142]. 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" [SimsLR 1<<:142].
"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" meadow in Weatoug being approximately eleven acres and three roods [SimsLR 1<<:143].
On 18 April 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 26 May 1692 [SimsLR 1<<:96-97]. On 19 April 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 [SimsLR 1<<:125].
BIRTH: By about 1613 based on date of freemanship, son of Rev. William Gillett of Chaffcombe, Somersetshire.
DEATH: Windsor 15 September 1689 [CTVR 57].
MARRIAGE: By 1639 _____ _____. She was "above fifty years" old on 30 May 1667 [TAG 23:126, citing WMJ 730] and died at Windsor 21 February 1670/1 [WiVR].
CHILDREN (all born or baptized Windsor [Grant 40]):
1. ELIZABETH, b. 6 October 1639; m. by about 1672 Nicholas Gozzard (eldest child aged twenty-one in 1693 [Manwaring 1:453; TAG 56:130]).
2. ABIAH, b. 22 August 1641; m. (1) Windsor 3 December 1663 Isaiah Bartlett [Grant 28]; m. (2) Windsor 15 July 1669 John Slater [CTVR 12].
3. Child, d. Windsor 1646 [Grant 81] (probably a son since Elias is often called "the eldest son now living").
4. REBECCA, b. 14 June 1646; d. Windsor 13 July 1655 [Grant 81; CTVR 43].
5. ELIAS, bp. 1 July 1649; m. (1) Simsbury 29 October 1676 Sarah Griffin [SimsVR Barbour 60], daughter of John Griffin; m. (2) between 1694 and 1699 Rebecca (Kelsey) Messenger, widow of Nathaniel Messenger and daughter of Mark Kelsey.
6. SARAH, b. 13 July 1651; m. Simsbury 29 December 1679 Eleazer Hill [SimsVR Barbour 61].
7. BENJAMIN, b. 29 August 1653; d. Windsor 13 July 1655 [Grant 81; CTVR 43].
8. NATHAN, b. 17 August 1655; m. Windsor 30 June 1692 Rebecca Owen [WiVR Barbour 119], daughter of John Owen. (Stiles erred in giving him his nephew's wife in a second marriage [TAG 56:133].)
9. REBECCA, b. 8 December 1657; m. by 1684 Thomas Whaples [TAG 56:134, citing SimsLR 1<<:109].
ASSOCIATIONS: JONATHAN GILLETT was his brother. In his will of 1641 Rev. William Gillett, Rector of Chaffcombe, Somersetshire, made note of "land which my son Nathan made over to me by letter of attorney" [NYGBR 41:282-83].
COMMENTS: In his 17 August 1677 accounting of "what children has been born in Windsor from our beginning hither," Matthew Grant says that Nathan Gillett had eight children, which apparently does not take into account the unnamed child who died in 1646 [Grant 91].
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.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In addition to the many items listed under JONATHAN GILLETT, we are greatly aided with the family of Nathan Gillett by an article by George E. McCracken, "Nathan Gillett's Earlier Descendants" [TAG 56:129-40].
Date: 26 Dec 2005