Person:Nathan Gillett (1)

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m. bef 1604
  1. Nathan Gillettabt 1602-1613 - 1689
  2. William GyletteABT 1606 -
  3. Abiah or Hebiah GyletteABT 1606 -
  4. Mary GyletteABT 1607 -
  5. Thomas GyletteABT 1608 -
  6. Jonathan Gillettabt 1610 - 1677
  7. Jeremiah GyletteABT 1610 -
  8. Silas (Elias) GyletteABT 1612 -
  9. Richard GillettABT 1617 -
  10. Andrew Gillett1623 -
  • HNathan Gillettabt 1602-1613 - 1689
  • WElizabeth - 1670
m. 1638/1639
  1. Abiah Gillett1641 - 1716
  2. Elias Gillett1649 -
  3. Nathan Gillett, Jr1655 - 1757
Facts and Events
Name Nathan Gillett
Gender Male
Birth? abt 1602-1613 Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
Marriage 1638/1639 to Elizabeth
Death[1] 15 Sep 1689 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

First settled at Dorchester, MA. Moved to Windsor, CT in 1635. Served in the Pequot War in 1637. Joined church at Windsor, CT on 29 Aug 1641. Nathan was part of a large group of men who took the oath of freeman on 14 May 1634 after the oath was shortened and made much less strict.

Recorded in the 1640 Town Records at Windsor in the list of “First Settlers of Windsor, five years after their removal from Dorchester.” [4]

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 [5]

Received grant of 50 acres for service in War on 12 Oct 1671. Moved to Simsbury, CT after 1670, but death recorded in Windsor. March 1687/1688 he conveyed lands to his eldest son Elias, and son Nathan Jr., and son in law Thomas Wapples and gave deeds to three daughters. Some sources claim French Huguenot derivation of this family but this is contested.

Appears on the 7 Oct 1669 list of freeman at Windsor with Jonathan Jr. and Sr., Cornelius and Joseph Gillet. [6]

Connection to William is by virtue of the fact that he conveyed something to his father William Gyllett before 1641.[3]

  1. Windsor Vital Records (Barbour Collection).
  2.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862).

    NATHAN, Dorchester 1630, br. of first Jonathan, came, it is said, with the min. Maverick and Warham by the Mary and John, was freem. 14 May 1634, rem. to Windsor 1636, had Elizabeth b. 6 Oct. 1639; Abia, 22 Aug. 1641, wh. m. 3 Dec. 1663, Isaiah Bartlett; Rebecca, 14 June 1646, d. young; Elias, 1 July 1649; Sarah, 13 July 1651; Benjamin, 29 Aug. 1653; Nathan, 17 Apr. 1655; and Rebecca, again, 8 Dec. 1657; his w. d. young; he rem. to Simsbury.

  3. Nathan Gillett, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    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 ].

  4. NEHGR 5:365 [The list includes people who arrived after 1635, such as those who came with Huit in 1639]
  5. WiLR 1:36, 593. Stiles, Henry R., Genealogies & Biographies of Ancient Windsor, CT.
  6. NEHGR Vol. 5


Founders of Windsor, CT
Windsor was the first permanent English settlement in Connecticut. Local indians granted Plymouth settlers land at the confluence of the Farmington River and the west side of the Connecticut River, and Plymouth settlers (including Jonathan Brewster, son of William) built a trading post in 1633. But the bulk of the settlement came in 1635, when 60 or more people led by Reverend Warham arrived, having trekked overland from Dorchester, Massachusetts. Most had arrived in the New World five years earlier on the ship "Mary and John" from Plymouth, England. The settlement was first called Dorchester, and was renamed Windsor in 1637.

See: Stiles History of Ancient Windsor - Thistlewaite's Dorset Pilgrims - Wikipedia entry

Loomis homestead, oldest in CT.
Settlers at Windsor by the end of 1640, per the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor: Abbot - Alford - S. Allen - M. Allyn - Barber - Bartlett - M. (Barrett) (Huntington) Stoughton - Bascomb - Bassett - Benett - Birge - Bissell - Branker - Brewster - Buckland - Buell - Carter - Chappel - D. Clarke - J. Clarke - Cooke - Cooper - Denslow - Dewey - Dibble - Dumbleton - Drake - Dyer - Eels - Eggleston - Filley - Ford - Foulkes - Fyler - Gaylord - Francis Gibbs - William Gilbert - Jere. Gillett - Jon. Gillett - N. Gillett - Grant - Gridley - E. Griswold - M. Griswold - Gunn - Hannum - Hawkes - Hawkins - Hayden - Haynes - Hill - Hillier - Holcombe - Holmes - Holt - Hosford - Hoskins - Hoyte - Hubbard - Huit - Hulbert - Hull - Hurd - Hydes - Loomis - Ludlow - Lush - Marshfield - A. Marshall - T. Marshall - Mason - M. (Merwin) (Tinker) Collins - M. Merwin - Mills - Moore - Newberry - Newell - Oldage - Orton - Osborn - Palmer - Parsons - Parkman - Pattison - Phelps - Phelps - Phillips - Pinney - Pomeroy - Pond - Porter - Preston - Rainend - Randall - Rawlins - Reeves - J. Rockwell - W. Rockwell - B. Rossiter - St. Nicholas - Saltonstall - Samos - M. Sension (St. John) – R. Sension - Sexton - Staires - Starke - F. StilesH. Stiles - J. StilesT. Stiles - Stoughton - Stuckey - Talcott - E. Taylor - J. Taylor - Terry - Thornton - Thrall - Tilley - Tilton - Try - F. (Clark) (Dewey) (Phelps) - Vore - Warham - Weller - Whitehead - A. Williams - J. Williams - R. Williams - Wilton - Winchell - Witchfield - Wolcott - Young
Current Location: Hartford County, Connecticut   Parent Towns: Dorchester, Massachusetts   Daughter Towns: Windsor Locks; South Windsor; East Windsor; Ellington; Bloomfield