Facts and Events
||21 May 1585
||Pitminster, Somerset, England
||30 May 1630
||Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United StatesAboard the Mary and John
|Ancestral File Number
||Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
||20 Jul 1673
||Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
One of the first deacons of Dorchester. w/ Dea. Samuel Rockwell, signed the Dor. land grants.
“Kuhn’s Mary and John passenger list”:
William Gaylord 1585
__________ (w) 1595
William Gaylord, Jr. (s) 1617*
Elizabeth Gaylord (d) 1618*
Samuel Gaylord (s) 1619
John Gaylord (s) 1621
Walter Gaylord (s) 1626
Served as a selectman and on juries in the early days of Dorchester. In the earliest town records (until 2 Jun 1634) all the acts of the town were signed by four men: John Warham, John Maverick, William Rockwell and William Gaylord.
Appears on the 7 Oct 1669 list of freeman at Windsor as William Gaylar along with sons Walter, Samuel and John.  He was also the Deputy for Windsor at the Connecticut General Court on and off from 1639 to 1664.
Great Migration Begins does not accept the tie to the Pitminster Gaylords [e.g. John Gaylord and Jane Wallin] as valid, noting that no connection has been documented.
9g grandfather of Richard Gere through son Samuel.
- ↑ Windsor Town Records.
"Deacon Gaylord dyed the 20th of July 1673 buryed ye 21st aged 88"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 William Gaylord, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Manwaring, Charles William, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records.
Page 106 Name: Deacon William Gaylord Location: Windsor
Died 20 July, 1673. Invt. £296-17-06. Taken by Benjamin Newbery, Henry Wolcott, Jr., & Thomas Stoughton. Will dated 31 January, 1671.
I William Gaylord of Windsor, seriously considering my age, do declare this to be my last Will and Testament: I give unto my sone John Gaylord, his heirs & assigns forever, upon the these Conditions hereafter expressed, all my houseing & Home Lott & orchard as it Lyes, Bounded westerly by the comon high way & Easterly By the meadow, Northerly By the House Lott of Mr. Henry Wolcott & Southerly by the Land of my Daughter Hoskins, provided my sonn John Gaylord freely resigns up his propriety in his owne dwelling house & Barne & orchard & Land, viz., all that is now inclosed with in his fence on the west side of the high way, to my grand sonn John Birge, to be to him and his heirs & assigns forever, imediatly after my decease. But if my sonn John shall refuse to make the exchange, then my will is that my grand sonn John Birge, his heirs & assigns forever, shall possess & injoy my house & Home Lott as it is bounded above. I doe also give unto my beloved sonn John Gaylord & my beloved grandsonn John Birge my meadow Lott in the Great meadow, containing by estimation 16 Acres be it more or less, to be divided between them. I doe give to my Grand Sonn John Birge one parcell of Land I bought of Mr Hanaford, lying on the east side of the great river, being in bredth Tenn rodds, to run the whole Length I purchased. I doe give unto Hezikiah Gaylord, my grand sonn (whoe now lives wth my sonn John) fower rodd in bredth of my Lott over the great River that Lyeth next to the Land I gave his father, there to runn from the great River to the end of the Bounds. I doe give unto my sonn Walter Gaylord of my Lott on the east side of the great River, Ten rod in bredth, to runn ffrom the great River to the end of the Bounds, the Ten rodd to ly next to what I have given Hezekiah my Grand Sonn. I doe give unto my Sonn Samuel Gaylord of my Lott on the east side the great River, Ten rodd in bredth, to runn from the great River to the end of the Bounds. This Tenn rodds to lye next to what I have given to Walter. To my son John I doe give the remaining part of my whole Lott on the east side of the great River, wth the Barne Standing thereon, all that part of my Lott from what I have given to my sonn Samuel to Mr Humphrey Pinneys Lott. And as for my daughter Elizabeth Hoskins, of whose dutifull & Tender respect to me I have had Good Experience & Great Comfort in having by this my will disposed of part of my estate to her sonn John (whoe hath and is a great help in supporting of me in my old age), I am not able to doe for her as otherwise I would, but as a token of my love to her I give her one of my Great Kettles, the brass or Copper one, which she pleaseth. I doe appoint my sonn John Gaylord to be sole executor. And doe desire Capt. Benjamin Newbery & John Allyn of Hartford to be overseers.
Witness: John Allyn, Benjamin Newbery.
Codicil, dated 14 November, 1672: I give, as a testimony of my Fatherly affection, to my daughter Elizabeth Hoskins, one of my Cowes, which she shall choose, and my brass skillett & a pewter platter & a large pewter bason & the bigger of the Brass milk pans.
Witness: Daniel Clarke, Benjamin Newbery.
William X Gaylord.
There was a later Codicil, date 18 December, 1672, in which his daughter Birge is mentioned.
- 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), Vol. 2:238.
WILLIAM, Dorchester, perhaps br. of John of the same, a deac. chos. at the gather. of the ch. Mar 1630 at Plymouth, Eng. came in the Mary and John, req. adm. as freem. 19 Oct. of that yr. and was rec. 18 May foll. rep. 1635, 6, and 8, rem. to Windsor, and was rep. near 40 sess. up to 1664, d. 20 July 1673, in 88th yr. All his ch. were b. in Eng. exc. John, and it is not kn. that he was not. Elizabeth his only d. m. 5 Oct. 1641, Richard Birge, and next, Thomas Hoskins.
- ↑ Stiles, Henry R., Genealogies & Biographies of Ancient Windsor, CT.
- ↑ 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. Stiles – H. Stiles - J. Stiles – T. 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