Jonathan Gillette Sr., son of Rev. William Gillette, died 23 August 1677 at Windsor, Ct. His will was dated 8 August 1677, proved 6 September 1677. Inventory taken by Matthew Grant (Ancestor of Ulysses S. Grant). Married at St. Andrew's Church, Colyton, Devonshire, England 29 March 1634 to Mary Dolbere, daughter of Rawkey and Mary (Mitchell) Dolbere, born 7 June 1607 at Colyton, England, and died 5 January 1685 at Windsor, Ct., also spelled Dolbiar. Name listed on the passenger list of the "Recovery" of London, 31 March 1633 from Weymouth to New England. He later returned to England to marry, and returned to New England again in June of 1634. Freeman 1635. He settled first at Dorchester, Ma., but later removed to Windsor, Ct. He gave 4s. 6d. to the fund in aid of sufferers by the Indian war at
Simsbury and Springfield, and was one of the committee of distribution. Constable 1656.
Last Will and Testament:
I Jonathan Gillett Sr., of Windsor, do make this my Last Will and Testament: Imprimis: My will is that my wife shall be my sole Executrix, and my son Josiah Gillett to take the care for ye improvement of his mother's estate for her use and benefit that I shall leave her whilst she lives, which she shall have ye use and benefit that may be made of the houseing and lands of both my houselotts, my one and that which was my brother Nathan Gillett's, which are both 9 acres, also at ye upper end of ye 1st meadow, or that which is Timothy Phelps. All that remains of yt to me, I set out 3 acres to my son John. My will is that after my decease, as I have expressed, that my son Josias shall take ye care on him, to be an help and ayde to his mother in what shee needs his labor to manage her ocasions, and after her decease he shall injoy for his owne, for himselfe and his heirs forever, my now dwelling house and all the appurtenances with it, with 5 acres of house lands and all other parcels of land, as are expressed to be his mother's for her use whilst she lives, only excepting the house and 4 acres of ye houseland to it, which my sonn Jeremy shall posses for his owne after my wifes decease; ye 6 acres in ye 2nd meadow I set out to him, he is to possess for his one at present. Thirdly, my will is that if the Lord should take me and my wife both of us away by death within this 4 years after ye date hereof, my son Josiah shall pay some legacies, as to his brother Jonathan Gillett L4 and a gunn, and to his brother Cornelius Gillett L4, and to my daughter, Peter Browne's wife, L2, and to my daughter, Samuel Fyllyes wife, L2, and to ye two children which I have taken that ware my son Joseph's, Dec'd, as ye little son Jonathan L5, and ye garle L5. My son Jonathan is to have the other 20 acres of Woodland joining to ye 20 acres expressed to my wife. He is to have his 20 acres next to Thomas Barber, 10 acres of it I give him, ye other 10 he hath bought. Also Jonathan and Cornelius my sons are to have my 11 acres without ye west bounds of Windsor, betwixt them, after my decease. And my son John Gillett to have six acres of ye other parcel without ye bounds at present, and Jeremie to have the remainder of it.
Signed: Jonathan Gillett.
Witness: Nathaniel Chauncey, Matthew Grant
Court Record, p. 164, 6 September 1677:
Jonathan b. 1634 "about half a years after coming to land" (abt. Dec.), d. 5 Sept 1708, m. 22 Apr 1661 Mary, d. of Wm. Kelsey. Ch: Mary d.y., Mary, Jonathan, William. He m. 2nd, 1676 Miriam Dibble. Ch: Thomas, Ebenezer d.s., Samuel, Hannah, Jonathan, Miriam.
Cornelius b. 1635, m. Priscilla Kelsey. Ch: Priscilla d.s., Priscilla, Abigail, Cornelius, Mary, Esther, Sarah, Joanna, Daniel.
Mary, twin, b. Dorchester, m. 15 July 1658 Peter Brown. Ch: 14
Anna b. 29 Dec, d. 18 Nov 1711 Windsor, m. 1663 Samuel Filley. Ch: 11
Joseph b. 25 July 1641, d. aged 34, killed at the Bloody Brook Indian massacre at Deerfield, Ma., m. 1664 Elizabeth Hawkes, d. of John Hawkes. Ch: Joseph, Elizabeth, Mary, Jonathan, John, Nathaniel, Hannah.
Samuel b. 22 Jan 1642 Windsor, d. aged 33, killed at the Turner's Falls, Mass battle with the Indians.
John b. 4 Oct 1644, of Windsor, m. 1669 Mary Barber, d. of Thomas Barber. Ch: John, Thomas, Samuel, Nathaniel, Mary.
Abigail b. 1646, d. 1649
Jeremiah #1188 m. Deborah Bartlett #1189
Josiah bp 15 July 1650, d. 29 Oct 1736 Colchester, Ct., m. 30 June 1676 Joanna Taintor, d. of Michael and Elizabeth (Rose) Taintor. Ch: 11