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SUMMARY of the HISTORY
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The Beginning

The GILLETT family has been in America since 1630, ten years after the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth.

The first known member of the family was believed to have come from the town of Bergerac, Guyenne Province, France with introduction of the Rev. Jacques de Gylet. The Rev. de Gylet was born about 1520. He was banished from France and his property confiscated when he continued to preach the Gospel. He was at the massacre of the French Protestants on St. Bartholomew’s Day, August 24, 1572. Gylet is a Bergerac name.

The Rev. de Gylet fled to Scotland with his family where they resided for almost 57 years. This was during the reign of King Henry II. The family, after almost thirty years, started an exodus to England.

The Rev. Jacques de Gylet had at least one son:

  • Richard Gylett - born 1551

The Twelfth Generation   -   The Richard Gylett Family          BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

Richard Gylett was born in 1551 at Cadle Hadden, Dorset, England. He married Joan Enberg. She was born about 1555 in Chaffcombe, Somerset, England.

They were the parents of at least two sons:

  • William Gyllett - (direct ancestor)
  • Richard Gyllett

The ELEVENTH Generation   -   The Rev. William Gyllett Family     BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

The son of Richard Gylett was the Rev. William Gyllett, who was a preacher of the Gospel. He was born in 1574. In England he was instituted to be Rector of Chaffcombe, County Somerset, on February 4, 1609/10.

At least two of his sons, Jonathan and Nathan, were members of a company of 140 Puritans from the counties of Devonshire, Dorsetshire, and Somersetshire, England, that left England on March 20, 1630, on the ship Mary and John for Dorchester, Massachusetts. They arrived in Nantucket (now Hull), Massachusetts, on May 30, 1630.

Hull, Massachusetts, is located on a peninsula in Boston Bay where the Atlantic Ocean enters the harbor to the city of Boston. This was only 9-1/2 years after the first Pilgrims from the Mayflower settled in the first permanent colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The GILLETS, like the other Puritans, left England for the Colonies because their present monarch, Charles I, ruled as an absolute and irresponsible monarch in England. The Puritans and other dissenters were crushed with cruelty. In most cases the people leaving England at the time were well educated men and women. Leading the group was the Rev. John Warham of Exeter and the Rev. John Maverick was the teacher.

The sons and daughters of the Rev. William Gyllett:

  • Habiah Gillet - born 1603 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
  • William Gillet - born 1604 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - he did not come to America and was heir to most of his father's land
  • Jeremiah Gillet - (direct ancestor) - born about 1608 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - there is no record of his marriage, whether it was in England or his new country, America
  • Mary Gillet - born about 1610 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
  • Jonathan Gillet - born about 1610 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - died August 23, 1677, in Windsor, Connecticut about 67 years old - although he came to America in 1630 he returned to marry Mary Dolbere on March 29, 1634, at Colyton, County Devonshire, England - Mary was born in Colyton, the daughter of Rockye Dolbere - Jonathan's wife, Mary, died January 5, 1685 - they were the parents of at least six children.
      Two of their sons were lost in fights with Indians--
    • Joseph (b.1641;d.1675), their third son, at age 34 in the Deerfield, Massachusetts, Bloody Brook Indian massacre
    • Samuel (b.1643;d.1677), their fourth son, at age 34 in the Turner Falls, Massachusetts, Indian fight
  • Nathan Gillet - born about 1612 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - died between 1688 and 1692 - married Elizabeth _______ - she died in Simsbury, Connecticut, on February 21, 1670 - they were the parents of eight children.
  • Elias Gillet - born February 11, 1612, at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England - he was not mentioned in his father's will but records indicate he was a clergyman who had the following Oxford dates:
      "Gillet, Elias, son of William of Chaffcombe, Somerset, sacred (i.e., priest, clergyman) New Hal Inn, matriculated 7 May 1632, aged 20; B.A. & 7 June 1632; M.A. 23 April 1635."
  • Thomas Gillet - born March 27, 1621, at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England
  • Andrew Gillet - born April 1623 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England The Rev. William Gyllet died April 2, 1641.
Rev. William Gyllet's Will was proven on April 16, 1641, by the executor, William Gillet, in the Arch Deaconry Court at Taunton. His estate, as recorded on April 2, 1641, was worth 259 pounds, 14 shillings, which included books worth 13 pounds, 6 shillings. It mentions his sons, Nathan, William, Thomas, and Jeremiah and his daughters, Abiah and Mary. It does not mention his son, Jonathan, who probably received his share before leaving for America in 1630 or when he returned to be married in England in 1634.

Abstract of the will of William Gyllet:

"My daughters, Habiah and Mary; land which my son Nathan made over to me by letter of attorney. My son William, the next reversion of said land, shall surrender his estate (therein) unto Thomas when requested, there unto, I give and bequeath unto my son, Jeremiah, my chatell (lease) of Courtground. To all my children in England, I give two silver spoons apiece. I give and bequeath unto my son, William and his heirs my land called Bowers (lease) on condition that he do pay out the same one annuity of twelve pounds; vizt; to my daughters, Habiah 4 pounds; to my daughter Mary 4 pounds, and to my son Jeremiah, 40 shillings.

To Thomas, Jeremiah, Mary, and Habiah, each of them one chayre and one frame stool. The rest of my goods I give to my son William, whom I make executor, and Mr. Joseph Greenfield, Mr. Luffe, my brother Richard and my kinsman, Henry Hutchings, overseers".

It was signed "William Gyllett" with no witnesses.

The TENTH Generation   -   The Jeremiah Gillet Family          BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

Very little is known of this member of the Gillett family. It is known that he was the son of the Rev. William Gyllett and the brother of Jonathan and Nathan Gillet and that he was born about 1608 in Chaffcombe, Somerset, England.

It is not known for sure when he came to America but it is known that he was awarded fifty acres of land on May 14, 1674, for his services in the Pequot War which took place in 1637.

He was in America in 1637 (see Relocation to America) but it was recorded that he was home in England at the time of his father's death four years later in 1641.

When, who, and where he married has not been recorded or tracked down. He might have married in the states and then returned to England or this might have been the reason he returned to England, to get married.

All that is really known about Jeremiah Gillet was that he received the colonial grant and that he was the father of at least one son:

  • Jeremiah Gillet - born about 1650 - died March 24, 1707/08 in Wethersfield, Connecticut, about 57 years old - he was the father of eight children - (direct ancestor)

The NINTH Generation   -   The Jeremiah Gillet Family          BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

Like his father, very little is known of Jeremiah Gillet in his early years. He was born about 1650 which might have even been in England. He also could have married in England as no record was recorded in the new country.

During the early development of America, the records were usually good in the most part in any of the major developed areas. Because of protection and supplies families generally stayed in groups. Most of the families had come from areas that maintained excellent records and therefore the practice was continued.

Jeremiah married Rachel Kelsey about 1685. Since this date is after the date of births for his children, Rachel may not be the mother of his children. Rachel was born about 1650.

Jeremiah Gillet resided first in Simsbury and then in Wethersfield, Connecticut. He had received the land his father had received as grant for fighting in the Pequot War. He was a sergeant in the colonial service.

Jeremiah Gillet was the father of eight children:

  • Rachel Gillet - born about 1671 - married Zerubabel Fyler on January 3, 1705/6 in Simsbury, Connecticut - he was the son of Zerubabel Fyler
  • Eliphal Gillet - born about 1672 - died March 19, 1746/47 about 74 years old - married (1) Mary Wheeler in 1696, the daughter of Ephraim and Mary (Holbrook) Wheeler - she died January 31, 1730 - they were the parents of nine children - Eliphal then married (2) Elizabeth ________ and then (3) Hannah ________.
  • John Gillet - born about 1673 - died between 1763 and 1770 over 90 years old - married Sarah Tryon on April 7, 1697 - she was born about 1775 and died May 15, 1758, at Newtown, Connecticut, about 83 years old - they were the parents of at least eight children - (direct ancestor)
  • Samuel Gillet - born about 1674 - died December 26, 1769, about 95 years old - he resided in Newtown, Connecticut
  • Abigail Gillet - baptized on September 21, 1701
  • Abner Gillet - baptized on November 7, 1708, as an adult - he lived in Southington, Connecticut
  • Abraham Gillet - born about 1684 - he was baptized February 2, 1706/7 - married Rebecca ____ - they were the parents of four children
  • Abiah Gillet - married as her second husband, Jonathan Hurlbut
Sergeant Jeremiah Gillet died on March 24, 1707/8, in Simsbury, Connecticut, about 57 years old. He was buried the following day.

The EIGHTH Generation   -   The John Gillett Family          BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

John Gillet, the third child and second son of Jeremiah Gillet, married Sarah Tryon, the fifth child and first daughter of William and Mary (Steele) Tryon, on April 7, 1697, in Wethersfield, Connecticut. John was born about 1673 and Sarah was born about 1675. This would make them 24 and 22 years old respectively at the time of their marriage.

John and Sarah (Tryon) Gillet first lived in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Wethersfield is located about four miles south of Hartford, Connecticut. Their first seven children were born there.

In 1716 they moved to the western part of the state to Newtown, Connecticut. Newtown is located about ten miles east of Danbury, Connecticut. This was where their last child, Hope, was born. Sarah was 42 years old at the time Hope was born.

John and Sarah (Tryon) Gillet were the parents of eight children:

  • Abel Gillet - born March 10, 1697/8 and baptized on March 13, 1697/8 - married Sarah Kimberly about 1722 - she was baptized on July 23, 1704, at Stratfield Connecticut, the daughter of Abraham and Abigail (Adams) Kimberly Abel and Sarah were the parents of one daughter.
  • William Gillet - born March 15, 1699/1700 and baptized on March 17, 1699/1700 - died around 1791 about 92 years old - married Elizabeth Welch on November 14, 1722 - she was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Peck) Welch - William and Elizabeth were the parents of nine children, all born in Milford, Connecticut (direct ancestor)
  • John Gillet - born June 16, 1702, and baptized on June 21, 1702 - died February 29, 1764, in Canaan, Connecticut, at the age of 61 - married Mary Williams on August 29, 1727 - she was the daughter of Captain Jacob and Sarah (Gilbert) Williams - John and Mary were the parents of eight children
  • Hannah Gillet - born January 26, 1704/5, and baptized on January 28, 1704/5 - married Samuel Sanford in Newtown, Connecticut, on June 16, 1731 - he was born on April 1, 1704, and died almost 54 years later on March 7, 1758
  • Sarah Gillet - born February 23, 1707/8, and baptized on February 29, 1707/8 - married Joseph Sommers, the son of Henry and Mary (Holbrook) Sommers - Joseph was born March 24, 1695, and died about 1769 about 74 years old - Sarah and Joseph were the parents of four children
  • Samuel Gillet - born July 15, 1710, and baptized on July July 16, 1710 - died 1795 at the age of 85 - married Eunice Clark on April 23, 1746 - she was the daughter of Daniel and Hannah (Beecher) Clark - Samuel and Eunice were the parents of eleven children - the family lived in Newtown, Connecticut
  • Mary Gillet - baptized on September 5, 1714 - died September 27, 1773, about 59 years old - married (1) John Ferris on August 7, 1746 - sometime after 1761, she married (2) Lieut. Samuel Griffin
  • Hope Gillet - born March 30, 1717 - married (1) _______ Graves - she then married (2) ______ Burne
Sarah (Tryon) Gillet died at Newtown, Connecticut, on May 15, 1758, about 83 years old. John Gillet passed away between February 26, 1763 (date of his will) and February 6, 1770 (probate). He had to be between 91 and 98 years old.

The SEVENTH Generation   -   The William Gillet Family          BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

William Gillet was the second child and son of John and Sarah (Tryon) Gillet. He was born on March 15, 1699/1700 and baptized two days later on March 17, 1699/1700.

William Gillet married Elizabeth Welch on November 14, 1722. She was born on September 3, 1699, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Peck) Welch. At the time of their marriage William was 22 years old; Elizabeth was one year older at 23.

Both William Gillet and Elizabeth Welch were living in Milford, Connecticut, when they married. William Gillet was listed as being both a physican and a clergyman. It was also indicated that he was a blacksmith.

They continued to live in Milford until at least 1756. At the time William Gillet would have been about 56 years old and Elizabeth about 57 years old. Their children were almost raised with the youngest living child being about 19 years old at the time.

In 1760 they were living in Huntington, New York, probably with their son, Elisha Gillet. In 1780 they were listed as living in New Milford, Connecticut.

William and Elizabeth (Welch) Gillet were the parents of nine children, seven sons and two daughters, all born in Milford, Connecticut.

  • Elizabeth Gillet - born November 5, 1723, and baptized on April 5, 1724 - married Giles Oviatt, the son of Samuel and Mary Oviatt - Giles was born on January 8, 1710/11, and baptized on June 24, 1711 - he died before October 6, 1767 - Elizabeth and Giles were the parents of eight children.
  • William Gillet - baptized on March 14, 1725 - died October 19, 1726, about 1-1/2 years old
  • William Gillet - born about 1727 - married (1)Phebe Terrill, the daughter of Daniel and Zeruiah (Canfield) Terrill, on September 7, 1749 - she was born about 1727 and baptized on April 30, 1738 - she died February 10, 1756, about 29 years old - William and Phebe were the parents of one son - William Gillet then married (2)Rebecca Wilkinson, the daughter of John and Hannah (Langstaff) Wilkinson - she was baptized on March 14, 1724/5, and died before 1781, less than 57 years old - William and Rebecca were the parents of one daughter
  • Abel Gillet - born January 26, 1729/30, and baptized the same day - married Sarah Canfield, the daughter of Zarubabe! and Mary (Botwick) Canfield - Sarah was born March 10, 1733/4 - Abel was warden of St. John's Episcopal Church at New Milford - they were the parents of at least one son - they lived in New Milford, Connecticut
  • John Gillet - baptized on March 7, 1731 - died in 1823 about 92 years old - married Comfort Plumb, the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Camp) Plumb, on August 5, 1753 - Comfort was born on January 24, 1737/8 - John and Comfort were the parents of seven children - (direct ancestor)
  • Elisha Gillet - born August 17, 1733 - died May 1820 at the age of 87 - married Sarah Buckingham, the daughter of John and Keziah (Clark) Buckingham, on April 13, 1753 - Sarah was born on September 13, 1733 - Elisha was a Seventh Day Baptist minister at Huntington, Patchogue, Orient,and Long Island, New York - Elisha and Sarah were the parents of five children - he married again (name unknown) and had two additional children
  • Zebulon Gillet - baptized on August 17, 1735 - he died young
  • Zebulon Gillet - born about 1737 - died in 1810 in Milford, Connecticut, about 73 years old - married Mary Bryan, the daughter of Ebenezer and Abigail (Smith) Bryan - Mary died in 1829 - Zebulon Gillet was a doctor - Zebulon and Mary were the parents of four children - in 1785 the Zebulon Gillet family was living in Woodbury, Connecticut; the 1790 census listed them in Milford, Connecticut
  • Sarah Gillet - born April 12, 1745 - died 364 days later on April 11, 1746
In 1780, When Dr. William Gillet was living in New Milford, Connecticut he was probably living with his son, Abel Gillet. Dr. William Gillet died about 1791 about 91 years old.

The SIXTH Generation   -   The John Gillet Family          BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

John Gillet was the fifth child and the fourth son of William and Elizabeth (Welsh) Gillet. He was baptized on March 7, 1731, in Milford, Connecticut.

John married Comfort Plumb on August 5, 1753. She was born on January 24, 1737/8, the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Camp) Plumb. At the time of their marriage John was about 22 years old and Comfort was 16 years old.

The John Gillet family lived in Milford and Burlington, Connecticut. Burlington was a part of Bristol, Connecticut.

John and Comfort (Plumb) Gillet were the parents of eight children. Some records did not list Luella Gillet while others did not list Roswell Gillet. Both probably were as Roswell, Zebulon, Joel and William were listed as first settlers in Rome Township of Lawrence County, Ohio.

  • John Gillet - born September 15, 1755, in Milford, Connecticut - married (1) Sybil Platt about 1781 - she was born July 21, 1757, in Milford, Connecticut, and baptized on August 28, 1772, the daughter of Jonas and Elizabeth (Nettleton) Platt - John Gillet served in the Revolutionary War as a Sergeant and Quartermaster - He and Sybil were the parents of seven children - Sybil Platt died September 1, 1824, in Burlington, Connecticut, at the age of 68 - John then married (2) Mary Johnson in 1827 - she was born about 1771 - at the time John was 72 years old while his new wife was 55 years old - John Gillett died September 22, 1843, in Burlington, Connecticut, at the age of 88 - Mary (Johnson) Gillett died August 8, 1853, at the age of 81.
  • Zebulon Gillet - born about 1756 in Milford, Connecticut - married Rachel Griswold - she was born in 1771 and baptized on September 29, 1771, the daughter of Jeremiah and Phebe (Case) Griswold - Zebulon and Rachel were the parents of seven children although the will of Jeremiah Griswold lists only two, Fanny and Okasha - Rachel (Griswold) Gillett died before March 30, 1812 - Zebulon and his two brothers, Joel and William, traveled to Lawrence County, Ohio, in the early 1800's where he died.
  • Benjamin Gillet - born about 1758 in Milford, Connecticut - married (1) Ann Strong - she was born September 25, 1757, the daughter of Ephraim and Mary (Pruden) Strong - Benjamin also fought in the Revolutionary War - he served as a private in the Artillery Guards at the siege of Boston - Benjamin and Ann were the parents of six children - Benjamin then married (2) Polly Platt and (3) Susannah Clements - Susannah was born about 1764 - Benjamin died June 8, 1841, in Milford, Connecticut, at the age of 83 - Susannah died in Huntington, Connecticut, on April 27, 1849, at the age of 85
  • Elizabeth Gillet - married a man by the name of Beach
  • Luella Gillet - married a man by the name of Burr.
  • Joel Gillet - born February 28, 1778 - married Chloe Griswold, probably in Burlington, Connecticut, before the turn of the century - Chloe was born in 1779, the daughter of Jeremiah and Phebe (Case) Griswold - she was the sister of Rachel Griswold who married Joel Gillet's brother, Zebulon Gillet - Joel was a carpenter and shoemaker by trade - Joel and Chloe were the parents of eight children - direct ancestor
  • William Gillett - also traveled to Lawrence County, Ohio, in the early 1800's - it was indicated that he was a carpenter, blacksmith, and stone-cutter - some of his work can still be seen in the Rome Cemetery in Lawrence County - he was extremely fond of hard cider, full of chat, a good singer, and liked to build houses - he was a married man with six children, although it was not recorded who his wife was - William Gillett moved to Illinois where he died.
  • Roswell Gillet -
Some records have John Gillett dying in 1823 about 92 years old while others indicated he died in 1798 about 68 years old - Comfort (Plumb) Gillet died in Burlington, Connecticut, in 1829 about 91 years old.

The FIFTH Generation   -   The Joel Gillet Family          BACK to the GILLETT FAMILY

Joel Gillet was born May 28, 1778, in Milford, Connecticut, the fourth son and sixth child of John and Comfort (Plumb) Gillet. Joel married Chloe Griswold in the late 1790's, probably in Burlington, Connecticut.

Chloe was born October 11, 1779, in Burlington, Connecticut, the fourth daughter and sixth child of Jeremiah and Phebe (Case) Griswold.

Joel and Chloe (Griswold) Gillet moved several times before settling in Lawrence County, Ohio. The moves were made with his two brothers, Zebulon and William and their families. About 1801 they left Connecticut and moved to western New York. They lived in Hector, Seneca County, New York. Seneca is located about halfway between Rochester and Syracuse.

About 1815 the families started to move farther west to Ohio. They hired wagons to haul their families and household goods and started their long journey across the Allegheny Mountains. When they reached the Allegheny River, they put their goods on a pine-lumber raft. They erected a temporary shanty on the raft to live in during their trip. They traveled the Allegheny River to the Ohio River and then downstream to Marietta, Ohio, where Joel leased some land. Marietta is in the east central part of the state, located on the Ohio River, close to Parkersburg, West Virginia.

After their lease ran out, in the fall of 1816, the Gillet's went further down the Ohio River in a small flat boat they had built. They traveled the river to what was to become Rome Township of Lawrence County, Ohio. (Actually Lawrence County wasn't formed until 1817.) Joel remained the rest of his life there. Joel Gillet was considered to be one of the first white men to settle in the level bottom land which later was called Rome Township. The land was Quaker Bottoms. In charting the Ohio River, there is a listing of a Gillet's Landing, a few miles upstream from Huntington Beach, West Virginia.

Joel had purchased an 100-acre farm on the Ohio River from Nahum Ward for $1,100. He built a two-story hewed-log house which stood on the river bank. The front wall and roof were covered with a yellow flowered creeping vine. At the time it was the only grass land in the township; there were no roads in the county, just trails. The whole county was covered with timber which had to be cleared, chopped down, cut up and burned. A great deal of labor was required to build the area with homes, barns, roads, bridges, etc. and at the same time clear the land for orchards and farming.

Joel was a carpenter and shoemaker and later farmed. He probably made all the shoes for the family and neighbors.

In every book dealing with Lawrence County, Ohio, a legend is told dealing with Joel and his son, Alanson.

Joel Gillet was a strong Federalist. He brought with him from the Putman Nursery near Marietta some 100 to 200 apple tree spouts from which he could get an orchard started. He gave a "wryby runt" to his son, Alanson, saying "Here you may have this Democrat." From this sprout, his son started a new variety of apples, which were called "Gillett's Seedlings." A son of Zebulon Gillett, Horatio Nelson (H.N.) Gillet was the first to take a graft of the tree. He later started a nursery and began to promote the new apple. In 1935 the name was changed to the "Rome Beauty" and is still one of the best known apples.
One source of records also had their brothers, John and Roswell, going with them. This could not be confirmed as the records in Connecticut and Lawrence County, Ohio, did not list a Roswell except as a son of Joel Gillet. The records of John Gillet do not indicate he ever left the Connecticut - New York area.

A number of the Gillet's did some type of work relating to shipping or building of boats along the Ohio River.

In religion, Joel and Chloe were Presbyterians with a strong faith.

Joel and Chloe (Griswold) Gillet were the parents of eight children.

  • Chloe Gillett - born December 11, 1799, in Hartford, Connecticut - married Thomas Gardner September 5, 1818, in Lawrence County, Ohio - Thomas was born June 19, 1794, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Benoni and Silence (Grant) Gardner - Chloe was also called Olive - Thomas organized the first Sunday school in his own house, where it was held until he built the Beulah Baptist Church - Thomas bore all the expense of that building except for one hundred dollars, which was contributed by H.N. Gillet, a cousin of Chloe (Gillett) Gardner - he also helped organize the first Baptist Church Society in Rome Township - Thomas was a public benefactor and most liberal giver - in his will, several years before his death, he gave two benevolent bequests, one to Beulah Baptist Church and the other to Pomaria Baptist Church in Windsor Township - Thomas and Chloe (Gillett) Gardner were the parents of eleven children all born in Lawrence County, Ohio:
    • Amos Gardner - born June 7, 1819
    • Claretta Gardner - born February 1, 1823 - married Augustus Magee June 8, 1846
    • Julia Gardner - born July 8, 1825 - married Henry Parks Goodall February 8, 1845 - They were the parents of three children - Julia (Gardner) Goodall died June 15, 1857 at the age of 31
    • Roswell Gardner - born January 23, 1828 - married Nancy O. Delay April 1, 1850, in Jackson County, Ohio - she was born April 3, 1829, in Jackson County, Ohio, the daughter of James and Mary (Marton) Delay - Roswell and Nancy were the parents of seven children - Nancy (Delay) Gardner died of pneumonia March 13, 1904, in Lawrence County, Ohio, at the age of 74 - Roswell Gardner died February 15, 1912, in Huntington, West Virginia, at the age of 84 - the last seven years of his life he was blind - Roswell and Nancy were buried in Beulah. Ohio
    • Catherine Lydia "Kate" Gardner - born September 1, 1830 - married Nelson Cox July 2, 1852 - he was born May 21, 1828 - they were the parents of eight children - Catherine (Gardner) Cox died October 12, 1918, at the age of 88 - Nelson Cox died October 31, 1902, at the age of 74
    • Judson Gardner - born January 27, 1834 - married Frances E. Hull April 20, 1857
    • Anna Hasseltine Gardner - born December 16, 1835 - she died October 22, 1895, in Brookland, Craighead County, Arkansas, at the age of 59
    • Thomas Wade Gardner - born September 2, 1839
    • Maria Gardner - born March 31, 1841
    • Chloe Alice Gardner - born June 19, 1844
    • Beulah Eustacia "Stacy" Gardner - born February 27, 1845 - married George McCormick January 5, 1871 - Beulah died September 15, 1923, at the age of 78.
    Chloe (Gillett) Gardner died April 6, 1870, at the age of 70 - she was buried at the Beulah Baptist Church in Lawrence County - Thomas then married Barbara L. (Henry) Davidson October 24, 1871, in Lawrence County - she was a young widow born January 5, 1827 in Ohio - Thomas Gardner died December 5, 1879, at the age of 85 and was buried next to his first wife - his second wife, Barbara, died March 6, 1903, at the age of 76 - she was buried in Suiter Cemetery in Union Township of Lawrence County, Ohio
  • Alanson Gillett - born August 22, 1802, in Hector, Seneca County, New York - married (1) Sarah G. Radford April 20, 1829, in Lawrence County, Ohio - Sarah was born June 12, 1812, in Henton Parish, Saint George County, Somersetshire, England, the daughter of John and Sarah (Hodder) Radford (who came to America about 1818) and the sister of Henry Radford who married Philander Gillett and Nancy Ann Radford who married Joel G. Gillett - Alanson Gillett built three steamboats in his time and engaged in boating a great part of his life, operating a freight and tow business around New Orleans and Shreveport - in 1855 Alanson sold the business, and farming in Lawrence County became his occupation - he helped build the first church in Rome Township - Alanson and Sarah (Radford) Gillett were the parents of nine children, all born in Lawrence County, Ohio:
    • Theodore Justus Gillett - born December 29, 1830 - married Emma C. Reckard October 17, 1855 - she was born January 17, 1837, in Union Township of Lawrence County, Ohio, the daughter of Salmon and Susan (Stacy) Reckard - they were the parents of six children plus an adopted child - Theodore died January 23, 1890, at the age of 59 - his wife, Emma, died March 20, 1907, at the age of 70
    • Elizabeth B. Gillett - born March 31, 1833 - married Stephen Proctor May 16, 1856
    • John Radford Gillett - born April 7, 1836 - married Tirzah Orrie Richards September 11, 1858 - she was born March 24, 1842 - they were the parents of nine children - John died September 15, 1908, at the age of 72 - his wife, Tirzah, died September 18, 1928, at the age of 86
    • Henry Austin Gillett - born April 8, 1839 - married Anna Sollers November 27, 1862 - she was born August 2, 1845, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, the daughter of Alex and Amanda (Moss) Sollers - Henry was a physician - he and Anna were the parents of one daughter - Anna (Sollers) Gillett died in 1863 only 18 years old.
    • Julia Anne Gillett - born May 30, 1842 - married Abraham Waddell - he was born February 25, 1833 - they were the parents of eight children
    • Urbane Joel Gillett - born October 10, 1844 - married (1) Margaret Ellen Sedenger March 17, 1867 - she was born October 10, 1847, the daughter of Isaac Sedenger - Joel and Margaret were the parents of three children - Urbane and Margaret divorced - Margaret died February 27, 1918, in Bolivar, Tennessee, at the age of 70 - Urbane married (2) Rachel Elnora Harlow March 24, 1909 - Urbane Gillett died September 27, 1925, at the age of 80 in Whittier, Los Angeles County, California - he was buried in Springdale, Arkansas
    • Sarah Frances Gillett - born March 5, 1848
    • Spencer Alanson Gillett - born July 5, 1851 - married Fannie E. Reynolds April 27, 1875, in Proctorville, Ohio - she was born April 29, 1857, in Gallia County, Ohio, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (McHollister) Reynolds - Spencer and Fannie were the parents of six children - Spencer died June 13, 1931, at Huntington, West Virginia, at the age of 79 - his wife, Fannie, died February 23, 1943, at the age of 85
    • Ella Venora Gillett - born May 28, 1855 - married Lewis W. Miller September 1, 1880 - he was born December 29, 1831
    Sarah (Radford) Gillett died February 26, 1866 at the age of 53 - she was buried in the Old Rome Cemetery - Alanson then married (2) Sarah (Haskell) Paine June 18, 1867, in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky. She was born October 20, 1825, in Lawrence County, Ohio, the daughter of James and Mary (Brooks) Haskell and the widow of Dr. W.V. Paine - at the time of their marriage Alanson was 64 years old while Sarah was 41 years old, 23 years younger - living with them was her daughter by Dr. Paine, Wilanna Paine - Alanson died March 26, 1894, in Harriman, Roane County, Tennessee, about 92 years old - he was buried in the Old Rome Cemetery in Lawrence County, Ohio - his second wife, Sarah (Haskell) (Paine) Gillett, died January 12, 1914, at the age of 88 in Harriman, Roane County, Tennessee.
  • Roswell Gillett - born about 1805 in Hector, Seneca County, New York - it was thought that Roswell went south and died there
  • Candace Gillett - born May 23, 1807, in Ulysses County, New York - married Elhanen Winchester Wakefield September 30, 1827, in Rome Township, Lawrence County, Ohio - Elhanen was born on August 1, 1799, in Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, the son of Peter and Keziah (Burns) Wakefield - Candace and Elhanen were the parents of nine children:
    • Albert Joel Wakefield - born May 31, 1828 - married Hester Skelton May 29, 1851 - he enlisted to serve in the Civil war March 13, 1864 - he served until August 16, 1865 - he was a Methodist minister in Lake Washington, Minnesota - they were the parents of nine children - Albert Wakefield died June 14, 1896, at the age of 68 - his wife, Hester, died February 14, 1897
    • Diannah W. Wakefield - born October 18, 1829 - married William Holroyd October 18, 1849 - he was born about 1824 - they lived in Windsor, Ohio and were the parents of three children - Diana died December 24, 1865, at the age of 36 - William Holroyd died December 28, 1909, about 85 years old
    • Marinda "Minnie" Wakefield - born January 8, 1831 - married William A. Reed August 18, 1878 - Marinda received a degree of Mistress of English at Wesleyan Female College in Delaware, Ohio - she taught school for 12 years - Marinda and William were the parents of one son - they lived in Proctorville, Ohio
    • John Wesley Wakefield - born November 27, 1832, in Windsor, Ohio - married (1) Maria Riggs Valette on August 10, 1859 - she was born in Schenectady, New York - John was a minister in Scioto County, Ohio - they were the parents of five children - Maria died January 24, 1889 - John then married (2) Anna Welch on April 22, 1890
    • Elhanen Winchester Wakefield - born February 7, 1834 - He also was a minister
    • Keziah Wakefield - born June 25, 1836 - she taught school - she died February 19, 1865, unmarried, at the age of 28
    • Peter W. Wakefield - born March 1, 1838, in Proctorville, Ohio - married (1) Mary J. Skelton on January 1, 1863 - she was born June 19, 1844, in Cincinnati, Ohio - Peter fought in the Civil War, first with the Ironton Ohio Artillery Company and then with Company E, 7th West Virginia Calvary Regiment - Mary died May 6, 1872, at the age of 27 - she was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Carthage, Missouri - Peter then married (2) Anna Elizabeth Wolfe February 26, 1879, in Carthage, Missouri - Anna was born February 27, 1858, in Terre Haute, Indiana, the daughter of David and Susannah (White) Wolfe - Peter and Anna were the parents of five children - Peter Wakefield died May 26, 1923, in Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, at the age of 85 - Anna died April 10, 1931, at the age of 73
    • Chloe Wakefield - born December 24, 1840 - married George Washington Wakefield (her cousin) September 13, 1870 in Corrine, Utah - he was born July 20, 1842, in Lawrence County, Ohio, the son of George Washington and Emily (Gillett) Wakefield - Chloe attended Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio - she taught school - Chloe died March 31, 1871 at the age of 30 - George then married (2) Adela Davis Street
    • Columbus Gillett Wakefield - born October 11, 1843 - married Sarah Doty September 22, 1870 - he was Candace and Elhanen Wakefield's fourth child to become a minister - he attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and taught school before becoming a minister - Columbus and Sarah were the parents of two children - Columbus died October 31, 1876, in Ironton, Ohio, at the age of 34
    The Wakefield family lived in the Windsor Township of Lawrence County, Ohio, where he farmed. They moved to Union Township between 1870 and 1880 for the last few years of their lives. Candace (Gillett) Wakefield died January 25, 1888, at the age of 80. Elhanen Wakefield died September 3, 1883, at the age of 84. Both were buried in the Old Rome Cemetery in Lawrence County, Ohio
  • Philander Gillett - born about March 10, 1809 - married Henry Hodder Radford October 5, 1829 - Henry was born in England October 4, 1808, the son of John and Sarah (Hodder) Radford - he came to America with his father in 1818 - Philander and Henry lived in Rome Township of Lawrence County, Ohio, where Henry was a farmer - they were the parents of ten children:
    • Jane Radford - born December 11, 1831 - married William Gillett - he was born about 1830, the son of Sidney and Christiana (Wilgus) Gillett - Jane and William were the parents of three children
    • Nancy Anne Radford - born March 23, 1833 - married Robert Sprouse
    • Chloe Radford - born February 23, 1835 - married Rev. Morris
    • Emily Radford - born in 1837 - married D.W. Jones - they were the parents of six children - Emily died in 1906 about 69 years old
    • John Radford - born February 11, 1840 - one source indicated he died in 1918 about 79 years old while another source indicated he died March 30, 1847, about 8 years old Sarah F. Radford - born July 3, 1842, and died 10 months later on May 22, 1843
    • Philander Radford - born (a twin) about February 6, 1845 - she died February 28, 1847, only two years old
    • Henry Radford - born (a twin) about February 6, 1845 - he died in 1863 about 18 years old
    • William Tucker Radford - born about 1847 - married Sarah Smith - she was born in 1844 - they were the parents of eight children - William died January 25, 1894, in Wheatland, Oklahoma, about 47 years old - his wife, Sarah, died in 1918 in Hays, Kansas, about 74 years old.
    • Charles Augustus Radford - born April 10, 1849 - married (1) Anne Reckard - he then married (2) Sophie Dennison - Charles died in 1936 about 87 years old
    Philander (Gillett) Radford died March 31, 1860 at the age of 51. Her husband, Henry Hodder Radford died November 2, 1876 at the age of 68. Both were buried in the Old Rome Cemetery in Lawrence County, Ohio
  • Joel Griswold Gillett - born May 25, 1812, in the state of New York, probably Seneca County - married Nancy Ann Radford July 30, 1833, in Lawrence County, Ohio - she was born September 3, 1815, in England, the daughter of John and Sarah (Hodder) Radford - she used her middle name "Ann" - Joel G. and Nancy Ann (Radford) Gillett were the parents of four children, all born in Lawrence County, Ohio - the Joel G. Gillett's family relocated to Barry County, Missouri - Joel Griswold Gillett died June 27, 1875, in Barry County, Missouri - he was buried in the Maddy Cemetery, just west of Purdy, Missouri - his wife, Ann (Radford) Gillett, was still living as of 1891 in Monett, Missouri, over 75 years old - (direct ancester)
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  • Columbus Gillett - born about 1816 in Ohio - married Ann Moore Bilbo May 20, 1840, in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana - she was born June 12, 1820, in Jackson County (now George County), Mississippi, the daughter of Thomas and Anna Marie (Lawrence) Bilbo - initially Columbus and Ann lived in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana - in the early 1850's they moved to Circleville, Williamson County, Texas - the 1860 census listed him as a mill owner and keeper - by January of 1870 the family had moved to Los Angeles County, California - they were living in Los Nietos Township of Los Angeles County where Columbus farmed and was a carpenter for the railroad - he was also listed as being a Methodist minister - Columbus and Ann (Bilbo) Gillett were the parents of nine children:
    • Winchester Gillett - born about 1841 in Lake Charles, Louisiana - he died May 5, 1900, in Los Angeles County, California, about 59 years old - he was buried in the Artesia Cemetery, Los Angeles County, California
    • Chloe Gillett - born November 1843 in Lake Charles, Louisiana - married Jasper Brymer (or Brimer) March 17, 1868, in Los Angeles County, California - Jasper was born March 1841 in Tennessee - they were the parents of at least four children
    • Thomas Gillett - born October 25, 1846, in Lake Charles, Louisiana - married Mary Jane Farris February 11, 1870, in Los Angeles County, Caligfornia - she was born November 1850 in Illinois - they were the parents of three children - Thomas was a rancher - Thomas Gillett died August 13, 1922, in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, at the age of 65 - his wife, Mary, died January 11, 1907, at the age of 56 - both were buried in the Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles County, California
    • Zachary Gillett - born March 1849 in Lake Charles, Louisiana - he was an undertaker in Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming
    • Ann Gillett - born August 28, 1851 in Lake Charles, Louisiana - married John Doland January 23, 1870, in Los Angeles County, California - John was born August 1838 in Ireland - they were the parents of eight children - Ann (Gillett) Doland died November 14, 1911, in Los Angeles County, California, of Typhoid Fever at the age of 60
    • Jayne M. "Jennie" Gillett - Born February 18, 1854, in Texas - she died February 4, 1928, in Santa Monica, California, unmarried, at the age of 73
    • Sarah Gillett - born March 1856 in Texas - married _______ Sims before 1880 - He died before 1900
    • Laura E. Gillett - born August 1862 in Texas - she died January 18, 1905, in Los Angeles County, California, unmarried, at the age of 43 - she was buried in the Artesia Cemetery in Los Angles County, California
    • Theodore Columbus Gillett - born November 16, 1865, in Circleville, Williamson County, Texas - married Carrie P. Stiffler April 1, 1905, in Los Angeles County, California - she was born September 8, 1876 - they were the parents of at least one son - Theodore was a rancher - he died December 30, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 68 - Carrie died August 28, 1958, at the age of 81 - both were buried in the Artesia Cemetery in Los Angeles, California
    Columbus died sometime between 1873 and 1880 in Los Angeles County, California, between 57 and 64 years old. His wife, Ann (Bilbo) Gillett died after June of 1900 in Los Angeles County, California, over 80 years old
  • Emma "Emily" Gillett - born September 28, 1817 - married George Washington Wakefield October 22, 1837 - he was born March 15, 1812, in Lawrence County, Ohio, the son of Peter and Keziah (Burns) Wakefield - George was the brother of Elhanen Wakefield who married Emily's sister, Candace Gillett - George Wakefield sustained a physical injury in childhood which left him partially paralyzed on one side his entire life - he was member of the Methodist Episcopal Church - Emily and George moved south in 1844, settling in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, where George was engaged in farming and raising livestock - during the Civil War he lost a considerable amount of property - being a cripple, he was not forced into service - Emily and George were the parents of five children:
    • Rev. Thomas Gardner Wakefield - born September 5, 1840, in Ohio - married (1) Helen M. Sanderson October 18, 1870 - he then married Amanda S. Brown June 5, 1877
    • George Washington Wakefield - born July 20, 1842, in Ohio - married (1) Chloe Wakefied September 13, 1870, in Corrine, Utah - she was born December 24, 1840, the daughter of Elhanen and Candace (Gillett) Wakefield - Chloe died March 31, 1871 - George then married (2) Adela Davis Street January 7, 1875
    • Mary Ann Wakefield - born in 1845 in Louisiana - married Watson Mendental of Eldorado, Kansas
    • Candace Emily Wakefield - born in 1847 in Louisiana - married David Davis - they resided in Belgresle, Montana
    • Albert Peter Wakefield - born January 1850 in Louisiana - he was married with six children living in Sutton, West Virginia
    Emily (Gillett) Wakefield died July 3, 1852, in Cameron, Louisiana, at the age of 34 - George Wakefield then married Ellen Welch October 22, 1856, in Washington Parish, Louisiana - she was born August 1, 1833, in Washington Parish, Louisiana, the daughter of John and Mary Welch - George and Ellen were the parents of seven additional children - George Wakefield died January 30, 1897 - he was buried in Louisiana
No date was found when Chloe (Griswold) Gillett died but it must have been around or before 1819 or 1820, as Joel Gillett married the widow, Azuba (Pingrey) Risley, on June 18, 1820. Joel Bowen performed the marriage. Azuba was born September 26, 1787, in Connecticut. She was the widow of Elijah Risley. Joel and Azuba (Pingrey) (Risley) Gillett were the parents of two children, both born in Lawrence County, Ohio. At the time of their first child, Joel was 43 years old.
  • Elisha Gillett - born August 18, 1821 - married (1) Henrietta Jones August 14, 1844 - she was born on December 25, 1823, the daughter of William and Isabella Jones - Elisha was a farmer - they lived in Windsor Township of Lawrence County - Elisha and Henrietta (Jones) were the parents of ten children, all born in Lawrence County:
    • Infant Son - died April 11, 1845.
    • Amanda C. Gillett - born September 18, 1846 - married George Coner February 5, 1869
    • Joel Gillett - Born December 11, 1848 - married Diana J. Massie July 9, 1870 - she was born about 1846 - they were the parents of nine children
    • Benjamin W. Gillett - born July 17, 1851, and died January 29, 1868, at the age of 16
    • Miles Justin Gillett - born September 11, 1853 - married Jennie Milestead April 2, 1882 - she was born in 1859 - They were the parents of eight chhildren
    • John Frank Gillett - born January 16, 1855 - married Naomi Arzelia Fuller June 10, 1881 - she was born November 1861 - they were the parents of eight children - John died in 1935 about 80 years old - his wife, Naomi, also died in 1935 about 74 years old
    • Candace E. Gillett - born January 11, 1857
    • Alanson Gillett - born January 7, 1859 - married Catherine J. Dunfee July 13, 1884 - she was born September 1861 - they were the parents of at least one child
    • Azuba Gillett - born December 3, 1862
    • Henrietta Gillett - born April 27, 1865
    Henrietta (Jones) Gillett died January 6, 1868, at the age of 44 - she was buried in the Forgery Cemetery, Lawrence County, Ohio - Elisha then married (2) Elizabeth Jane (Church) Sydenstricker August 21, 1872 - she was a widow - she was born November 5, 1835, in Lewisburg, Greenbriar County, West Virginia, the daughter of Woodward and Mary (Gabbart) Church - Elisha and Elizabeth were the parents of two daughters:
    • Carrie G. Gillett - born May 25, 1873
    • Chloa Gillett - born October 22, 1875
    Elisha Gillett died May 22, 1894, at the age of 72 - he was buried in the Old Rome Cemetery in Lawrence County, Ohio - his second wife, Elizabeth, died September 4, 1905, in Coal Grove, Lawrence County, Ohio, at the age of 69 - she was buried in the Woodland Cemetery, Lawrence County, Ohio
  • Irene Gillett - born April 23, 1823 - married Mark Singer September 7, 1842, in Lawrence County, Ohio - he was born August 4, 1810, in Windsor Township, Lawrence County, Ohio, the son of Thomas and Sarah (Hughes) Singer - Irene and Mark were farmers in Windsor Township of Lawrence County, Ohio - they were the parents of nine children:
    • Newton H. Singer - born July 3, 1843 - he died July 14, 1868, at the age of 25
    • E.Milton Singer - born January 24, 1845
    • Felicia H. Singer - born November 12, 1846
    • Landon Singer - born February 8, 1849 - he died September 1, 1880, at the age of 31
    • Mark Emmet Singer - born July 7, 1851 - he died February 15, 1876, at the age of 24
    • Cassius K. Singer - Born September 2, 1853
    • Sarah M. "Sallie" Singer - born July 1, 1856 - (a twin)
    • Irene Philinda Singer - born July 1, 1856 - (a twin)
    • Nathaniel L. Singer - born May 28, 1862
    Irene (Gillett) Singer died November 23, 1894, at the age of 71 - Mark Singer died December 17, 1888, at the age of 78
Joel Gillett died on October 6, 1823, after a brief illness at the age of 45. This was only six months after his last child was born. He died without a will.

Joel had sold Nathaniel Prichard some land to pay off a loan. After the death of Joel, Nathaniel turned Azuba Gillett and their children outdoors without anything. In July of 1824, the court met and decided that Azuba Gillett, Joel's second wife, had been wasting the estate of Joel Gillett "much to the great prejudice of the creditors". Thomas Gardner, Joel's son-in-law, was put in charge of the estate. The estate was finally settled in October of 1826. At some point Azuba Gillett went with her son-in-law by a previous marriage, Jacob Lose, to St. Mary Parish in Louisiana. It appears that all her children stayed in Lawrence County. Azuba died November 4, 1845, in Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, at the age of 58.

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Joel G. Gillett was born May 12, 1812, probably in Seneca County, New York, the son of Joel and Chloe (Griswold) Gillett. Joel married Nancy Ann Radford July 30, 1833, in Lawrence County, Ohio. She was born September 3, 1815, at St. Pauls, Little Eaton, Derbyshire, England.

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Joel Gillett died June 27, 1875, in Barry County, Missouri. He was buried in the Maddy Cemetery, a mile west of Purdy, Missouri, in Barry County. His wife, Nancty Ann (Radford) Gillett, was still living as of 1891, over 76 years old.