Relocation to America - TIME LINE
(Listing only the oldest member with that surname)

before 1626 JASPER CRANE   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1126)

JASPER CRANE was born in 1590 in London, England, the son of William Crane.

Jasper and his wife, Alice, were married about 1625, probably in London. Alice was born about 1608. They came to America about this time as their first child, Phebe (Crane) Canfield, was born about 1626 in East Haven, Connecticut.

Jasper died October 19, 1680, in Newark, New Jersey, about 90 years old.

1629 EDWARD CAMP   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1010)

EDWARD CAMP was born May 8, 1617, and baptized on September 21, 1617, in Hunsdon, Hertfordshire, England, the son of Edward and Grace (Mott) Camp.

Edward Camp came to America in 1629 with a number of other Camp relatives including John Camp, Sr., Nicholas Camp, Sr. and Jr., Samuel Camp, Richard Camp and William Camp. They came in Sir Richard Salstonstall's party.

Edward married Mary Canfield about 1646 in Milford, Connecticut. She was born in 1625, the daughter of Thomas Canfield. Mary Canfield came to America about 1640 with her brother, another "Gillett" direct ancestor - see Thomas Canfield.

March 10, 1646/47, Edward was listed as being seated in the meeting house at New Haven, Connecticut. His wife, Mary, was seated in the women's "long" seats.

In November 1652 Edward was involved in litigation with Thomas Beach at the court in New Haven for beating him. He was fined 20 shillings. Thomas Beach returned to court in December for help in collecting the fine.

Edward died September 1659 in Milford at age 42. His wife, Mary, then married John Lane on April 4, 1666. John was born about 1603 in Derbyshire, England, and died September 1, 1669, in Milford, Connecticut.

Mary died in 1680 in Milford, Connecticut, about 55 years old.

1630 WILLIAM BUNNELL   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1008)

WILLIAM BUNNELL was born about 1600 in England. He was a member of the Massachusetts Bay Company, coming to America in the summer of 1630.

William married Anne Wilmot about 1638. She was born about 1610 in England, the daughter of Benjamin and Ann (Ladd) Wilmot. After first settling in Salem, Massachusetts, William moved to Watertown. He remained in Watertown (with the exception of a return trip to England and back) for approximately sixteen years.

William Bunnell's problems started in Watertown. At first he appeared to be in good standing in the community. The first year there he was chosen as a juror. This position could only be held by a freeman. The stature of freeman could be had only by those who were church members, which indicated they embraced the Trinity. The records show William Bunnell was chosen to investigate, along with fourteen others, the death of Adam Bratcher. Bratcher had died on Mr. Braddock's plantation and his burial had occurred before the body could be examined. The jury found that Walter Palmer, who had administered "strokes" upon Adam Bratcher, to be guilty of manslaughter.

There were three children born during their years at Watertown : Lydia, Benjamin (a direct ancestor) and Nathaniel. Unfortunately, William's standing in the community began to deteriorate, and by 1640, he was considered a charge to the community. On October 7, 1640, the court found it necessary to grant him a lot and stated that if he was unable to pay for it, the country would bear the expense. In 1645, they found it necessary to supply him with cotton, wool and canvas to be for his use. Shortly afterwards, he was sent back to England at community expense, leaving behind his wife and small children with no means of support. By October of 1645, the court appointed a committee to dispose of the children of William Bunnell if their grandfather (Benjamin Wilmot) did not wish to care for them.

The court provided that when William arrived back in England in May of 1646, 30 Shillings worth of clothing were to await his arrival for his use. If William did indeed leave for England in October of 1645, the length of his trip was certainly longer than would have been normal. The possibility exists that the ship made several stops in the West Indies, and may not have been able to continue across the Atlantic until winter passed. Another possibility exists that this trip in May of 1646 was the second of such trips back to England.

Benjamin Wilmot, father-in-law of William Bunnell, had been amongst those who left Watertown and moved into Connecticut, settling in New Haven. Anne's father did attempt to assume responsibility for the children and their mother. Anne Bunnell had little choice but to take her children and join her father and his family in New Haven. But before too long, Anne and her father found it necessary to apprentice the two older children, Lydia and Benjamin.

William Bunnell returned to the colonies sometime in 1649 and resumed his marriage with Anne. Upon returning he was required to take the Oath of Fidelity. In order to take the Oath, a freeman or admitted inhabitant must have been Trinitarian (believing in the Trinity). On taking it, one swore fidelity to Connecticut, not to the King. Unfortunately for his family it was not too long before he was once again at odds with the governing body.

In April of 1650, William Bunnell was excused by the court from paying poll money to the town because of his poverty, age and weakness. Interestingly he was too old to work, or so he claimed, but not too old to procreate. Shortly after (on May 4, 1650) William's wife bore him a fourth child, Mary. When three months passed and William had failed to register the name of the child, he was again called into court along with two other offenders and ordered to pay 5 shillings a piece because the names of each child were not brought in within three months after they were born.

The following January William appeared in court again on charges of refusing to pay rent due to John Thompson for use of his house, and refusing to leave the house when unable to pay the rent. A month later, William still had not left the house and was once again called to court. His excuse appeared to be that he had nowhere else to live.

Apparently for the next eight months he was able to keep himself on the straight and narrow path and avoided breaking the laws. In October he appealed to the court to retrieve his children from their apprenticeships claiming his wife and her father had "put forth his son to Nico Elsy and his daughter to Sam Whitehead, to prentice without his consent..." Nicholas Elsy responded that the grandfather of the boy had come to him and asked him to take him, indicating the father was in the Bay (i.e., Massachusetts Bay) and after went to England and left no means to maintain them. Samuel Whitehead said he sought not the girl, but that her mother had come to him and asked him to take her, which he did because of their pitiful condition. He asked the mother what means of support the father left them, and she said that he left little or nothing and when she asked him, what she was to do, he told her they were hers as well as his, and left them with her. Son, Benjamin, declared that his father did, indeed, say those words.

Further testimony from William Pecke indicated that Goodman Bunnell said he was well satisfied with the placing of his children, and Luke Atkinson indicated the same. Bunnell added that he meant it for only a year or so, but now he wished to have them back again.

By February of 1652, the court once again considered the charge which "old Bunnell" hath been to the town, how they might lessen their expenses and settle a weekly allowance on him. It was determined they would allow him 2 shillings a week for him and for his family for their maintenance.

In March of the same year, the court discussed speaking with "old Bunnell" about putting out his boy. The boy referred to must have been Nathaniel since he was the only one left at home. Goodman Judsons offered a cow for the boy in order that he might have him for a number of years.

The following year, he was in court again, because he had refused to let his son be apprenticed out. A year later, in February 1653, the Governor informed the court that they were meeting to discuss Goodwife Bunnell who was sick and upon whom the court had been at some charge. Some felt not enough was being done for her and others felt too much had been done. All agreed that her two children left at home would need to be put out.

Their youngest child, Ebenezer, was born shortly after their court appearance on August 28, 1653. But several months later, the court was informed that Anne (Wilmot) Bunnell and their son, Benjamin, were dead and that William Bunnell desired to go back to England. The court was in agreement to bear the expense of sending him back since it would free the town from the expense of maintaining him. The court ordered the townsmen to pay for his passage to England, where he told them he had friends to care for him.

1630 BENJAMIN WILMOT   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1105)

BENJAMIN WILMOT was born about 1589 in England. He was also a member of the Massachusetts Bay Company that came to America in 1630.

Benjamin married Anne Ladd. Anne was born about 1593 in England. They were the parents of three children, two sons and one daughter, all born in England and traveled to America with their family. They initially lived in Watertown, Massachusetts, before being one of the first settlers of New Haven, Connecticut. They lived on a farm with a brook running through it. The brook became known as Wilmot's Brook.

Benjamin Wilmot's name appears as a signer of the "Fundamental Agreement of New Haven" which was established January 14, 1639. It was also adopted by Hartford, Windsor and Wethersfield. It has been called the first written constitution.

Ann (Ladd) Wilmot died October 7, 1668, in New Haven, Connecticut, about 75 years old. Her husband, Benjamin Wilmot, died one year later on October 18, 1669, at New Haven, Connecticut, about 79 years old.

1630 WILLIAM BUELL   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1122)

WILLIAM BUELL was born in 1610 at Chesterton, Huntingdonshire, England.

    On May 30, 1630, the sail boat "Mary & John" arrived from England at Nantucket, Massachusetts. As the story has it, there were two vessels which brought the company led by Rev. John Warham. The two vessels were intended to accompany each other on the voyage over. At the time of embarkation a young girl named Mary Post became separated from her parents and was placed on the other vessel - the one on which William Buell sailed, the "Mary & John". The two vessels separated in a storm and the one on which her parents sailed was lost.
         (Note: the "Mary & John" brought over at least two other Gillett ancestors - Holcombe & Grant.)
Ten years later WILLIAM BUELL married this Mary Post on November 18, 1640. They were the parents of seven children, two sons and five daughters, all born in Windsor, Connecticut.

The travel to America from England took the 140 pilgrims 71 days. After arrival the group proceeded to Dorchester and founded the town. About the spring of 1636 the largest part of the Dorchester Church (with their pastor, Rev. John Warham) set out for the Connecticut River via the water route.

The Warham party settled at Matianuck (Windsor, Connecticut). The lot for William Buell was recorded on December 1, 1640. It initially consisted of 5 acres.

William Buell acquired additional land through grants from the town and purchases from John Bissell. About 1646, William Buell and William Filly, jointly, bought from William Thrall two tracts of eight acres and thirty-six acres.

The earliest-dated Buell record in America is from the Church Record of Rev. Matthew Grant of Windsor "December 3, 1639 - Goode Buell dyed". This probably referred to the death of William Buell's mother.

William Buell was skilled as a carpenter and cabinet maker. He was probably the chief all-around carpenter of Windsor as a number of records indicated work that was performed by him.

The first record of a jury or court trial pertained to William Buell, who was the plaintive against Thomas Ford, defendant in the trespass damage to 7 bushels of Indian corn. William Buell won in this case.

William died November 16, 1681, probably in Windsor, Connecticut, about 71 years old. His wife, Mary, died September 1, 1684, also in Windsor, Connecticut.

1630 MATTHEW GRANT   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1120)

MATTHEW GRANT was born in Devonshire, England, on October 27, 1601, the son of John and Alice (Tuberville) Grant.

Matthew married Priscilla Grey on November 16, 1625, in England. She was born on February 27, 1601, in Devonshire, England, the daughter of Anthony and Magdalen (Purefoy) Grey. They were the parents of four children, three sons and one daughter. The daughter was born in England; the sons born in America.

The young family came to America in 1630 on the boat "Mary and John". They initially lived in Dorchester, Massachusetts, but in 1635 they settled in Windsor, Connecticut.

Matthew was made a freeman in 1631. In Windsor, he was their second town clerk. He was their first, and for many years the principal, surveyor. He was a prominent man in the church. He compiled a great many of the town and church records.

This Matthew Grant was a direct lineal ancestor of General Ulysses S. Grant, the eighteenth President of the United States and the Commander in Chief of the Union forces in the Civil War.

Priscilla (Grey) Grant died April 27, 1644, at age 43, leaving Matthew with four children -- the youngest only two years old. Matthew married Susannah Rockwell on May 29, 1645, in Windsor, Connecticut. She was born April 5, 1602.

Matthew died December 16, 1681, at the age of 80.

1630 THOMAS HOLCOMBE   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1112)

THOMAS HOLCOMBE was born about 1595 in Pembroke, Wales, England, the son of Gilbert and Anne (Courtenay) Holcombe.

He came to America in 1630 on the boat "Mary and John". This was the same boat on which Matthew Grant and William Buell came to America.

Thomas married Elizabeth Ferguson on May 14, 1634, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She was born in England in 1610, the daughter of Thomas Ferguson. They were the parents of ten children, four sons and six daughters.

After marrying, the Thomas Holcombes lived in Dorchester, Massachusetts, then Roxbury and finally Poquonock, Connecticut.

Three of their children are direct ancestors in the Gillett family tree:
       Mary (Holcombe) Griswold (G1014)
       Benajah Holcombe (G910)
       Joshua Holcombe (G1021)

After the death of Thomas Holcombe on September 7, 1657, Elizabeth married James Eno on August 5, 1658. James was also a direct ancestor -- (G1016)

about 1630 RICHARD BIDWELL   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1117)

RICHARD BIDWELL was born in the County of Devon, England, in 1587, the son of John Bidwell.

Richard was married in Devonshire, England, in 1618. His wife was unnamed. They were the parents of five children, four sons (all born in England) and one daughter (born in America).

The family came to America about 1630 and settled in Windsor, Connecticut.

Richard died December 23, 1647, in Windsor, Connecticut.

about 1630 JOHN DRAKE   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1113)

JOHN DRAKE was born in 1593 in Wiscombe, Devonshire, England, the son of William and Phillippa (Denys) Drake.

John married Elizabeth Rogers about 1620 in England. Elizabeth was born about 1604 in England. They were the parents of six children, four sons and two daughters, all born in England.

They were members of the original Plymouth Company in London. They came to Boston about 1630; they later settled in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1635. At the time they came to Boston, John was about 37 years old and Elizabeth was 26 years old with children ranging in age from about 4 to 10 years old.

John died August 17, 1659, probably at Windsor, Connecticut, about 66 years old -- his wife, Elizabeth, died October 7, 1681, about 77 years old.

about 1630 HENRY WOLCOTT   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1114)

HENRY WOLCOTT was born about 1578 in Lydiard, St. Lawrence, Somersetshire, England, the son of John and Agnes (Crosse) Wolcott.

Henry married Elizabeth Saunders on January 19, 1605/06. Elizabeth was born on December 20, 1584, the daughter of Thomas Saunders. They were the parents of seven children, five sons and two daughters, all born in England.

The Wolcotts lived in Tolland, Somersetshire, England, where Henry was a magistrate. He was a gentleman of wealth and distinction. He would have been 52 years old at that time. They came to America about 1630, first settling in Dorchester, Massachusetts, until 1636.

Then Henry Wolcott, along with others, were the first settlers of the town of Windsor, Connecticut.

He was one of the first magistrates in the Colony of Connecticut and kept that post until he died. He was a member of the Connecticut House of Magistrates from 1638 to 1655. He was made the first constable of the town, which at that time was an office of great honor and power in the colony.

In 1637 he was appointed collector of rates; deputy in 1639 and 1641; juror in 1641, 1643, and 1644; he was frequently a member of both houses or branches of the General Court; he was one of the nineteen signers of the Petition to Charles II for the Charter of Connecticut, all of whom were the principal men of the colony.

Henry Wolcott (with his wife, Elizabeth Saunders) was the ancestor of more Governors of the Colony and States than any other individual in the United States. He was the ancestor of three Governor Wolcotts in Connecticut -- Roger and two Oliver Wolcotts. By the marriage of his daughter to the first Matthew Griswold, he became the ancestor of the two Governor Griswolds -- Matthew and Roger.

Henry died May 30, 1655, in Windsor, Connecticut, about 77 years old. His wife, Elizabeth, died just one month later on July 7, 1655, in Windsor, Connecticut, at the age of 70.

1632 JOHN STEELE   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1124)

JOHN STEELE was born about 1591 in Essex, England, the son of Richard Steele.

John married Rachel Talcott on October 10, 1622, at Fairstead, County of Essex, England. She was born about 1602, the daughter of John and Anne (Skinner) Talcott. They were the parents of nine children, four sons and five daughters.

The Steele family, with four children less than 8 years old, came to America in June of 1632 with a group of Puritans. He was listed as a freeman on May 14, 1634.

They spent 4 years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then 10 years in Hartford, Connecticut, before settling in Farmington, Connecticut, in 1645. John served in a number of government offices including secretary of the Colony of Connecticut from 1636 to 1639.

John died November 25, 1664, about 73 years old. His wife, Rachel, had died eleven years earlier on October 24, 1653, at Farmington, Connecticut, about 51 years old.

between 1633 & 1636 WILLIAM SPENCER   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1118)

WILLIAM SPENCER was born on October 11, 1601, in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England, the son of Gerald and Alice (Whitbread) Spencer.

William married Agnes Tucker in England sometime before 1633. Agnes was born about 1601 in Barnstaple, Devonshire, England, the daughter of Richard and Agnes (Wyatt) Tucker. They were the parents of at least three children, one son and two daughters.

Between 1633 and 1636 they came to America and settled in Hartford, Connecticut.

William died in 1640 in Hartford, Connecticut, only about 39 years old.

1634 THOMAS SHERWOOD   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1127)

THOMAS SHERWOOD was born in 1586 in Ipswich, Suffolk County, England, the son of Thomas Sherwood.

Thomas came to America on April 30, 1634, from Ipswich, England, to New England on the ship "Francis". He was listed as being 48 years old; accompanying him was his first wife, Alice, and children: Anna (14), Rose (11), Thomas (10) and Rebecca (9).

His wife, Alice, must have died on the way over or shortly thereafter as Thomas married Mary Fitch in 1641 in Stanford, Connecticut. Mary was born in March 1628/29, the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Reeve) Fitch. If the dates are correct, there was a 42-year difference in their ages.

Thomas and Mary (Fitch) Sherwood were the parents of at least one daughter, Ruth (Sherwood) Holcombe, a direct Gillett ancestor -- (G1021).

Thomas died July 21, 1655, in Stanford, connecticut, about 69 years old. His wife, Mary, died in 1693 in Rye, New York, about 64 years old.

before 1635 MARK MOTT   -   from England   -   12th generation (G1223)

MARK MOTT was born about 1570 in Braintree, Essex County, England, the son of Mark Mott.

Mark married Frances Gutter about 1594 in England. Frances was also born about 1570 in Braintree, Essex County, England, the daughter of Richard and Jane (Mylles) Gutter. They were the parents of at least two daughters.

Frances (Gutter) Mott died in 1615 in England, probably in Essex County, about 45 years old.

Mark must have come to America about 1635 or before as he died in 1637 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was 67 years old at the time.

1635 JOHN CASE   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1017)

JOHN CASE was born July 22, 1616, in Aylesham, Kent, England, the son of John Case.

John came to America arriving at Newport, Rhode Island, on September 3, 1635. He had come with his brothers, William, Thomas, Solomon and Richard. At the time he was 19 years old. The Cases in England had made their fortunes by furnishing leather to the armies, being tanners and farmers.

John married Sarah Spencer on August 17, 1656, in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Sarah was born March 7, 1635/36, in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of William and Agnes (Tucker) Spencer. They were the parents of ten children, six sons and four daughters. Two of their children are direct ancestors: William James Case (G911) and Bartholomew Case (G807).

After they were married, they first resided in Windsor, Connecticut, until the spring of 1669 when they moved to Simsbury, Connecticut, and settled in Weatogue.

John was appointed constable for Simsbury, the first in the area. He also represented the town at the General Court in 1670 and several times afterwards. He owned 17 parcels of land, a corn mill and a saw mill. His inventory showed that he was a man of wealth for his day.

Sarah (Spencer) Case died November 3, 1691, at age 55. John then married Elizabeth (Moore) Loomis, the daughter of John Moore. She was born in 1638 in Windsor, Connecticut, and died there July 23, 1728, about 90 years old.

John Case died February 21, 1703/04 in Simsbury, Connecticut, at age 87. His will was dated 1700 and was a lengthy document of eight pages.

1635 PAUL PECK   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1004)

PAUL PECK was born in Essex County, England in 1608.

Paul came to Boston in 1635 at the age of 27 on the ship "Defense". He stayed in Boston about a year before he traveled with Rev. Thomas Hooker to what is now Hartford, Connecticut, about 1636.

About 1638 he married Martha Hale in Hartford. Martha was born in Kings Waldron, Herts County, England, on December 16, 1618, the daughter of Thomas and Joan (Kirby) Hale. At the time Paul was about 31 years old; Martha was about 20 years old. They were the parents of eleven children, four sons and seven daughters. Their son, Paul Peck, is a direct ancestor -- (G904).

Paul (Sr) was listed as being a proprietor of the town of Hartford in 1639 and one of its' leading citizens. He was a Deacon in the church from 1681 until his death. His home was on what is now Washington Street, not far from the present capital building.

In Hartford he had the following jobs: surveyor of highways (1658) (1665); townsman (1661) (1668); and chimney viewer (1667).

Paul died December 29, 1695, probably in Hartford, Connecticut, about 87 years old.

1635 JOHN PLUMB   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1102)

JOHN PLUMB was born on July 28, 1594, in England, the son of Robert and Grace (Crackbone) Plumb.

John married Dorothy Wood in 1616 in England. She was born about 1596 in Takely, Hertfordshire, England. They were the parents of nine children including Robert Plumb, a direct ancestor -- (1006).

For an unknown reason, most likely religious beliefs, in 1634 John sold all his property in England, bought a ship and set sail for America with his family. They arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts, but soon went to Watertown where they settled for a brief time, before moving to Payquag (presently Wethersfield, Connecticut), the oldest settlement in the state.

John retained his ship after arriving in America and used it for his livelihood, taking up the business of trading amongst the colonists and Indians. He was soon transporting goods between the various colonial settlements.

On March 8, 1636, the court records at Hartford, Connecticut, indicate that John Plumb, a member of the court, was appointed to buy corn from the Indians for the town. His name first appears in the court records there on September 1, 1636. Because of the nature of his business, he traveled extensively and his name appears in the court records of a number of towns.

When the first settlers went into Connecticut, a commission of eight persons was appointed by Massachusetts to establish a government for the first year. Although John Plumb was not amongst the first eight men chosen on May 3, 1635/6, his name was subsequently added to the list in 1637.

Settlements in Connecticut, begun in 1633, had hardly been made when trouble with the Pequot Indians there began. The whites retaliated with great vengeance to the point of being unjust. This infuriated the Indians who, by 1637, turned the depredations into an outright war. The Indians first attacked at Saybrook, where a number of colonists were killed, then proceeded to Wethersfield.

On May 1, 1637, Connecticut declared war on the Pequot Indians. The towns were levied to obtain the military. The first levy called for ninety men -- thirty from Windsor, forty-two from Hartford, and eighteen from Wethersfield. On the second of June another levy was imposed for thirty more men, and on June 10, another for thirty-six men. John Plumb is shown as being amongst those from John Oldham's Settlement at Payquag who were levied to serve. The colonists were joined by Uncas, a renegade chief of the Mohegans, who secured seventy of his warriors for assistance. John served under Captain Mason. The seventy-seven men in this company nearly exterminated the Pequots.

Historians believe that it was John's vessel which was employed to carry Capt. Mason's little army of soldiers around Narragansett Bay to the point of their attack upon the Indians. And, as a result of his participation in that engagement, John received a grant of land.

John was made a deputy to the court, and served from 1637 to 1644. He served as a representative in 1641, 1642 and 1643. In 1641, he was keeper of the books. And in 1644 served as collector of the customs. In addition he was a town juror. He was appointed to attend to the clearing of vessels at Wethersfield; his home being near the water. John owned two hundred and four acres of land in 1644-45. In 1644 he sold it, selling ninety acres of land to Governor Willes. Today that property is occupied by the state prison.

After disposing of all of his property he moved to Branford, Connecticut, in 1644. At their first town meeting in December of 1645 he was chosen to keep the Town books. He held this office until his death in 1648. He also had the responsibility to mark the boundaries of the towns; to lay out roads, and to improve the land of the plantations.

John Plumb died July 1, 1648, at Bradford, Connecticut, almost 54 years old. His wife, Dorothy, died after 1669 in Bradford, Connecticut, over 73 years old.

1635 WILLIAM PRESTON   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1107)

WILLIAM PRESTON was baptized on January 23, 1590, in Giggleswick, Bucks County, England, the son of Adam and Isabel (Braithwait) Preston.

His first marriage was to Elizabeth Sale on October 11, 1613, in Chesham, Bucks County, England. They were the parents of eight children, five sons and three daughters. Elizabeth was baptized June 8, 1590, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Gifford) Sale. Elizabeth died February 22, 1634, in Chesham, Bucks County, England, probably about 44 years old.

Within the year, William married a second time to Marie (Mary) Seabrook. She was born about 1601, the daughter of Robert Seabrook. With his new wife and four of his children, William Preston left London in September of 1635 aboard the "True Love," captained by John Gibbs, and set sail for America. Listed as passengers aboard the ship were: William Preston, aged 44; wife, Marie Preston, age 34; Elizabeth Preston, age 11; Sara Preston, age 9; Marie Preston, age 6 and John Preston, age 3. Missing from the family on the voyage were his sons, Edward and Daniel. The "True Love" landed in Boston, where the Prestons remained briefly, before moving on to Watertown, then Hartford, and finally settling in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1639.

William and his second wife, Mary, were the parents of four additional children, all born in America.

William Preston was one of the followers of John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton, who first settled in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, were soon disillusioned, and set out to form their own settlement on the shores of Long Island Sound in Connecticut, naming it Hartford. There were thirty-three families forming the group; along with William Preston, was Benjamin Fenn who had married Sarah Baldwin, and John Astwood, who had married her widowed mother. Arriving soon after was another large group, led by Peter Prudden, which included William East, who would later become the second husband of Mary Baldwin.

William Preston signed the Fundamental Agreement in New Haven in 1639. But he was known to be back in Hartford again by 1642. Perhaps he owned land in both places. His first child by his second wife, Mary, was born in New Haven in 1640.

In 1642, the Hartford Court records indicate he was living there when he was an officer of the court, and as such was called to take into his custody James Hullet, Thomas Gilbert, George Gibbs, Lydia Bliss, and to keep them in gins, with coarse diet, hardwork, and sharp corrections. In 1643 he was living in New Haven once again when twins were born to his wife. The Prestons appeared to remain in New Haven until Williams' death in 1647. His will was made in New Haven on July 9, 1647, and mentions the children of both of his marriages.

William died in 1647 about 57 years old.

before 1637 JEREMIAH GILLET   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1001)

JEREMIAH GILLET was born about 1608 at Chaffcombe, Somerset, England, the son of Rev. William Gyllett. He had at least 8 brothers and sisters. Jeremiah was the father of at least one son, Jeremiah, a direct ancestor -- (G901).

Jeremiah and his brothers, Jonathan and Nathan, came to America between 1630 and 1633. It is believed that they came separately on different dates. Jeremiah came on the ship "Recovery"; Jonathan and Nathan came on the ship "John & Mary". Nantasket, Massachusetts, was their port of entry but they settled in Windsor, Connecticut.

Jeremiah is listed on the Windsor, Connecticut, founders list. He served in the Pequot War in 1637. He was awarded 50 acres of land on May 14, 1674, in Simsbury, Connecticut, for his services in the war.

About 1637 his father, Rev. Gylett, was declining in health and near death in England. Records indicate that Jeremiah crossed the Atlantic back to England, then again to America then back to England, attending to his responsibilities in both places. His son, Jeremiah, may have been born in England during one of those visits. Jeremiah, Sr. awarded his land in Simsbury to his son, Jeremiah, Jr.

At this time it is not known if Jeremiah, Sr. died in England or Connecticut.

before 1637 SIMEON MILLS   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1121 )

SIMEON MILLS was born about 1600 in Yorkshire, England.

All that is known at this time about the Mills family is that his wife's name was Jane. They were parents of at least one daughter, born in America in 1637.

They were early Puritan settlers in Windsor, Connecticut.

1637 THOMAS BUCKINGHAM   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1003)

THOMAS BUCKINGHAM was born about 1606 in Minsdin, Herts, England.

He married Hannah ______ about 1631 in England. They were the parents of five children, three sons and two daughters. Two of their children were born in England and three in America.

When he was about 31 years old the young Puritan family left London, England, and sailed for America on the ship "Hector". They first arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, June 26, 1637, and on March 30, 1638, they sailed for Quinapeck, now New Haven, Connecticut, arriving in April 1638. They were residing in Milford, Connecticut, in 1639.

Thomas was one of the original founders of Milford, Connecticut. He was one of the seven pillars of the church headed by Rev. Peter Prudden. He was granted lot number 36 (which consists of a little over 2 acres) in the town. The lot is now located in Milford at the corner of North Street and Governors Avenue. A few of the features of the house still remain after years of remodeling.

Hannah Buckingham died June 28, 1646. Before 1649 Thomas then married Anne Fowler in Milford, Connecticut.

The Rev. Peter Prudden, who was the minister of the Church in Milford since its start in 1639, died in July 1656. Thomas Buckingham had gone to Boston, Massachusetts, in June of 1657 to obtain a new minister. He died there on June 16, 1657. He was about 51 years old.

1637 THOMAS WELCH   -   from England   -   9th generation (G903)

THOMAS WELCH was born in England. He married Hannah Buckingham in America about 1651. Hannah was born in 1632, the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Buckingham. They were the parents of six children, one son and five daughters with their son, Thomas Welch, a direct ancestor -- (G802).

In June of 1637 THOMAS WELCH came to America with a group headed by Peter Prudden from Hertfordshire, England. They stayed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for almost a year and were considered to be such desirable colonists that efforts were made to induce them to settle there permanently.

The group, desiring to establish their own colony, sailed in April of 1638 to the mouth of the Quinnipiac River in Connecticut to what is now New Haven, Connecticut. From April of 1638 to the fall of 1639 the Prudden group was a part of the New Haven Colony. A separate allotment, known as the Hertfordshire section, was granted to them. The group cleared the land, built homes, and planted crops.

During the summer of 1638, Peter Prudden preached at Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he increased his following.

Sergeant Thomas Tibbals suggested a region for their own settlement which was at the mouth of the Wepawaug River, just ten miles west of New Haven. He was in that region chasing Pequot Indians in 1637. The inlet of the Wepawaug River formed a natural harbor for more than a mile upstream to permit the entrance and anchorage of vessels.

On February 12, 1639, members of the group journeyed to the Wepawaug and purchased land from Chief Ansantawae. The group then settled their new land. In 1640 the group voted to call their town "Milford".

"Seven Pillars" were chosen as the governing body, the idea being derived from the scripture, "Wisdom hath builded her house she hath hewn out her seven pillars." The seven pillars of the Milford Church were Peter Prudden, Zachariah Whitman, William Fowler, John Astwood, Edmund Trapp, THOMAS WELCH, and Thomas Buckingham, another direct ancestor -- (G1003). Upon them rested the responsibility of examining and passing upon the qualifications of all members.

As part of membership into the church, the men appeared before the council of the church, gave a detailed account of their religious experience, made a profession of faith, and ended by reciting the covenant, written by Peter Prudden.

Not only was the church a dominating cause for settlement, it was also the controlling force in colonial government, education, and social life. The leaders in the church were also the leaders in civil affairs. Except for allegiance to the English Crown, which did not weigh too heavily upon the Fathers, they acknowledged no authority but the Word of God. Their constitution was the Scriptures.

The first General Court (town meeting) was held on November 20, 1639. It granted 44 church members as "free planters." They also adopted a policy of excluding nonmembers from civil rights.

Every planter was compelled to bear his proportion of the expense arising from settling the plantation and laying it out in lots. Each received land in proportion to the amount he had contributed based upon his estate, the number of members of his family, and agreement to build a suitable house upon the lot within three years from the date of allotment.

The first meeting house and church was erected in 1641 and was forty feet square. A gallery was added in 1697, and in 1700 a place was provided in back of the seats for the guards to set their arms. In sitting, respect was paid to aged persons, the wives of church officers and magistrates, general military officers, and deaf persons.

Thomas Welch owned lot number 33 on the east side of the river, consisting of slightly over four acres of land.

The last deed of the Milford land given by the Indians was for what is now known as Welches Point. It was purchased on December 12, 1661, from Chief Ansantawae and his son. It consisted of 20 acres with the Indians receiving 6 coats, 2 blankets, and three pair of pants for it. Thomas Welch bought it from the town at public outcry for twenty-one pounds six shillings. It was considered that the deed from the Indians was the most pathetic deed on record for the Milford area.

Thomas died in Milford, Connecticut, on August 12, 1681. His wife, Hannah, died in Milford, Connecticut, in 1684 at age 52.

1638 SYLVESTER BALDWIN   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1103)

SYLVESTER BALDWIN was born in the parish of Aston Clinton, Bucks County, England, the son of Sylvester and Jane (Wells) Baldwin.

Sylvester married Sarah Bryan in 1620 in Aston Clinton, Bucks County, England. Sarah was born on August 25, 1602, in England, the daughter of Thomas and Frances (Bowlinge) Bryan. They were the parents of nine children, three sons and six daughters.

In 1638 the Sylvester family set sail for America on the ship "Martin". Only six of their nine children were living at the time. Ruth, their youngest child, was not listed in the baptismal records for Aston Clinton, therefore she might have been born just before they started their trip or even at sea; she was listed in Sylvester's will.

Sylvester Baldwin died on that trip to America on June 21, 1638, leaving a wife and six children to settle in the new land.

Sarah and her children went to New Haven, Connecticut, where she married John Astwood in 1640. John was one of the "Seven Pillars" that established Milford, Connecticut. He came to America in 1635. He died while on a trip to London in October 1653.

Sarah died in Milford, Connecticut, on November 20, 1669, at the age of 67.

1638 PETER MALLORY   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1009)

PETER MALLORY was born about 1600 in England, the son of John and Ann (Eure) Mallory.

Peter Mallory of Sudley, Royal, Yorkshire, England, emigrated to New England in 1638 and first settled in Boston. By 1644 he was living in New Haven, Connecticut.

Peter married Mary Preston on March 12, 1647/48, in Fairfield, Connecticut. Mary was baptized on December 13, 1629, at Chesham, Bucks County, England, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Sale) Preston. They were the parents of eleven children, eight sons and three daughters. At the time of his marriage, Peter was about 48 years old. His last child was born when he was about 75 years old.

Peter is said to have signed the Plantation Covenant at New Haven in 1644. This may be in error since the Plantation Covenant was adopted in 1638 and replaced later on January 14, 1639, by the Fundamental Orders (or Agreement). Peter did sign the Oath of Allegiance on August 5, 1644, in New Haven.

Peter's land in New Haven lay near the Milford town line at a town then commonly called West Side Farms (now West Haven). Two years after his marriage, Peter bought a house, orchard and land from Nathaniel Seeley in Old Fairfield, Connecticut. Fairfield had been settled in 1639 and was located on Long Island Sound. Fairfield was considered a district in New Haven. In 1666 the colony was divided into counties and Fairfield was then separated from New Haven.

In 1663, Peter's wife, Mary, united with the first church in New Haven. Peter, himself, does not appear amongst the church records, and may not have been a member.

On November 8, 1671, Peter's petition to the court indicates that he had now reached his nonproductive years. He was about 71 years old at the time. The court agreed to his request in the following words:

    "This Court upon ye allegations presented on behalf of Peter Mallory Sr for freedom from training doth free him from ye said service."
All New England towns had a village trained band, or local militia, in which every able-bodied man was required to train and participate. Only incapacitation or old age freed a man from training and serving.

In December of 1680 a listing was made of those persons who had received their third division of the land on the western side of the town. Peter was credited with having eight heads and an estate valued at 65 lbs. His acreage totaled forty-five acres.

On July 2, 1684, Peter gave land by way of portion to his daughter, Rebecca, and son-in-law, Benjamin Bunnell. Peter owned vast tracts of land, as evidenced by numerous deeds in his name, and the fact that he repeatedly gave land to his sons John, Peter and Thomas, and after Thomas's death to his widow, with the provision that the land be given to her sons at lawful age.

Two early pieces of architecture which once belonged to the Mallory's are still standing today. One is a home built for (or possibly by) Peter, brother of Rebecca, in 1695. The home is located on Main Street in West Haven. It is a large salt box with narrow windows and a huge chimney, shaded by giant maple trees, standing on the very edge of the sidewalk. It is an example of the larger seventeenth century houses, and has the unbalanced window arrangement common to the region. West Haven is located right between Milford and New Haven.

The other dwelling is in Mystic Seaport, a restored historic sailing village. It was the shop of Charles Mallory a descendant of his son, Peter.

Peter died August 30, 1698, about 98 years old. His wife, Mary, died eight years earlier in December of 1690, over 61 years old.

about 1639 EDWARD GRISWOLD   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1111)

EDWARD GRISWOLD was born in 1607 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, the son of George Griswold.

Edward married Margaret Diamond about 1630 in England. Margaret was born in England, the daughter of John and Rebecca Diamond. They were the parents of twelve children, six sons and six daughters. They had five children while living in the Kenilworth Parish.

About August 17, 1639, Rev. Ephriam Huit arrived in Windsor, Connecticut, with his company and immediately started to assist Rev. John Warham. Rev. Huit had been pastor at Knowle and Wroxall, Warwickshire, England. Wroxall was a part of Kenilworth Parish. He was a writer of note of religious subjects and a powerful preacher of the Puritan faith. He was censured for his non-conformity and silenced by the Bishop of Worcester. This was no doubt the reason he organized his company and the immigration to New England.

Edward Griswold and his brother, Matthew Griswold, and their families were members of this company that arrived in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1639. At the time his five children ranged in age from less than one year old to 8 years old.

Edward was of the sturdy, intellectual type and speedily became prominent in the affairs of the community, frequently mentioned in colonial records. He served as deputy to the General Court August 18, 1658 - March 14, 1660 and May 15, 1662 - March 11, 1663. In 1659 he built the Old Fort at Springfield for Mr. Pynchon. He also served as Justice of the Peace.

He was granted land at Poquonoc but he did not move there until after 1642 when the title of the Indians had been fully extinguished. He was a resident there with two other families, John Bartlett and Thomas Holcombe. In 1649, his home stood near the highway at the top of the hill. It was 29-1/2 acres.
(NOTE: His son, George Griswold, the next in line Griswold ancestor, married Mary Holcombe, the daughter of this same Thomas Holcombe.)

In 1663, with his son, John, Edward Griswold moved to Hammonassett, which was later called Killingworth. The present Clinton, Connecticut, was the original Killingworth. Edward was one of the first settlers and probably suggested the name from Kenilworth Parish in England.

He was largely instrumental in organizing the first church there and was its' first deacon. Among other services, he served on the committee to establish a Latin school at New London.

Ancient land records show land grants to Edward Griswold of 200 acres and another of 100 acres given by the town of Killingworth.

Margaret (Diamond) Griswold died August 23, 1670. She was buried in the Congregational Cemetery in Clinton, Connecticut. Her gravestone is the oldest monument in the cemetery. Edward died in 1691 about 84 years old.

before 1640 JOHN BAISEY   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1005)

JOHN BAISEY was born in 1613 in Wethersfield, Essex County, England.

John married Elizabeth Slang. Elizabeth was also born in Wethersfield, Essex County, England -- in 1617. They were the parents of three daughters which were probably all born in Hartford, Connecticut.

John was a weaver by trade. He was one of the first settlers of Hartford, Connecticut. He was chimney viewer in 1649, surveyor of highways in 1652, constable in 1656, fence viewer in 1667 and townsman in 1669.

John died in August of 1671 probably at Hartford, Connecticut, about 58 years old. His wife, Elizabeth, died the following year in 1672, also probably in Hartford, Connecticut.

before 1640 JAMES BOOSEY   -   from England   -   11th generation (G1125)

JAMES BOOSEY was born in England. He married Alice who was also born in England about 1613. They were the parents of five children, two sons and three daughters.

It is not certain when they came to America but it must have been around 1640 or before. He was classified as being one of the first settlers of Wethersfield, Connecticut. He represented that town in the General Court.

After James died in 1649, Alice married James Wakely on October 5, 1652. Their names appear numerous times in court records, including in 1677 when Alice was fined 40 pounds for selling liquor to the Indians.

Alice died August 30, 1683, about 70 years old.

about 1640 THOMAS CANFIELD   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1013)

THOMAS CANFIELD was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, on June 23, 1623, the son of Thomas Canfield.

Thomas married Phebe Crane in 1646 in Milford, Connecticut. Phebe was born in 1626 in East Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Jasper and Alice Crane. They were the parents of nine children, two sons and seven daughters.

Thomas immigrated to America probably about 1640, locating first in New Haven, Connecticut. He came with his sister and maybe their father, although that has not been proven. He was granted three acres for a home lot. About 1646 he relocated to Milford, Connecticut, where he was allotted three acres (lot #55).

Thomas was a sergeant in the trained band and represented the town in the General Court between 1674 and 1676 where he was deputy. He was admitted to the church at Milford on March 1, 1657.

Thomas died around 1688 about 65 years old. His wife, Phebe, died two years later in 1690 about 64 years old.

1642 MICHAEL HUMPHREY   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1018)

MICHAEL HUMPHREY was born about 1620 in England, the son of Samuel Humphrey.

Michael married Priscilla Grant in 1657 probably in either Windsor or Hartford, Connecticut. Priscilla was born on September 14, 1626, in England, the daughter of Matthew and Priscilla (Grey) Grant. They were the parents of least one son.

Michael came to America in 1642 and settled in Windsor, Connecticut. He was deputy to the General Court in 1670. In 1669 they relocated to Simsbury, Connecticut.

Michael died around 1695 about 75 years old.

before 1646 JOHN NORTON   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1007)

JOHN NORTON was born about 1628 in London, England, and baptized June 5, 1628, in St. Michaels, Cornhill, London, England, the son of Richard Norton and Ellen Rowley.

John married Dorothy ________. They were the parents of four children. She died in Branford, Connecticut, on January 24, 1652, leaving John with his four children less than 7 years old -- one of which was Elizabeth Norton, a direct ancestor -- (G905).

John was one of Branford, Connecticut's first settlers. Land purchases indicated he was there before July 7, 1646. He sold this land in 1648. On September 9, 1659, he purchased property in Hartford, Connecticut, which he sold February 22, 1664. He was a freeman at Hartford on May 21, 1664.

He helped establish Tunxis, Connecticut, (later Farmington, Connecticut). He was a proprietor there before 1659. He joined the church at Farmington October 1661. He was one of the largest land holders there.

John married for his second wife, Elizabeth _________ before 1657. They were the parents of one son. She died November 6, 1657, in Branford, Connecticut.

For his third wife, John married Elizabeth Clark. They were the parents of two sons.

John died November 5, 1709, in Farmington, Connecticut, about 81 years old.

about 1646 JAMES ENO   -   from England   -   10th generation (G1016)

JAMES ENO was baptized on August 21, 1625, in Threadneedle, London, England, the son of John and Catelaine (Jove) Hennot.

James married Hannah Bidwell on August 18, 1648, in Windsor, Connecticut. Hannah was born on October 22, 1634, in Windsor, Connecticut, the daughter of Richard Bidwell. They were the parents of three children, two sons and one daughter.

James came to America about 1646 and settled in Windsor, Connecticut, where he married his first wife, Anne Gronbal, on April 12, 1646.

His second wife, Hannah (Bidwell) Eno, died October 7, 1657, only 23 years old.

For his third wife, James married Elizabeth (Ferguson) Holcombe, the widow of Thomas Holcombe. She was born in 1610. Elizabeth died October 7, 1679, about 69 years old.

James married for the fourth time, Hester (Williams) Egelston on April 29, 1680.

James died two years later on June 11, 1682, at age 56.

between 1665 & 1673 WILLIAM TRYON   -   from England   -   9th generation (G902)

WILLIAM TRYON was born in England about 1645, the son of William and Rebecca Tryon.

William married Mary Steele in Connecticut. Mary was born about 1652 in Farmington, Connecticut, the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Boosey) Steele. They were the parents of nine children, five sons and four daughters with their daughter, Sarah Tryon, a direct ancestor -- (G801).

It appears that William was from a noble family and was heir to a large estate in England as he was probably the second or third William of Bibury. He was seized and carried out to sea. When his captors learned who he was, they became frightened and took measures to prevent him from ever returning to England. He finally made his way back, but found his younger brother in possession of the estate. The brother denounced him as an imposter. It was a ring he had on his finger, among other proofs, that convinced his mother that he was the rightful heir.

WILLIAM married first in England but the name of his wife is unknown. Two sons were born of this marriage: William Tryon and Rowland Tryon.

After the death of his wife, William left both of his sons with his brother, Thomas, and came to America. It is understood that they both became quite wealthy.

After coming to America, William was granted land in Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1673, where he settled. He would have been about 28 years old at the time. He was taxed there for Indian land purchases in 1673. He must have come to the area before 1671 because this was the date the first child of he and his second wife, Mary, was born.

Mary (Steele) Tryon died about 1686 to 1692 less than 40 years old. William Tryon died October 12, 1711, about 76 years old.

late 1600's MICHAEL WARDROPE   -   from Scotland   -   8th generation (G808)   -   (See Waltrip Family History)

MICHAEL WARDROPE (Waltrip) was born in Scotland. He was the father of five sons with Joseph Worldrop being a direct ancestor -- (G705).

Sometime in the late 1600's the Wardropes traveled to King William County, Virginia, where he was assigned 900 acres in June of 1699. In 1712 he was granted 100 more acres and in 1715 an additional 100 acres.

about 1818 JOHN RADFORD   -   from England   -   5th generation (G502)   -   (See Radford Family History)

JOHN RADFORD was born in England.

He married Sarah Hodder in England. Sarah was born or christened February 7, 1779, in Winsham, Somerset, England.

They were the parents of four children, two sons and two daughters. Three of their children married Gillett's.
  Their daughter, Nancy Ann, and her husband, Joel Gillett, were my Great-Great-Grandparents -- (G401).
  Their daughter, Sarah (Nancy's sister), married Alanson Gillett (Joel's brother).
  Their son, Henry (Nancy's & Sarah's brother), married Philander Gillett (Joel's & Alanson's sister).

The John Radfords came to America about 1818. At the time, Nancy Radford was about 3 years old.