Jerusha Jewett

Brief Life History of Jerusha

When Jerusha Jewett was born on 6 April 1736, in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States, her father, Capt. Caleb Jewett, was 25 and her mother, Rebekah Cook, was 17. She married Charles Gillett on 1 February 1753, in Sharon, Litchfield, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. She died on 30 October 1798, in Connecticut, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in West Cemetery, Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States.

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Charles Gillett
Jerusha Jewett
Marriage: 1 February 1753
Jerusha Gillett
Eunice Gillett
Mary Gillett
Anna Gillett
Charles Gillett
Rebekah Gillet

Sources (12)

  • Jerusha Jewit, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • Jerusha Buel, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Jerusha in entry for Anna Gillet, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"

World Events (4)


Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

English (northern): from the Middle English female personal name Jouet, Jouot, Juet. This was an Anglo-Norman French pronunciation of the Biblical name Judith and also a pet form (with the Anglo-Norman French suffix -et(te)) of both Judith and the much commoner female name Julian (from Latin Juliana, a derivative of Julius). See Jew and Julian .

Americanized form of French Jouet or Jouët (see Jouett ) and possibly also of some other similar (like-sounding) French surname.

History: This surname is listed along with the variant Jouett in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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