Charles Gillett

Brief Life History of Charles

When Charles Gillett was born on 22 April 1728, in Colchester, New London, Connecticut, United States, his father, Josiah Gillett Jr, was 49 and his mother, Sarah Pellet, was 42. He married Jerusha Jewett on 1 February 1753, in Sharon, Litchfield, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. He died on 19 May 1776, in Les Cèdres, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Quebec, Canada, at the age of 48.

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

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  • Charles Gillett, "Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • Charles Gillet in entry for Anna Gillet, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • Charles Gillit in entry for Eunice Gillit, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"

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1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

Name Meaning

English: when pronounced with a soft G (/dʒ/), it is usually from the Middle English (Old French) personal name Gillet, Gilot, Giliot, or Geliot. These are diminutives of Gille or Gilly, which are commonly pet forms of the (often female) name Gilian, Gelian (see Gillian ). Gilot and Gillet are also probably pet forms of Giles .

English (of Norman origin): when pronounced with hard G, it is more likely from the Middle English personal name Gilot, a borrowing of Old French Guillot, a pet form of Guillaume (see William ) and a doublet of Willett .

English: habitational name from one or other of the numerous minor places called Gillhead, such as those in the parishes of Matterdale, Moresby, Castle Sowerby, and Westward (all Cumberland), formed from Middle English gil(le) ‘ravine, narrow valley’ (Old Norse gil) + hed, heved ‘head’. This would become Gillett, with hard g.

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

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