Eben Gillet

1811–16 June 1888 (Age 77)
Dover, Dutchess, New York, United States

The Life of Eben

When Eben Gillet was born in 1811, in Dover, Dutchess, New York, United States, his father, Samuel Gillett, was 32 and his mother, Lucy Collier, was 37. He lived in Rossie, St. Lawrence, New York, United States for about 10 years. He died on 16 June 1888, in Watertown, Jefferson, New York, United States, at the age of 77.

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Eben Gillet
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World Events (8)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 16

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 21

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

1 English: variant spelling of Gillett .2 French: from a pet form of the personal name Giles 1.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Eben Gillet, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Eben Gillet in household of Jeremiah Vaness, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Eben Gillett, "United States Census, 1860"

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