Among some of the earliest Gillettes or Gilletts etc we have found in America, is Richard Gillett of Great Britain, who lived in the Virginia Plantation before 1622. The information was sent to the GHS by a descendant of this Richard Gillett. However, we have not obtained further information, beyond what we are sharing here: From the book, "THE ORIGINAL LISTS OF PERSONS OF QUALITY, 1600-1700." Edited by John Camden Hotten, 1931, G.A. Baker & Co, Inc. New York, we find that "Richard Gillett" appears on the list called "A List of the names of the Dead in Virgn a since Aprill last (1622)." If Richard Gillett did not die until after April of 1622, then we may assume that he lived for some considerable time before that, to be deemed a "Person of Quality". So it is probable that he was in Virginia for some length of time BEFORE 1622. We would like further information about this Richard Gillett and his kin.
ANY OTHER INFORMATION ON GILLETTES/GILLETTS/GILETS, ETC LIVING IN AMERICA BEFORE 1640 WILL BE GLADLY STUDIED FOR QUALIFYING THEM AS AMONG THE "EARLIEST IN AMERICA". PLEASE SEND US YOUR DATA!!!
Of course the arrival of the three Gillette brothers, Jeremiah, Jonathan, and Nathan, between 1630-1633 is already well known.
We would also like to gain more information on the life or the family of John Gillet, who came from Newgate prison England to the Virgina colony on board the ship "Smith" between 1719 and 1744.