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Bio of JOHN-1 GILL (d 1678) ENG>MASS; Posted by: Rich Houghton

Date: November 06, 2000 at 12:34:37

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This is the information I have collected on John-1 Gill of Massachusetts, the immigrant ancestor. Each factual statement is footnoted with the source from which I acquired the material, but GenForum does not support footnotes so if you have a question about sources please e-mail me and I'll be happy to provide them to you. Of course, I also welcome corrections or additions to any of the information which I do have.

John Gill, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England; it is presently uncertain when or where. He probably came from Ashford, Kent. There were two other Gills in Dorchester in 1639-1640: Arthur, a ship carpenter, and Isabel. Given the unusual last name, and that Arthur was a ship carpenter while John was a mariner, it is prossible that they were related -- perhaps brothers.

He established himself in Dorchester, _____ County, Massachusetts, where he was made a member of the church on 20 November 1640 and a freeman in 1643. He made his living as a mariner, and owned his own boat. He also acquired substantial land holdings, which he farmed. He was probably illiterate, since he signed his name with only his initials: "IG."

Sometime before November 1640, he married Elizabeth Ware, the daughter of William Ware and his wife Elizabeth ------.

John and Elizabeth appear to have had at least two children (order uncertain):

  1. i Obadiah b.c. 1640 d. young?
  2. ii Elizabeth b.c. 1640 d. young?

Sometime before 1650 his first wife died and he married ANN-1? BILLINGS. She was thought to be the sister of Roger Billings of Dorchester. They probably had only one child:

  1. iii Rebecca bpt. 7 July 1650 m. Joseph Belcher

He was admited to the church on 21 September 1662.

Around 1666, he moved to the family to Milton, Norfolk County, where he owned sizeable amounts of property. In 1673, he bought Stoughton's Mill.

Sometime after 1673, he removed to Boston. He owned a house and a wharf there, where he kept a sloop that was employd in the coastal trade.

He died in Boston on 16 November 1678. His will, dated 8 October of that year, provided:

" In the Name of God Amen the Eight Day of October Ano Dom one thousand and Six Hundred Seventy and Eight. I John Gill of Boston in the Collony of the Massachusetts in New England Yeoman being weeke and Infirme of body but of Sound and perfect memory praised be Almighty god for the Same Knowing the uncertainty of this present life and being deisous to Settle that outward Estate the Lord hath lent me Doo make and ordaine this my Last will and testamt in manner and for me following that is to Say ffirst and principally I commend my Soule into the hands of allmighty god my Creator hopeing to receive full pardon and remission of all my Sins and Salvation through ye alone Merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer and my body to the Earth to be buried in such decent manner as to my Executrix hereafter named Shall be thought meet and convenient and as touching Such worldly Estate as the Lord hath Sent me my will and meaningis the same shall be Imployed and bestowed as hereafter in and by this my will is Exprest.

Impris I doo hereby revoke annul and make void all wills by me formerly made declare and Appoint this my Last will & Testamt.

Item I will that all the debts which I Justly owe to any manner of person or persons whatsoever shall be well & freely paid or ordained to be pd in convenient time after my decease by my Executrix hereafter named.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Loveing Daughter Rebecca Belcher, wife of Joseph Belcher the sum of ffive pounds pr Annum to be pd unto her by my Executrix hereafter named dureing the terme of the Naturall life of my sd Daughter Provided it Appeare to my overseers hereafter named that She hath need of the Same for the buying her Apparrell and other necessaryes.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Said Daughter Rebecca and her Children of her body lawfully begotten and to their heires and assigns forever all the housing and Land that is now in the temporary occupation of my Son in Law Joseph Belcher or his assignes. And my will is that the sd houseing and Land hereby bequeathed to my said daughter shall remaine in the hands and under the managemt of my overseers hereafter named for the use of my sd Daughter & her Children dureing the tearme of the Naturall Life of my Son in Law Joseph Belcher.

Item my will is that in case my said daughter Rebecca survive her husband the sd Joseph Belcher and after his decease shee stand in need of more for her necessary maintenance then the annuall [?] of the Estate [?] bequeathed to her then shee shall have and hereby hath Liberty to sell any part of the sd houseing or Land hereby given her for her necessary supply .

Item I give and bequeath unto my deare and well beloved wife Ann Gill the use benefit and Improvemt of the full remainder of my reall and personall Estate whatsoever it is or wheresoever it may be found dureing the terme of her Widdowhood.

Item I give and bequeath all Estate hereby given and bequeathed unto my sd wife dureing her widdow hood unto my Grandchild Joseph Belcher (who now Liveth with me) and to the heirs of his body Lawfully begotten and to their heirs forever and for default of said Issue then my will is that the same shall be Equally divided amongst the Children of my Sd Daughter Belcher to be and remayne to them and there heires forever: Provided always yt my sd Grand Child Joseph Belcher pay or cause to be pd unto Each of the Children that are now Liveing of my said Daughter Rebecca the Summe of Twenty pounds in Cattle provisions or [?] of the Estate as they come of age.

Item my will is that if either or any of the six Children dye before they attaine the age of Twenty one yeares or day of Marriage that then the Twenty pounds hereby bequeathed to Sd Child or Children shall be Equally divided betweene the Surviving of them.

Item my will is that my sd wife Ann Gill shall keep & maintaine my sd Grand Child at School untill he attaine the age of fourteene yeares and that then he shall be put and Apprenticed unto Some Good Traid Such as he shall desire by advise and consent of my overseers hereafter named.

Item my will is that in case my sd wife shall see meet to marry Againe that then she shall have onely the use benefit and Improvemt of one half part of the sd remainder of my sd Estate dureing her Life and that she then give unto my overseers hereafter named good and sufficient Security to have the houseing [?] and wharfing that belongs to that halfe part of my Estate that Shee is to Enjoy in Good repair Dureing her Life time and to returne all the sd halfe part of my sd Estate to my sd Grand Child or others [however?] Interested therein in good repaire and without trouble at her Decease. And that on the day of my sd wifes marriage my overseers hereafter named shall take to their hands the other halfe part of the sd remainder of my sd Estate to be improved by them for the use of my said Grand Sone Joseph Belcher untill he attaine the age of twenty one Yeares: Also my will is that in case my sd wife Shall Dureing her widdowhood stand in need of affarther supply then the [?] of the sd Estate, that then shee shall have and hereby hath Liberty to sell so much of that part of my Estate that shee is to have the use of as is needfull for her Comfortable supply.

Item I doo hereby nominate & confirme and Appoint my sd deare wife the Sole Executrix of this my Last will and Testmt:

Item I doo hereby nominate and appoint my Loveing Friends Mr thomas Mighell of Milton: Deacon Jacob Elliot of Boston and my brother Roger Billing of Dorchester the overseers of this my Last will hereby desireing them to use their utmost [?] and Endevour that this my will be [faithfully?] observed and prformed: Also that my sd Overseers be fully paid for what trouble they be at and what time they spend in ye concernes of my Estate: And that if any one of my Overseers dye then the other two Choose [rest of line smudged] who is hereby [invested?] wth the Life [?] as one of my overseers and so from time to time as need shall require.

In witness whereof I the sd John Gill have hereunto Sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written."

His considerable estate, inventoried on 23 December and 8 January, included the following items:

" wearing apparrill, a Buff Coate and Instruments for warre, his house and land and warfe at Boston £220.00.00, his sloope and [?] £20.00.00, cord wood upon the wharf, [?] [?] and furniture belonging theirto, one great cubbert a table and form, brass and puter, three chests and seven Chaires, mony £6.10.00, three iron pots, andirons tongs fireshovell tramills & other Implements, Books, eleven Cowes two oxon one horse one bull, swine a horse with [stuffer?] with shod [?] & small lumber, two Chains a [?] a Cart rope a table a cubbert, one hundred acres of Land with one house & barne Lying in milton

£650.00.00, sixteen acers of salt meddow Lying in Milton £144.00.00, fortie acers of wood Land Lying in Milton £80.00.00, [?] with a house & barn pasture and meddow with two Cowes Lying in Dorchester, one house one barn one orchard with a

Considerable quantity of Land about twenty acars more or less formerly in the use and ocupation of Joseph Belcher with twenty three acars of good Land Lying in Milton £246.00.00, one house at present in the ocupation of Stephen Longley in Milton £10.00.00, more five acars of woods Land Lying in Milton £10.00.00."

The total was £1,661.03.00.

On 13 September 1680, "the Widow Gill" was granted liberty by the town to fell trees from the common land to repair her mill.

She died sometime between 16 July 1683, the date of her will, and 31 July of that year, when it was probated. It provided:

" In the Name of God Amen the Sixteenth day of July Anno Dom. One thousand Six hundred Eighty and three Annoque Regni Regis Caroli Secundi Tricessimo Quinto &tc. I Ann Gill Relict widow and sole Executrix of the last will and Testament of my husband John Gill late of Boston in New England decd. being sick and weake of body but of sound mind and perfect memory praysed bee Almighty God for the Same, Knowing the uncertainty of this present life and being desirous to settle that outward Estate the Lord hath lent me do make and ordain this my last will and Testamt in manner & forme following

Viz First and Principally I commend my Soule into the hands of Almighty God my Creator opeing to receive full pardon and remission of all my Sins and Salvation through the alone merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer, and my body to the Earth to bee buried in such decent manner as to my Executor hereafter named shalbee thought meet & convenient And as touching such worldly Estate the Lord hath lent me, my will and meaning is the same shalbee implored and bestowed as hereafter in and by this will is exprest.

Imprs I do hereby revoake make null and void all wills by me formerly made and declare and appoint this my last will and Testamt.

Item I will that all the debts that I justly owe to any manner of person or persons whatsoever shalbee well and truely paid or ordained to be paid in convenient time after my decease by my Executor hereafter named.

Item After all my just debts are paid and funerall charges satisfied I give and bequeath unto my two Grand Children namely Ann Storey wife of Rowland Storey and Joseph Belcher Son and daughter of my son in law Joseph Belchar late of Milton in New England aforesd husbandman dect one silver spoone apeice.

Item I give and bequeath the whole remainder of all my Estate whatsoever it is or wheresoever it may be found the same of [?] [?] quality or condition so ever unto my Grand Children namely Rebecca Belchar, Patience Belchar, Mary Belchar and Gill Belchar (daughters and son of the aforesd Joseph Belchar decd) to be equally divided and shared betwixt them when they severally come of age.

Item my will is that if either or any of the four Grand Children vizt. Rebecca Patience Mary or Gill Belchar dye before they receive their divident of my Estate hereby bequeathed to them, that their his or her or their part shalbee equally divided amongst the Survivors of the sd four.

Item my will is that those persons which shall keepe educate & maintain my sd last four Gran Children in their minority shall have delivered into their hands such a part of my Cloathes as to my Executor shalbee thought meet to [?] a Supply for their cloathing.

Item I do hereby nominate constitute Authorize and appoint my loveing Brother Roger Billings Senr. of Dorchester in New England aforesd yeoman the sole Executor of this my last will and Testamt.

In witness whereof I the sd Ann Gill have hereunto set my hand and Seale the day and yeare first above written.

Memorandm before Signing and Sealing and publishing of my sd will I do hereby give and bequeath unto Mr Samuel Willard Teacher of ye third Church of Christ in Boston Forty shillings in money."

Her inventory appears at 9 Suff Co Recs 137 (I have yet to obtain a copy).

Followups:

Re: Bio of JOHN-1 GILL (d 1678) ENG>MASS Mary K. Gill 11/07/00

Re: Bio of JOHN-1 GILL (d 1678) ENG>MASS Marilyn Kucera 11/08/00

Re: Bio of JOHN-1 GILL (d 1678) ENG>MASS Mary K. Gill 11/09/00

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Copyright ©  1999, Rich Houghton. These documents may be freely used for private purposes, and included in your own genealogy. However, this document is copyrighted by Deb Gilligan and may not be sold, nor given to anyone who may attempt to derive profit from same. Please send any errors, corrections, conjectures, updates, etc. to Dr. Frank O. Clark.