I also have traced my family back to Grace Gillett of Trinity, who married Matthew Abbott of Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England on Oct. 24, 1760.
Matthew Abbott was born in 1722 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset and died in April 1794 and was buried April 22, 1794 in Trinity, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland.
Grace Gillett was born in Trinity in 1740 and died in 1771 in Trinity.She and Matthew had 3 children that I am aware of: 1. Matthew b. abt 1761 Trinity 2. ??b. between 1762 and 1764 Trinity 3. Joanb. between 1762 and 1764 Trinity d. April 29, 1827.
Grace Gillett has two siblings that I know for sure and two that could possibly be that I am aware of.Her siblings are: 1. Richard born 1735 Died June 1801 Buried June 28, 1801 2. Georgeborn ?? Died May 1757 Buried May 12, 1757
Grace Gillett's possible siblings: 1. Ann Gillett who married Moses Emray Feb. 27, 1759 and later married Rev. James Balfour Oct. 13, 1766 2. Sarah Gillett who married Richard Waterman March 12, 1762.
There is also a John Gillett who on Jan 12, 1774 married Mary Spragg relict to Matthew Spragg late planter in Fox Island.I have not made the connection between him and the other Gillett's at this point.
Grace Gillett is the daugther of Richard and Mary Gillett. Mary was born abt. 1707 and died Dec 1766 and was buried Dec 13, 1766. Richard was born abt 1705.He is supposed to be from Christchurch but I have found nothing on him in England for this timeframe and it has been suggested by others, that can't find anything in England on him either ,that he may have come from Massachussetts or Rhode Island, and/or that his ancestor's may be connected to the Richard Gillett who died in Elizabeth City, Virginia abt 1623 and to the Martin's Hundred Massacre in Virginia in 1622.Apparently, (I haven't researched it myself), there is a Richard Gillett listed amongst the people wanting to get passage to Newfoundland after the Massacre so that they can make their way back to England and the possibility that some of them stayed in Newfoundland once they got here, and that this is possibly how our Richard Gillett is at Trinity in the early 1700's.Having not done the research, I can not say one way or the other, but I just offer it to those searching for where he came from.