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Deacon William Gaylord

Male Abt 1590 - 1673  (~ 83 years)


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  • Name Deacon William Gaylord 
    Born Abt 1590  Crewkerne, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Jul 1673  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I4940  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2015 

    Family (Unknown wife of William Gaylord),   d. 20 Jun 1657, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1615  [1
    Children 
     1. William Gaylord,   b. 28 Dec 1617, Crewkerne, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1656, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F3373  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated 1630 on the Mary and John.

      "The claim has been made that William Gaylord was made deacon of the Dorchester church before the Mary & John sailed, and it seems to be certain that he was deacon as soon as that ship arrived in New England. In the earliest town records all the acts of the town were signed by four men: John Warham, John Maverick, William Rockwell and William Gaylord. Warham and Maverick were the ministers of the church, and Rockwell and Gaylord would seem to be the deacons. Also on 26 August 1633 William Gaylord and William Rockwell were appointed administrators to the estate of John Russell who had died in Dorchester, and this is a diaconal function. Neither William Gaylord nor his wife was admitted to the second church at Dorchester, organized late in 1636, clearly indicating that he retained his membership in the Warham church, where he continued as deacon after he moved to Connecticut." [The Great Migration Begins]

      His English origins are quite thoroughly unknown, despite many sites' claims to the contrary. See Benjamin H. Gaylord, "The English Ancestry of Deacon William Gaylord: New Light and Observations," The American Genealogist 58:218, 1982.

  • Sources 
    1. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.