Mary Wells1

#7486, (1626 - 3 July 1700)
Father*Thomas Wells1 (s 1598 - a 1637)
Mother*Frances Albright1 (s 1600 - c 1678)


Jonathan Gilbert b. c 1617, d. 1682
Her married name was Gilbert.2 
Jonathan "was Marshall of the Colony of Connecticut for many years. Eight children. Jonathan and Mary were the grandparents of Jonathan Belcher, Governor of Massachusetts and later of New Hampshire, and ancestors of Noah Webster, noted American author and lexicographer. (See Homer W. Brainard, Harold S. Gilbert, and Clarence A. Torrey, The Gilbert Family [New Haven, 1953], 25-49.)2
Birth*1626She was born in 1626 at EnglandG.1 
9 February 1637In Thomas Wells's will dated 9 February 1637, Mary Wells was named as an heir, at her marriage or age of 21, "30 pownd."3 
1639She accompanied Thomas Coleman and Frances Albright in 1639, "settling first in Wethersfield, Connecticut" to New EnglandG.2 
Marriage*circa 1650She married Jonathan Gilbert, son of Thomas Gilbert and Elizabeth Bennett, circa 1650.2 
Death*3 July 1700She died on 3 July 1700 at Hartford, Connecticut.4 


  1. [S738] James M. Crafts, History of the Town of Whately, Mass. 1661-1899 (Whately, MA: Town of Whately, 1899), pp. 612 ff, entry for Wells. Hereinafter cited as History of Whately (Crafts).
  2. [S1256] Douglas Richardson, "The Widow Frances (Albright) Wells, Wife of Thomas Coleman of Wethersfield and Hadley", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 146 (1992): p. 34.
  3. [S1256] Douglas Richardson, "Widow Frances (Albright) Wells", p. 29-30, citing Consistory Court of Worcester, 1637, No. 145, on FHL Microfilm 98,054:
    In the name of god amen be it knowe to all men that I Thomas Welles of Evesham weaver doe make my last will and testament the ninth day of feberrary 1637 the maner and forme as foloweth
    first I beequeth my soule unto the hands of my lord and saviour Jesus Christ whoo hath Redemed it next I bequeth my body to the earth and all my worldly goods In maner and forme following
    first I forgive my father the 5 pownd which he oweth to me and I give to my father 6 pownd more to be paid in three yere by equell somes fourty shillings a yeare but if he dy the mony that is unpaid to remain to the Exsecldter.
    Next I give to my eldest son Thomas 20 pownd to be paid at the age of 21 yeares and my house after the death of his mother Item I give to my daughter Mary 30 pownd likwise to my son John 30 more but if my wife be with child and it live then it is my will that 10 pownd a pece shall be taken from John and Mary and given to it and it is my will that my son John shall be paid at the age of 21 yeare and my daughter Mary at hur day of mariage or at the age of 21 yeares: but if they prove stouborne and dissobedent then it shall be left to the will of thir mother and the overseers when they shall have it: and further it is my will that if my son Thomas dy without a aire then it is my will that it shall come to my son John and if John dy without a aire then to com to the other son if it be a son or elce to remaine to the Daughter if ther are two or elce to remaine to my daughter Mary.
    Item I give to my man Charles Whitell a shipe & hoge worth eight shillings or two hachibs which he nowe doth work with upon his good behaviour to his dame.
    Item I give to my godsons Joseph Blissord and John Welles 2 shillings a pece.
    Item I give to John Pathit 2 shillings. Item I give to Ann Albright and Jone the daughters of John Allbright 2 shillings a peece.
    Item I give to John Allbright and Catherin the sonne and daughter of Richard Allbright 2 shillings a peece.
    Item I give to John Loe and Sara Loe the son and daughter of Griffen Loe 2 shillings apeece.
    Item I give to Sara Ordway 2 shillings.
    Item I give to my brother John Allbright my cloake.
    Item I give to my brother Richard Allbright my best coate.
    Item I give to the pore 5 shillings to be geven to whome my wif and Edward Ordway and William Lampit think good and I make my wife my whole exseckiter and my brother John Albright and my brother Richard Albright ovorseres.

    "The will, not signed, was witnessed by Thomas Handy (mark TH), William Lampit, and Edward Ordway."
  4. [S1256] Douglas Richardson, "Widow Frances (Albright) Wells", p. 34, age 74.