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Left to right: Jeniece Johnson, Margaret (Mrs. Donald) Gillette, Phyllis Williams, Donalyn Gillette

 

Left to right: Jeniece Johnson, Margaret (Mrs. Donald) Gillette, Phyllis Williams, Donalyn Gillette

Dates alive: 
1939–
Family: 
Gillette
Residence (at time of interview): 
Minneapolis, MN

Phyllis Williams, a social worker, was, in 2006, the first descendant of Edward and Jane Gillette to become known to the Getting Word project, after she contacted the local African American genealogical society.  She had been researching her Gillette ancestors without knowing of their connection to Monticello.  In the summer of 2007 she came to Charlottesville, with her sister Jeniece Johnson and her cousin Donald Gillette, to attend a gathering of the Monticello community.  She continues to explore family history and to draw other relatives into the quest: “The more I learned, the more curious I became and the more curious I became, the more I shared, and the more I shared, then they became curious.”

 

Interview Information: 

15 July 2007, Charlottesville, VA
Interviewees: Donald Gillette, Margaret Gillette, Jeniece Johnson, Phyllis Williams
Also present: Beverly Gray

Excerpts: 
Ancestry: 
  • Gill Gillette d. 1774 Fanny Gillette ca. 1736–1802
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  • Edward Gillette 1760–post 1827
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  • Moses Gillette1803–post 1880
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  • Moses Gillette 1837–post 1920
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  • Phyllis Johnson Williams 1939–
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