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  • ID: I49994
  • Name: Jared Eliot
  • Surname: Eliot
  • Given Name: Jared
  • Prefix: Reverend
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 7 Nov 1685 in Guilford, New Haven Co., CT 1 2 3
  • Death: 22 Apr 1763 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., CT 1 2 3
  • Burial: Indian River Cemetery, Clinton, Middlesex Co., CT
  • Reference Number: 357
  • _UID: BAA2119B4D6B934082A94214CAF5A8B631CA
  • Event: Physician EDUC 1706 Yale College 3
  • Note:
    Reverend Jared Elliott and Robert Lee Ruth are 2nd cousins 8 times removed. Their common ancestors are Bennett Eliot and Letteye (Lettice) Aggar.

    From the WorldConnect Database: "Black/NobleCT", by Julie Barrows:

    "EDUCATION: Yale College 1706

    OCCUPATION: Minister ordained 1709. "
    ==================== End of Notes ====================

    Jared Eliot (November 7, 1685?April 22, 1763) was a farmer, minister and physician in Guilford, Connecticut who wrote several articles on agriculture and animal husbandry. Eliot was the eldest son of Joseph Eliot and his second wife, Mary Wyllys. The Eliots raised their family in Guilford (formerly known as Menunkatucket), which was settled by Europeans in 1639. Jared emulated his father and grandfather, who were also willing to help others; he stated, ?I have learned many useful things from the lowest of the People, not only in Rank, but in Understanding too?.
    The Eliot name was well known before Jared's birth. His grandfather, John Eliot of Roxbury, Massachusetts was a missionary to the Massachusett and Wampanoag nations for 40 years, translating the Bible into the Natick language. Herbert Thomas, author of Jared Eliot, states that ?(John) Eliot went quite beyond religious doctrine in dealing with the Indians and taught them hygiene and better living?. John?s actions in attempting to help the Indians gave the Eliot name social status in the New England theocracy. Jared?s father, Joseph Eliot, was also a well-known figure in New England. He graduated from Harvard College in 1658, remaining in Guilford for the rest of his life as a minister at a nearby Congregational church. Joseph was also regarded as a "clerical physician", due to his interest in medicine.

    (1) "Genealogy of the Descendants of John Eliot, 'Apostle to the Indians,' 1598-1905," by Wilimena Hannah Emerson, Ellsworth Eliot, M.D., and George Edwin Eliot Jr. (New Haven, 1905; rpt. p.33, 40-45. Cites: (a) Field, "Statistical Account of Middlesex County," p.110. (b) Dr. William H. Welch, Professor of Pathology, John Hopkins University, "Yale and Medicine," address at the Bicentennial of Yale (1901). (c) Thatcher, "American Medical Biography," 1:263. (d) Dexter's "Yale Biographies and Annals 1701-1745," Vol. I, II. (e) W. Allen, "American Biographical Dictionary," 3rd ed., p.333. (f) "Clinton Church 200th Anniversary," p.22. (g) Genealogy of the Eliot Family" (1854) p.65, 155. (h) Sprague, "Annals of American Pulpit," 1:270. (i) President Stiles, ms. Correspondence, VI. (2) "A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register," by James Savage (1860-1862; rpt. "Savage New England Register,", Nov 2000) Vol. 2.! Birth: (1,2) s/o Joseph ELIOT/Mary WYLLYS. 7 Nov 1685. (1) Guilford, CT. Marriage to Hannah SMITHSON: (1) 26 Oct 1710. Death: (1) 22 Apr 1763. Killingworth (now Clinton), CT. In the 78th year of his age. Burial: (1) Village churchyard at Killingworth, CT. (1) Joseph ELIOT in his will directed that one son should be trained up to learning and fitted for the ministry. In accordance with this request, Jared was enrolled among the earliest pupils of the Collegiate School of Connecticut, later to be known as Yale College. Before his graduation he won the affection and esteem of Rector Abraham PIERSON, for when within the year the venerable man lay upon his death bed, he earnestly advised his parishioners of the church in Killingworth (now Clinton) to call as his successor his favorite pupil, ELIOT. (1a) His early progress was slow, but "as he applied himself more and more to study, his mind, improved in quickness of apprehension as well as in strength, and he at length acquired a greatness and excellence rarely surpassed, at least in our country." (1,2) 1706: Graduated with A.B. degree, Yale College. (1) Was schoolmaster in Guilford, CT. (1) 1707, 1 Jun: "Entered and engaged in the ministeriall office in the church of Killingworth," though he was not formally ordained until 26 Oct 1709. His ministry in Killingworth covered a period of 56 years and was the longest in the history of the church. (1) 1709, 26 Oct: Formally ordained as minister. (1) ca. 1710: His father-in-law was recently from England and firm in the faith of the Established Church. Whether this association influenced his thought, or whether it was a development of his own nature, his broad catholicity and and spirit of liberty nearly led him into Episcopacy. (1) He was an indefatigable student and aquired a broad culture in science and letters, attainments with Harvard recognized with an honorary A.M. Harvard Socius, the second on her list. This degree brought him into interesting correspondence and association with President STILES, Bishop BERKELEY, and Benjamin FRANKLIN. (1b) "Of all those who combined the offices of clergyman and physician, not one, from the foundation of the American colonies, attained so high distinction as a physician as Jared ELIOT." (1c) "ELIOT was unquestionably the first physician of his day in Connecticut," and in chronic complaints "he appears to have been more extensively consulted than any other physician in New England, frequently visiting every county in Connecticut, and being often called in Boston and Newport." (1) He was particularly quick in diagnosis and ingeniously effective in the application of remedies. In addition he trained so many students in medicine who subsequently attained distinction that he is commonly called "the father of regular medical practice in Connecticut." (1) 1722: With Rector CUTLER, Tutor BROWNE and four others, he stated to the Trustees of the College that "Some of them doubted the validity, and the rest were more fully persuaded of the invalidity, of the Presbyterian ordination." The arguments that followed the declaration satisfied his reason and established his orthodoxy, and "in the theological controversies of later yearshe took his stand as an Old Light. As a preacher he sought to impart moral truths rather than theoligical dogmas, and his style was one of laconic simplicity without rhetorical adornment except for the illustratice allusions drawn from his wealth of learning and experience." (1) 1730-1762: A member of the Corporation of Yale College. He was the first graduate of the institution to be elected Trustee, and he filled the position until his death with interest and energy. (1) 1730: Published "The Right Hand of Fellowship," Boston. (1) 1736: Published "The Two Witnesses: or Religion Supported by Reason and Divine Revelation," New London. (1) 1738: Published "Give Caesar his Due: or the Obligations that Subjects are under to their Civil Rulers as shewed in a Sermon Preached before the General Assembly of the Colony, May 11, 1738," New London. (1) 1739: Published "The Blessings Bestowed on them that Fear God" Sermon on the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Smithson, New London. (1) 1745: Published "God's Marvellous Kindness," Thanksgiving Sermon on the Capture of Louisbourg, New London. (1) 1748: Published "Repeated Bereavements Considered and Improved" on the death of Augustus ELIOT, New London. (1) 1748-1759: Published "An Essay upon Field Husbandry in New England in six successive numbers," New London and New Haven. He studied scientific agriculture and was quite a century ahead of his time, as is evidenced in the half-dozen tracts which he published and subsequently collected in a volume with the title, "Field Husbandry in New England." (1c) He applied his agricultural experiments to extensive farming tracts which had acquired in Killingworth and other parts of the colony, with the result that his farms "were generally better cultivated, and furnished more profits than those of his neighbors." "He was very industrious and methodical, and was peculiarly careful that whatever he undertook should be well executed." (1) ca. 1756: He attained the then unique distinction of unanimous election as a member of the Royal Society, London. (1) 1757: Published "Discourse on the Death of Rev. Wm. Worthington, Nov. 16, 1756," New Haven. (1) 1762: He discovered the existence of iron in the dark red sea-sand, and as a result of successful experiments made America's first contribution to the science of metallurgy in a tract entitled, "Essay on the Invention, or Art of Making very good, if not the best Iron, from black Sea-Sand," published in New York. These investigations won for him by unanimous vote the gold medal of the London Society of Arts. His interest in metallurgy led to large and profitable investments in the ore-fields of northwestern Connecticut. (1) In his will he left the first bequest for the development of the library at Yale. (1) T. RUGGLES, in the discourse preached at his funeral, remarked, "For more than forty years of the latter part of his life he never missed preaching some part of every Sabbath either at home or abroad." "As he was sound in the faith, according to the true character of orthodoxy, so he was of a truly catholic and Christian spirit in the exercise of it. Difference of opinion as to religious principles was no obstruction to a hearty practice of the great law of love, benevolence, and true goodness to man, to every man; nor of Christian charity to the whole household of faith. Them he received whom he hoped the Lord had received; abhorring narrowness, and the mean contractedness of a party spirit, but heartily loved and freely practiced, in word and behaviour, the great law of true liberty." "Idleness was his abhorrence; but every portion of time was filled with action by him. Perhaps no man, in his day, has slept so little, and done so much, in so great variety." "He had a turn of mind peculiarly adapted for conversation, and happily accommodated to the pleasures of a social life ... No less agreeably charming and engaging was his company, accommodated to every person under every circumstance. Nothing affected, nothing assuming; it is all nature, and shined with wisdom, so that perhaps no person ever left his company dissatisfield or without being pleased with it." (1) He was well-proportioned and of commanding presence.
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  • Change Date: 29 Jan 2014 at 00:00:00

    Father: Joseph Eliot b: 20 Dec 1638 in Roxbury, Ma
    Mother: Mary Wyllys b: 2 Nov 1656 in Hartford, Ct

    Marriage 1 Hannah Elizabeth Smithson b: 1693 in Guilford, New Haven Co., CT
    • Married: 26 Oct 1710 in Guilford, New Haven Co., CT 1 3
    1. Has No Children Elizabeth Elliott b: 20 Oct 1711 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., CT
    2. Has Children Hannah Elliott b: 15 Oct 1713 in Ct
    3. Has No Children Samuel Elliott b: 9 Mar 1714/1715 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., CT
    4. Has Children Aaron Eliot Sr b: 15 Mar 1718 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., CT
    5. Has No Children Augustus Elliott b: 18 Jan 1719/1720 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., CT
    6. Has Children Joseph Elliott b: 8 Jan 1723 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., N.Y.
    7. Has Children Nathan Elliott b: 13 Apr 1725 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., CT
    8. Has Children Jared Elliott b: 17 Mar 1727/1728 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., CT
    9. Has No Children Luke Elliott b: 1 Aug 1730 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., CT
    10. Has Children John Elliott b: 2 Dec 1732 in Guliford, New Haven Co., CT
    11. Has No Children George Elliott b: 9 Mar 1735/1736 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., CT

    1. Title: "WorldConnect Database: "Black/NobleCT"," database,
      Author: Julie Barrows []
      Publication: ( : 10 September 2009)
      Page: ); Julie Barrows.
    2. Repository:
        Name: The New England Historic & Genalogical Society
        Boston, MA 02116-3007
        101 Newbury Street~~Boston, MA, 02116-3007, USA

      Title: Genealogy Of The Eliot Family. (George B. Bassett & Co. Eliot, William H. Jr. - Revised and Enlarged by William S. Port
      1 _SUBQ Genealogy Of The Eliot Family.
      1 _BIBL Genealogy Of The Eliot Family. Eliot, William H. Jr. - Revised and Enlarged by William S. Porter, George B. Bassett & Co. Printed by T. J. Stafford, New Haven Connecticut 1854.
      Page: Page 62
    3. Repository:
        Name: The New England Historic & Genalogical Society
        Boston, MA 02116-3007
        101 Newbury Street~~Boston, MA, 02116-3007, USA

      Title: NEHGS, New England Historic and Genealogical Society Register
      Volume XXXVII - 1837 (NEHGS)
      1 _SUBQ NEHGS, New England Historic and Genealogical Society Register
      Volume XXXVII - 1837
      1 _BIBL NEHGS. New England Historic and Genealogical Society Register
      Volume XXXVII - 1837. NEHGS.
      Page: Jan 1837, Page 33
    4. Repository:

      Title: Families of Early Guilford
      Author: Talcott, Alvan, Jacquelyn L. Ricker Ed.
      Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., reprint 1984
      1 MEDI Book

      This source is very inaccurate, defer to the sources by Jacobus when possible.

      **** [Note: This source was added during the import of the WorldConnect Database: "Black/NobleCT", by Julie Barrows, dated 10 Sep 2009. Imported on 4 Mar 2011.]
      Page: p. 364, 365, 1101
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