Abbe


Mary Abbe, daughter of Ebenezer and Mary (Allen) Abbe, born in Windham, Windham, Connecticut, 21 September 1712; died in Windham, 4 Mar 1735, less than two weeks after giving birth to her son, Jonathan; married on 9 May 1734, Jonathan Bingham, son of Abel and Elizabeth (or Mary) (Odell) Bingham, born in Windham, 7 August 1712; died in Windham, 16 February 1800 .


Ebenezer Abbe, son of Samuel and Mary (Knowlton) Abbe, born in Danvers (Salem Village), Essex, Massachusetts, 31 July 1683; died in Windham, Windham, Connecticut, 5 December 1758; married, in Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, 28 October 1707, Mary Allen, daughter of Joshua and Mary (Crowell) Allen, born in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, about 1686; died 1766 .

Ebenezer Abbe removed with his father in 1698 to a locality known as the "Bricktop"; worked in Norwich for a time (about 1705); was at Windham in 1706; and later lived in North Windham and Mansfield. In November 1705 two deeds were recorded showing an exchange of property between Samuel Abbe and Ebenezer of Norwich -- a lot on Bushnell's Plain. Ebenezer received another deed from Samuel on 17 July 1707 and sold land to Abraham Mitchell and William Slate in 1709 and 1711. On 29 October 1713, John Abbe, "now resident at Hartford," sold his brother Ebenezer land he had received from his father. In 1715, Ebenezer settled at Hampton Hill in the northeast part of Windham County. On 9 May 1717, he signed a petition asking the General Assembly to authorize the formation of Canada parish, and the following October he put his name to a second petition to use the property taxes of the parish to establish its church. On 8 September 1743, Ebenezer sold land in Windham, on the east side of Nauchaug River, to his son Samuel. In his will, dated 3 June 1750, and probated 14 December 1758, he named his wife Mary; children Ebenezer, Joshua, Nathan, Gideon, Samuel, Elizabeth Cross, Zeruiah Marsh, Jerusha Wood, Abigail Cary, Miriam Cross; grandson Jonathan Bingham, only surviving son and heir of his daughter Mary, deceased. (Windham Probate Records, Vol. 5, p. 513).

Children of Ebenezer ABBE and Mary ALLEN:

Ebenezer Abbe, born in Windham, 27 July 1708; married, 22 February 1730, Abigail Cary, probably the daughter of Joseph Cary, Jr. By other accounts, Ebenezer's wife was Abigail Soule or Abigail Goodale, daughter of Isaac Goodale of Salem. Children: Mary (1731), Isaac (1731), Ezekiel (1735), Abner (1737), Ebenezer (1739), Jacob (1741), John (1743), and Samuel (1747).

Elizabeth Abbe, born in Windham, 11 September 1709; married Daniel Cross in Mansfield, 13  November 1735. Children: Ichabod (1737), Mary (1739), Daniel (1741), Abigail (1743), John (1745), Shubael (1747), Theophilus (1750), Uriah (1752).

Joshua Abbe, born in Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, 20 January 1711; died in Windham, 14 January 1807; married Mary Ripley, daughter of Joshua and Mary (Backus) Ripley, 14 April 1736. Mr. Abbe had an extensive farm near the Chaplin line, which he called his "kingdom," and owing to the influence which he exercised in the community, was often called "King Abbe" (See the biography of Charles Smith in Commemorative Biographical Record of Tolland and Windham Counties Connecticut: Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and of Many of the Early Settled Families (Chicago, 1903)). Joshua's strong religious feelings made him a conspicuous leader in a sect which arose from the Baptist denomination in Windham and became known as Abbe-ites. Children: Zibeiah (1737), Rachel (1739), Mary (1740), Zerviah (1743), Shubael (1744), Phineas (1746), Lucretia (1749), Joshua (1751), Elisha (1753), Elizabeth (1758).

Mary Abbe married Jonathan Bingham.

Nathan Abbe, born in Windham, 6 May 1714; married (1) Silence Ames, daughter of William Ames of Mansfield, 4 December 1746, and (2) Lucy Hovey, daughter of Samuel Hovey of Windham, 17 October 1776. Nathan apparently had no child by either marriage. His will, dated 2 Nov. 1795 and probated 12 May 1807, mentions his wife; brothers Joshua, Solomon and Samuel; Leonard Sessions; and Anne, wife of Eleazer Cross; with the balance of his estate going to Jonathan Hovey "who dwells with me" (Windham Probate Records, Vol. 15, pp. 298 and 310).

Gideon Abbe, born in Mansfield, 13 February 1716; died in Mansfield, 1784; married (1) Mary Wood, 15 March 1735; (2) Keziah Walker, 8 December 1742; (3) Bathsheba Smith, March 1747.

Samuel Abbe, born in Windham, 30 October 1717; died in Windham, 1 March 1718.

Samuel Abbe, born in Windham, 24 April 1719.

Zerviah Abbe, born in Windham, 17 March 1721; married in Windham, 10 May 1736, Elihu Marsh, son of Thomas Marsh of Mansfield. Resided for a time in Mansfield, then removed first to New Fairfield and later to New Milford. Children: Elihu (1737), Sarariah (1740), Mary (1742),; Eunice (1744), Lydia (1747), John (1749), Samuel (1751), Joseph (1754), Hannah (1757), Ruth (1759), Benjamin D. (1762), Amos (1764).

Jerusha Abbe, born in Windham, 22 October 1722; married Samuel Wood in Mansfield, 31 March 1742. Children: Mary (1743), Eunice (1745), Ann (1747), Hannah (1749), John (1751), Mary Wood (1753), Cibel (1755), Gideon (1759), Nathan (1761), Siba (1764), Samuel Dudley (1767).

Abigail Abbe, born in Windham, 1 August 1724; married Benjamin Cary (Corey), 10 November 1743. Children Mary (1744), John (1746), David (1750), Benjamin (1752), Eunice (1754), Jacob (1756), Jonathan (1758).

Miriam Abbe, born in Windham, 31 August 1726; died 2 December 1823; married William Cross in Mansfield, 5 October 1745. Children: Eunice (1747), William (1748), Miriam Cross (1750), Eleazer (1753), Nathan (1756), Joseph (1760), Mary (1761), Ebenezer (1762), Tryphena (1767), John, Shubael.

Solomon Abbe, born in North Windham, 29 May 1730; died in Mansfield, 1799; married (1) Sarah Knight, daughter of Joseph Knight of Norwich, 17 June 1751, (2) Mrs. Elizabeth Burnham, 3 May 1798. Children, all of the first marriage: Joseph (1752), Sarah (1754), Sarah (1775), Lydia (1757), a son (1759), a son (1760), Phebe (1761), Esther (1764).


Samuel Abbe, son of John Abbe, born in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, about 1648; died in Windham, Windham, Connecticut, March 1698; married in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, 12 October 1672, Mary Knowlton, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Balch) Knowlton, born in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, 1649 (1653). The notice of this marriage is the first appearance of Samuel's name in the Wenham records.

Samuel and Mary Abbe were sixteenth and seventeenth in "the Record of Communicants" of the Congregational Church in Wenham, kept by its pastor, Joseph Gerrish, starting 13 January 1674. They are preceded in the list by John and Mary Nolton (Knowlton), who are 14th and 15th. Samuel and Elizabeth Nolton were 40th and 41st; Mary Abbe was 53d; John Abbe Sr., 66th (See NEHGR 62:35ff).

On 3 April 1675, Samuel received from his father a grant of ten acres of land in Wenham, and land to set his house upon, "his brethren to have the refusal of the place if he should sell" (Essex Deeds, 15:150). He served the town as surveyor of lands in 1676 and was admitted to the ranks of freemen, 13 October 1680. In the same list, there is a John Knolton and a Samuel Knolton (NEHGR 3:246 (Jul 1849), citing Colonial Records, 5:285). On November 1, 1682, Samuel Abbey "of Wenham" bought six acres in Salem from Lot Killam (Kilham) and his wife Hannah. This property was on Norrice's Brook. In 1684, he bought additional land in Salem from James Stimpson and his wife, Priscilla, widow of Isaac Goodale.

In 1689, Samuel and Mary participated in the establishment of a church in Salem Village (now Danvers). The following year, 22 March 1690, Samuel took the freeman's oath in Salem Village, together with Henry and Benjamin Wilkins, sons of Bray (NEHGR 3:348). Mary Abbe, Samuel's wife, entered into convenant with the Church in Salem Village, Samuel Parris, pastor, on 12 May 1690 (NEHGR 11:131). A map of the village, published in the first volume of Upham's Witchcraft in Salem, shows the location of Samuel's house in 1692 -- number 114 on a plot in the south-west part, east of Bald Hill, within the 500 acres laid out to Robert Goodale in 1652 and its subsequent additions.

Though among the "respectable inhabitants" who petitioned in favor of Rebecca Nourse, Samuel and Mary Abbe offered testimony of their own in the witchcraft trials against Sarah Good and Mary Easty.

The Abbes had taken William and Sarah Good into their home about three years previously, "out of charity, they being poor" and "desititue of a house." But Sarah was "of so Turbulent a Spirit, Spiteful and so Maliciously bent" that they Abbes were forced, after about six months, to expel her and her husband from the house "for Quietness' sake." The expulsion, apparently did not improved Sarah's disposition: ever thereafter, testified the Abbes, she behaved "very crossly and maliciously" toward them, calling their children vile names and often threatening them. The following winter, Samuel began to loose cattle "after an unusual manner, in a drooping condition, and yet they would eat." Within two years, he lost seventeen head this way, besides sheep and hogs: "And both [Samuel and Mary] do believe they died by witchcraft." To substantiate this belief, Samuel observed: "Just that very day that the said Sarah Good was taken up, we, your deponents, had a cow that could not rise alone, but ... after she was taken up, the said cow was well and could rise so well as if she had ailed nothing." The warrant for Sarah Good was issued at Salem, 29 February 1692.

In the case against Mary Easty, on 9 September 1692, Samuel testified that, the morning of 20 May 1692, he had visited the home of Constable John Putnam, where he found Mercy Lewis on the bed "in a sad condition." Mercy sent him to fetch Ann Putnam "to see if she could see who it was that hurt her." "Accordingly I went and found Abigail Williams along with Ann Putnam and brought them both to see Mercy Lewis, and as they were going along the way both of them said that they saw the apparition of Goody Estick ... and when they came to Mercy Lewis, both of them said that they saw the apparition of Goody Estick and John Willard and Mary Witheridge afflicting the body of Mercy Lewis." Samuel stayed with Mercy "who continued in a sad condition the great part of the day being in such tortures as no tongue can express ... but at last she came to herself for a little while and was very sensible and then she said that Goody Estick said she would kill her before midnight because she did not clear her so as the rest did; then again presently she fell very bad and cried out 'pray for the salvation of my soul, for they will kill me.'"

On 3 April 3 1697, for £130, Samuel and Mary sold Zachariah White of Lynn all their property in Salem, consisting of a dwelling house, two orchards and seventeen acres (bounded by the properties of Anthony Needham, John Walcott, Isaac and Samuel Goodale, Abraham Smith, Abel Gardner, and Joseph Flint), the six acre lot on Norrice's Brook, and the two acre lot they had bought from James Stimpson.

Subsequently, for £22 10s "current money," Samuel bought half an allotment of land (500 acres) from Benjamin Howard of Windham, Connecticut, being number 2 at the Center, at or near the locality known later as Bricktop. His older brother, John, had already relocated to Windham from Wenham (NEHGR 7;325). Samuel was admitted an inhabitant (freeman) of Windham, 21 December 1697, but died the following March. The inventory of his estate, taken 9 May 1698, named the following legatees: wife, Mary; daughter, Mary, aged 25; son, Samuel, aged 23; son, Thomas, aged 20; Eleazer, aged 16 (the land records prove that this is a mistake for Elizabeth); Ebenezer, aged 16; Mercy, aged 14; Sarah, aged 13; Hepsibah, aged 10; Abigail, aged 8; John, aged 7; Benjamin, aged 6; Jonathan, aged 2. On 27 April 1699, Samuel's widow, Mary, married Abraham Mitchell, by whom she had a son, Daniel, born and died 10 December 1700. Mary Mitchell, formerly Mary Abbe, was dismissed from the Salem Village Church to the church in Windham on 14 September 1701.

Children of Samuel ABBE and Mary KNOWLTON:

Mary Abbe, she married Isaac Goodale, Jr., in Salem, 31 December 1692.

Samuel Abbe, born in Wenham, about 1676; died in Windham, 15 January 1737; married Hannah Silsby.

Thomas Abbe, born in Wenham about 1679, baptized there 1680; died in Windham, 1 April 1700; probably not married. In a deed of 1722, William Slate, Jonathan Ormsby, Sarah Abbe, Ebenezer Abbe, Jonathan Abbe, John and Samuel Abbe speak of "our loving brother Thomas Abbe deceased."

Elizabeth Abbe, born in Wenham, about 1681; married William Slate(r), in Salem, 23 September 1702, but removed with him to Windham (NEHGR 111:130). Children: William (1703), Elizabeth (1705), Daniel (1708), Anne (1710), Samuel (1711), John (1715), Ebenezer (1717), Ezekial (1719).

Ebenezer Abbe married Mary Allen.

Mercy Abbe, born probably in Salem, 1 March 1685, baptized in Wenham before 1689; married Jonathan Ormsby of Windham in Windham, 8 June 1703.  Child: Ichabod, born 15 April 1704, recorded in Windham.

Sarah Abbe, born in Salem, 4 July 1686; married John Fowler of Lebanon, New London, Connecticut.  She was baptized in Wenham before 1688.

Hepsibah Abbe, born in Salem Village (Danvers), 14 February 1689 (baptism recorded in Wenham); married Samuel Palmer in Windham, 8 April 1707. Children: Sarah (1708), Samuel (1711), Ebenezer (1714), Ichabod (1716), Zebulon (1718), John (1721), Aaron (1723), Moses (1726), Elizabeth, Ann (1730).

Abigail Abbe, born in Salem, 19 November 1690; died in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts; married Joseph Ormsby of Rehoboth, 10 May 1710.

John Abbe, born in Salem, 4 June 1692; died in East Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, 30 October 1790; married Mary Bingham, daughter of Abel and Elizabeth (Mary) (Odell) Bingham, in Windham, 7 November 1717. The Abbe Genealogy has John married to a Hannah, but this is possibly a result of confusion with his uncle John. John appears to have removed to Hartford, Connecticut, in or before 1713, for on 29 October that year one John Abbe, resident at Hartford, sold his brother Ebenezer land formerly belonging to their father, Samuel Abbe of Windham (Windham Deeds, Book D, p. 328). In 1733, John signed a paper with others expressing their desire to settle in what was then known as "Western Town" (Tolland).

Benjamin Abbe, born in Salem, 4 June 1694; died in Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut about 1765; married Mary Tyron in Glastonbury, 14 January 1716. Children: Samuel, Agnes, Lydia, Hannah, and Mary.

Jonathan Abbe, born probably in Salem, about 1696; died in Willington, Tolland, Connecticut, 3 May 1757; married (1) Mary Johnson and (2) Rebecca Wedge. Children of the first marriage: Jonathan, Samuel, Isaac (1730), Thomas (1733), Mary (1734), Anne, Jeduthan. Children of the second marriage: Mary (1746). John (1750), Rebekah (1754).


John Abbe, born England, about 1613 (reputedly son of John, born about 1587, wife unknown), died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, about 1690; married (1), about 1636, Mary Loring, daughter of William and Bridget (Sanders) Loring , born about 1615; died in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, 9 September 1672, and (2) Mary, widow of Richard Goldsmith, who was killed by lightning, 18 May 1674.

The birth place and parentage of John Abbe are not known, but current speculation suggests a connection with the Abbye family of Staverton, Northampton. He apparently came to New England in 1635 aboard the Bonaventure (Register of the names of all the passengers which passed from the Port of London for a whole year ending at Christmas 1635). In the records of Salem, his name appears first in January 1637 (Vol. I, p. 11): "John Abbie is received for inhabitant and is to have one acre lot for a house next beyond the Gunsmith's and three acres of planting ground where the Town hath appointed beyond Castle Hill." In 1638, in the division of the common marsh and meadow lands, the town of Salem granted John Abbe half an acre: at that time there were just three heads in his family (the size of the allocation related to the size of the family). In 1639, John received an additional grant of five acres "near to Mr. Trogmorton's hoghouse." In January 1643, John and several others each received ten-acre grants "to be laid out near to King's lot" near the Bass River, but the following month the town exchanged this ten-acre lot for ten acres at Enon, and subsequently granted the Bass River lot to Michael Sallows.

In 1642, Mr. Fiske organized a church at Enon; the following year the name of the settlement was changed to Wenham. On 24 August 1644, the new town granted John Abby "all that wasteground which lyeth between the end of the lott which he lives upon and the meadow which belongs to the town, leaving a poles bredth most convenient for a way. In January 1662, the town granted land to John Abbey, Sr. and Edward Waldron, to be divided equally between them. The following year, Abbey was chosen to assist the selectmen in making "the minister's rate" for the year. He served as constable of the town in 1669 and 1671. On 3 April 1675, John deeded ten acres of land to his son Samuel -- Thomas, John, and Mary Abbe witnessed the transaction.

John supported his son, Thomas, who lived with him and cared for him. In 1683, he dismissed Thomas on account of bad behavior and called upon his son John Jr. to take charge of his affairs. To seal this transaction, on 3 August 1683, John Sr. filed the following writ:

Know all men by these presents that I, John Abbey (Senior) of Wenham in the County of Essex, being sensible of my own and my wife's inability to carry on my affaires so as to provide for our Comfortable Livelihood by reason of our age and weakness of body ... do make Choice of and request my son John Abbey as my feoffee in trust to take into his hands my house and all my lands in Wenham together with what right I have in that land which was sometime Richard Gooldsmith's, to occupy and improve for my and his mutual benefit so long as my wife and I or either of us shall live, and for his encouragement to manage my affaires as abovesaid and he provide comfortably for my own and my wife's maintenance I do hereby give and bequeath to him my aforesaid feofee all my houses & lands forever except what I do hereby give out of it to the rest of my children, viz. Samuel, Sarah, Marah, Rebeca, Obadia, and Thomas, and to each of them as follows: viz. to Samuel, I having already given him ... land, I give him one shilling more, and to all the rest of my children above mentioned, viz. Sarah, Marah, Rebeca, Obadia, and Thomas two Shillings apiece or to so many of them as shall survive at the decease of my self and wife: and in case God shall take away my son John abovesaid before the decease of my self and wife, if his heirs shall continue to manage and carry on my affaires as my abovesaid feoffee ought to do, then they shall have the houses and lands abovesaid as therein ordered, and in confirmation of what is above written I have hereunto set to my hand & seal. Signed sealed and delivered August the 3, 1683, in the presence of Thos. Fiske, Sr. [and] Martha Fiske. John Abbey Sr. did acknowledge this writing above written to be his act and deed August the 3d, 1683, before me, Samuel Appleton, Assistant.


Apparently taking his new responsibilities seriously, John Jr. built a new house for his father early on, as the old one was unfit to live in. In 1696, after the death of his father (1690) and step-mother, John Jr. sold the lands in Wenham to Nathaniel Waldron and removed to Windham, Connecticut, where he died on 11 December 1700. Shortly thereafter, Thomas, then of Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, laid claim to his father's estate, naming his father-in-law, Walter Fairfield of Wenham, his attorney. His actions included a suit for trespass against one Peter Legro of Wenham. The court allowed Legro to substitute his landlord, Nathaniel Waldron, as defendant in this case.

For some reason (possibly because John Jr. failed to probate the will his father signed in 1683), the court determined that John Sr. had died intestate and granted administration of his estate to Thomas (December 1702). Richard Hutton and Joseph Fowler, whom Thomas commissioned to appraise the estate, valued the property -- twenty three acres of upland and meadow, the housing, fences and other appurtenances in Wenham, together with John Sr.'s right in the Common -- at £92: "We also being informed that the said deceased in his lifetime did, to accommodate his son Obadiah according to his desire with a trade for his future benefit when the said Obadiah was eighteen years old, give to Richard Goldsmith three years service of his said son Obadiah and until he was one and twenty years old to learn him to be a shoemaker, and all the said time his said father did find his said son meat and drink and clothes washing and lodging which we do judge to be worth thirty pounds. The account was settled between Thomas Abbe and his father's Estate by the Children of the said deceased in our presence..."

The heirs -- Thomas, Richard Kimball for himself and his wife Rebecca, and Mary Kilham -- allowed £32 "for several things for which our said father ... was indebted to his son Thomas Abbe" before his death. The heirs of John Jr., Samuel, and Sarah were apparently not represented in these proceedings; nor was Obadiah, unless he had given his commission to Thomas. We have yet to discover how Nathaniel Waldron fared.

As to the surname of John Sr.'s first wife (Loring), it was supplied by Frederick Orr Woodruff, who said the name had been found in Enfield records by one who made searches for him there. See Ancestors of the Bingham Family of Utah.

Children of John ABBE and Mary LORING:

John Abbe, born in Salem, about 1637; died in Windham, 11 Dec 1700. First described as yeoman of Wenham; in 1663, one of three appointed to oversee the town's common and resist encroachments on the timber; admitted as freeman by the court at Boston, 11 May 1670. John apparently resided on his father's estate until about 1696, when he sold it to Francis Wainright, and removed to Windham, where for £70 he bought home lot number 7 at Windham Center from Exercise Conant, with the right to 1,000 acres and a dwelling house (13 July 1696). Apparently, possession of the Wenham property later reverted to John, for he sold it again to Nathaniel Waldron, 19 October 1696, for £130. John was admitted as freeman of Windham on 9 December 1696. He and his wife Hannah were dismissed from the Wenham Church to Windham by letter dated 28 Oct 1700, and both were original members of the first church of Windham at its organization, 10 Dec 1700. John wrote his will that day, and died suddenly the following day (food for thought). John apparently married first a Goodale: Isaac Goodale, who was perhaps son of Isaac and Patience Goodale, called John Abbe his uncle. His second wife was Hannah, possibly widow of Richard Goldsmith of Wenham. Following John's death, she married Jonathan Jennings, Sr., of Windham (16 November 1703) and died 8 March 1724. The will of John Abbe mentioned thirty acres of land "adjoining to Goodman Binghams and Goodman Larrabees." By inventory taken 4 September 1701, John's estate was valued at £118 13s, with indebtedness of about £14. Children by his first wife: John (1665), John (1666), Thomas (1667), Joseph (1673), Obadiah (about 1675), Abigail (about 1677). Children by his second wife: Richard Abbe (1683), Mary (1684) John (1691), Hannah (1693), Lydia (1696), Sarah (1699).

Sarah Abbe, born in Salem, about 1639; died 1704; married a Kilham.

Mary Abbe, born in Salem, about 1641; died in Wenham, 2 May 1721; also married a Kilham and/or Alexander Maxie of Wenham.

Rebecca Abbe, born in Wenham, about 1647; died in Wenham, June 1704; married Richard Kimball, 13 May 1667.

Samuel Abbe married Mary Knowlton.

Obadiah Abbe, born in Wenham, about 1650; died in Enfield, 28 Oct 1732; married, as her third husband, Sarah Tibbals, daughter of Thomas Tibbals of Milford; apprenticed, at 18, to learn the shoemaker trade from Richard Goldsmith. One of the original proprietors of Enfield, 1682 (eighth lot from the south corner, east side), where he seems to have achieved some prominence, having served as constable, surveyor of highways, and assessor. Obadiah Abbe's holdings in Enfield are described in the Enfield records: Home lot of 12 acres; 23 acres in the South Field, eastern division; 7 acres upon Schantuck River, 5 acres of upland, 2 acres of meadow upon a small brook easterly from the "grate meadow"; 4 acres of meadow by grant of 5 March 1700; and on November 17, 171[ ], a farm lying west of Schantuck great meadow consisting of 168 acres. Obadiah apparently had no children.

Thomas Abbe, born in Wenham, about 1655; died in Enfield, 17 May 1728; married Sarah Fairfield, daughter of Walter and Sarah (Skipper) Fairfield, in Marblehead, Massachusetts, 16 December 1683. Wounded during King Phillip's war in the Great Swamp Fight. In May 1676, the court voted to repay the losses of divers persons who were "damnified" by the burning of Major Appleton's tent at Narragansett: to Thomas Abbey, £3.18.00, December 1675 and £5.02.00, 24 April 1676 [NEHGR, 28:441-442]. Thomas Abbey was among the eighteen "men wounded who are at Road Island, 6 January 1675" [NEHGR, 28:443].  He was an original proprietor of Enfield, 1683, with the eleventh lot, east side, north of the south corner as his home lot. He at once became one of the prominent men of the settlement and is mentioned frequently on the records of Enfield: selectman in 1686, 1689, 1706, 1707, 1709, 1710; fenceviewer repeatedly; and assessor in 1705. Thomas was sergeant in 1711 and lieutenant of the Enfield Trained Band in 1713. Children: Sarah (1684), Thomas (1686), Mary (1688), John (1692), Tabitha (1696, called Abigail in her father's will), Elizabeth. The will, made 12 December 1726, probated 30 August 1728, mentions  wife Sarah; son Thomas, executor (to inherit the homestead and 57 acres); son John (to inherit land at Scantic Bridge); daughters Sarah Geer and Tabitha Warner (to have the cattle).


A Few of the Sources

Cleveland Abbey and Josephine Nichols, Abbe/Abbey Geneology
Jeromey Ward
Ancestors of the Bingham Family of Utah



 
 
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