Robert Abell

Robert ABELL (c. 1605 – 1663) was Alex’s 10th great grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Miner line.

The Abells were exceptional among our ancestors having a coat of arms at the time of their immigration

Robert Abell was born about 1605 in Stapenhill, Derby,  England. His parents were George ABELL and Frances COTTON. He emigrated from London in 1630. He married Joanna [__?__] about 1639.  Robert died 20 Jun 1663 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Joanna [__?__] was born about 1610 in England.   After Robert died, she married William Hyde of New Norwich at Rehoboth 4 June 1667 where she removed to Norwich and outlived him. Joanna died 19 Sep 1672 in Norwich, CT.

Children of Robert and Joanna:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Abraham Abell c. 1638 Weymouth, Mass. Nov 1639 Weymouth, Mass
2. Mary Abell 11 Apr 1642 Weymouth, Mass Samuel Luther
25 Oct 1662 Rehoboth, Mass
1663
Swansea, Mass
3. Preserved Abell 1644 Rehoboth, Mass Martha Redway
27 Sep 1667 Rehoboth, Mass
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Sarah Bowen
27 Dec 1686 Rehoboth, Mass
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Anne West
30 Dec 1706
Rehoboth
18 Aug 1724 Rehoboth, Mass
4. Caleb Abell 1646 Rehoboth, Mass Margaret Post
Jul 1669 Norwich, CT
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Mary Miller
25 Jun 1701
7 Aug 1731 Norwich, CT
5. Joshua ABELL c. 1649 in Rehoboth, Mass. Mehitable SMITH
1 Nov 1677 Norwich, CT
17 Mar 1724/25 Norwich, CT
6. Benjamin Abell c. 1650 Rehoboth, Mass Hannah Baldwin
1678
Rehoboth
6 Jun 1699 Norwich, CT
7. Experience Abell c. 1660 Rehoboth, Mass John Baldwin
Dec 1680 Guilford, CT
Jan 1706
Lebanon, CT

After his request for and admission to freemanship in the winter of 1630/31 (which tells us nothing about where he might have been residing in Massachusetts Bay at the time), Robert Abell disappeared from the records until 4 December 1638, when he appeared before the General Court [ MBCR 1:247], where his record immediately precedes two others relating to Weymouth. Where was Robert Abell during these seven-and-a-half years? Would an adult of substantial social status have resided in Weymouth for this entire period without creating a single record? Did he perhaps return to England for part of this time? Further evidence for this period of Robert Abell’s life would be welcome.
One record which may be relevant here comes from the records of the Providence Island Company. On 6 April 1638 “John Arrat, his wife and child, Robert Abell, John Clerke, Edmund Fole and Peter Talbot, sawyer, who were going to New England, say they are willing to go to Providence” [ Coldham 194]. If this is the Robert Abell of Weymouth it is consistent with his reappearance in New England records late in 1638, but it still leaves unexplained the gap from 1631 to 1638.

Robert sailed with the initial expedition in 1630 known as the Winthrop Fleet, which consisted of 11 ships carrying around 700 immigrants.   He was “related to the Cotton family and probably emigrated under influence of Rev. John Cotton [1585–1652] or Rev. Arthur Hildersham [1563-1632] of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, who lived a few miles from the home of Abell. Derby, the home of the Cotton family, was only five miles distant.

Robert was the second son of George Abell (1561–1630) and Frances Cotton (b. abt. 1573-d. by 1646).On his mother’s side, he was descended from a long line of English, Norman and French aristocrats and royalty.  His maternal grandfather, “Rt. Hon. Sir George Cotton,” was “Vice-Chamberlain of the Household to the Prince of Wales, (later King Edward VI) . . . a Privy Counsellor . . . [and] Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII.” Henry knighted him before or in 1542.

Robert’s father, George Abell, at the age of 17 enrolled in Oxford University’s Brasenose College (8 Dec 1578). By Nov of 1580, he had become a barrister and a member of the Inner Temple. Before June 1630, he arranged an apprenticeship in London for his son, but Robert decided to try his luck in the New World, instead. This was a move that his father disapproved of, but, nevertheless, financed.

In his will, dated 8 Sep 1630, George Abell states (original spelling retained), “I bequeath unto my second sonne Robert Abell onelie a Twentie shilling peece for his childs parte in regard of ye charges I have beene at in placeing him in a good trade in London wch hee hath made noe use of and since in furnishing him for newe England where I hope he now is.”

Robert Abell’s first recorded act in America (19 October 1630) was to apply to be a freeman in the recently founded village of Weymouth. On 18 May 1631, he took the freeman’s oath. “This act endowed him with full privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in the new colony, including ownership of lands, in the exercise of which he continued to acquire holdings.”

During his time as a resident of Weymouth (1630–1643), his civic duties included serving on various types of juries (grand, petit and coroner’s), and records indicate that he accumulated a small amount of land (about 7 acres).  Like many immigrants, Robert Abell did not stay indefinitely in the first place he landed. In 1643, when the opportunity to join a newly founded town presented itself, he followed Reverend Samuel Newman (and the majority of his congregation) to a place the local Wampanoag tribe called Seekonk (a portion of which was later renamed “Rehoboth”).  Some of Abell’s activities while living there can be found in the following extracts from the minutes of various Rehoboth town meetings and Plymouth colonial records:

  • 18 Feb 1646: “At a meeting of the towne it was agreed to draw lots for the new meadow, and to be divided according to person and estate, only those that were under £150 estate to be made up 150. They were drawn as followeth: [Robert Abell was number 41 on a list of 46 people].”
  • 26 Feb 1651: “It was agreed that Robert Abell and Richard Bullock should burn the commons round about, from the Indian fence, all the neck, to the new meadow near, and so far about the fresh meadows as may be convenient; and they are to have 20s. for their pains.”
  • 28 Mar 1653: “It was concluded and agreed upon, that Robert Abell should have three acres of meadow on the north side of the line, next the town, next the line that parteth the land of the purchasers and the town of Rehoboth. This meadow was given by Mr. Prince, Captain Standish and Mr. Winslow.”
  • 1 Feb 1654: “Robert Abell was ordered to keep the Ordinary.”An “ordinary” is variously defined as a tavern or an inn. An establishment of this type was an important social institution in a small New England community and vital to the town’s economy.
  • 3 July 1656 (Plymouth): “Robert Abell is allowed to keep an ordinary at Rehoboth.” [Bliss, Leonard]
  • 1657: Abell’s name appears in a list of persons who “have taken oath of fidelities
  • 22 Feb 1658: “At a town meeting lawfully warned, lots were drawn for the meadows that lie on the north side of the town, in order as followeth, according to person and estate: [Abell’s name is third on the list of 49 people]”

At the time of his death, Abell’s estate “amounted to £354 17s. 9d. of which ‘an house and land’ accounted for £130.

    [TGMB 1:3-6] Robert Abell came from London in 1630 and resided first at Weymouth and then moved to Rehoboth in 1643. In 3 July 1656 Robert Abell was allowed by the court to keep an ordinary in Rehoboth. Admitted as a freeman 18 May 1631 and was on the list of those in Rehoboth who took the oath of fidelity in 1657. Son of GA and FC. Probably married by 1639. Joanna married 2) William Hyde of New Norwich at Rehoboth 4 June 1667 where she removed to Norwich and outlived him.
    Inventory was taken 9 August 1663 and amounted to 354p 17s 9d of which the house and land accounted for 130p. Distribution of the estate was made on 3 March 1663/4.Children were Abraham; Mary, 11 April 1642, Weymouth – the rest in Rehoboth; Preserved, c1644; Caleb, c1647; Joshua, C1649; Benjamin, c1651; Experience, c1660; probably one other.[TorreyCD] ABELL, Robert1 (-Jun 1663) & Joanna _____ (-1682+), m/2 William HYDE of Norwich, CT, 1667; by 1639; Weymouth/Rehoboth {MD 15:239; Reg. 6:96, 98:173; Granberry 142; Cook-Cooper 21; Booth (1910) 21, 192; Whipple-Hill 90; Abell 2; Coxe Anc. (1915) 16, 20; Pope’s Pioneers 9}[Abell1 43] Robert Abell probably buried in Norwich’s first burying ground. Robert Abell mentioned in his father’s will in 1630 as living in America.
      In His Will of 8 September 1630, George Abell of Hemington, Leicestershire, Made A Small Bequest To His Second Son Robert Abell “in Regard of The Charges I Have Been At in Placing Him in A Good Trade in London Which He Hath Made No Use of and Since in Furnishing Him For New England Where I Hope He Now Is” [Abell Gen 42, Citing 10 St. John]
    Made a freeman in Weymouth 19 October 1630; oath taken 18 May 1631. He is mentioned at the Quarterly Court, Boston, 4 December 1638 and 2 June 1640 at Weymouth. In 1643, he removed from Weymouth, probably following Rev Samuel Newman, the founder of Rehoboth (called by the Indians, Seekonk). Bought Job Lanes part of the settlement. In 1651, it was agreed that Robert Abell and Richard Bullock should burn the commons…. 28 March 1653, RA got 3 acres of meadow on the north side of the line, next the town; 1 February, he was ordered to keep and ordinary; and in Plymouth 3 July 1656, he was allowed to keep an ordinary at Rehoboth. Took oath of fidelity in 1657. RA’s widow married William Hyde (Hide) of Norwich, 4 June 1667, at Rehoboth.
    [NEHGR 6:96] Robert Abell, Rehoboth, Inventory dated 9 Aug 1663 valued at 354:17:9 by S Pain, T Cooper and Peter Hunt. In connection are named his “eldest son, his widow, his daughter Mary, and his 5 children”.

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Ortho, Count of Vermandois. Married Princess Patra.
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Lady Isabel de Vermandois, Countess of Vermandois. Married Sir Robert de Beaumont, Count of Muellent, Earl of Leicester, Lord of Belloment.
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Robert de Quincy. Married Helen, daughter of Llewellyn.
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Maud de Lacie. Married Richard de Clare, Eighth Earl of Clare, MGS, son of Richard de Clare.
Gilbert de Clare, Ninth Earl of Clare and Gloucester. Married Princess Joan de Acre, daughter of Edward I, King of England.
Margaret de Clare. married Hugh d’Audley, Earl of Gloucester.
Margaret d’Audley. Married Ralph de Stafford, Baron of Stafford, original Knight of Garter.
Joan de Stafford. Married John de Cherlton, Baron of Cherlton, Lord Chamberlain to King.
Lady Isabel de Cherlton. married John de Sutton, Baron Sutton of Dudley.
John de Sutton, Baron Sutton of Dudley. Married Lady Joan Clinton.
John de Sutton, Baron Sutton of Dudley. Married Constance Blount, daughter of Walter Blount.
John de Sutton, Baron Sutton of Dudley, Knight of the Garter. Married Lady Elizabeth Berkeley, daughter of Sir John Berkeley of Beverstone.
Jane de Sutton. Married Thomas Mainwaring of Ightfield, Shropshire, son of William Mainwaring and his wife Margaret, daughter of John Warren.
Cicely Mainwaring. Married John Cotton, Shropshire, Esquire, 1500, son of William Cotton and his wife Agnes, daughter of Philip Young.
Sir George Cotton, Knight and Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII, Grantee of Combermere, Cheshire, 1541. Married mary Onley, sister of John Onley of Catesby, Northampton.
Richard Cotton, Esquire of Combermere, Cheshire. married Jane Seylyard, daughter of William Seylyard of London, and his wife Jane, daughter of Sylvester Todd.
Frances Cotton. Married George Abell, Esquire of Stapenhill, Derby and of Hemington, Leisestershire, son of Robert Abell of Stapenhill, Derby.
Robert Abell of Stapenhill, Derby and of Rehoboth, Mass. Emigrated to New England in 1630.

Children

All of the Abell brothers had sizable families (seven to ten children each), helping to perpetuate the family name in New England. Writing in 1940, genealogist Horace Abell claimed that “probably all the present day Abells of New England stock are descended from Robert’s three sons, Preserved, Caleb and Benjamin Abell. His fourth son, Joshua, did not leave any male descendants.”

2. Mary Abell

Mary’s husband Reverend Samuel Luther was born in 1636 in Boston.  He was the son of an adventurous mariner named Captain John Luther (d.1645), “a focal figure in the colonies mentioned several times in Winthrop’s Journal and other colonial accounts.”Robert Abell’s new son-in-law was already famous in New England for having survived a massacre and kidnapping by a small group of Lenape tribesmen when he was only nine years old (1645) and went on to become (1685) the highly respected “settled pastor” of the First Baptist Church (still extant) of Swansea, Massachusetts for 31 years.  Samuel died in 1716 in Rhode Island.

Children of Mary and Samuel

i. Samuel Luther b. 25 OCT 1663 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 23 JUL 1714; m. Sarah [__?__]

ii. Theophilus Luther b. 9 OCT 1665 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 3 OCT 1728 Swansea, Bristol, Mass.;m. 24 NOV 1686 to Lydia Kinnicutt

iii. Mary Luther b. 25 JUL 1668 Rehoboth, Mass.; m. Thomas Estabrook

iv. Joshua Luther b. 25 NOV 1670 Swansea, Mass.; d. 1747; m. 1 Jan 1699/00 to Experience Braman

v. Elizabeth Luther b. 2 FEB 1671/72 Swansea, Mass.

vi. Experience Luther b. 3 MAR 1673/74 Swansea, Mass.

vii. Mehitable Luther b. 26 AUG 1676 Swansea, Mass.; m. Ebenezer Cole

viii. Ebenezer Luther b. 27 DEC 1678 Swansea, Mass.; d. 19 NOV 1754; m. 26 APR 1716 to Bethia Cole

ix. Martha Luther b. 9 DEC 1681 Swansea, Mass.; m. Hugh Cole

x. Susanna Luther b. ABT. 1683 Swansea, Mass.; d. 1777; m. David Hilliard

xi. Joanna Luther b. ABT. 1685 Swansea, Mass.; d. 21 MAY 1706; m. 27 May 1704 to Nathaniel Wilmarth; His parents were John Wilmarth and Ruth Kendrick and his grandparents were Sgt. Thomas WILMARTH and Elizabeth BLISS.  Joanna died after the birth of their first child, Nathaniel then married He married Mary Perry 5 SEP 1706 in Scituate, Plymouth, MA,

3. Preserved Abell

Preserved’s first wife Martha Redway was born 15 MAR 1647/48 Rehoboth, Mass. Martha died FEB 1685/86 Rehoboth, Mass.

Preserved’s second wife Sarah Bowen was born 7 FEB 1655/56 Rehoboth, Mass. Sarah died 14 MAY 1704 Rehoboth, Mass.

Preserved’s third wife Anne West died 11 DEC 1723 Rehoboth, Mass.

Lieutenant Preserved Abell (d. 1724) was among those soldiers listed as having not only “served under Major [William] Bradford (1624-1703)” in King Philip’s War, but also “advanced money to sustain it.” (£7, 15s, 1d.)

Private Soldiers – The History of Rehoboth by Leonard Bliss, page 117, says, “The names of the Rehoboth soldiers who served in Philip’s war have been preserved, and are as follows:” Those engaged in the Narraganset expedition were, John Fitch, Jonathan Wilmarth, Jasiel Perry, Thomas Kendrick, Jonathan Sabin, John Carpenter, John Redeway, John Martin, John Hall, John Miller, Jun., John Ide, Joseph Doggett, Sampson Mason, Jun. “Those who served under Major Bradford were, Preserved Abell, Samuell Perry, Stephen Paine, Jun., Samuel Miller, Silas T. Alin, Samuel Palmer, James Redeway, Enoch Hunt, Samuel Walker, Nicholas Ide, Noah Mason, Samuel Sabin, Thomas Read, Israel Read, George Robinson, Nathaniel Wilmarth.”  See my article Great Swamp Fight for details

Preserved Abell Headstone – Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island

Preserved Abell Bio 1

Preserved Abell Bio 2

Children of Preserved and Martha

i. Mehitable Abell b. 28 AUG 1672 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 19 SEP 1672

ii. Dorothy Abell b. 18 NOV 1677 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 1 AUG 1741 Rehoboth, Mass.; m. 11 OCT 1703 to Ebenezer Walker.

iii. Joanna Abell b. 11 JAN 1680/81 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 20 FEB 1702/03 Rehoboth, Mass.

Children of Preserved and Sarah

iv. Martha Abell b. 20 NOV 1687 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 30 AUG 1709

v. Robert Abell b. 25 APR 1689 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 1 MAY 1715 Rehoboth, Mass.

vi. Levi Abell b. 10 JAN 1690/91 Rehoboth, Mass.

vii. Sarah Abell b. ABT. 1692 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 14 FEB 1702/03 Rehoboth, Mass.

viii. Experience Abell b. 10 MAR 1692/93 Rehoboth, Mass.; m. 1 Jan 1717/18 Rehoboth, Mass. to Abiah Carpenter.

ix. Joshua Abell b. 8 JUN 1695 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 16 MAR 1731/32 Rehoboth, Mass.; m. 16 Jun 1720 to Rebecca Carpenter

x. Mary Abell b. 18 MAY 1697 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 22 JUL 1747 Rehoboth, Mass.; m. 9 May 1717 Rehoboth, Mass to Ephraim Walker

4. Caleb Abell

 Sergeant Caleb Abell (d. 1731) moved to Norwich, Connecticut in 1668 and was a selectman in 1682, constable in 1684 and 1706, townsman in 1689 and was Sergeant of the Norwich Train Band in 1701. “In the book of Grants in Norwich, there are 38 or more items to Caleb Abell.”

Caleb’s first wife Mary Miller was born 1662 Groton, CT. She had previously married : ABT. 1680 to John Loomer and had five children by him. Mary died AUG 1731 New London, CT.

Caleb’s second wife Margaret Post was born 21 Feb 1652/53. Her parents were John Post and Hester Hyde. Margaret died in Nov 1700 in Norwich, CT..

Sgt. Caleb Abell is first mentioned in the Colonial records at Dedham in 1665, petitioned for Freeman in Dedham, May 3, 1665; in 1668 moved to Norwich, Conn. In the original purchase of land when Norwich was settled, six acres having 16 rods front was assigned to Robert Wade, this he sold to Caleb Abell in 1677 and it was afterwards known as the Abell homestead. This property abutted on Town Street 16 rods, on the home lot of Morgan Bowers 72 rods, on the river 18 rods and on John Birchard land 74 rods. The location may be seen in a map on page 67 of “Caulkins’ Norwich.” On December 18, 1694 Caleb was appointed to keep his house as “an ordinari or of entertayment” for the year, or until another be chosen.

In 1697 Caleb and ten others were allowed to build a seat on the east side of the meeting house on the Leanto beams for their convenient sitting on the Lord’s Days. Rev. Huntington’s book of “Old Houses of the Ancient Town of Norwich” names 36 men whom he supposes to have been original proprietors; but one of these was Richard Wallis and another was Caleb Abell, who in 1660 was only 14 years of age. On May 2, 1728 Caleb deeded 12 1/4 acres of land to his daughter, Esperience Hide. On January 12, 1727/28 Caleb deeded to his son Noah his home lot, dwelling house and barn, all lands adjoining his home lot and lands over the river (Yantic) his pasture land lying northerly and northeasterly of William Hide dwelling house (which house was on the other side of Town Street and a little to the east) lying in two parcels, together with land on both sides of Bradford brook on north side of road leading to Lebanon, except 1 1/2 acres on south east of brook and land near Benjamin Abell’s dwelling house which he gave to his son Samuel, reserving to himself and his wife Marey the dwelling house during his life and for hers after his decease, also liberty to his daughter Hannah to dwell in said house so long as she remains unmarried and a passageway across home lot to his son Samuel to Samuel’s own land.

Caleb joined the first church of Norwich before 1701. He was Sergeant of the Norwich Train Band in 1701 and Selectman in 1682, Constable in 1684 and 1706 and Townsman in 1689. In the book of Grants in Norwich, there are 38 or more items to Caleb Abell.

Child of Caleb and Mary

i. Noah Abell, b. 25 Dec  1706; d. 1783; m. 23 MAY 1729 Norwich, CT. to Ann Marshall

Children of Caleb and Margaret

ii. Samuel Abell, b. October 1672; d. 26 NOV 1761 Norwich, CT; m. 3 NOV 1696 to Elizabeth Sluman

iii. Experience Abell, b. 24 Dec 1674, Norwich, New London, CT; d. 24 Oct 1763, Norwich, New London, CT.; m. 3 MAR 1697/98 to John Hyde

iv. Caleb Abell,b. APR 1677 Norwich, CT.; d. AFT. 1746 Lebanon, CT; m. 20 FEB 1704/05 to Abigail Sluman

ABIGAIL SLUMAN: Grave inscription: “Here lies the body of Abigail Abel, wife of Mr. Caleb Abel, a prudent and virtuous woman, who after short illness departed this life in hope of life eternal, Nov. 11, 1748 in the 70th year of her age.”

v. John Abell, b. b. DEC 1678 Norwich, CT; d. AFT. OCT 1769; m. 2 JUN 1703 Norwich, CT to Rebecca Sluman

vi. Theophilus Abell, b. NOV 1680 Norwich, CT.; d. 31 AUG 1724 Norwich, CT; m. 27 JUN 1716 Norwich, CT to Ann Calkins

vii. Joanna Abell, b. NOV 1683 Norwich, CT; d. 25 NOV 1759; m. 1707 to Zechariah Loomis.

viii. Margaret Abell, b. ABT. 1685 Norwich, New London, CT; d. 18 APR 1752 New London, CT; m. 7 DEC 1704 New London, CT to Richard Douglas.

ix. Abigail Abell, b. 16 Mar 1688/89; d. 2 JUN 1736 Norwich, CT; m1. 12 JAN 1709/10 to Barnabas Lathrop. b. 4 Feb 1685/86 Norwich, CT; d. 25 May 1710 Norwich, CT. His parents were Joseph Lathrop and Mary Scudder. His grandparents were Samuel LATHROP and Elizabeth SCUDDER. m2. 4 FEB 1717/18 to Christopher Huntington.

x. Hannah Abell , b. October 12, 1692.,  d 1735

5. Joshua ABELL (See his Page)

Joshua was constable in Dedham, Massachusetts and frequently chosen townsman there. He moved to Norwich, Connecticut in 1667 and became a ‘considerable landowner,’ with 44 grants listed in his name.”

6. Benjamin Abell

Benjamin’s wife Hannah Baldwin was born 6 Oct 1656 Norwich, CT. Her parents were John Baldwin and Ann Birchard. Hannah died Nov 1717.

Children of Benjamin and Hannah

i. Hannah Abell b. 15 JAN 1678/79 Norwich, CT; d. 17 JUN 1756; m. 28 Apr 1702 Norwich, CT to Ebenezer Metcalf

ii. Mary Abell b. 1680 Norwich, CT; d. 16 JAN 1750/51; m. 31 to Joseph Tracy

iii. Lydia Abell b. 1683 Norwich, CT; m. 19 JUN 1711 to Daniel Williams (b. 9 SEP 1683 Killingworth, Middlesex, CT – d. 2 Dec 1732 Lebanon, New London, CT) His parents were our ancestors  Augustine WILLIAMS and Hannah NORTON

iv. Benjamin Abell b. 1687; d. 28 MAY 1769 Norwich, CT.; m. 17 MAR 1712/13 to Lydia Hazen

v. Mehitable Abell b. 1689 in Norwich ,New London, CY; d. 1749 in Windhan, Windhan, T.; m. 13 Dec 1716 Lebanon, New London, CT to William Brewster

Mehitable Abell’s husband William Brewster was born 11 Aug 1695 in Norwich, New London Conn. After William married Hannah  in 1716 they moved to “the Oblong”   The Oblong was a strip of land 2 and 1/2 half miles along the Connecticut Border which had been ceded by the State of Connecticut to New York in 1731 in exchange for lands along Long Island Sound.

Williiam and his brother Ebenezer both deserted their wifes.  Ebenezer’s wifes name was Elizabeth.  After their divorces, Ebenezer and William went to Virginia. Mehitable filed for divorce 10 years after William deserted her.

Petition for Divorce-“To the Honorable Superior Court, Now setting at Windham Within and for the County on the 3rd Tuesday of March 1749.  The Petition of Mehitable Bruster of Windham in Said Coynty With Whome Your Petitioner Lived in the Due Discharge of all the Duties of a Wife to him of Said William til Sum time In the Month of March In the Year 1733, at which time he the Petitioner Ever since the Year 1733 Whereupon Your Petitioner Given Willfully Deserted and Left Your Petitioner With the Total Neglect of all Duties of a Husband Toward Your Petitioner be Single and unMarried is by Law You are Inabled to Do and Your Petitioner as is Duty bound Shall Ever pray.  Dated in Windham March 20th 1749.

Mehitable Bruster”

vi. Jemima Abell b. ABT. 1692 Norwich, CT; d. 12 FEB 1740/41 Lebanon, CT; m. 28 NOV 1719 Lebanon, CT. to Gershom Mattoon

vii. Experience Abell b. ABT. 1693 Norwich, CT; m. 26 JAN 1719/20 Franklin, CT to Thomas Wood

Benjamin also held substantial property adjacent to or near his older brothers in Norwich.

7. Experience Abel

 Experience’s husband Deacon John Baldwin was born 5 Dec 1654 in Guilford, CT. John died 5 Jan 1704/05 in Lebanon, CT. He was an early settler of Lebanon, Connecticut, settling there with his father in 1660, was one of the nine original members embodied in Church State, November 27, 1700, at Lebanon. He was chosen with Josiah Dewey one of the Deacons; was a Selectman in 1717.

Children of Experience and John:

i. Experience Baldwin, b. 3  Aug 1684; m. 2 JUN 1703 to John Woodward.

ii. Tabitha Baldwin, b. 2 Apr 1699; m. .30 NOV 1726 to Samuel Brewster

Sources:

http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_204.htm#45

http://home.earthlink.net/~herblst/abell_family.htm

http://fabpedigree.com/s044/f583730.htm

http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~perry/fun/genealogy/mell/abell.html

http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/GreatMigrations/?f=research\database\GreatMigrations\content017.htm&page=&anchor=

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Abell

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  14. Lisa Dickson says:

    Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I believe that you have the wrong wife of Robert de Quincy as the mother of Margaret de Quincy, who married Magna Carta surety John de Lacie. Margaret’s mother was Hawise of Chester, not Helen/Elen, daughter of Llewellyn. Source: http://www.thepeerage.com/p4271.htm#i42705. There was a second son of Saher de Quincy and Margaret de Beaumont, also named Robert, who did indeed marry Llewellyn’s daughter. But Margaret de Quincy’s parents were the elder Robert and his wife, Hawise, daughter of Hugh de Kevelioc and Bertrade de Montfort.

    I am a descendant of Saher de Quincy through the elder Robert. I also descend from Robert Abell, through his daughter, Mary, who married Samuel Luther. My line continues through the Coles.

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