Abiel Lamb (c.1646 - 1709) MP

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Nicknames: "Abel/"
Birthplace: Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Framington, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Managed by: T.
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About Abiel Lamb

According to Pat Lamb:

ABIEL LAMB, posthumous son of Thomas and Dorothy (Harbottle) Lamb, was baptized at Roxbury MA on 2 August 1646, and buried at Framingham MA on 16 Oct 1709 [1,2,3,4,5]. Of Abiel's birth Rev. John Eliot writes: "Abiel Lambe the sonne of Thomas Lambe who was not long fore deceased, left his children to the Lord, that he might be their father" [3].* Abiel married, by 28 Feb 1674/5, ELIZABETH (CLARK) BUCKMINSTER**, daughter of Hugh & Elizabeth (_____) Clark. Elizabeth was born at Watertown MA on 31 Jan 1648, and died at Framingham on unknown date. She married first JOSEPH BUCKMINSTER (died 20 Nov 1668), by whom she had two children [4]. Elizabeth was admitted to Roxbury Church 23(7)1666 as wife of Joseph Buckminster, and was admitted to full communion 3(10)1676 as wife of Abiel Lamb. Abiel was admitted 4(3)1684 [3]. He was made Freeman at Roxbury on 11 Nov 1678.

Whether he was the "Biall Lamb" who was taxed 7 shillings in the north parish, Portsmouth NH 1670, gave 10 shillings toward the maintenance of Mr. Moody for the year 1671, and was "making trouble at widow Moulton's boardinghouse" there [7], is disputed.

He was granted land on Meeting House Hill, Roxbury, November 1674 [8]. He probably had the management of his wife's share of the Buckminster-Clark estates in Watertown and Muddy River. On 10 Nov 1675 he asked the courts, on behalf of his wife, to specify her 1/3 of Joseph Buckminster's land according to law. On 7 Apr 1690 he was complained about for not keeping a fence at Watertown. In Dec 1690 he paid ten shillings for the schoolmaster. He was taxed in Muddy River [later Brookline] in 1691. In 1692 he testified at Watertown that he had sent his children to school [5,9,10]. During King Philip's War he served under Capt. Nicholas Manning, 24 March 1675, being credited for pay of 4.10.00 [15]; and was a corporal in Capt Henchman's Company, taking part in the march from Boston to Grafton 11 Nov 1675 and receiving pay of 19s 6d. Capt Henchman says "...my corporal Abiel Lambe, whose strength outstrips me..." During the Narragansett campaign Abiel was a lieutenant under Capt Isaac Johnson, taking part in the Swamp Fight 19 Dec 1675 in the vicinity of South Kingston RI. For his services, a delayed grant in Narragansett #14 [now Greenwich RI] was allowed to his heir, Abiel Lamb of Oxford MA [11,12,13].

He removed to Framingham in 1694, leasing land near Doeskin Hill from his stepson Joseph Buckminster, Jr., who was in the land business. Doeskin Hill, also known as Nobscat Hill, "lies upon the north bounds of Framingham and has a conspicuous elevation, rendering it visible at a great distance." Abiel's house was on the road northwest of schoolhouse #7 [5]. Abiel and his stepson were involved in settling and incorporating Framingham. The town was incorporated 29 May 1700. At the first town meeting, 5 Aug 1700, Abiel was chosen a Town Constable. At the second town meeting, 3 March 1701, he was chosen to be one of five Selectmen. On 22 May 1701 he was one of those chosen to invite John Swift of Milton MA to settle in Framingham and become minister of its church [14].

Abiel's grave is said to be in the Old Burying Ground of Framingham church. Elizabeth's grave may be in the Buckminster plot in Framingham [5].

Children of Elizabeth by Joseph Buckminster 1. JOSEPH BUCKMINSTER, JR. (1666-1747) 2. ELIZABETH BUCKMINSTER (1669- )

Children of Abiel and Elizabeth: 1. HARBOTTLE LAMB, bap. 28 Feb 1674/5, d. young [1,2,8] 2. DOROTHY LAMB ( ___-1760); m. DANIEL JOHNSON (more) 3. ABIEL LAMB (1679-1770); m. HANNAH TAYLOR (more) 4. JONATHAN LAMB (1682-1749); m. LYDIA DEATH (more) 5. SAMUEL LAMB (1685-1728); m. 1st ESTHER JOSLIN, m. 2nd MARY ___

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Notes:

  • This note of Eliot's gets its point from the meaning of the name Abiel: God is my father.
    • Buckmaster is the recorded name in the 1st & 2nd generations of this family. Buckminster first appears in a deed to Joseph, son of Thomas, dated July 23, 1660. (Barry: History of Framingham)

References: 1 Vital Records of Roxbury MA (printed transcripts) 2. Vital Records of Framingham MA (printed transcripts) 3. Roxbury Land and Church Records, 6th Report of the Boston Record Commissioners 4. Register 19:37 5. J.G. Lamb: The Descendants of Thomas Lambe of Roxbury Mass. (Houston 1993) 6. Robert Charles Anderson: The Great Migration Begins. Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. II, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston 1995 7. Noyes et al: Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire 1651-1683; and Register 38:58 8. R.J.Dunkle & A.S. Lainhhart, Eds: The Town Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1647 to 1730, v.1 (Boston 1997) 9. Records of the Selectmen of Watertown 10. Files of the Court of Sessions 11. G.M.Bodge: Soldiers in King Philip's War 12. S.G.Drake: History of Roxbury 13. C.L.Newhall: The Record of My Ancestry 14. J.H.Temple: History of Framingham; W. Barry: A History of Framingham 15. Register 42:95 - - - - - Related Lines: Clarke

Hugh Clarke, b. England @1613, d. Roxbury 20 Jul 1693. To Watertown by 1641 and to Roxbury after 1666. Member, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co., Boston, 1666. He m. Elizabeth____ (d. 12 Nov 1692) Children: 1. John Clarke, b. Watertown 13 Oct 1641, d. 6 Jan 1695. In 1681 received by deed from father 67 acres in New Cambridge MA (now Newton Center) where in 1688 he built a sawmill on the Charles River. M. 1st Abigail ____(d 1682), 2nd (1684) Elizabeth Norman. 2. Uriah Clarke, b. Watertown 5 Jun 1644, d. same 1721; m. 1st Joanna Holbrook 3. Elizabeth Clarke, b Watertown 31 Jan 1648; m. 1st Joseph Buckminster; 2nd Abiel Lamb. 4. Hester/Esther Clarke, b prob. Watertown @1651, d. Pomfret CT 15 Jun 1738, a.87; m. @1672 John Grosvenor (1640-1691)

Sources: Boston TaxRrecords (1st Report of Record Commisioners of Boston ) Roxbury Land and Church Records, 6th Report of the Boston Record Commissioners Descent of Hugh Clarke of Watertown W.R. Cutter: New England Families Register 91:294 and 72:138

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Abiel Lamb's Timeline

1646
June 2, 1646
Unmarried
August 2, 1646
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
August 2, 1646
Roxbury, Norfolk Co., Mass.
August 15, 1646
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1674
March, 1674
Age 27
Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1679
December 23, 1679
Age 33
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
1682
November 11, 1682
Age 36
MA, USA
1685
1685
Age 38
1709
October 14, 1709
Age 63
Framington, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1719
October 16, 1719
Age 63
Framington, Middlesex, Massachusetts