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Abigail Barker (Wheeler)

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Birthplace: Salisbury, MA, USA
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Wife of Ebenezer Barker

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About Abigail Barker (Wheeler)

Accused, but found not guilty of witchcraft.

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  • The Essex Antiquarian: An Illustrated ... Magazine Devoted to the ..., Volume 6
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=jrsTAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA61&lpg=PA61&dq=Ebenezer+Barker+1651&source=bl&ots=WhWZSEwMgU&sig=HMlRMuG71VQ8SCehEeNC0rZJjLk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7w7fU5HjMY3aigLqwYHQDw&ved=0CCEQ6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q=Ebenezer%20Barker%201651&f=false
  • Pg.60
    • BARKER GENEALOGY.
  • RICHARD BARKER1 of Andover is the ancestor of the principal family of Barkers in America. He was in Andover as early as 1643, being the first person known by the records to be living there. He was a husbandman, and married Joanna ---, probably at the time of his settlement in Andover. She died April 11, 1687; and he died march 18, 1692-3. Children born in Andover: --
    • 2--I. JOHN2, b. about 1644. See below (2).
    • 3--II. WILLIAM2, b. about 1646. See below (3).
    • 4--III. SARAH2, m. John Abbot nov. 17, 1673; and was living in 1688.
    • 5--IV. ESTHER2, m. John Stevens Aug. 10, 1676.
    • 6--V. EBENEZER2, b. March 2, 1651. See below (6)
    • 7--VI. RICHARD2, b. April 10, 1654. See below (7).
    • 8--VII. HANNAH2, b. Oct. 21, 1656; m. Christopher Osgood May 27, 1680; and d. before 1688.
    • 9--VIII. STEPHEN2, b. July 6, 1659. See below (9)
    • 10--IX. BENJAMIN2, b. Feb. 28, 1663. See below (10).
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    • 6
  • EBENEZER BARKER2, born in Andover March 2, 1651. He was a carpenter; and lived in Andover. he married Abigial Wheeler May 25, 1686; and she died Oct. 16, 1743. He died Jan. 22, 1746-7, aged "ninety-six." He conveyed his homestead to his son Philemon. Children, born in Andover:--
    • 32--I. EBENEZER3, b. March 17, 1687; d. June 7, 1687.
    • 33--II. NATHAN3, b. Sept. 24, 1688. See below (33).
    • 34--III. PHILEMON3, b. April 22, 1695. See below (34).
    • 35--IV. ABIGAIL3, m. ---- Banister of Marlborough, N. H., Nov. 26, 1723; lived in Marlborough; and d. before 1741.
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    • 33
  • NATHAN BARKER3, born in Andover Sept. 24, 1688. He was a yeoman and housewright, and lived on the west side of the Shawshin river in Andover. He married Bethia Bodwell May 28, 1711; and she died April 24, 1760, aged seventy-seven. He survived her, but the date of his death in unkown. Child, born in Andover:-- .... etc.
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  • PHILEMON BARKER3, born April 22, 1695. He was a husbandman, and lived in Andover until 1747, when he removed to Methuen. He married Mary Lovejoy April 29, 1724; and they were living in Methuen in 1760. Children, born in Andover:-- .... etc.

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  • American Marriage Records Before 1699 edited by William Montgomery Clemens
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=1ZgYZ0Qr1IgC&pg=PA30&lpg=PA30&dq=ebenezer+barker+1651&source=bl&ots=6INVawMmzB&sig=tXkiXNiWaPvu1nqeSJI6CaC5m0g&hl=en&sa=X&ei=P5XfU7flG8G2igLOjIGYCw&ved=0CBwQ6AEwADgU#v=onepage&q=barker&f=false
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  • BARKER, Benjamin and Hannah Marstone, 2 Jan 1688, Andover, Mass.
  • BARKER, Ebenezer and Abigail Wheeler, 25 May 1686, Andover, Mass.
  • BARKER, Esther and John Stevens, 10 Aug 1676, Andover, Mass.
  • BARKER, Ester and Ambrose Due, 10 December 1651, Boston, Mass.
  • BARKER, Hannah and Christopher Osgood, 27 May 1680, Andover, Mass.
  • BARKER, Isaac and Judith Prence, 28 December 1665, Duxbury, Mass.
  • BARKER, James and Mercy Jones, 6 January 1675, Springfield, Mass.
  • BARKER, John and Judith Symonds, 9 December 1668, Concord, Mass.
  • BARKER, John and Mary Stevens, 6 July 1670, Andover, Mass.
  • BARKER, Mary and John Gillette, 8 July 1669, Windsor, Conn.
  • BARKER, Mary and Richard Temple, 7 June 1699, Concord, Mass.
  • BARKER, Richard and Hannah Kemball, 21 April 1682, Andover, Mass.
  • BARKER, Sarah and John Abbott, 17 November 1673, Andover, Mass.
  • BARKER, Stephen and Mary Abbott, 13 May 1687, Andover, Mass.
  • BARKER, William and Mary Dix, 20 February 1676, Andover, Mass.
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  • WHEELER, Abigail and Samuel Hills, 20 May 1679, Newbury, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Abigail and Ebenezer Barker, 25 May 1586, Andover, Mass.
  • WHEELER, David and Sarah Wise, 11 May 1650, Newbury, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Elizabeth and Francis Fletcher, 11 October 1656, Concord, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Elizabeth and William Green, 13 July 1659, Malden, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Elizabeth and Jonathan Rice, 12 February 1691, Sudbury, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Esther and Samuel Prescott, 5 May 1698, Acton, Mass.
  • WHEELER, James and Elizabeth Meek, 13 January 1696, New York.
  • WHEELER, John and Elizabeth Wells, 25 June 1685, Marlboro, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Joseph and Jane Hodges, 1 July 1695, Boston, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Joseph and Elizabeth Pell, 14 December 1697, Boston, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Lydia and Daniel Ennes, 25 April 1683, Andover, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Mary and Eliphalet Fox, 26 October 1665, Concord, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Mary and Samuel Greene, 4 May 1694, Malden, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Nathaniel and Mary Bridges, 9 November 1697, Boston, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Obadiah and Elizabeth White, 17 July 1672, Concord, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Rebecca and John Pierce, 10 June 1654, Boston, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Rebecca and John Curtis, 26 December 1661, Boston, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Richard and Elizabeth Turner, 4 March 1644, Dedham, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Richard and Sarah Prescott, 2 August 1658, Lancaster, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Roger and Mary Stone (widow), 23 November 1659, Boston, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Ruth and Ephraim Jones, 7 May 1673, Concord, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Samuel and Mary Perry, 10 November 1673, Stratford, Conn.
  • WHEELER, Sarah and John Greene, 18 October 1660, Malden, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Sarah and Francis Dudley, 26 October 1665, Concord, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Sarah and Joseph Rice, 22 December 1677, Dedham, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Thankful and Jonas Prescott, 15 October 1699, Concord, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Thomas and Sarah Beers Stearns (widow), 23 July 1677, Concord, Mass.
  • WHEELER, Timothy and Lydia Wheeler, 19 May 1692, Concord, N. H.
  • WHEELER, William and Hannah Buss, 30 October 1659, Concord, Mass.

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  • THIS MAY or MAY NOT HAVE THE PARENTAGE OF ABIGAIL (WHEELER) BARKER CONFUSED WITH THE ABIGAIL WHEELER WHO MARRIED SAMUEL HILLS, DAU. OF SARAH WISE & DAVID WHEELER. I HAVE SEEN TREES THAT LIST HER AS THE DAU. OF ABIGAIL ALLEN & HENRY WHEELER.
    • The "Witches" of Massachusetts
  • Abigail Wheeler Barker (1656-1743) - From Andover, Massachusetts, Abigail was accused of witchcraft and imprisoned. Abigail was born to David and Sarah Wise Wheeler in 1656. She grew up to marry Ebenezer Barker, also of Andover. Abigail's sister was Lydia Wheeler Eames, who was married to Daniel Eames. By the early part of August, 1692, Abigail's brother-in-law, Daniel Eames, and his mother, Rebecca Blake Eames, both found themselves in prison accused of witchcraft. On August 29, 1692 Ebenezer's brother, William Barker Sr., and his niece, Mary Barker were also imprisoned for witchcraft. Three days later, Ebenezer's nephew, William Barker, Jr, was also arrested on September 1st.
  • On September 7th, the Reverend Thomas Barnard conducted what was known as a "Touch Test" in the Andover Church. In this ludicrous exercise, those who were accused of witchcraft were blindfolded and forced to touch the "afflicted" girls, which could identify them as a witch. With such evidence, Abigail Barker was arrested. Her husband, Ebenezer Barker, quickly joined the newly formed Andover resistance and was a signer of petitions of October 12, October 18, and December 6 sent the governor and the high court. Despite the petition, the grand jury at the Superior Court of Judicature indicted Abigail. However in a trial by jury on January 6, 1693, she was found not guilty. She was released, having been imprisoned for 18 weeks in Salem. Afterwards, Abigail went back to her life in Andover and was 87 years-old when she died there in 1743.
  • From: http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ma-witches-b.html

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  • Name Abigail WHEELER
  • Born 7 Mar 1660 Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts
  • Died 16 Oct 1743 Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
  • Father Henry WHEELER, b. 8 Feb 1635, d. 1695, Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts (Age 59 years)
  • Mother Abigail ALLEN, b. 4 Jan 1640, Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts , d. 1696, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts (Age 55 years)
  • Family Ebenezer BARKER, b. 22 Mar 1651, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts , d. 22 Jan 1746/47, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts (Age 95 years)
  • Married 25 May 1686 Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
  • Children
    • 1. Ebenezer BARKER, b. 17 May 1687, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts , d. 7 Jun 1687, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts (Age 0 years)
    • 2. Nathan BARKER, b. 24 Sep 1688, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
    • 3. Philemon BARKER, b. 22 Apr 1695, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
  • Sources
  • 1.[S16] SalisburyMAVR, website: www.ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Essex/Salisbury.
  • 2.[S15] AndoverMAVR, website: http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Essex/Andover/.
  • From: http://www.familyrecord.net/getperson.php?personID=I5005&tree=CorlissOrdway

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  • Genealogical and family history of the state of Connecticut : a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation (1911) Vol. 1
  • https://archive.org/details/genealogicalfami001cutt
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogicalfami001cutt#page/25/mode/1up
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    • (The Wheeler Line).
  • (I) John Wheeler, immigrant ancestor, was from Salisbury, England, and was an inhabitant of Hampton, Massachusetts, soon after the settlement of that town. He received land in Salisbury, Massachusetts, in 1641. He removed to Newbury, Massachusetts, before 1650, but was taxed in Salisbury in 1652. He was a barber by trade. He married Anne ___, who died August 15, 1662, Newbury. He died in 1670. His will was dated March 28, 1668, proved October 11, 1670. Children: Adam, remained in Salisbury, England, 1668 ; Edward, remained in Salisbury, England, 1668; William, remained in England, 1668; David, born about 1625, in England, married. May 11, 1650, Sarah Wise; Anne, married Aquila Chase; Mercy, living in 1668; Elizabeth, married a Bultom or Button, living in 1668; Roger, married, December 7, 1653, Mary Wilson ; Henry, mentioned below ; George, married, April 30, 1660, Susanna Stowers; Joseph, died October 13, 1659.
  • (II) Henry, son of John Wheeler, married, about 1659, Abigail Allen or Allan. She was a member of the Salisbury church in 1687 ; a widow of Boston, 1696. He was admitted to the Salisbury church, August 26, 1694, and died before 1696. Abigail Allen was the daughter of William and Ann (Goodale) Allen, and was born January 4, 1639-40. Her father, William Allen, was a "house-carpenter" in Salisbury and received land there in the first division, also in 1640. His name appears on the list of "townsmen and commoners" in 1650 and later lists. He married (first) Ann, daughter of Richard Goodale, who died May, 1678; he married (second) Alice, widow of John Roper and of John Dickison. He died in Salisbury, June 18, 1686. Children of Henry Wheeler : Henry, born April 13, 1659, Salisbury; Abigail, March 7, 1660-61, Salisbury; William, September 6, 1663, Salisbury; Moses, June 24, 1665, Salisbury; Ann, (twin) May 27, 1667, Salisbury; James (twin), mentioned below; Josiah, April 23, 1669, Salisbury; Ruth, July 15, 1671, Salisbury; Nathaniel, March 28, 1675, Salisbury; Jeremiah, July 17, 1677, Salisbury; Benjamin, January 15, 1681-82, Salisbury; Mary, June 5, 1685, Salisbury.

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Abigail Barker's Timeline

1661
March 7, 1661
Salisbury, MA, USA
1686
May 25, 1686
Age 25
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
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