Abigail Graves (c.1648 - c.1666) MP

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Birthplace: Windsor, Connecticut
Death: Died in Stamford, Connecticut
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About Abigail Graves

Abigail Graves was the daughter of William Graves. She married Samuel Dibble, son of Thomas Dibble and Miriam (__?__), circa 1665 possibly in Stamford, Conn..1 She died 20 Jan 1666/67-30 Jan 1666/67 in Stamford, Conn..2

Child of Abigail Graves and Samuel Dibble

  1. Abigail Dibble+ b. 19 Jan 1666/67, d. a 5 Oct 1725

     Samuel's first wife, Abigail Graves, died in Stamford shortly after the birth of their daughter Abigail. Her suffering was great, and testimony was taken regarding suspicions of witchcraft. The accused appears to be Abigail's father, William, and suggest that the complaint was brought by Samuel Dibble.

Following quotes from the Wyllys Papers.8 In his deposition taken on the 4th of February, Samuel states: "In ye somer time my wife being afrayde she would have me yeald my selfe to her father In anything it would be the beter for us: I tould her I feard noe man: she sayd maye be so but you doe not knoe what they can doe to us: about a fortnight before my wifs Labor father graves came to my house: and sudently began to Counsail his daughter sayeing Abigall fitt they selfe to meet the Lord: for if thou dost not fall In Labour properly: she would dye and soe went away."

     Abigail delivered her child on Saturday morning, the 19th of January, with Mary Homes acting as midwife assisted by Mary Scolefield. The testimony of Mary Homes and Mary Scolefeeld [sic], as found in the Wyllys Papers, speaks of the difficulties of her labor as she approached the birth: "And then imeiedetly as to Give the Cry: one part of her mouth was drawed up and the other doune: with her Lipes turneing Blake: and her Eyes stareing out In a gastly manner and Likewise her tongue hangeing out, and A dombe voice: and upon this the childe was drawen awaye up into her Bodye in Liekenes to the belly of A wheale, and this Continueing for the spase of halfe An hower only the childe Laye quivering within Her Body, And about An houer after as she apprehended with the pangs of Death and not by the former course of Labour as other woemen have: the childe Came trembling Into ye worlde and Before we coulde gitt her Into Bede she flunge her selfe upon the feet of ye bed, and sayd she was well Enough: and as soone as she was In the bead she had a very strange fitt as formerly shee had."

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  • Wyllys Papers, Transcript , Abigail is clearly identified as the daughter of William Graves and wife of Samuel Dibble.
  • Wyllys Papers, Transcript , Abigail is alive on the 20th of January. Her death is implied when depositions commence on the 30th of January into the possibility of witchcraft relating to her illness.
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Abigail Graves's Timeline

1648
1648
Windsor, Connecticut
1665
January 29, 1665
Age 17
Windsor, Hartford, Ct
1665
Age 17
Stamford, CT, USA
1666
January 30, 1666
Age 18
Stamford, Connecticut
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