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Abigail Montague (Downing)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: St. Lawrence, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Old Hadley Cemetery, Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev. Joseph Downing and Jane Downing
Wife of Richard Montague
Mother of Mary Warriner; Sarah Montague; Martha Montague; Peter Montague; Aaron Montague and 2 others
Sister of Samuel Downing; Rebecca Downing; Dorcas Downing and Joseph Downing

Occupation: Settler
Managed by: Private User
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About Abigail Montague

From RootsWeb:

For the past few days I have been checking original source citations for Myrtle Steven Hyde's report on the origin of the wife of Richard Montague of Hadley, Mass. "A Study of the Downing Family in England, With Connections in Early New England" by Myrtle S. Hyde , The American Genealogist, 1999 vol 74, No 3, pgs 161-174 & Vol 74, No 4, pgs 299-308. Myrtle has done a very intensive study of the Downing family, not to just identify the ancestry o f Richard Montague's wife Abigail, but to also set to rest the line of descent for the immigr ant Downings of Boston Mass. as well. Ms. Hyde's research shows that ABIGAIL DOWNING/MONTAGU E was the daughter of Rev. JOSEPH DOWNING, a rector of Layer Marney, Essex, England, and his wife JANE ROSE. Joseph Downing is the youngest brother of Emanuel Downing, the immigrant ancestor of the American Downing Family, and the father of Sir George Downing Brt. ABIGAIL DOWNING was baptized on 5 Oct. 1617, at the parish church of St. Lawrence, Ipswich, England. This information collaborates with the letter written by Emanuel Downing to his brother-in-la w John Winthrop, in which he names Abigail Montague as his cousin (niece). This letter is cited in the often quoted Montague Family History by George W. Montague & William L. Montague "The History and Genealogy of the Montague Family of America..." 1886, Albany, N.Y. This appar ently proves a new set of relatives for the American Montague Family. One other genealogica l mystery which Ms Hyde's research has finally solved, is any connection to the Wingfield family for the Downing ancestry. The line of descent from Abigail Downing/Montague to the Norfolk Downing/Wingfields has been disproved. As Abigail's Downing ancestors are contempory with the Norfolk Downing and Wingfield families. As with all genealogical research, this and all information should be checked with the original sources. I have done so, and found Ms. Hyde' s research to be of the best quality.

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  • 'Abigail Downing
  • 'F, b. 5 October 1617, d. 8 November 1694
  • Father Rev. Emanuel Downing1,2,3 b. 12 Aug 1585
  • Mother Anne Ware2 b. c 1592, d. c 1622
  • ' Abigail Downing was christened on 5 October 1617 at St. Lawrence, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.3,2,1 She married Richard Montague, son of Peter Montague and Eleanor Allen, circa 1641 at of Boston, Suffolk, MA.4 Abigail Downing died on 8 November 1694 at Hadley, Hampshire, MA, at age 77.
  • 'Family Richard Montague b. 1614, d. 14 Dec 1681
  • Children
    • ◦Mary Montague+3 b. c 1642, d. 22 Jul 1689
    • ◦Martha Montague+5 b. 16 Jan 1647, d. 3 Nov 1691
    • ◦Peter Montague b. 8 Jul 1651, d. 27 Mar 1725
    • ◦Abigail Montague+ b. c 1652, d. 6 Feb 1705
    • ◦John Montague+ b. 1653, d. 1732
  • Citations
  • 1.[S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., 3rd Supplement, p. 82.
  • 2.[S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 229.
  • 3.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, SLC Archives.
  • 4.[S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 514.
  • 5.[S11] Lucius M. Boltwood, History of Hadley, Mass., p. 95.
  • http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2196.htm#i66007
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Abigail Montague's Timeline

1616
1616
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
1617
October 5, 1617
Age 1
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
October 5, 1617
Age 1
St. Lawrence, Ipswich, Suffolk, , England
October 5, 1617
Age 1
St. Lawrence, Ipswich, Suffolk, , England
October 5, 1617
Age 1
St. Lawrence,Ipswich,Suffolk,England
October 5, 1617
Age 1
St. Lawrence, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
1620
June 30, 1620
Age 4
St. Lawrence Ips
June 30, 1620
Age 4
St. Lawrence Ips
1637
1637
Age 21
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1642
1642
Age 26
Wells, York, Maine