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Abraham Conley

Birthplace: Biddenham, Kent, England
Death: Died in Kittery, York, Maine
Immediate Family:

Son of John Conley and Dorothy Conley
Husband of Ann Lord; Elizabeth Conley and Margery Everett
Father of Judith Lord (Conley) and Anne-Shuah Otis

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About Abraham Conley

Family

Abraham Conley, the son of John and Dorothy Cliffe Conley, was born 10 Jan 1601, presumably, at Biddenden, Kent; he died, at Kittery, Me. prior to 05 March 1691. Abraham supposedly married first, Ann Lord, on 01 Jan 1634. She is assumed to be the sister of Nathan Lord who came with Abraham Conley to New England in 1638. Ann Lord Conley died prior to 1638 at which time Abrham married his second wife, Elizabeth (–), who died prior to 1664. Elizabeth (–) was the mother of Shuah Conley. Finally, Abraham, married, about 1664, for the third time, Margaret Wathin?? Everett Nash.

Biography

Abraham Conley, as previously noted, came to New England in 1638 with Nathan Lord. He was a settler in Kittery, Me. where he purchased a house with six acres on 05 Jan. 1639 from John Ugrave. His house was located on land site #2 on the Piscataqua River. Abraham was a Constable in 1646/47 and a Selectman in 1651. He was a Magistrate for the General Court held at Saco, Me. 21 Oct. 1645. He was on the jury for the General Court at Wells, Me. on 30 June 1647 concerning the accidental death of Warwick Heard, son of John Heard. The Court agreed that Warwick’s death was accidental. Our Shuah Conley, daughter of Abrahm, married James Heard who was a brother of the noted Warwick Heard. Abraham was again Magistrate for the Court on 15 March 1649 held at Georgena,Me. and for the Court held on 04 July held at Yorke,Me. He was on the Grand Jury in 1646, 1650, 1653-1655, and 1660. We find Abrham Conley’s name on numerous lists and petitions as well as recipient of some land grants. Abraham sold 100 acres of land to Nicholas Frost in 1674. Abraham Conley was a farmer and a good citizen who was well respected in his community.

The administration of the “elderly” Abraham Conley was granted on 02 April 1678 to Nathan Lord who had married Abraham’s third wife daughter ,i.e., Martha Everett. Nathan Lord “brot the old man from his Sturgeon Creek farm to his house a year before Abraham died”. Part of the farm at Sturgeon Creek was let out to Francis Small, son of the fore mentioned Edward Small. Abraham’s will, dated 01 March 1674, was proved 05 March 1691. His specific date of death is unknown. He left property to Nathan Lord’s two sons, Nathan and Abraham, to Adrian Frye “with whom I now live “(1674), to John White and to Robert Allen.

References: FH19: Chart #3730-5-151; FH36:4. 4a(Chart), 10,11,13,45,101,122,465; PH7:176; PH13:159; PH86:44;PH214:V1:44;NEHGR:V70:185.

Notes

From "A History of the DESCENDANTS OF NATHAN LORD OF ANCIENT KITTERY, ME." by C.C. Lord

Abram Conley, said to have been from Kent, England, was the father of Judith, first wife of Nathan 1 Lord, and is said to have been in Kittery, Me., as early as 1637. September 28, 1653, he had a town grant of seven acres adjoining the sixty granted to Nathan 1 Lord. This is said to have been about the time of the marriage of Nathan Lord and Judith Conley.

The following transactions of Abraham Conley and others in relation to his estate illustrate his relationship to Nathan Lord 1st.

July 23, 1676. John Morrill, et. ux. to Abraham Conley, house and seven acres, part of Nicholas Hodgdon's former home-stead ; also seventy acres as by three town grants, lying together, all in Kittery. York Deeds. III. 18.

Sources

  1. http://stanleyhistory.net/descnarratives/ThomasConley.htm
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Abraham Conley's Timeline

1601
January 10, 1601
Biddenham, Kent, England
1617
1617
Age 15
York, Maine, United States
1634
January 1, 1634
Age 32
Wittersham, Kent, england
1637
1637
Age 35
Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom
1638
1638
Age 36
Massachusetts Bay Colony
1674
March 1, 1674
Age 73
Kittery, York, Maine
1962
March 3, 1962
Age 73
March 16, 1962
Age 73
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