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Robert Abell

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Hemington, Leicestershire, England
Death: Died in Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Immediate Family:

Son of George A Abell, Sr. and Frances (Cotton) Abell
Husband of Joanna Hyde; Ellenor Abel and Joanna Hyde
Father of Benjamin Abell; Abraham Abell; Mary Luther (Abell); Cuthbert Abell; Lt. Preserved Abell and 10 others
Brother of Mary Abell and George Abell

Occupation: Tavern Keeper
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About Robert Abell

Robert Abell probably came to the colonies in 1630. He settled in Weymouth, and removed to Rehoboth in 1643. He died there June 20, 1663, leaving a widow, Joanna, and seven children. He was a well-known and highly es teemed in the community.

Following notes from: The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New Engla nd 1620-1633. CD - Copyright 2000 by My Family.com, Inc. and the New England Historic and Genealogical Society.

ORIGIN: London

MIGRATION: 1630

FIRST RESIDENCE: Weymouth

REMOVES: Rehoboth 1643

OCCUPATION: Innkeeper. 3 July 1656: "Robert Abell is allowed by the Court to keep an ordinary at Rehoboth" [PCR 3:104].

FREEMAN: Requested 19 October 1630 and admitted 18 May 1631 [MBCR 1:80, 3 66]. First in a list of Rehoboth men who took the oath of fidelity in 16 57 [PCR 8:178].

EDUCATION: The inventory included "four books," 18s.

OFFICES: Plymouth grand jury, 3 June 1657 [PCR 3:115]; petit jury, 4 Ju ne 1657 [PCR 7:83]; coroner's jury, 10 June 1661 and 22 April 1662 [PCR 3: 222; 4:13].

ESTATE: In the inventory of Weymouth landholding compiled about 1643, there is no entry for Robert Abell, but references to him in the entries for John Fussell, James Snook and John Staple indicate that he had earli er been granted "one acre of salt marsh at the Back River" and at least s ix acres "in the plain" [Weymouth Hist 188, 191, 195].

Three acres of meadow in the North Purchase were granted to Robert Abe ll on 28 March 1653 [Abell Gen 44]. On 3 June 1657, Plymouth court confirmed to Robert Abell an earlier grant of three acres of meadow made by Reho both purchasers [PCR 3:120], presumably the land granted in 1653. Robert Abell also drew for meadow lots on 18 February 1646 and 22 June 1658 [Abell Gen 44]. On 26 May 1668, after Robert Abell's death and his widow 's remarriage to William Hyde, lots were drawn for meadow in the North Pur chase, with Lot 5 going to Goody Hide, Lot 6 the Children's Land (presumab ly the minor children of Robert Abell), and Lot 8 to Preserved Abell [Abe ll Gen 45].

The inventory of the estate of Robert Abell was taken 9 August 1663, and amounted to œ354 17s. 9d., of which "an house and land" accounted for œ 130. Distribution of the estate was made on 3 March 1663/4; aside from so me minor expenses, the major items were "the house and land taken out as t he eldest son's," œ130; "to Mary Abell given by her father as her full part in a cow and feather bed," œ8; "due to the widow as her thirds," œ66 19 s. 6d.; and "to the other five children, each of them," œ26 16s. [PCPR 2(2 ):14-15; MD 15:239]. Letters of administration were granted to the widow "Joannah Abell," 1 March 1663/4 [PCR 4:46, 54].

In a Plymouth Colony account of 6 June 1667, "Widow Abell" was owed œ11 4 s., for unstated reasons [PCR 8:120]; this account was dated two days after Joanna Abell's remarriage to William Hyde.

BIRTH: Born about 1605, probably at Stapenhill, Derbyshire, son of George and Frances (Cotton) Abell [TG 5:162]. In his will of 8 September 163 0, George Abell of Hemington, Leicestershire, made a small bequest to his second son Robert Abell "in regard of the charges I have been at in pla cing him in a good trade in London which he hath made no use of and since in furnishing him for New England where I hope he now is" [Abell Gen 4 2, citing PCC 10 St. John].

DEATH: Rehoboth 20 June 1663 [ReVR 789, citing original 1:50].

MARRIAGE: Joanna _____. The given name of Robert Abell's wife is first seen after his death, during the probate of his estate; there is no indication that Robert had any other wife, and his three eldest children named daughters Joanna, so he was probably married to Joanna by 1639. She married second at Rehoboth 4 June 1667 William Hyde of "New Norwich" [ReVR 3, citing original 1:44]; she removed to Norwich with her new husband, and out lived him as well.

CHILDREN:

I. ABRAHAM, bur. Weymouth 14 November 1639 [WeVR 8:348].

II. MARY, b. Weymouth 11 April 1642 [WeVR 8:348]; m. by 1663 Rev. Samuel Luther of Rehoboth [Abell Gen 46]. Many secondary sources report this marriage, but without providing the evidence; Torrey placed a question mark next to this entry in his compilation, indicating that he did not find the evidence.

III. PRESERVED, b. Rehoboth say 1644; m. (1) Rehoboth 27 September 1667 Martha Redway [ReVR 3, citing original 1:45; Early Rehoboth 1:133-35]. (S ee Abell Gen 47 for Preserved's second and third marriages.)

IV. CALEB, b. Rehoboth about 1647; m. Norwich, Connecticut, __ July 1669 Margaret Post [NoVR 18]; he d. Norwich 7 August 1731 "in his 85th year" [Norwich Cem 32].

V. JOSHUA, b. Rehoboth say 1649; m. (1) Norwich, Connecticut, 1 November 1 677 Mehitabel Smith [NoVR 30], who d. Norwich 14 March 1684/5 [NoVR 30 ]; m. (2) Norwich __ November 1685 Bethiah Gadger [NoVR 30].

VI. BENJAMIN, b. Rehoboth say 1651; m. by 1679 Hannah _____ [Abell Gen 54] .

VII.EXPERIENCE, b. Rehoboth say 1660; m. Norwich 1680 (no day or month given) John Baldwin [NoVR 55].

VIII. Child (based on distribution of estate, which referred to "the eldest son," Mary Abell, and "the other five children"). Analysis of the names given to children of the known children of Robert Abell suggests two possibilities for this child: Mehitable (used by Mary, Preserved, Joshua, B enjamin and Experience) and Martha (used by Mary, Preserved, Caleb and Joshua). Martha was not used in any of these families prior to the marriage of Preserved Abell to Martha Redway, whereas Mehitable was used twice ( by Mary and Preserved) before the marriage of Joshua Abell to Mehitable Smith [Abell Gen 47-56].

COMMENTS: After his request for and admission to freemanship in the winter of 1630-1 (which tells us nothing about where he might have been residing in Massachusetts Bay at the time), Robert Abell disappeared from the records until 4 December 1638, when he appeared before the General Court [MB CR 1:247], where his record immediately precedes two others relating to Weymouth. Where was Robert Abell during these seven-and-a-half years? Would an adult of substantial social status have resided in Weymouth for this entire period without creating a single record? Did he perhaps return to England for part of this time? Further evidence for this period of Robert Abell's life would be welcome.

One record which may be relevant here comes from the records of the Providence Island Company. On 6 April 1638 "John Arrat, his wife and child, Robert Abell, John Clerke, Edmund Fole and Peter Talbot, sawyer, who were go ing to New England, say they are willing to go to Providence" [Coldham 194 ]. If this is the Robert Abell of Weymouth it is consistent with his reappearance in New England records late in 1638, but it still leaves unexplained the gap from 1631 to 1638.

Since there is no separate entry for Robert Abell in the Weymouth land in ventory of about 1643, where all references are for land which he had alre ady relinquished, we assume that he had already by this date departed f or Rehoboth, which was settled in that year.

The data on the marriages of the children of Robert Abell are not alwa ys satisfactory; in part this is due to the deficiencies of the Norwich vi tal records, but the lack of evidence for the claimed marriage of daughter Mary is more serious.

On 10 June 1661 the Plymouth court summoned "Robert Abell and his wife" to give evidence about a marriage performed under false pretenses [P CR 3:220].

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: A sound presentation of the descendants of Robert Abell is given in The Abell Family in America by Horace A. Abell and Lewis P. Abell (Rutland VT 1940), cited above as Abell Gen, including the discussion of a number of controversial points. (The information on Robert A bell's landholding in Rehoboth is taken from this volume, which includes m any extracts from original records.) This volume also provides three generations of Abells in England ancestral to the immigrant. More recently, Neil D. Thompson has reexamined and strengthened the previously noted royal descent for Robert Abell's mother ["Abell-Cotton-Mainwaring: Maternal Ancestry of Robert Abell of Weymouth and Rehoboth, Mass.," TG 5 (1984):158- 71].

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Robert Abell, son of George was born in 1589 in Hemington, Leicestershire, England. He was the immigrant who came to New England with John Winthrop on the Winthrop Fleet, in June 1630 and settled at Rehobeth, MA. He took the Oath of Freeman May 18, 1631. In 1638 he married Joanna whose last name is unknown. Robert removed from Weymouth in 1643, probably following Rev. Samuel Newman, the real founder of Rehoboth. Rev. Newman was minister at Weymouth for four and a half or five years, then with a majority of his congregation, in 1642 removed to a place called by the Indians Seekonk, to which he gave the name of Rehoboth. There are several records documenting his activity in Rehoboth where he lived until he died on June 20, 1663. The Winthrop Society was created for ancestors who came over on the Winthrop Fleet.

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References

http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p462.htm#i13884

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Abell

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-------------------- Abell Coat of Arms -------------------- Born about 1605, probably at Stapenhill, Derbyshire, son of George and Frances (Cotton) Abell. In his will of 8 September 1630, George Abell of Hemington, Leicestershire, made a small bequest to his second son Robert Abell "in regard of the charges I have been at in placing him in a good trade in London which he hath made no use of and since in furnishing him for New England where I hope he now is." An innkeeper who came to Massachusetts Bay from London in 1630. First settled somewhere in the Bay. Moved to Weymouth MA by 1639; moved to Rehoboth MA in 1643. Died in Rehoboth 20 June 1663. Married Joanna _____. The given name of Robert Abell's wife is first seen after his death, during the probate of his estate; there is no indication that Robert had any other wife, and his sons Preserved & Caleb named daughters Joanna, so Robert was probably married to Joanna by 1639. She married second at Rehoboth 4 June 1667 William Hyde of "New Norwich." She removed to Norwich with her new husband, and outlived him as well.

Source Anderson's Winthrop Fleet.


Family links:

Spouse:
 Joanna Abell Hyde (1610 - ____)

Children:
 Mary Abell Luther (1642 - ____)*

-------------------- He is treated in Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, starting on page 3, which includes the following information:

born about 16055, probably Stapenhill, Derberyshire, son of George and Frances (Cotton) Abell (citing TG 5:162); in his will of 8 Sep 1630, George bell of Hemington, Leicestershire, made a small bequest to his second son Robert Abell "in regard of the charges Ihave been at in placing him in a god trade in London which he hath made no use of and ince in furnishing him for New England where I hope he now is" (citing Abell Gen 42, citing PCC 10 St. John) d. Rehoboth 20 Jun 1663 m. Joanna ____. The given name of his wife is first seen after his death, during the probate of his estate; there is no indication that he had any other wife; she married 4 Jun 1667 William Hyde of "New Norwich" where they moved. Children:

Abraham, bur Weymouth 14 Nov 1639 Mary, b Weymouth 11 Apr 1642; supposedly m by 1663 Rev. Samuel Luther of Rehoboth (but no evidence found) Preserved, b Rehoboth c 1644; m1 Rehoboth 27 Sep 1667 Martha Redway; two other marriages per Abell Genealogy, p 47 Caleb, b Rehoboth abt 1647; m. Norwich, CT Jul 1669 Margaret Post; d. Norwich 7 Aug 1763, in 85th year Joshua, b Rehoboth abt 1649; m1 Norwich CT 1 Nov 1677 Mehitable Smith who d 14 Mar 1684/5; m2 Nov 1685 Bethiah Gadger Benjamin, b Rehoboth abt 1651; m by 1679 Hannah Experience, b Rehoboth abt 1660; m Norwich 1680 John Baldwin Based on distribution of estate there must have been an additional child. Additional Information [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6]

Occupation: Inn Keeper Freeman: 18 MAY 1631 Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA He came to the colonies in 1630 on the the Winthrop. Robert Abell was an early settler of Weymuth. He followed Samuel Newman to Rehoboth, MA. in 1642 and applied for a land grant from Plymouth Court in 1643. Robert Abell may have been born in Stapenhill, Derbyshire, England.

His occupation was that of a Tavernkeeper, he had a special license to operate an ordinary cafe in 1654. He owned lot 28 in 1646/1651/1653. In Attleboro, North Purchase in 1658 along with Samuel Luther ( his future son-in-law).

He became a Freeman on Oct 19 1630. He took oath an of fidelity in 1657.

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Robert Abell's Timeline

1605
1605
Hemington, Leicestershire, England
1630
1630
Age 25
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

Source Publication Code: 9448
Primary Immigrant: Abell, Robert
Annotation: In the years from 1925 to 1942, Frederick A. Virkus edited seven volumes with the title, The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, published in Chicago by the Institute of American Genealogy. Each volume has a section in the main body of the work.

Source Bibliography: VIRKUS, FREDERICK A., editor. Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1964. 75p. Repr. 1986.
Page: 5

1638
1638
Age 33
Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1638
Age 33
Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1639
November 14, 1639
Age 34
Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, USA
1642
April 11, 1642
Age 37
Weymouth, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
August 1642
Age 37
St. Mary's, Maryland, United States
1644
April 11, 1644
Age 39
Weymouth, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1645
1645
Age 40
Maryland
1646
April 1, 1646
Age 41
Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)