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Birthplace: Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Windham, Windham County, Province of Connecticut, (Present USA)
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Samuel & Mary's life in Salem during the witch trials

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Originally submitted by ddragonflydreams to Rasmussen 1 on 10 Dec 2007

   Son of John Abbe, born probably at Wenham, Mass., about 1646 or soon after his father's settlement there; died in Windham, Conn., March, 1697/8. His name first appears in the Wentham records at the time of his marriage. "Samuel Abby and Mary Knowlton maryed the 12th October 1672." He received a grant of ten acres of land in Wentham, and land to set his house upon, from his father, John Abbey, and wife, Mary, April 3, 1675, his brethren to have the refusal of the place if he should sell ( Essex deeds, 15:150). Samuel and his wife, Mary, were communicants of the church in Wenham in 1674. He was named in his father's will, 1683.
   A map of Salem dwellings in 1692, published in Volume I of Upham's Salem Witchcraft, shows the location of Samuel Abbey's house, number 114 on a plot in the southwest part, east of Bald Hill, within the 500 acres laid out to Robert Goodell in 1652 and its subsequent additions.
   On November 1, 1682, Samuel Abbey bought of Lott Killam and wife, Hannah, of Salem, he being then of Wenham, 6 acres in Salem on Norrice's Brook ( 12:112), and also bought of James Stimpson and wife, Priscilla, who had been the widow of Isaac Goodell, at the same place, some land in 1684 (12:113). On April 3, 1697, he and his wife, Mary, sold those lands described as a dwelling house, two orchards, and seventeen acres in Salem, bounding Anthony Needham, John Walcott, Isaac Goodale, Samuel Goodale, Abraham Smith, Abel Gardner, Joseph Flint, and also six acres on Norrice's Brook and two acres bought of James Stimpson, to Zachariah White of Lynn, all for 130 pounds (12:147). The above James Stimpson was of Reading and had married the widow of the elder Isaac Goodell. At the time of Godell's death in 1680, the widow was administratrix and Samuel Abbey was one of her sureties. He was then probably of Salem or possibly Topefield.
   He was admitted freeman of Salem Village, March 22, 1689-90. He and his wife were dismissed from the Salem Church September 15, 1689, to unite in forming one at Salem Village; the date of its formation being November 15, 1689. Salem Village is now Danvers. On July 1, 1690, he was taxed at Salem Village, and again, January 18, 1694/5, he and his son were taxed there.
   Samuel Abbey of Salem bought of Benjamin Howard of Windham, Conn. for 22 pounds 10 shillings current money, half an allotment of land (500 acres), being number 2 at the Center, at or near the locality known later as Bricktop. He probably removed to Windham about that time as he was admitted an inhabitant of that town December 23, 1697, and died there March of the following year.
   His estate was settled in 1699. The inventory, taken May 9, 1698, gives as legatees the following: wife, Mary; daughter, Mary, aged 25; son, Samuel, aged 23; son, Thomas, aged 20; Eleazer, aged 18 (the land records prove that this is a mistake for Elizabeth);Ebenezer, aged 16; Mercy, aged 14; Sarah, aged 13; Hepzibah, aged 10; Abigail, aged 8; John, aged 7; Benjamin, aged 6; Jonathan, aged 2. One record says he left a son, Eleazer, and a daughter, Abigail, each 8 years old at his death. This is doubtless an attempt to rectify the error noted above.
   Samuel Abbe was living in Salem during the days of witchcraft and was one of those opposed to its fanaticisms. One Rebecca Nours, on trial as a witch, produced a paper signed by several "respectable inhabitants" of Salem, among whom was Samuel Abbe. This document as to her good character caused her to be set at liberty but the sentence was later changed for some reason and she was put to death as a witch. Only a few years ago a monument to her memory was erected by her descendants.
   Samuel Abbey testifies as to Mercy Lewis, May 29, 1692, she being at the house of her neighbor, John Putnam, Jr., and accused of witchcraft.
   Samuel Abbe and his wife, Mary, were witnesses in a witch trial in Salem in 1692 against Sarah Snow, a woman of vicious temper who had lived in their home for a time but was dismissed on account of her disagreeable way. She vowed vengence upon them and when several of their cows and hogs were taken sick, the blame was laid to her as a witch.
   The following are taken from Records of Salem Witchcraft, copied from the original documnets, Volume 1, pages 24 and 25.
   Samuel Abbey Et ux vs. Sarah Good
   Samuel Abbey of Salem Village Aged 45 years or thereabouts and Mary Abbey his wife aged 38 years of thereabouts, Deposeth and saith.
   That about this time three years past William Good and his wife Sarah Good being destitute of a house to dwell in these deponents out of charity; they being poor lett them live in theirs some time untill that the said Sarah Good was of so Turbulant a sperritt, spitefull and so mallitiously bent, that these deponents could not suffer her to live in their house any longer and was forced for quiettness sake to turne she ye said Sarah with her husband out of their howse ever since, which is about two years 1/2 agone, the said Sarah Good hath carried it very spitefully and mallitiously, towards them, the winter following after the said Sarah was gone from our house we began to loose cattle and lost several after an unusall manner, in a drupeing condition (sic) condition and yett they would eate; and your deponents have lost after that manner 17 head of cattle within this two years besides sheep and hoggs, and both doe believe they dyed by witchcraft, the said William Good on the last of May was twelve months went home to his wife the said Sarah Good and told her, what a sad accident had fallen out, she asked what, he answered that his neighbor Abbey had lost two Cowes, both dyeing within halfe an hower of one another, the said Sarah Good said she did not care if he the said Abbey had lost all the cattle he had as ye said John Good told us. Just that very day that the said Sarah Good was taken up, we yr Deponents had a cow that could not rise alone, but since presently after she was taken up, the said cow was well and could rise so well as if she had ailed nothing. She the said Sarah Good ever since these deponents turned her out of their howse she hath behaved herselfe very crossely and mallitiously to them and their children calling their children the vile names and hath threatened them often.
   Jurat in Curia.
   Warrant for Sarah Good was given at Salem, February 29, 1691/2, in response to complaints of Sarah Vibber, Abigail Willims, Elizabeth Hubbard, Ann Putnam, and John Vibber. Among the many depositions in witness to her malign practices were those of Samuel Abbey and wife.
   Records of Salem Witchcraft, copied from the original documents, Vol. 2, pp. 41-2, old series
   Samuel Abby v. Mary Easty
   The deposition of Samuel Abby aged about 45 years who testifieth and saith that on the 20th of May 1692 I went to the house of Constable John Putnam about 9 o clock in the morning and when I came there: Mirey lewes lay on the bed in a sad condition and continuing speachless for about an hour; the man not being at whom; the woman desired me to goe to the putnams to bring Ann Putnam to se if she could se who it was that hurt Mirey Lewes; accordingly I went; and found Abigail Williams along with Ann Putnam and brought them both to se Mercy Lewes; and as they ware a goeing along the way both of them said that they saw the Apperishtion of Goody Estick and said it was the same woman that was sent whom the other day; and said also that they saw the Appershtion of the other woman that appered with gooddy Estick the other day, and both of them allso said that the Apperishtion of Gooddy Estick tould them that now she was afflecting of Mircy Lewes and when they came to Mircy lewes both of them said that they saw the Apperishtion of Gooddy Estick and John Williard and Mary Witheridge afflecting the body of Mircy lewes; and I continueing along with mircy who contineued in a sad condition the greatest part of the day being in such tortors as no toungue can express; but not ablte to spake; but at last said Deare Lord receive my soule and againe said lord let them not kill me quitt, but at last she came to hir self for a little whille and was very sensable and then she said that Goody Estick said she would kill hir before midnight because she did not cleare hir so as the rest did, then againe presently she fell very bad and cried out pray for the salvation of my soule for they will kill me.
   Jurat in Curia September 9th, '92
   Inventory of the Estate of Samuell Abby late of Windham who dec'd in March 1697. Apprized and ordered to be recorded. Administration granted unto Abra. Mitchell who hath married Mary the Relict of the said Abby. July 5, 1699. (Hartford Probate Office, Volume 6, page 93.)
   An inventroy of the Estate of Samuell Abby late of Windham dec'd as mony
   His wearing cloths £ 2 a feather bed bolster 2 pillows with beirs £ 3 £ 05-00-00
   a bedsted curtaines with a rug and blanket 02-10-d00
   3 pair cotten and lining sheets 02-10-00
   more beds with 2 coverlids & blankets 02-00-00
   2 pillow beires 3 pair lining sheets 02-00-00
   3 table cloths 2 doz napkins £ 2 10s a great Iron pott 20s 03-10-10
   a little Iron pott 10s/2 iron kettles 10s; tramell pot hooks and tongs 15s 01-15-00
   pewter and earthen ware 22s/a frying pan 5s 01-07-00
   dishes spoons and trencers 5s/ box and irons 6s 00-11-00
   chest, box, tubs, and payles 20s/ a gun 15s/3 knives 3s 01-18-00
   two axes 10s/ hoes s/ beetle, rings and wedges 10s 01-06-00
   two pitchforks with 3 hoos and old Iron 00-05-00
   Horse tackling, cart, wheels, boxes, & hoops 02-05-00
   a plough and Irons 6s/ and old spade shovell & mattock 3s 00-09-00
   a syth and tackling 6s/ 2 horses & a mare with bridle & sadle 05-12-00
   a little quantity of wool with old bags 6s 00-06-00
   Lands £ 25-00-00/ two swine 12s 25-12-00
   £ 58-08-00
   This inventory taken May the 9th 1698
   pr us Joseph Cary}
   Jeremiah Ripley } Townsmen.
   (Hartford Probate Office, Volume 6, pages 125,126)
   Mary the Relict appeared in Windham the 2d of May 1699 and gave oath that she had made presentment of the estate of her dec'd husband, and if more comes to her knowledge she will cause it to be added to the Inventory, before me
   Willm Pitkin, Assistant.
   Debts due from the estate is £ 5-0-0 Cash
   Debts due to the estate is £ 1-10-0 Cash
   The children's names and age.
   Mary 25 years SamÕll 23 Thomas 20 Eleazr 18 Ebenezr 16 Mary 14 Sarah 13 Hipzibah 10 Abigaile 8 John 7 Benj 6 Jonathan 2 years of age. (The names appear as here given but it is apparent that Eleazr is a mistake of the copyist for Elizabeth and that the second Mary should be Mercy.)
   Married in Wenham, Mass., October 12, 1672 Mary Knowlton, born 1653, daughter of William and Elizabeth ( ) Knowlton. She married (2), April 27, 1699, Abraham Mitchell and had by him a son, Daniel, who was born and died December 10, 1700. Mary Mitchell, formerly Mary Abby, was dismissed from the Salem Village Church to Windham, Conn., September 14, 1701.
   The name Knowlton reaches back traditionally to the time of William the Conqueror, 1066-87. Richard Knowlton was born 1553, probably at Knowlton Manor, which is situated about six miles from the great cathedral at Canterbury, Kent County, England. He married, July 17, 1577, Elizabeth Cantize. The last of their four children was William, commonly called Captain William, born 1584, married Ann Elizabeth Smith. They had six children, two of whom died young. Captain William with his remaining family sailed for America about 1632. He died on the passage and was probably buried at Nova Scotia, as an ancient grave-stone bearing the name of William Knowlton, 1632, was discovered there by a land-surveyor in 1839. The family appear to have moved to Massachusetts the next year, probably to Hingham, later to Ipswich. William, second son of Captain William, born in England, 1615, was a member of the first church in Ipswich and a freeman, 1641-2. He was a brick-layer by trade, married Elizabeth, and died 1655. The youngest of their seven children was Mary, born 1649, who married Samuel Abbe.
   Children of Samuel and Mary (Knowlton) Abbe
      1. Mary Abbe, b. in Wenham about 1674; probably d. unm.
      2. Samuel Abbe, b. in Wenham about 1676; m. Hannah Silsby
      3. Thomas Abbe, b. in Wenham about 1679, bapt. there 1680; d. in Windham, Conn. April 1, 1700; probably not m. In a deed of 1722, William Slate, Jonathan Ormsby, Sarah Abbe, Ebenezer Abbe, Jonathan Abbe, John and Samuel Abbe speak of "our loving brother Thomas Abbe deceased."
      4. Elizabeth Abbe, b. in Wenham about 1681; m. William Slate
      5. Ebenezer Abbe, b. July 31, 1683; m. Mary Allen.
      6. Mercy Abbe, b. March 1, 1684-5, bapt. in Wenham before 1689; m. in Windham, Conn. June 8, 1703, Jonathan Ormsby of Windham. Child: Ichabod, b. April 15, 1704, recorded in Windham.
      7. Sarah Abbe, b. July 4, 1586; m. John Fowler of Lebanon. She was bapt. in Wenham before 1688.
      8. Hepsibah Abbe, b. Feb. 14, 1689; m. Samuel Palmer.
      9. Abigail Abbe, b. Nov. 19, 1690; m. May 10, 1710, as recorded at Rehoboth, Mass. Joseph Ormsby of Rehoboth, b. July 8, 1684.
     10. John Abbe, b. June 4, 1692; m. Hannah
     11. Benjamin Abbe, b. June 4, 1694; m. Mary Tryon.
     12. Jonathan Abbe, b. about 1696; m. Mary Johnson. 
    
   From a book called: THE ABBE GENEALOGY

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SAMUEL2 ABBE, son of John1 Abbe, born probably at Wenham, Mass., about1646, or soon after his father's settlement there; died in Windham,Conn., March, 1697-8. His name first appears in the Wenham records at the time of his marriage. "Samuel Abby and Mary Knowlton Married the 12thOctober 1672." He received a grant of ten acres of land in Wenham, and land to set his house upon, from his father, John Abbey, and wife, Mary,April 3, 1675, his brethren to have the refusal of the place if he should sell (Essex Deeds, 15:150). Samuel and his wife, Mary, were communicants of the church in Wenham in 1674. He was a land surveyor in 1676 and appears upon the town records as a husbandman, made freeman, October 3,1680 (Massachusetts Records, 5:540). He was named in his father's will,1683.

A map of Salem dwellings in 1692, published in Volume I of Upham's Salem Witchcraft, shows the location of Samuel Abbey's house, number 114on a plot in the south-west part, east of Bald Hill, within the 500 acres laid out to Robert Goodell in 1652 and its subsequent additions.

On November 1, 1682, Samuel Abbey bought of Lott Killam and wife,Hannah, of Salem, he being then of Wenham, 6 acres in Salem on Norrice's Brook (12:112), and also bought of James Stimpson and wife, Priscilla,who had been the widow of Isaac Goodell, at the same place, some land in1684 (2:113). On April 3, 1697, he and his wife, Mary, sold those lands described as a dwelling house, two orchards, and seventeen acres in Salem, bounding Anthony Needham, John Walcott, Isaac Goodale, Samuel Goodale, Abraham Smith, Abel Gardner, Joseph Flint, and also six acres on Norrice's Brook, and two acres bought of James Stimpson, to Zachariah White of Lynn, all for £130 (12:147). The above James Stimpson was of Reading and had married the widow of the elder Issac Goodell. At the time of Goodell's death in 1680, the widow was administrated and Samuel Abbey was one of her sureties. He was then probably of Salem or possibly Topsfield.

He was admitted freeman of Salem Village, March 22, 1689-90. He and his wife were dismissed from the Salem Church September 15, 1689, to unite informing one at Salem Village; the date of its formation being

November 15, 1689. Salem Village is now Danvers. On July 1, 1690, he was taxed at Salem Village, and again, January 18, 1694-5, he and his son were taxed there.

Samuel Abbey of Salem bought of Benjamin Howard of Windham, Conn., for£22. 10s. current money, half an allotment of land (500 acres), being number 2 at the Center, at or near the locality known later as Bricktop.He probably removed to Windham about that time as he was admitted an inhabitant of that town December 21, 1697, and died there March of the following year.

His estate was settled in 1699. The inventory, taken May 9, 1698, gives as legatees, the following: wife, Mary; daughter, Mary, aged 25; son,Samuel, aged 23; son, Thomas, aged 20; Eleazer, aged 16 (the land records prove that this is a mistake for Elizabeth); Ebenezer, aged 16; Mercy,aged 14; Sarah, aged 13; Hepsibah, aged 10; Abigail, aged

8; John, aged 7; Benjamin, aged 6; Jonathan, aged 2. One record says he left a son, Eleazer, and a daughter, Abigail, each 8 years old at his death. This is doubtless an attempt to rectify the error noted above.

Samuel Abbe was living in Salem during the days of witchcraft and was one of those opposed to its fanaticisms. One Rebecca Nourse, on trial as a witch, produced a paper signed by several "respectable inhabitants" of Salem, among whom was Samuel Abbe. This document as to her good character caused her to be set at liberty but the sentence was later changed for some reason and she was put to death as a witch. Only a few years ago a monument to her memory was erected by her descendants.

Samuel Abbey testifies as to Mercy Lewis, May 20, 1692, she being at the house of her neighbor, John Putnam, jr., and accused of witchcraft.

Samuel Abbe and his wife, Mary, were witnesses in a witch trial in Salem in 1692 against Sarah Snow, a woman of vicious temper who had lived in their home for a time but was dismissed on account of her disagreeable ways. She vowed vengeance upon them and when several of their cows and hogs were taken sick, the blame was laid to her as a witch.

The following are taken from Records of Salem Witchcraft, copied from the original documents, Volume 1, pages 24 and 25.

Samuel Abbey Et ux vs. Sarah Good

Samuel Abbey of Salem Village aged 45 years or thereabouts and Mary Abbey his wife aged 38 years or

thereabouts, Deposeth and saith.

That about this Time Three Years past Wm Good and his wife Sarah Good being destitute of a house to dwell in these Deponents out of Charity; they being Poor let them live in theirs some time untill that the said Sarah Good was of so Turbulant a Sperritt, Spitefull and so Mallitiously bent, that these Deponents could not suffer her to Live in their howse any Longer and was forced for Quiettness sake to turne she ye said Sarah with her husband out of their howse ever since, which is about two years 1/2 agone, the said Sarah Good hath carried it very Spitefully and Mallitiously, towards them, the winter following after the said Sarah was gone from our house we began to Loose Cattle and Lost several afteran vnvsall manner, in a drupeing condition (sic) Condition and yett they would Eate: and your Deponents have Lost after that manner 17 head of Cattle within this two years besides

Sheep and Hoggs, and both doe believe they Dyed by witchcraft, the said William Good on the last of May was twelve months went home to his wife the sd Sarah Good and told her, what a sad Accident had fallen out, she asked what, he answered that his neighbovr Abbey had lost two Cowes, both dyeing within halfe an hower of one another, the sd Sarah good said she did not care if he the said Abbey had Lost all the Cattle he had as ye said Jno Good told vs. Just that very Day that the said Sarah Good was taken up, we yr Deponents had a Cow that could not rise alone, but since presently after she was taken up, the said Cow was well and could rise so well as if she had ailed nothing. She the said Sarah good ever since these Deponents turned her out of their howse she hath behaved herself every crossely and mallitiously to them and their Children calling their Children vile names and hath threatened them often.

Jurnt in Curio.

Warrant for Sarah Good was given at Salem, February 29, 1691-2, in response to complaints of Sarah Vibber, Abigail Williams, Elizabeth Hubbard, Ann Putnam, and Jno. Vibber. Among the many depositions in witness to her malign practices were those of Samuel Abbey and wife.

Records of Salem Witchcraft, copied from the original documents, Vol.2, pp. 41-2, old series.

Samuel Abby v. Mary Easty

The Deposition of Samuel Abby aged about 45 years who testifieth and saith that on the 2Oth of May 1692 I went to the house of Constable Jno putnam about 9 a clock in the morning and when J came there: Mircy lewes lay on the bed in a sad condition and continuing speachless for about an hour: the man not being at whom: the woman desired me to goe to Tho:putnams to bring Ann putnam to se if she could se who it was that hurt Mercy lewes: accordingly J went: and found Abigail williams along with Ann putnam and brought them both to se mercy lewes: and as they ware agoeing along the way both of them said that they saw the Apperishtion of Goody Estick and said it was the same woman that was sent whom the other day: and said also that they saw the Apperishtion of

the other woman that appered with gooddy Estick the Other day, and both of them allso said that the Apperishtion of gooddy Estick tould them that now she was afflecting of mircy lewes and when they came to Mircy lewes both of them said that they saw the Apperishtion of gooddy Estick and Jno willard and Mary witheridge afflecting the body of mircy lewes: and Jcontinueing along with mircy who contineued in a sad condition thegreatest part of the day being in such tortors as no toungue can express;but not able to spake: but at last said Deare lord Received my soule andagaine said lord let them not kill me quitt, but at last she came to hirself for a little whille and was very sensable and then she said thatgoody estick said she would kill hir before midnight because she did notcleare hir so as the Rest did, then againe presently she fell very badand cried out pray for the salvation of my soule for they will kill me.Jurat in Curia Sepr 9th 92.

Inventory of the Estate of Samuell Abby late of Windham who died inMarch 1697, apprized and ordered to be recorded.

Administration granted unto Abra. Mitchell who hath married Mary theRelict of the said Abby. July 5,1699. (Hartford Probate Office, Volume 6,page 93.)

An inventory of the Estate of Samuell Abby late of Windham deed asmoney.

His wearing Cloths£2

a feathr bed bolster 2 pillows wth beirs£3 £05-00-00

a bedsted curtaines wth a rug and blanket£02-10-d00

3 pr Cotten and lining sheets02-10-11

more beds wth 2 coverlids & blankets02-00-00

2 pillow beires 3 pr lining sheets02-00-00

3 table cloths 2 doz napkins£2 -10s

a great Iron pott20s-03-10-10

a little Iron pott 10s/2 iron kettles 10s/ tramell pot hooks and

tongs 15s01-15-00

pewter and earthen ware22s

a frying pan 5s01-07-00

dishes spoons and trenchers 5s/ box and irons6s00

chest, box, tubs, and payles20s

a gun15s

3 knives3s

two axes10s

hoes 6s beetle, rings and wedges10s

two pitchforks wth 3 hooks and old Iron00-05-00

Horse tackling, cart, wheels, boxes, & hoops02-05-00

a plough and Irons6s

an old spade shovell & mattock3s

a syth and tackling6s

2 horses & a mare wth bridle & sadle05-12-00

a little quantity of wool wth Old bags 6s00-06-00

Lands£25-00-00

two Swine12s

Total£58-08-00

This Inventory taken May the 9th 1698 Pr us Joseph Cary

Jeremiah Ripley

Townsmen.

(Hartford Probate Office, Volume 6, pages 125, 126.)

Mary the Relict appeared in Windham the 2d of May 1699 and gaveoath that she had made presentmen of the estate of her decd husband, andif more comes to her knowledge she will cause it to be added to theInventory, before me

Willm Pitkin, Assistant.

Debts due from the estate is £5- 0-0 Cash

Debts due to the estate is £l-10-0 Cash

The children's names and age.

Mary 25 years Samll 23 Thomas 20 Eleazr 18 Ebenezr 16 Mary 14Sarah 13 Hipzibah 10 Abigaile 8 John 7 Benj 6 and Jonathan 2 years ofage. (The names appear as here given but it is apparent that Eleazr is amistake of the copyist for Elizabeth and that the second Mary should beMercy.) -------------------- http://www.ormsby.org/genie/John/abby.html

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Samuel Abbe, son of John Abbe, born in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, about 1648; died in Windham, Windham, Connecticut, March 1698; married in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, 12 October 1672, Mary Knowlton, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Balch) Knowlton, born in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, 1649 (1653). The notice of this marriage is the first appearance of Samuel's name in the Wenham records.

Samuel and Mary Abbe were sixteenth and seventeenth in "the Record of Communicants" of the Congregational Church in Wenham, kept by its pastor, Joseph Gerrish, starting 13 January 1674. They are preceded in the list by John and Mary Nolton (Knowlton), who are 14th and 15th. Samuel and Elizabeth Nolton were 40th and 41st; Mary Abbe was 53d; John Abbe Sr., 66th (See NEHGR 62:35ff).

On 3 April 1675, Samuel received from his father a grant of ten acres of land in Wenham, and land to set his house upon, "his brethren to have the refusal of the place if he should sell" (Essex Deeds, 15:150). He served the town as surveyor of lands in 1676 and was admitted to the ranks of freemen, 13 October 1680. In the same list, there is a John Knolton and a Samuel Knolton (NEHGR 3:246 (Jul 1849), citing Colonial Records, 5:285). On November 1, 1682, Samuel Abbey "of Wenham" bought six acres in Salem from Lot Killam (Kilham) and his wife Hannah. This property was on Norrice's Brook. In 1684, he bought additional land in Salem from James Stimpson and his wife, Priscilla, widow of Isaac Goodale.

In 1689, Samuel and Mary participated in the establishment of a church in Salem Village (now Danvers). The following year, 22 March 1690, Samuel took the freeman's oath in Salem Village, together with Henry and Benjamin Wilkins, sons of Bray (NEHGR 3:348). Mary Abbe, Samuel's wife, entered into convenant with the Church in Salem Village, Samuel Parris, pastor, on 12 May 1690 (NEHGR 11:131). A map of the village, published in the first volume of Upham's Witchcraft in Salem, shows the location of Samuel's house in 1692 -- number 114 on a plot in the south-west part, east of Bald Hill, within the 500 acres laid out to Robert Goodale in 1652 and its subsequent additions.

Though among the "respectable inhabitants" who petitioned in favor of Rebecca Nourse, Samuel and Mary Abbe offered testimony of their own in the witchcraft trials against Sarah Good and Mary Easty.

The Abbes had taken William and Sarah Good into their home about three years previously, "out of charity, they being poor" and "desititue of a house." But Sarah was "of so Turbulent a Spirit, Spiteful and so Maliciously bent" that they Abbes were forced, after about six months, to expel her and her husband from the house "for Quietness' sake." The expulsion, apparently did not improved Sarah's disposition: ever thereafter, testified the Abbes, she behaved "very crossly and maliciously" toward them, calling their children vile names and often threatening them. The following winter, Samuel began to loose cattle "after an unusual manner, in a drooping condition, and yet they would eat." Within two years, he lost seventeen head this way, besides sheep and hogs: "And both [Samuel and Mary] do believe they died by witchcraft." To substantiate this belief, Samuel observed: "Just that very day that the said Sarah Good was taken up, we, your deponents, had a cow that could not rise alone, but ... after she was taken up, the said cow was well and could rise so well as if she had ailed nothing." The warrant for Sarah Good was issued at Salem, 29 February 1692.

In the case against Mary Easty, on 9 September 1692, Samuel testified that, the morning of 20 May 1692, he had visited the home of Constable John Putnam, where he found Mercy Lewis on the bed "in a sad condition." Mercy sent him to fetch Ann Putnam "to see if she could see who it was that hurt her." "Accordingly I went and found Abigail Williams along with Ann Putnam and brought them both to see Mercy Lewis, and as they were going along the way both of them said that they saw the apparition of Goody Estick ... and when they came to Mercy Lewis, both of them said that they saw the apparition of Goody Estick and John Willard and Mary Witheridge afflicting the body of Mercy Lewis." Samuel stayed with Mercy "who continued in a sad condition the great part of the day being in such tortures as no tongue can express ... but at last she came to herself for a little while and was very sensible and then she said that Goody Estick said she would kill her before midnight because she did not clear her so as the rest did; then again presently she fell very bad and cried out 'pray for the salvation of my soul, for they will kill me.'"

On 3 April 3 1697, for £130, Samuel and Mary sold Zachariah White of Lynn all their property in Salem, consisting of a dwelling house, two orchards and seventeen acres (bounded by the properties of Anthony Needham, John Walcott, Isaac and Samuel Goodale, Abraham Smith, Abel Gardner, and Joseph Flint), the six acre lot on Norrice's Brook, and the two acre lot they had bought from James Stimpson.

Subsequently, for £22 10s "current money," Samuel bought half an allotment of land (500 acres) from Benjamin Howard of Windham, Connecticut, being number 2 at the Center, at or near the locality known later as Bricktop. His older brother, John, had already relocated to Windham from Wenham (NEHGR 7;325). Samuel was admitted an inhabitant (freeman) of Windham, 21 December 1697, but died the following March. The inventory of his estate, taken 9 May 1698, named the following legatees: wife, Mary; daughter, Mary, aged 25; son, Samuel, aged 23; son, Thomas, aged 20; Eleazer, aged 16 (the land records prove that this is a mistake for Elizabeth); Ebenezer, aged 16; Mercy, aged 14; Sarah, aged 13; Hepsibah, aged 10; Abigail, aged 8; John, aged 7; Benjamin, aged 6; Jonathan, aged 2. On 27 April 1699, Samuel's widow, Mary, married Abraham Mitchell, by whom she had a son, Daniel, born and died 10 December 1700. Mary Mitchell, formerly Mary Abbe, was dismissed from the Salem Village Church to the church in Windham on 14 September 1701.

Children of Samuel ABBE and Mary KNOWLTON:

Mary Abbe, she married Isaac Goodale, Jr., in Salem, 31 December 1692.

Samuel Abbe, born in Wenham, about 1676; died in Windham, 15 January 1737; married Hannah Silsby.

Thomas Abbe, born in Wenham about 1679, baptized there 1680; died in Windham, 1 April 1700; probably not married. In a deed of 1722, William Slate, Jonathan Ormsby, Sarah Abbe, Ebenezer Abbe, Jonathan Abbe, John and Samuel Abbe speak of "our loving brother Thomas Abbe deceased."

Elizabeth Abbe, born in Wenham, about 1681; married William Slate(r), in Salem, 23 September 1702, but removed with him to Windham (NEHGR 111:130). Children: William (1703), Elizabeth (1705), Daniel (1708), Anne (1710), Samuel (1711), John (1715), Ebenezer (1717), Ezekial (1719).

Ebenezer Abbe married Mary Allen.

Mercy Abbe, born probably in Salem, 1 March 1685, baptized in Wenham before 1689; married Jonathan Ormsby of Windham in Windham, 8 June 1703. Child: Ichabod, born 15 April 1704, recorded in Windham.

Sarah Abbe, born in Salem, 4 July 1686; married John Fowler of Lebanon, New London, Connecticut. She was baptized in Wenham before 1688.

Hepsibah Abbe, born in Salem Village (Danvers), 14 February 1689 (baptism recorded in Wenham); married Samuel Palmer in Windham, 8 April 1707. Children: Sarah (1708), Samuel (1711), Ebenezer (1714), Ichabod (1716), Zebulon (1718), John (1721), Aaron (1723), Moses (1726), Elizabeth, Ann (1730).

Abigail Abbe, born in Salem, 19 November 1690; died in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts; married Joseph Ormsby of Rehoboth, 10 May 1710.

John Abbe, born in Salem, 4 June 1692; died in East Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, 30 October 1790; married Mary Bingham, daughter of Abel and Elizabeth (Mary) (Odell) Bingham, in Windham, 7 November 1717. The Abbe Genealogy has John married to a Hannah, but this is possibly a result of confusion with his uncle John. John appears to have removed to Hartford, Connecticut, in or before 1713, for on 29 October that year one John Abbe, resident at Hartford, sold his brother Ebenezer land formerly belonging to their father, Samuel Abbe of Windham (Windham Deeds, Book D, p. 328). In 1733, John signed a paper with others expressing their desire to settle in what was then known as "Western Town" (Tolland).

Benjamin Abbe, born in Salem, 4 June 1694; died in Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut about 1765; married Mary Tyron in Glastonbury, 14 January 1716. Children: Samuel, Agnes, Lydia, Hannah, and Mary.

Jonathan Abbe, born probably in Salem, about 1696; died in Willington, Tolland, Connecticut, 3 May 1757; married (1) Mary Johnson and (2) Rebecca Wedge. Children of the first marriage: Jonathan, Samuel, Isaac (1730), Thomas (1733), Mary (1734), Anne, Jeduthan. Children of the second marriage: Mary (1746). John (1750), Rebekah (1754).

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Samuel Abbe's Timeline

1648
1648
Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1672
October 12, 1672
Age 24
Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1674
1674
Age 26
Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
1674
Age 26
Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1675
1675
Age 27
Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1678
1678
Age 30
Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1680
October 3, 1680
Age 32
Freeman in Salem, Mass
1681
1681
Age 33
Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
1683
July 31, 1683
Age 35
Salem Village, Essex, MA
1684
March 1, 1684
Age 36
Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, USA