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Abiel Bugbee (Twitchell)

Also Known As: "Corbet"
Birthplace: Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Death: April 14, 1744 (80)
Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Benjamin Twitchell, I and Mary Twitchell
Wife of Robert Corbett, of Weymouth and John Bugbee
Partner of N.N.
Mother of Benoni Twitchell; Elder Daniel Corbett, Sr.; Damaris Corbett and Benjamin Bugbee
Sister of Elizabeth Allen; Joseph Twitchell; Benjamin (2) Twitchell, II; Rachel Twitchell; Mary Rockwood and 5 others

Managed by: Lori Lynn Wilke
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About Abiel Bugbee

Abiel Twitchell

  • Father: Benjamin (Immigrant, bef 1634) Twitchell b: 10 JUN 1599 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Mother: Mary (Immigrant) Riggs b: 1625 in probably England


  1. unknown man (not married). Names seen without attribution include William Allen and Samuel Mills
  2. Robert (Immigrant) Corbett b: ABT 1640 in England d 1695 Married: Feb 23 1682 / 3 in Woodstock, CT. Priscilla Rockwood's widower
  3. John Bugbee Jr. b: abt 1665 d 1744 Married July 10, 1696 in Woodstock, CT

Children with (?)

  1. Benoni Twitchell b: ABT 1681 in Medfield, Norfolk, MA

Children with Robert Corbett

  1. Damaris Corbett b: 15 Feb 1691/1692 in Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut
  2. Daniel Corbett Sr. b: 29 Dec 1693 in Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut



With her Bugbee husband, one of the first thirty-nine landowners in Woodstock, CT.

According to the book, "The History of Woodstock, CT, Genealogy of Woodstock Families" by Clarence Bowen:

Before she married John Bugbee, she was married to Robert Corbit who died in Woodstock on 9/18/1695.E. Holmes Bugbee speaks of a family legend relating to this Abiah (Abiel?) who having a legacy coming to her rode to Roxbury on horseback, collected the same in Spanish dollars, and in riding back to Woodstock over the Connecticut Path was overtaken by a robber who demanded her money. She parleyed and maneuvered to get the robber's horse and her own headed in the right direction and then in handing her bag of money to the robber purposely dropped the same.

When the robber got off his horse to pick up the money, Abiah whipped both horses and the robber's horse followed her own. When she finally came to a cabin by the roadside she found in the saddle bags on the robber's horse more dollars than she had lost and with this money and the robber's horse she returned safely to Woodstock (Letter dated Putnam, Nov. 30, 1896, from E. Holmes Bugbee, owned by Lucian Willis Bugbee, Jr.) May peace be with you Abiel....


Background information

Abiel Twitchell was born November 1, 1663 in Medfield, Norfolk County, MA, her parents were Benjamin and Marie Twitchell (Vital Records of Mendon, MA)

Abiel's father, Benjamin Twitchell, was killed by Indians in 1675-1676, in Medfield, Norfolk County, MA.

Abiel gave birth to a son out of wedlock, his name was Benoni Twitchell born in the year 1682 in Medfield, Norfolk County, MA, he died sometime after 1749.

The "Twitchell Genealogy" states Abiel was the son of Benjamin Twitchell, but then on page 12 says that Mary's "sister Abiel, lived with them at Medfield."

This obviously indicated that Ralph Emerson knew Abiel was a female, but failed to state it that way for some reason or another.

Sometime after Abiel's son Benoni Twitchell was born in 1682 the Medfield Town records read:

"Abiel gave birth to a son out of wedlock, his name was Benoni Twitchell born in the year 1682 in Medfield, Norfolk County, MA, he died sometime after 1749."

"The Selectmen being informed that Josiah Rockett have entertained Abiel Twitchell and her child who continuing there may become chargeable to the town appointed Samuel Morse in the name of the Selectmen to forbid the said Josiah Rockett any longer to entertain the said Abiel and also to warn her out of the town."

Josiah Rockett (Rockwood) was married to Abiel's sister Mary, so he was her brother-in-law.

Josiah Rockett was later fined 20 shillings "For breach of Town order in entertaining Abiel Twitchell."

From what can best be determined apparently Abiel Twitchell refused to name the father of Benoni in court. At this time Abiels's sister Mary most likely did not want to leave Abiel homeless so her and husband, Josiah, defied the court order of Abiel leaving town, and let Abiel live with them. Since Josiah Rockett was the head of house, he was the one fined for disobeying the Town orders.

Still other people claim that Abiel Twitchell and her brother-in-law Josiah were having an affair and Abiel became pregnant with Benoni and gave birth to him in 1682.

Abiel Twitchell married Robert Corbett about 1690. The marriage most likely took place in Medfield, Norfolk County, MA or possibly Woodstock, Windham County, CN

Robert Corbett would have been Josiah Rockett's (Rockwood) brother-in-law. Josiah was the brother to Priscilla Rockwood, who was Robert Corbett's deceased first wife.

supporting data

There is no record of the marriage but records from Mendon and Woodstock note that Robert and Abiel were man and wife.

Vital Records from Mendon, MA show: "Abiel was born in 1663 to Benjamin and Marie Twitchell. She had two children with Robert Corbett: Damorous (f) b. 15 Feb. 1692 and Daniel (m) b. 29 Dec 1693."

Vital Records of Woodstock, CT are quoted , Vol 1, p.4: "Daniel Corbit, son of Robert Corbit and Abiel his wife, born December 29, 1693."

Abiel's husband Robert Corbett died on September 18th, 1695, in Woodstock, Windham County, CN per the Vital Records of Woodstock, Vol. 1, p. 74

After the death of Robert Corbett, according to the Vital Records of Woodstock: "John Bugbee married Abiah, widow of Robert Corbit" and had children with him. Per the Thirteen Generations of Descendants of Robert Corbett, It is reported that John Bugbee was a near neighbor.

This same book tells that a Bugbee genealogy gives April 15th, 1744 as Abiel's date of death, her age was 81 years old. Abiel was buried in the cemetery of the First Church of Woodstock, CT

Melvin C. Corbett, in his book, Descendants of Robert Corbett of Weymouth, MA, privately published in Darien, CT in 1957, said that the Bugbee's low grave stones, both dated 1744, could be seen and read by the building which was built in 1821. Abiel's stone read "Abiel Bugbee, wife of John Bugbee, died April 15, 1744, aged 81" Melvin reported this in 1957, but by 1990, the stones had been removed.

From: Vital Records of Woodstock 1686-1854 Pa 2 "John Bugbee & Abigail Corbit [married] July 10th 1696"


Benoni Twitchell's father? DNA test proposal Begin New Thread

Benoni Twitchell's father? DNA test proposal KenRockwell86

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   Posted: 22 Jul 2015 6:18 PM
   Classification: Query
   Surnames: Twitchell, Allen, Corbett

Benoni Twitchell, born 1682, lived in Medfield and Oxford, Massachusetts, and Killingly, Connecticut. Early accounts identify his father as Abiel Twitchell, son of Benjamin Twitchell of Medfield. Problem: Abiel was a daughter of Benjamin! She is known to have had a child out of wedlock, surely Benoni. So who was his father? Various candidates have been put forth, including Abiel's brother-in-law, William Allen, and her future husband, Robert Corbett. This is a perfect case for a Y-DNA test. Are there any direct (all-male-line) descendants of Benoni who would be willing to take the test? Please contact me for details.

Ken Rockwell,

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Abiel Bugbee's Timeline

November 1, 1663
Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
February 1681
Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
December 29, 1693
Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut
September 3, 1699
Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
April 14, 1744
Age 80
Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut