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Abigail Hutchinson (Vermayes)

Also Known As: "Vermais Bethune", "Firmage Button", "Vermaies"
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Death: August 10, 1689
Boston, Suffolk County, Dominion of New England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of unknown Vermayes and Alice Firmage
Wife of Robert Button, of Salem & Boston and Capt. Edward Hutchinson
Mother of Samuel Button; Abigail Lothrop; Hannah Button; Sarah Tucker; Samuel Button and 4 others
Sister of Mark Vermace; Capt. Benjamin Vermayes; Susanna Vergoose; Esther Estwick and Sarah Landgon

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About Abigail Hutchinson

Children of (____) VERMAYES and Alice BLESSING all b. Norfolk Co, England:

4. Abigail (born about 1622 of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England; died August 10, 1689 in Boston, Suffolk County, Dominion of New England.

She married 1st to Robert Button in Salem, MA and 2d, to Edward Hutchinson, Jr. son of William and Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson. Ann was convicted for her religious beliefs and banished from MA Bay Colony; most of her family went to Portsmouth, RI.

Also known as Firmage, Vermaies, Fermace, Fermaes, Fermase, Fermayes, Formais, Hermayes, Veremaes, Vermais


VERMAYES, Abigail m. Robert BUTTON, prob. at Salem, MA; About 1641; Since both sons died without issue this probably ends his line. -

5 children with Robert Button:

  1. Samuel, bp. 27 May 1642, Salem, MA, died young
  2. Abigail, bp. 7 Jan 1644/5, Salem, MA. Married 1) Joseph Dodson 2) Barnabas Lothrop.
  3. Hannah, b. 16 Dec 1645, Boston, d. 20 Mar 1651/2 at Boston
  4. Sarah, b. 16 Jan 1644/5 Boston. Married John Tucker.
  5. Samuel, b. 20 Feb 1648/9 Boston, apparently unmarried

VERMAYES, Abigail m. 2d Edward HUTCHINSON, Jr., son of William; in 1650, at Boston, Suffolk County. Edward m. 1st Katherine Hamby by whom he had seven children.

4 children with Edward Hutchinson, all born in Boston:

  1. M Edward, b. Jan 1651/2, d. 1692 Boston. Died unmarried
  2. F Katherine, b. 13 Feb 1652/3. Married 1) Henry Bartholomew 2) Richard Janverin
  3. M Benjamin, b. 22 Jun 1656, probably died young
  4. F Hannah, b. 16 May 1659, d. 15 Jan 1704/5 Taunton, MA. Married Peter Walker.

supporting data

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Hutchinson_(captain)_

Katherine [Hamby] died sometime after 10 June 1649 when her last child was born, but by 1650 when Edward Hutchinson was married to his second wife.[25] His second wife was Abigail (Fermayes) Button, the daughter of Alice (Blessing) Fermayes (or Vermais), and widow of Robert Button.[1]

Court records from the time show that in 1656 Abigail testified against Eunice Cole at her witch trial, Cole likely being the only woman convicted of witchcraft in New Hampshire.[7][10]

  • 1.Anderson, Robert Charles (2003). The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England 1634–1635. Vol. III G-H. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society. ISBN 0-88082-158-2. Page 480
  • 7. LaPlante, Eve (2004). American Jezebel, the Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman who Defied the Puritans. San Francisco: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-06-056233-1. Page 240
  • 10. Demos, John Putnam (1983). Entertaining Satan: witchcraft and the culture of early New England. Oxford University Press US. Page 322
  • 25. Wilcox, Wayne Howard Miller (April 1991). "The Ancestry of Katherine Hamby, Wife of Captain Edward Hutchinson of Boston, Massachusetts". New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 145: 99–121. ISBN 0-7884-0293-5. Page 258

From page 174 of Annals of Salem, Volume 1 By Joseph Barlow Felt. "First Settlers"

1640 - Abigail Vermayes

From link to The pioneers of Massachusetts, a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns and churches and other contemporaneous documents by Pope, Charles Henry, 1841-1918 Published 1900. Page 86.

BUTTON, Robert. Member of the church at Salem, 1641. Removed to Boston from May 18, 1642. Will probated 28 (11) 1650, wife Abigail, son Samuel, daus Abigail, Hannah and Sarah. The inventory was presented by his widow, now wife of Edward Hutchinson, 21 (11) 1650.

From About Towne, vol. 1, #1, pp. 2-3; excerpt from W.G. Davis, The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes.

Widow Alice Vermais requested "accomodation" (i.e., land) at the Salem town council on 29 October 1638, receiving 50 acreas on 4 February 1638/9. There were two sons and four daughters. Alice Fermace later moved to Boston, her will proven 24 April 1656 in which a sister Joan Towne was named. Also mentioned are "daughters" (or nieces) Susan Goose and Abigail Hutchinson; also Peter, Abigail, Sarah and Esther.

From link to Perley, Sidney, The History of Salem, Massachusetts (Salem, Massachusetts: S. Perley, 1924-1928.), 2:42

Mark Vermais was perhaps the son of Mrs. Alice Vermais. She was admitted to the Salem Church in 1639. He was engaged to be married to Katherine -- in 1640, but she forsook him and married Nicholas Pacy of Lowestoft, Suffolkshire, England, merchant. Mrs. Vermais had a daughter Abigail, who was admitted to the church in Salem in 1640, and married, first, Robert Bethune of Boston; second, Edward Hutchinson; and probably a son Benjamin, who belonged to the Salem church, and married Mercy, eldest daughter of Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth in 1648, and removed to Boston, and thence to Plymouth. The Vermais family remained in Salem only a few years. Mrs. Vermais conveyed the title to some land in the Northfield in 1655, but had previously removed from the town. She died Feb. 9, 1656. There is a small hill in Danvers, lying south-westerly from the junction of Andover Street and Pope's lane, which perpetuates the name, though spelled differently. In 1666, it was called Shermaid's hill; in 1699, Scarcemaid's hill; in 1701, Scaremaid's hill; and in 1703, Fairmaid's hill. The family name is sometimes written Fearmayes.

from the Button Families of America page 29

Sarah (Button) Tucker a widow deeds Roger Kilcup (who married her niece Abigail Dudson above) Boston, a glover all the estate right title and interest in one messuage house or tenement situated between the houses of said Kilcup and Enoch Greenleaf, which said message is now in the possession of said Tucker and Benj Thaxter and Richard Greene by means of the last will of Robert Button, dead father of said Sarah Tucker, or by virtue of a deed or agreement under the hands of Edw. and Abigail (Button) Hutchinson on March 15 1663. Sarah Married John Tucker who died before 1699

From Royal Families: Reverend Francis Marbury and five generations of his descendants through Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson and Katherine (Marbury) Scott by Marston Watson Genealogical Publishing Company, Apr 1, 2010 - Reference - 342 pages link (available on Ancestry.com)

Daughter of Samuel (?) & Alice (Blessing) Firmage. Married 1) Robert Button 2) Edward Hutchinson as 2nd wife, son of Anne Marbury. (Citation for parents: Wilcox, "Hamby Ancestry," 258)

Son Edward Hutchinson's 1692 will names half brother Elisha; Half sister Elizabeth Winslow; half sister Abigail (Button) Dudson; Half sister Sarah (Button) Tucker ....

sources cited

  • Wilcox, Wayne H. M. "The Ancestry of Katherine Hamby, wife of Captain Edward Hutchinson of Boston MA," NEHG Register, April 1991. pp 99-121.
  • Link to Third Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages
  • link to Perley, Sidney, The History of Salem, Massachusetts (Salem, Massachusetts: S. Perley, 1924-1928.), 2:42
  • http://news.rootsweb.com/th/read/SALEM-WITCH/2007-04/1177980226
  • http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hwbradley/aqwg388.htm#6248
  • 1Wilcox, Wayne Howard Miller, "The Ancestry of Katherine Hamby, Wife of Captain Edward Hutchinson of Boston," NEHGR 145:3 (Jul 1991) (New England Historic, Genealogical Society.), p. 258, Los Angeles Public Library.
  • 2Weis, Frederick Lewis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700 (7th ed., Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992.), 224A-43, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 974 W426 1992.
  • 3Anderson, Robert Charles, George F. Sanborn, Jr., Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2007.), 3:480, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 974 A549-1.
  • 4Whitmore, William Henry, A Brief Genealogy of the Descendants of William Hutchinson and Thomas Oliver (Boston: Drake, 1865.), p. 8, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.2 H978-1.
  • 5"Memoir of Governor Hutchinson," NEHGR 1:4 (Oct 1847) (New England Historic, Genealogical Society.), p. 300, Los Angeles Public Library.
  • 6Perley, Sidney, The History of Salem, Massachusetts (Salem, Massachusetts: S. Perley, 1924-1928.), 2:42, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 974.42 S16Pe. [link]
  • 7Richardson, Douglas, Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004.), p. 372, Family History Library, 942 D5rd.
  • 8Watson, Marston, Reverend Francis Marbury and Five Generations of His Descendants (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.), p. 7, Family History Library, 929.273 M329wm.
  • 9Richardson, Douglas, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2005.), p. 401, Family History Library, 942 D5rdm.
  • 10Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985.), p. 407, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 974 T694.
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Abigail Hutchinson's Timeline

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
May 27, 1642
Age 20
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
January 7, 1644
Age 22
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
December 16, 1645
Age 23
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
January 16, 1647
Age 25
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
February 20, 1649
Age 27
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
January 3, 1652
Age 30
Boston, Suffolk County , Massachusetts
February 13, 1654
Age 32
Boston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)