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Abigail Roberts (Nutter)

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
Death: 1674 (40-48)
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Elder Hatevil Nutter and Anne Nutter
Wife of Lt. John Roberts
Mother of John Roberts; Sarah Field (Roberts); Thomas Roberts; Abigail Hall; Hatevil Roberts and 2 others
Sister of John Nutter; Lieut. Anthony Nutter; Mary Wingate; Mary Margaret Clagett and Elizabeth Leighton
Half sister of Thomas Swayne; John Swayne; Robert Swayne and Elizabeth Swayne

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About Abigail Roberts

Death Date may be c. 1674.

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  • 'Meredith, N.H. : annals and genealogies (1932)
  • http://www.archive.org/details/meredithnhannals00hana
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  • Stearns' History states that Thomas Roberts settled on Dover Neck, about 1623. The land he was on was occupied by Roberts' descendants over two centuries. They were men who were in
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  • public offices and occupied high positions. In 1662 he rebuked his sons, who were constables, for enforcing the law against Quaker women.
  • Thomas Roberts had been a member of the church over twenty years. He died about 1673 and was buried on Dover Neck. Tradition, through Charles Roberts of Meredith, states that Thomas Roberts was drawn on a jury as one of the men to punish the Quaker women for maintaining their religion. He refused and the Dover magistrate took his cow away to punish him. In his will he gave most of his property to his daughter, Sarah, and husband, Richard Rich, but remembered in his will, 'John' and Thomas; Hester, wife of John Martin; Anne, wife of James Philbrick of Hampton; and Elizabeth, wife of Benjamin Heard.
  • ' John Roberts, born in 1629, his son, was prominent on Dover Neck; he married Abigail, daughter of Elder Hate-evil Nutter. They had children: Joseph, Hatevil, and probably Thomas and Abigail Nutter Roberts. In 1679 John was in Portsmouth, served as marshall of the Province, but resigned in 1681.
  • Thomas Roberts, born in 1633, married Mary, daughter of Thomas Leighton of Dover.
  • Nathaniel lived on Dover Neck; married Elizabeth Mason.
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  • 'Piscataqua pioneers, 1623-1775; register of members and ancestors; (1919)
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  • HALL, DEACON JOHN, 1617-1694. He was born in England, 1617, and came to Dover with his father, John Hall, before 1640, as in that year he or his father signed the Combination agreement for good government......
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  • ..... His wife's name was Elizabeth, maiden name unknown.
  • Children: (1) John, b. 1644; d. 1697, being then a member of the Provincial Assembly ; he was drowned April 28, as he was coming up the river from Portsmouth, in a little float; married 8 Nov., 1671, Abigail, dau. of 'John and Abigail (Nutter) Roberts. John Roberts was son of Gov. Thomas Roberts and Abigail was daughter of Elder Hatevil Nutter'. John Hall's widow married 24 Oct., 1698, Thomas Downs of Cochecho, who was killed by the Indians in 1711, in the locality known as the Ricker Field." — (2) Ralph, date of birth unknown; m. twice, name of first wife not ....
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  • NUTTER, HATEVIL, 1603-1675. He was one of Captain Thomas Wiggin's company that came over in the fall of 1633, and settled on Dover Neck; he may not have come on the same ship, but soon after. He was among the noted men of the town, both in business and in church affairs. He was one of the first Elders of the First Church, and held the office for life. Though not given to much office holding, he received various valuable grants for saw mills and trees for supplying his mills for sawing into lumber. He had a ship yard on Fore River, and was largely engaged in ship building; his ships sailed all along the coast and to the West Indies, with which islands Dover had much trade.
  • Elder Nutter was a staunch supporter of the Church, hence was a strong opponent of the Quaker women missionaries when they came to town in 1662, and later, and created much disturbance in the First Church, of which Rev. John Reyner was then minister. The Quaker historian grossly misrepresents the Elder in regard to his treatment of the women. He believed the Quakers were wrong, and that their teachings were pernicious, as set forth by those women who were whipped. The Quakers had liberty to go elsewhere ; as they did not exercise that liberty Elder Nutter believed it was right to make them go. No doubt both parties were wrong, but the worthy Elder should be judged by the standard of that day, and not by that of
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  • the present day, to get a correct estimate of his character. He possessed a reasonable share of this world's goods ; these considerations procured for him the respect which the moral worth of a rich man always excites. The spot where his house stood can be easily pointed out. An aged pear tree now (1918) stands in the hollow where was his cellar; it is on the east side of High street, about fifteen rods northeast from the northeast corner of the second meeting house lot.
  • Elder Nutter died at a good old age. His will is dated 28 Dec, 1674, he being then about 71 years of age ; it was proved 29 June, 1675. His wife's name was Annie.
  • Children: (1) Antony, b. 1630; m. Sarah, daughter of Henry Langstaff. He lived in the Little Bay section of Bloody Point. His house was garrisoned ; he was an officer in command of the militia company in his section of Old Dover. He served as selectman several years, and represented Dover in the General Court six years or more. Thus it is plain that he was one of the influential and highly respected citizens. He died 19 February, 1686. His wife died later. — (2) Mary, b. ___; m. John Wingate. — (3) Elizabeth, b. __ ; m. Thomas Leighton, Jr. — (4) 'Abigail, b. __ ; m. Sergeant John Roberts, son of Governor Thomas Roberts.
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  • '[Provincial and state papers] (1867)
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  • Will of Hatevil Nutter 1674 Dover
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