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Abraham Tappan

Also Known As: "Tappon", "Abraham Toppan", "Topham"
Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Calridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: November 5, 1672 (66)
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of William Toppan and Cecilia Toppan
Husband of Susanna Tappan
Father of Dr. Peter Toppan; Elizabeth Mighill; Abraham Toppan; Lt. Jacob Tappan; Infant Toppan and 3 others

Occupation: 1636 Immigrant, Doctor
Managed by: Private User
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About Dr. Abraham Tappan

  • Birth: before Apr 10 1606 -  Calbridge, Coverham, Yorkshire, England
  • Baptism: Apr 10 1606 - Calbridge, Coverham, Yorkshire, England
  • Death: Nov 5 1672 - Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts
  • Burial: Burying Ground of the First Settlers, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, US


  • 'The historic genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899 (1899)
  • http://www.archive.org/details/historicgenealo00lowegoog *http://www.archive.org/stream/historicgenealo00lowegoog#page/n71/mode/1up
  • Children of Percival1 [1] and Rebecca ___ Lowell:
  • 2. I. JOHN2, b. in England 1595, d. in Newbury, Mass. July 10, 1647; m. 1st in England Margaret (Mary (written in)) ___ , d. soon after the b. of her fifth child, 1639, the same year of her arrival in New England. m. 2nd in Newbury, Mass. 1639, Elizabeth Goodale, b. in Yarmouth Norfolk Co., England, d. in Newbury, Mass. April 23, 1651, dau. of John Goodale and wife, widow Elizabeth Taylor of Newbury, Mass.
  • Elizabeth Goodale, with her mother and family, came from Yarmouth, Norfolk County, England 1638, to Newbury, Mass. The Goodale family consisted of the mother, and son Richard, daus. Abigail or Ann, who m. 1st Thomas Millard of Boston, Mass., and 2nd in Newbury Mass. Dec. 26, 1654, Daniel Pierce, Elizabeth who m. John Lowell, and 'Susanna Taylor, a half-sister, who m. Abraham Tappan of Newbury'. John Goodale's will is dated at Yarmouth, England, June 1625, in which is mentioned Elizabeth and others.

From http://genforum.genealogy.com/tappan/messages/25.html

Abraham Toppan b. about 1606.

Abraham Toppans baptism is recorded in the records of Calbridge, York County, England as having taken place, April 10, 1606. He emigrated with his family to New England in 1637, in the "Mary Anne." My cousin, Lewis William Tappan, wrote to me under date of Jan. 12, 1861: "I have spared neither labor nor expense in tracing back our family name, and with the following results. The name was originally Topham or De Topham, taken from a place of that name in Yorkshire upon the introduction of surnames in England and meaning Upper Hamlet or Village. The earliest mention of the family in the registry of the Archbishop of York is found in the will of John Topham of Pately Bridge in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This will is dated May 1, 1403 and was proved 13th of June following. He divided his property between his wife Elizabeth and his sons and daughters but does not give their names.

Robert Topham, with whom our pedigree commences, resided at Linton, near Pately Bridge. He made his will in January, 1550.

Thomas Topham, his second son, was of Arncliffe, in the neighborhood of Linton, who, dying in 1589, was buried in the Church.

Edward Tophan, eldest son of Thomas, has his pedigree recorded in the College of Arms, with Armorial bearings. He was of Aiglethorpe near Linton. One of his sons was Lieut. Col. in the service of King Charles and was slain at the battle of Marston Moor, 1644.

William Toppan, fourth son of Edward of Aiglethorpe, resided some time at Calbridge, where his son Abraham was baptized, April 10, 1606, and from whence he probably emigrated to New England, as before stated.

The cause of the change of name from Tophan to Toppan, I am not informed, but it appears that the subsequent change from Toppan to Tappan was made by our next ancestor, Abraham's eldest son, Peter, and that his father threatened to disinherit him for so doing. It seems, however, that most of the descendants have continued to bear the name of Tappan from that time, although some of them afterwards wrote the name Toppan. The family still exists in England, and are now of Middleham Hall, Yorkshire. Their crest is a Maltese Cross.

My Uncle, Lewis Tappan, has furnished the following interesting particulars from the public records: "May 10th, 1637, the examination of Abraham Toppan, of Yarmouth, aged 31 years, and Susanna his wife, aged 30 years, with two children, Peter and Elizabeth, and one maid servant, Anne Goodwin, aged 18 years, are desirous to pass to New England to inhabit." Persons wishing to emigrate in those days had to have their intentions recorded in London, and obtain permission.

In the town records of "Old Newbury," under date of Oct. 1637, is the following record: "Abraham Toppan, being licensed by John Endicott, Esq., to live in this jurisdiction, was received into the Town of Newbury as an inhabitant thereof, and hath promised, under his hand, to be subject to any lawful order that shall be made by the town." Signed, Abraham Toppan."

The above was quoted from "My Ancestors In America" by Wm. Blake Pierce 1864. A copy is in the possession of George Dick Pierce.


  1. Tappan-Toppan genealogy : ancestors and descendants of Abraham Toppan of Newbury, Massachusetts, 1606-1672 (1987)

Arrived in USA on the Mary Ann 10-16-1637. Settled in Newburry, Mass.

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Dr. Abraham Tappan's Timeline

April 10, 1606
Calridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Age 27
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK
October 16, 1635
Age 29
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK
Age 35
Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony
December 24, 1645
Age 39
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 40
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
June 13, 1649
Age 43
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 23, 1651
Age 45
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 46
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts