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Anthony Annable

Birthplace: Kent, England
Death: Died in Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John William Annable and Hannah Annable
Husband of Ann Annable; Ann Annable; Jane Momford; Jane Moumford; Jane Annable and 3 others
Father of Desire Barker (Annable); Jane Annable; Sarah Ewell; Anthony Annable; John Annable and 11 others

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About Anthony Annable

Surname has also been reported to be:

Date and place of birth have also been (erroneously?) reported to be between circa 1595 and circa 1600 at All Saints, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

Anthony Annable was one of the earliest Pilgrim settlers of Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, along with his family.

one of the first two settlers of Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts (the other being Lawrence Litchfield)

According to the research of the Scituate History Society's "Early Scituate Families" project, Anthony was born in 1599 in Kent, England. On April 26, 1619, he married Jane Mumford at All Saints Parish, Cambridge, England. He sailed for Plymouth Colony in 1623.

Early Life in New England

Anthony, Jane, and daughter Sarah arrived in Plymouth during the summer of 1623. They sailed from England on either the Anne or the Little James. Jane is believed to have been pregnant during the voyage because the Annables received four acres for planting corn by the following spring, which would have equaled acreage for a family of four by the Pilgrim standard of one acre per person.

Anthony and his wife joined the church in Scituate at its forming on January 8, 1634, and may have been members of the church in Plymouth prior to that. The church at Scituate was fraught with turmoil in its first decade, with the Rev. John Lothrop's leadership dividing the community. Anthony and Jane were supporters of Lothrup during this time.

Life in Barnstable

In October 1639, the Annable family was one of the Scituate families that followed Rev. Lothrup to Barnstable, Massachusetts, where they established a new church. Barnstable is where Jane died in 1643.

On March 3, 1645, Anthony married his second wife, Ann Alcock (sometimes written as "Elcock" or even "Clark") in Barnstable. She died in 1651. Anthony married his third wife, Ann Booker, in Barnstable c. 1652.


In the 1623 Plymouth land division, Anthony was granted four acres "on the other side of the town towards Eel River." In the 1627 division of cattle, the eighth company included Anthony, Jane, Sara, and Hannah.

On June 9, 1630 Anthony sold his dwelling house, garden plot, fence and "and all the privileges thereunto belonging" to Daniel Ray for £15.

Before the end of September 1634, Anthony had built a "small plain pallizadoe" house at Scituate. On September 29, 1639 Anthony sold "my dwelling house and out house and all my lands thereunto appertaining, viz: twenty-two acres, on the northeast side of the first herring brook, nine acres of marsh on the same side of the first herring brook, eighty acres of upland on the north side of the North River, and thirteen acres of marsh thereto belonging" to Thomas Rawlins of Scituate. The family moved to Barnstable a week later.

On March 5, 1660/1, Anthony was given permission to purchase land at Saconeesett, and on June 1, 1669, he was granted "competent accommodation of land" at Teticut.

Public Service

Anthony was admitted as a freeman before 1633 in Plymouth. He was a freeman in Scituate by March 7, 1636/7 and in Barnstable by May 29, 1670.

Like many other Plymouth men, Anthony was involved in public life in small ways. He served as deputy in various years and on several different committees and juries. His service on the 1636 and 1645 law reform committees and his book inventory valued at 15s indicate that he was likely a man of strong literacy and educational background.

Positions held by Anthony include:

  • Constable for "ward of Scituate," 1633 - 1635
  • Committee on "the trade," 1634
  • Committee to reform colony laws, 1636 and 1645
  • Jury, October 4-5, 1636
  • Plymouth petit jury, March 6, 1637/8, March 2, 1640/1, and March 1, 1641/2
  • Plymouth coroner's jury, March 15, 1657/8 and October 22, 1668
  • Scituate deputy to Plymouth General Court, 1639
  • Barnstable deputy to Plymouth General Court, 1640 - 1645, 1647, 1650 - 1651, 1653, 1656 - 1657
  • Approved arms-bearer in Barnstable, 1643
  • Committee for the defense of Barnstable, 1643
  • Committee on taxes, 1646

Death & Will

Internet sources give a slew of suggested death dates for Anthony, ranging from February 23, 1672 to June 4, 1684. The correct answer, per Plymouth Colony records and the Scituate Historical Society, is that his will was dated February 24, 1672 and probated on June 4, 1674, with Anthony dying between April 23, 1674 and the probate. We therefore use c. June 1, 1674 as his date of death on this profile.

Date of death might be June 4, 1674. It and place of death have also been (erroneously?) reported to be:

  • February 24, 1671 at Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
  • February 24, 1672 at Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
  • April 23, 1674 at Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts

Anthony bequeathed to his surviving wife his dwelling house and all lands

"which lyeth between that land which I have formerly given to my son, Samuel Annible, and Goodman Blush's land, along with half the meadow and half the Great Meadow, for life, and all movables to be at wife's disposal; to daughter Desire Annible household stuff left at wife's decease; to each of my daughters 12d."

In a codicil of April 23, 1674, Anthony gave his remaining lands to son Samuel at his wife's decease, with Samuel to pay £30 to Desire. The inventory, presented June 18, 1674, totalled £100 9s. 6d., with no real estate included.



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Anthony Annable's Timeline

Kent, England
September 28, 1606
Age 7
Chatteris, Cambridge, England
Age 21
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Age 23
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Eng.
Age 23
Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 23
All Saints, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 24
Bocking, Essex, England