Matthew Abdy, Sr.

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Matthew Abdy, Sr.

Also Known As: "Abda", "Abdy or Abbey"
Birthplace: England
Death: after April 05, 1682
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Tabitha Abdy and Alice Abdy
Father of Mary Abdy; Tabitha Abdy and Matthew Abdy, Jr.

Occupation: Fisherman
Immigration: 1635 on the Abigail
Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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Immediate Family

About Matthew Abdy, Sr.

Boston fisherman


“The History and Some of the Descendants of Robert and Mary ..., Volume 1.” Page 41. GoogleBooks

Mentioned among early settlers of Essex at old Norfolk, June, 1669, aged 40, was a Matthew Abdy. An affidavit he signed May 17, 1654, Boston, says he was then “about 28.” ....

When the family came to America, probably 1632, Tabitha was about seven, and her girlhood was probably spent in Boston. When about 21, she married in Boston, 1646, Matthew Abdey (Abda, Abdy or Abbey), who was a Boston fisherman. It was probably upon their marriage that Robert Reynolds gave them a generous lot fronting on Milk Street (45 by 34 feet) out of Robert's original homestead at Washington and Milk Streets. Matthew sold this April 5, 1682, twenty years after Tabitha had died, to Laville Simpson. Next west and south of him was his brother-in-law Captain Nathaniel Reynolds; and next east was Nathaniel's stable lot and the old well. What kind of a house Matthew had there, we do not know.

Tabitha Reynolds died fifteen years after marriage when her family seems to have been quite small, and Matthew married second, Alices Cox, dau. of Moses Cox of Hampton, May 24, 1662, ceremony by Dep. Gov. Richard Bellingham. Matthew was in Boston Dec. 12, 1681 (tax list), same precinct as Nathl. Reynolds),|| but in later life he may have removed to Cambridge, Mass., where it is certain his son Matthew, Jr., also a fisherman, spent most of his life. We know little of Abdey, but it would seem that he was very poor.

Abdey Children:

  • 16. Mary, b. May 24, † 1648, nothing further known.
  • 17. Tabitha, b. Nov. 24, 1652, nothing further known.
  • 18. MATTHEW, JR., b. between 1654-58; d. Cambridge, Mass., 1730. hese three children were mentioned in Robert Reynold's will 1658. Though Matthew Jr. m. thrice, no children survived him. In Cambridge, heg m. April 10, 1688, Mrs. Deborah Wilson. He was known as a witty, and odd but goodnatured character about Harvard Square. A considerable account of him is given in Bits of Harvard History by Samuel F. Batchelder, 1924, pp. 273-76. Deborah Stimson, daughter of Andrew & Jane, was b. England, Aug. 1637; m. (1) Robert Wilson, who d. about 1685; (2), Matthew Abdy, previous to 1695, who was b. about 1654, d. Cambridge, about 1730. Matthew had a second wife, named Ruth, who d. Cambridge, Dec. 10, 1762, aged 93. They probably lived on the southwest corner of Mt. Auburn and Holyoke Streets in Cambridge. His wife had three children by a previous marriage, all of whom lived to marry.


The Abigail of London (Master: Richard Hackwell) sailed from foreign ports, the last being Plymouth, England on June 4, 1635. She sailed with about 220 passengers aboard along with livestock. She arrived in Boston about October 8, 1635 with smallpox aboard.

Alphabetical by family with age and roll number

  • Abdy Matthew 15, #134 (From Wantage, Berkshire, bound for Boston. Ref: PCC and Pell pg 275. 36 pg 6). Also listed from Southwark (S Olave) Surrey, bound for Boston. Ref: Banks, Mass. 36 pg 119)


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Matthew Abdy, Sr.'s Timeline

May 24, 1648
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
November 24, 1652
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
April 5, 1682
Age 57
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
December 4, 1999
Age 57
October 4, 2001
Age 57
December 5, 2001
Age 57