About Robert Abell
http://library.uwinnipeg.ca/people/dobson/genealogy/ff/FitzAlan/FitzAlan-AT.cfm by Carl Boyer, 3rd, Medieval English Ancestors of Robert1 Abell, and its companion work, Medieval English Ancestors of Certain Americans (both Santa Clarita, California, 2001), which together trace the majority, at least, of Elizabeth FitzAlan’s English ancestry.
Robert Abell probably came to the colonies in 1630. He settled in Weymouth, and removed to Rehoboth in 1643. He died there June 20, 1663, leaving a widow, Joanna, and seven children. He was a well-known and highly es teemed in the community.
Following notes from: The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New Engla nd 1620-1633. CD - Copyright 2000 by My Family.com, Inc. and the New England Historic and Genealogical Society.
FIRST RESIDENCE: Weymouth
REMOVES: Rehoboth 1643
OCCUPATION: Innkeeper. 3 July 1656: "Robert Abell is allowed by the Court to keep an ordinary at Rehoboth" [PCR 3:104].
FREEMAN: Requested 19 October 1630 and admitted 18 May 1631 [MBCR 1:80, 3 66]. First in a list of Rehoboth men who took the oath of fidelity in 16 57 [PCR 8:178].
EDUCATION: The inventory included "four books," 18s.
OFFICES: Plymouth grand jury, 3 June 1657 [PCR 3:115]; petit jury, 4 Ju ne 1657 [PCR 7:83]; coroner's jury, 10 June 1661 and 22 April 1662 [PCR 3: 222; 4:13].
ESTATE: In the inventory of Weymouth landholding compiled about 1643, there is no entry for Robert Abell, but references to him in the entries for John Fussell, James Snook and John Staple indicate that he had earli er been granted "one acre of salt marsh at the Back River" and at least s ix acres "in the plain" [Weymouth Hist 188, 191, 195].
Three acres of meadow in the North Purchase were granted to Robert Abe ll on 28 March 1653 [Abell Gen 44]. On 3 June 1657, Plymouth court confirmed to Robert Abell an earlier grant of three acres of meadow made by Reho both purchasers [PCR 3:120], presumably the land granted in 1653. Robert Abell also drew for meadow lots on 18 February 1646 and 22 June 1658 [Abell Gen 44]. On 26 May 1668, after Robert Abell's death and his widow 's remarriage to William Hyde, lots were drawn for meadow in the North Pur chase, with Lot 5 going to Goody Hide, Lot 6 the Children's Land (presumab ly the minor children of Robert Abell), and Lot 8 to Preserved Abell [Abe ll Gen 45].
The inventory of the estate of Robert Abell was taken 9 August 1663, and amounted to œ354 17s. 9d., of which "an house and land" accounted for œ 130. Distribution of the estate was made on 3 March 1663/4; aside from so me minor expenses, the major items were "the house and land taken out as t he eldest son's," œ130; "to Mary Abell given by her father as her full part in a cow and feather bed," œ8; "due to the widow as her thirds," œ66 19 s. 6d.; and "to the other five children, each of them," œ26 16s. [PCPR 2(2 ):14-15; MD 15:239]. Letters of administration were granted to the widow "Joannah Abell," 1 March 1663/4 [PCR 4:46, 54].
In a Plymouth Colony account of 6 June 1667, "Widow Abell" was owed œ11 4 s., for unstated reasons [PCR 8:120]; this account was dated two days after Joanna Abell's remarriage to William Hyde.
BIRTH: Born about 1605, probably at Stapenhill, Derbyshire, son of George and Frances (Cotton) Abell [TG 5:162]. In his will of 8 September 163 0, George Abell of Hemington, Leicestershire, made a small bequest to his second son Robert Abell "in regard of the charges I have been at in pla cing him in a good trade in London which he hath made no use of and since in furnishing him for New England where I hope he now is" [Abell Gen 4 2, citing PCC 10 St. John].
DEATH: Rehoboth 20 June 1663 [ReVR 789, citing original 1:50].
MARRIAGE: Joanna _____. The given name of Robert Abell's wife is first seen after his death, during the probate of his estate; there is no indication that Robert had any other wife, and his three eldest children named daughters Joanna, so he was probably married to Joanna by 1639. She married second at Rehoboth 4 June 1667 William Hyde of "New Norwich" [ReVR 3, citing original 1:44]; she removed to Norwich with her new husband, and out lived him as well.
I. ABRAHAM, bur. Weymouth 14 November 1639 [WeVR 8:348].
II. MARY, b. Weymouth 11 April 1642 [WeVR 8:348]; m. by 1663 Rev. Samuel Luther of Rehoboth [Abell Gen 46]. Many secondary sources report this marriage, but without providing the evidence; Torrey placed a question mark next to this entry in his compilation, indicating that he did not find the evidence.
III. PRESERVED, b. Rehoboth say 1644; m. (1) Rehoboth 27 September 1667 Martha Redway [ReVR 3, citing original 1:45; Early Rehoboth 1:133-35]. (S ee Abell Gen 47 for Preserved's second and third marriages.)
IV. CALEB, b. Rehoboth about 1647; m. Norwich, Connecticut, __ July 1669 Margaret Post [NoVR 18]; he d. Norwich 7 August 1731 "in his 85th year" [Norwich Cem 32].
V. JOSHUA, b. Rehoboth say 1649; m. (1) Norwich, Connecticut, 1 November 1 677 Mehitabel Smith [NoVR 30], who d. Norwich 14 March 1684/5 [NoVR 30 ]; m. (2) Norwich __ November 1685 Bethiah Gadger [NoVR 30].
VI. BENJAMIN, b. Rehoboth say 1651; m. by 1679 Hannah _____ [Abell Gen 54] .
VII.EXPERIENCE, b. Rehoboth say 1660; m. Norwich 1680 (no day or month given) John Baldwin [NoVR 55].
VIII. Child (based on distribution of estate, which referred to "the eldest son," Mary Abell, and "the other five children"). Analysis of the names given to children of the known children of Robert Abell suggests two possibilities for this child: Mehitable (used by Mary, Preserved, Joshua, B enjamin and Experience) and Martha (used by Mary, Preserved, Caleb and Joshua). Martha was not used in any of these families prior to the marriage of Preserved Abell to Martha Redway, whereas Mehitable was used twice ( by Mary and Preserved) before the marriage of Joshua Abell to Mehitable Smith [Abell Gen 47-56].
COMMENTS: After his request for and admission to freemanship in the winter of 1630-1 (which tells us nothing about where he might have been residing in Massachusetts Bay at the time), Robert Abell disappeared from the records until 4 December 1638, when he appeared before the General Court [MB CR 1:247], where his record immediately precedes two others relating to Weymouth. Where was Robert Abell during these seven-and-a-half years? Would an adult of substantial social status have resided in Weymouth for this entire period without creating a single record? Did he perhaps return to England for part of this time? Further evidence for this period of Robert Abell's life would be welcome.
One record which may be relevant here comes from the records of the Providence Island Company. On 6 April 1638 "John Arrat, his wife and child, Robert Abell, John Clerke, Edmund Fole and Peter Talbot, sawyer, who were go ing to New England, say they are willing to go to Providence" [Coldham 194 ]. If this is the Robert Abell of Weymouth it is consistent with his reappearance in New England records late in 1638, but it still leaves unexplained the gap from 1631 to 1638.
Since there is no separate entry for Robert Abell in the Weymouth land in ventory of about 1643, where all references are for land which he had alre ady relinquished, we assume that he had already by this date departed f or Rehoboth, which was settled in that year.
The data on the marriages of the children of Robert Abell are not alwa ys satisfactory; in part this is due to the deficiencies of the Norwich vi tal records, but the lack of evidence for the claimed marriage of daughter Mary is more serious.
On 10 June 1661 the Plymouth court summoned "Robert Abell and his wife" to give evidence about a marriage performed under false pretenses [P CR 3:220].
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: A sound presentation of the descendants of Robert Abell is given in The Abell Family in America by Horace A. Abell and Lewis P. Abell (Rutland VT 1940), cited above as Abell Gen, including the discussion of a number of controversial points. (The information on Robert A bell's landholding in Rehoboth is taken from this volume, which includes m any extracts from original records.) This volume also provides three generations of Abells in England ancestral to the immigrant. More recently, Neil D. Thompson has reexamined and strengthened the previously noted royal descent for Robert Abell's mother ["Abell-Cotton-Mainwaring: Maternal Ancestry of Robert Abell of Weymouth and Rehoboth, Mass.," TG 5 (1984):158- 71].
Robert Abell, son of George was born in 1589 in Hemington, Leicestershire, England. He was the immigrant who came to New England with John Winthrop on the Winthrop Fleet, in June 1630 and settled at Rehobeth, MA. He took the Oath of Freeman May 18, 1631. In 1638 he married Joanna whose last name is unknown. Robert removed from Weymouth in 1643, probably following Rev. Samuel Newman, the real founder of Rehoboth. Rev. Newman was minister at Weymouth for four and a half or five years, then with a majority of his congregation, in 1642 removed to a place called by the Indians Seekonk, to which he gave the name of Rehoboth. There are several records documenting his activity in Rehoboth where he lived until he died on June 20, 1663. The Winthrop Society was created for ancestors who came over on the Winthrop Fleet.
Abell Coat of Arms
Born about 1605, probably at Stapenhill, Derbyshire, son of George and Frances (Cotton) Abell. In his will of 8 September 1630, George Abell of Hemington, Leicestershire, made a small bequest to his second son Robert Abell "in regard of the charges I have been at in placing him in a good trade in London which he hath made no use of and since in furnishing him for New England where I hope he now is." An innkeeper who came to Massachusetts Bay from London in 1630. First settled somewhere in the Bay. Moved to Weymouth MA by 1639; moved to Rehoboth MA in 1643. Died in Rehoboth 20 June 1663. Married Joanna _____. The given name of Robert Abell's wife is first seen after his death, during the probate of his estate; there is no indication that Robert had any other wife, and his sons Preserved & Caleb named daughters Joanna, so Robert was probably married to Joanna by 1639. She married second at Rehoboth 4 June 1667 William Hyde of "New Norwich." She removed to Norwich with her new husband, and outlived him as well.
Source Anderson's Winthrop Fleet.
Spouse: Joanna Abell Hyde (1610 - ____) Children: Mary Abell Luther (1642 - ____)*
He is treated in Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, starting on page 3, which includes the following information:
born about 16055, probably Stapenhill, Derberyshire, son of George and Frances (Cotton) Abell (citing TG 5:162); in his will of 8 Sep 1630, George bell of Hemington, Leicestershire, made a small bequest to his second son Robert Abell "in regard of the charges Ihave been at in placing him in a god trade in London which he hath made no use of and ince in furnishing him for New England where I hope he now is" (citing Abell Gen 42, citing PCC 10 St. John) d. Rehoboth 20 Jun 1663 m. Joanna ____. The given name of his wife is first seen after his death, during the probate of his estate; there is no indication that he had any other wife; she married 4 Jun 1667 William Hyde of "New Norwich" where they moved. Children:
Abraham, bur Weymouth 14 Nov 1639 Mary, b Weymouth 11 Apr 1642; supposedly m by 1663 Rev. Samuel Luther of Rehoboth (but no evidence found) Preserved, b Rehoboth c 1644; m1 Rehoboth 27 Sep 1667 Martha Redway; two other marriages per Abell Genealogy, p 47 Caleb, b Rehoboth abt 1647; m. Norwich, CT Jul 1669 Margaret Post; d. Norwich 7 Aug 1763, in 85th year Joshua, b Rehoboth abt 1649; m1 Norwich CT 1 Nov 1677 Mehitable Smith who d 14 Mar 1684/5; m2 Nov 1685 Bethiah Gadger Benjamin, b Rehoboth abt 1651; m by 1679 Hannah Experience, b Rehoboth abt 1660; m Norwich 1680 John Baldwin Based on distribution of estate there must have been an additional child. Additional Information , , , , , 
Occupation: Inn Keeper Freeman: 18 MAY 1631 Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA He came to the colonies in 1630 on the the Winthrop. Robert Abell was an early settler of Weymuth. He followed Samuel Newman to Rehoboth, MA. in 1642 and applied for a land grant from Plymouth Court in 1643. Robert Abell may have been born in Stapenhill, Derbyshire, England.
His occupation was that of a Tavernkeeper, he had a special license to operate an ordinary cafe in 1654. He owned lot 28 in 1646/1651/1653. In Attleboro, North Purchase in 1658 along with Samuel Luther ( his future son-in-law).
He became a Freeman on Oct 19 1630. He took oath an of fidelity in 1657.
He had one wife: Joanna Hyde 1610-1672
Born about 1605, probably at Stapenhill, Derbyshire, son of George and Frances (Cotton) Abell. In his will of 8 September 1630, George Abell of Hemington, Leicestershire, made a small bequest to his second son Robert Abell "in regard of the charges I have been at in placing him in a good trade in London which he hath made no use of and since in furnishing him for New England where I hope he now is." An 1nnkeeper who came to Massachusetts Bay from London in 1630. First settled somewhere in the Bay. Moved to Weymouth MA by 1639; moved to Rehoboth MA in 1643. Died in Rehoboth 20 June 1663. Married Joanna _____. The given name of Robert Abell's wife is first seen after his death, during the probate of his estate; there is no indication that Robert had any other wife, and his sons Preserved & Caleb named daughters Joanna, so Robert was probably married to Joanna by 1639. She married second at Rehoboth 4 June 1667 William Hyde of "New Norwich." She removed to Norwich with her new husband, and outlived him as well. Source Anderson's Winthrop Fleet.
Born about 1605 and died 20 June 1661. He was the immigrant who came to New England with John Winthrop, in June 1630 and settled at Rehobeth, Mass. He married Joanna whose last name is not known.
Robert was first mentioned in his father's will 1630 as then living in New England. He came to America probably in the fleet with Gov. Winthrop, which arrived at Charlestown, Mass., June 1630 (Savage).
The first record of Robert in America is at Weymouth, Mass., included in a list as desirous to be made a Freeman, October 19, 1630 and he took the Oath of Freeman May 18, 1631. He is mentioned at the Quarterly Court, held at Boston December 4, 1638 and June 2, 1640 at Weymouth. He is mentioned in regards to land owned by John Ffussell, John Stable and James Snooke, October 26, 1642 to May 21, 1644.
Robert removed from Weymouth in 1643, probably following Rev. Samuel Newman, the real founder of Rehoboth. Rev. Newman was minister at Weymouth for four and a half or five years, then with a majority of his congregation, in 1642 removed to a place called by the Indians Seekonk, to which he gave the name of Rehoboth.
The first meeting of the original planters of Rehoboth, to be found on record, is dated at "Weimoth" the 24th of the 8th month (October) 1643; the next meeting of the proprietors was held at Weymouth, the 10th day of the 10th month (December) 1643. About the year 1643 a joint agreement was made by the inhabitants of Sea-conk alias Rehoboth, for the bringing in of their estates; that so men's allotments might be taken up according to person and estate, also for carrying on of all public charges both for present and future; furthermore the means and interest of what is here expressed is that by which lands now granted by the Court of Plymouth to the town are to be divided according to person and estate, as is expressed in a list of 58 names. The 28th name on the list is Job Lane (underneath written), "now Robert Abell's" F50; it is evident that Robert Abell was written in after he had bought of Job Lane.
At a meeting of the town February 18, 1646 it was agreed to draw lots for the new meadow, and to be divided according to person and estate, only those that were under F150, estate to be made up 150. Robert is the 41st name on a list of 46 who drew for lots.
The 26th of the 12th month, 1651 it was agreed that Robert Abell and Richard Bullock should burn the commons round about, from the Indian fence, all on the neck, to the new meadow near, and so far about the fresh meadows as may be convenient; and they are to have 20s, for their pains, and to begin the 15th of March next, and to be paid out of the first rate.
The 28th of March, 1653 it was concluded and agreed upon, that Robert Abell should have three acres of meadow on the north side of the line, next to the town, next the line that parteth the land of the purchasers and the town of Rehoboth. This meadow was given them by Mr. Prince, Captain Standish and Mr. Winslow.
Mention is made of Robert in Court Orders, June 29, 1653, June 10, 1661 and April 22, 1662.
On February 1, 1654 at a town meeting, Robert was ordered to keep the Ordinary, and on July 3, 1656, Plymouth, Mass., he is allowed by the Court to keep an Ordinary at Rehoboth. (An Ordinary is a place where meals are provided.)
Robert was at the Court of Elections at Plymouth, June 3, 1657 and on Jury at the General Court at Plymouth, June 4, 1657 and took the oath of fidelity in 1657.
1. The Abell Family in America 2. Ancestors of American Presidents (1989) p. 296 3. Burke's American Families, pg. 2529. 4. Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell by Carl Boyer, 3rd (2001) 5. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Douglas Richardson); 2013; Vol. 1:107 6. AFN: CGHZ-ZV
Robert Abell From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Robert Abell was born in about 1605 in Stapenhill, Derbyshire, England. He emigrated to New England in 1630 as part of the first wave of the Great Migration, and was among the early settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, settling first in Weymouth, and subsequently in Rehoboth, where he died on June 20, 1663.
Robert was the second son of George Abell (1561'961630) and Frances Cotton (b. abt. 1573-d. by 1646). On his mother's side, he was descended from a long line of English, Norman and French aristocrats and royalty.
Robert's father, George Abell, at the age of 17 enrolled in Oxford University's Brasenose College (8 December 1578). By November of 1580, he had become a barrister and a member of the Inner Temple. Before June 1630, he arranged an apprenticeship in London for his son, but Robert decided to try his luck in the New World, instead. This was a move that his father disapproved of, but, nevertheless, financed.
In his will, dated 8 September 1630, George Abell states (original spelling retained), "I bequeath unto my second sonne Robert Abell onelie a Twentie shilling peece for his childs parte in regard of ye charges I have beene at in placeing him in a good trade in London wch hee hath made noe use of and since in furnishing him for newe England where I hope he now is."
New Life in America
Robert Abell's first recorded act in America (19 October 1630) was to apply to be a freeman in the recently founded village of Weymouth. On 18 May 1631, he took the freeman's oath.
During his time as a resident of Weymouth (1630'961643), his civic duties included serving on various types of juries (grand, petit and coroner's), and records indicate that he accumulated a small amount of land (about 7 acres). Like many immigrants, Robert Abell did not stay indefinitely in the first place he landed. In 1643, when the opportunity to join a newly founded town presented itself, he followed Reverend Samuel Newman (and the majority of his congregation) to a place the local Wampanoag tribe called Seekonk (a portion of which was later renamed "Rehoboth").
At the time of his death, Abell's estate "amounted to £354 17s. 9d. of which 'an house and land' accounted for £130." Second Generation of Robert Abell's Family
Robert Abell and his wife Joanna Hyde (d. aft. 1682) [Abell, Horace A. The Abell family in America, p. 43] had ten children: Abraham (d.1639), Mary (1642'961724), Preserved (b. ca. 1644), Caleb (b. ca. 1647), Joshua (b. ca. 1649), Benjamin (b. ca. 1651), Experience (b. ca. 1660), Samuel (1650-1698), James (1656-1724), and Mehitalbe (b. ca. 1655).
Circa 1662, their daughter Mary married Reverend Samuel Luther (1636'961716), son of an adventurous mariner named Captain John Luther (d.1645), "a focal figure in the colonies mentioned several times in Winthrop's Journal and other colonial accounts." Robert Abell's new son-in-law was already famous in New England for having survived a massacre and kidnapping by a small group of Lenape tribesmen when he was only nine years old (1645) and went on to become (1685) the highly respected "settled pastor" of the First Baptist Church (still extant) of Swansea, Massachusetts for 31 years.
Mary's sister Experience married (1680) Deacon John Baldwin (1654'961705), an early settler of Lebanon, Connecticut, with whom she had five children.
Robert's son Lieutenant Preserved Abell (d. 1724) was among those soldiers listed as having not only "served under Major [William] Bradford (1624-1703)" in King Philip's War, but also "advanced money to sustain it." (£7, 15s, 1d.)
Sergeant Caleb Abell (d. 1731) moved to Norwich, Connecticut in 1668 and was a selectman in 1682, constable in 1684 and 1706, townsman in 1689 and was Sergeant of the Norwich Train Band in 1701. "In the book of Grants in Norwich, there are 38 or more items to Caleb Abell."
Joshua Abell (d. 1725) "was constable in Dedham, Massachusetts and frequently chosen townsman there. He moved to Norwich, Connecticut in 1667 and became a 'considerable landowner,' with 44 grants listed in his name."
Benjamin Abell (d.1699) also held substantial property adjacent to or near his older brothers in Norwich.
All of the Abell brothers had sizable families (seven to ten children each), helping to perpetuate the family name in New England. Writing in 1940, genealogist Horace Abell claimed that "probably all the present day Abells of New England stock are descended from Robert's three sons, Preserved, Caleb and Benjamin Abell. His fourth son, Joshua, did not leave any male descendants."
Robert Abell's Timeline
May 5, 1604
Hemington, Leicestershire, England
November 14, 1639
Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
April 11, 1642
Weymouth, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
St. Mary's, Maryland, United States
April 11, 1644
Weymouth, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Maryland, United States
April 1, 1646
Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)