Samuel Abbe was
born 1646 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA, and died March 8, 1697, in Wenham, Essex
Co., MA, at about age 47. He is the son of John Abbe
Sr. of Staverton, Northampston, England, and Mary Loring of Whitechurch,
Cunonicarum, Dorsetshire, England.
Mary Knowlton was
born 1653 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA, and died after 1701 in Windham, Windham
Co., CT, at age Unknown. She is
the daughter of William Knowlton of Knowlton
Manor, Canterbury, Kent Co., England, and Elizabeth Wilson of England.
Samuel Abbe and
Mary Knowlton were married October 12, 1672, in Wenham, Essex Co., MA.
Samuel Abbe and
Mary (Knowlton) Abbe had twelve children:
- Mary Abbe: Born 1674 in
Wenham, Essex Co., MA; Died Unknown. Married December 31, 1694, in Salem,
Essex Co., MA, to Isaac Goodell: Born March 29, 1670, in Salem, Essex Co.,
MA; Died 1739 in Salem, Essex Co., MA (about age 69).
- Samuel Abbe:
Born 1676 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA; Died January 15, 1736/1737 in Windham,
Windham Co., CT. Married March 15, 1710, in Unknown to Hannah Silsby: Born
October 3, 1687, in Lynn, Essex Co., MA; Died March 22, 1747, in Windham,
Windham Co., Co., CT (age 59).
- Thomas Abbe: Born
about 1679 in
Wenham, Essex Co., MA; Died April 1, 1700, in Wenham, Essex Co., MA (about
- Elizabeth Abbe: Born
about 1681 in
Wenham, Essex Co., MA; Died Unknown. Married September 23, 1702, in Salem,
Essex Co., MA, to William Slate: Born 1675 in Salem Village, Essex Co.,
MA; Died 1725 in Mansfield, Tolland Co., CT (about age 50).
- Ebenezer Abbe
Sr.: Born May 31, 1683, in Salem Village, Essex Co., MA; Died
December 5, 1758, Windham, Windham Co., CT (age 75). Married October 28,
1707, in Mansfield, Tolland Co., CT, to Mary Allen: Born June 10, 1688, in
Windham, Windham Co., CT; Died 1766 in Windham, Windham Co., CT (about age
- Mercy Abbe: Born
March 1, 1684/1685 in
Salem, Essex Co., MA; Died February 12, 1741/1742 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co.,
MA (about age 57). Married June 8, 1703, in Windham, Windham Co., CT, to
Jonathan Ormsby: Born August 20, 1678, in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA; Died
June 22, 1728, in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA (age 49).
- Sarah Abbe: Born
July 4, 1686, in
Salem, Essex Co., MA; Died Unknown. Married Unknown to John Fowler: Born
March 1, 1681, in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; Died May 8, 1751, in
Lebanon, New London Co., CT (age 70).
- Hepzibah Abbe: Born
February 14, 1688/1689 in
Salem, Essex Co., MA; Died 1732 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA (about age 44). Married
April 8, 1707, in Windham, CT, to Samuel Palmer: Born January 4, 1683, in
Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA; Died March 1778 in Kent, Litchfield, Co., CT (age
- Abigail Abbe: Born
November 19, 1690, in
Salem, Essex Co., MA; Died after 1710 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA. Married
May 10, 1710, in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA, to Joseph Ormsby: Born July 8,
1684, in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA; Died May 10, 1710, in Rehoboth, Bristol
Co., MA (age 23).
- John Abbe: Born
June 4, 1692, in
Salem, Essex Co., MA; Died Unknown. Married Unknown to Hannah Unknown: Born
Unknown; Died Unknown.
- Benjamin Abbe: Born
June 4, 1694, in
Salem, Essex Co., MA; Died October 15, 1765, in Middletown, Middlesex Co.,
CT (age 71). Married January 24, 1715/1716, in Glastonbury, Hartford Co.,
CT, to Mary A. Tryon: Born October 5, 1695, in Glastonbury, Hartford Co.,
CT; Died August 30, 1765, in Glastonbury, Hartford Co., CT (age 69).
- Jonathan Abbe: Born
about 1696 in
Wenham, Essex Co., MA; Died May 3, 1757, in Willington, Tolland, CT (about
age 61). Married (1) 1722 in Wenham, Essex Co., CT, to Mary Johnson: Born
1696 in Willington, Tolland Co., CT; Died January 19, 1743, in Willington,
Tolland Co., CT (about age 46). Married (2) September 19, 1745, in Brooklyn,
Windham Co., CT, to Rebekah Wedge: Born January 30, 1707, in Attleboro,
Bristol Co., MA; Died 1754 in Willington, Tolland Co., CT (about age 47).
After Samuel Abbe died,
Mary (Knowlton) Abbe married Abraham Mitchell.
Abraham Mitchell was born 1657 in
Stratford, Fairfield Co., CT, and died 1713 in Connecticut at about age 56.
He is the son of David Mitchell of South Ouram, Halifax, England, and Sara
Wheeler of Cranefield, Bedford Co., England.
Abraham Mitchell and Mary (Knowlton) Abbe were
married April 27, 1699, in Windham, Windham Co., CT.
Abraham Mitchell and Mary (Knowlton) (Abbe) Mitchell
had one child:
- Daniel Mitchell: Born December 10, 1700,
in Windham, Windham Co., CT; Died
December 10, 1700, in Windham, Windham
Co., CT (age Infant).
was born 1646 in Wenham, Essex Co., MA.
Mary Knowlton was
born 1653 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.
Samuel Abbe and
Mary Knowlton were married October 12, 1672, in Wenham, Essex Co., MA.
Samuel Abbe died March 8,
1697, in Wenham, Essex Co., MA, at about age 47.
Mary (Knowlton) Abbe died
after 1701 in Windham, Windham Co., CT, at age Unknown.
From Jeromey Ward's Web Site:
SAMUEL2 ABBE, son of John1 Abbe, born probably at Wenham,
Mass., about1646, or soon after his father's settlement there; died in Windham,
Conn., March, 1697-8. His name first appears in the Wenham records at the time
of his marriage. "Samuel Abby and Mary Knowlton Married the 12th October 1672."
He received a grant of ten acres of land in Wenham, and land to set his house
upon, from his father, John Abbey, and wife, Mary, April 3, 1675, his brethren to
have the refusal of the place if he should sell (Essex Deeds, 15:150). Samuel
and his wife, Mary, were communicants of the church in Wenham in 1674. He was a
land surveyor in 1676 and appears upon the town records as a husbandman, made
freeman, October 3,1680 (Massachusetts Records, 5:540). He was named in his
father's will, 1683.
A map of Salem dwellings in 1692, published in Volume I of Upham's Salem
Witchcraft, shows the location of Samuel Abbey's house, number 114on a plot in
the south-west part, east of Bald Hill, within the 500 acres laid out to Robert
Goodell in 1652 and its subsequent additions.
On November 1, 1682, Samuel Abbey bought of Lott Killam and
wife, Hannah, of Salem, he being then of Wenham, 6 acres in Salem on Norrice's
Brook (12:112), and also bought of James Stimpson and wife, Priscilla, who had
been the widow of Isaac Goodell, at the same place, some land in1684 (2:113). On
April 3, 1697, he and his wife, Mary, sold those lands described as a dwelling
house, two orchards, and seventeen acres in Salem, bounding Anthony Needham,
John Walcott, Isaac Goodale, Samuel Goodale, Abraham Smith, Abel Gardner, Joseph
Flint, and also six acres on Norrice's Brook, and two acres bought of James
Stimpson, to Zachariah White of Lynn, all for £130 (12:147). The above James
Stimpson was of Reading and had married the widow of the elder Issac Goodell. At
the time of Goodell's death in 1680, the widow was administrated and Samuel
Abbey was one of her sureties. He was then probably of Salem or possibly
He was admitted freeman of Salem Village, March 22,
1689-90. He and his wife were dismissed from the Salem Church September 15,
1689, to unite informing one at Salem Village; the date of its formation being
November 15, 1689. Salem Village is now Danvers. On July 1, 1690, he was taxed
at Salem Village, and again, January 18, 1694-5, he and his son were taxed
Samuel Abbey of Salem bought of Benjamin Howard of Windham, Conn., for£22. 10s.
current money, half an allotment of land (500 acres), being number 2 at the
Center, at or near the locality known later as Bricktop. He probably removed to
Windham about that time as he was admitted an inhabitant of that town December
21, 1697, and died there March of the following year.
His estate was settled in 1699. The inventory, taken May 9, 1698, gives as
legatees, the following: wife, Mary; daughter, Mary, aged 25; son, Samuel, aged
23; son, Thomas, aged 20; Eleazer, aged 16 (the land records prove that this is
a mistake for Elizabeth); Ebenezer, aged 16; Mercy, aged 14; Sarah, aged 13;
Hepsibah, aged 10; Abigail, aged
8; John, aged 7; Benjamin, aged 6; Jonathan, aged 2. One record says he left a
son, Eleazer, and a daughter, Abigail, each 8 years old at his death. This is
doubtless an attempt to rectify the error noted above.
Samuel Abbe was living in Salem during the days of witchcraft and was one of
those opposed to its fanaticisms. One Rebecca Nourse, on trial as a witch,
produced a paper signed by several "respectable inhabitants" of Salem, among
whom was Samuel Abbe. This document as to her good character caused her to be
set at liberty but the sentence was later changed for some reason and she was
put to death as a witch. Only a few years ago a monument to her memory was
erected by her descendants.
Samuel Abbey testifies as to Mercy Lewis, May 20, 1692, she being at the house
of her neighbor, John Putnam, jr., and accused of witchcraft.
Samuel Abbe and his wife, Mary, were witnesses in a witch trial in Salem in 1692
against Sarah Snow, a woman of vicious temper who had lived in their home for a
time but was dismissed on account of her disagree able ways. She vowed vengeance
upon them and when several of their cows and hogs were taken sick, the blame was
laid to her as a witch.
The following are taken from Records of Salem Witchcraft, copied from the
original documents, Volume 1, pages 24 and 25.
Samuel Abbey Et ux vs. Sarah Good
Samuel Abbey of Salem Village aged 45 years or thereabouts and Mary Abbey his
wife aged 38 years or
thereabouts, Deposeth and saith.
That about this Time Three Years past Wm Good and his wife Sarah Good being
destitute of a house to dwell in these Deponents out of Charity; they being Poor
lett them live in theirs some time untill that the said Sarah Good was of so
Turbulant a Sperritt, Spitefull and so Mallitiously bent, that these Deponents
could not suffer her to Live in their howse any Longer and was forced for
Quiettness sake to turne she yesaid Sarah with her husband out of their howse
ever since, which is about two years 1/2 agone, the said Sarah Good hath carried
it very Spitefully and Mallitiously, towards them, the winter following after
the said Sarah was gone from our house we began to Loose Cattle and Lost several
after an vnvsall manner, in a drupeing condition (sic) Condition and yett they
would Eate: and your Deponents have Lost after that manner 17 head of Cattle
within this two years besides
Sheep and Hoggs, and both doe believe they Dyed by witchcraft, the said William
Good on the last of May was twelve months went home to his wife the sd Sarah
Good and told her, what a sad Accident had fallen out, she asked what, he
answered that his neighbovr Abbey had lost two Cowes, both dyeing within halfe
an hower of one another, the sd Sarah good said she did not care if he the said
Abbey had Lost all the Cattle he had as ye said Jno Good told vs. Just that very
Day that the said Sarah Good was taken up, we yr Deponents had a Cow that could
not rise alone, but since presently after she was taken up, the said Cow was
well and could rise so well as if she had ailed nothing. She the said Sarah good
ever since these Deponents turned her out of their howse she hath behaved
herself every crossely and mallitiously to them and their Children calling their
Children vile names and hath threatened them often.
Jurnt in Curio.
Warrant for Sarah Good was given at Salem, February 29, 1691-2, inresponse to
complaints of Sarah Vibber, Abigail Williams, ElizabethHubbard, Ann Putnam, and
Jno. Vibber. Among the many depositions inwitness to her malign practices were
those of Samuel Abbey and wife.
Records of Salem Witchcraft, copied from the original documents, Vol.2, pp.
41-2, old series.
Samuel Abby v. Mary Easty
The Deposition of Samuel Abby aged about 45 years who testifieth andsaith that
on the 2Oth of May 1692 I went to the house of Constable Jno Putnam about 9 a
clock in the morning and when J came there: Mircy lewes lay on the bed in a sad
condition and continuing speachless for about an hour: the man not being at
whom: the woman desired me to goe to Tho:putnams to bring Ann putnam to se if
she could se who it was that hurt Mercy lewes: accordingly J went: and found
Abigail williams along with Ann putnam and brought them both to se mercy lewes:
and as they ware agoeing along the way both of them said that they saw the
Apperishtion of Goody Estick and said it was the same woman that was sent whom
the other day: and said also that they saw the Apperishtion of
the other woman that appered with gooddy Estick the Other day, and both of them
allso said that the Apperishtion of gooddy Estick tould them that now she was
afflecting of mircy lewes and when they came to Mircy lewes both of them said
that they saw the Apperishtion of gooddy Estick and Jno willard and Mary
witheridge afflecting the body of mircy lewes: and Jcontinueing along with mircy
who contineued in a sad condition the greatest part of the day being in such
tortors as no toungue can express; but not able to spake: but at last said Deare
lord Received my soule and againe said lord let them not kill me quitt, but at
last she came to hirself for a little whille and was very sensable and then she
said that goody estick said she would kill hir before midnight because she did
notcleare hir so as the Rest did, then againe presently she fell very bad and
cried out pray for the salvation of my soule for they will kill me. Jurat in
Curia Sepr 9th 92.
Inventory of the Estate of Samuell Abby late of Windham who
died in March 1697, apprized and ordered to be recorded.
Administration granted unto Abra. Mitchell who hath married Mary the Relict of
the said Abby. July 5,1699. (Hartford Probate Office, Volume 6,page 93.)
An inventory of the Estate of Samuell Abby late of Windham deed as money.
His wearing Cloths£2
a feathr bed bolster 2 pillows wth beirs£3 £05-00-00
a bedsted curtaines wth a rug and blanket£02-10-d00
3 pr Cotten and lining sheets02-10-11
more beds wth 2 coverlids & blankets02-00-00
2 pillow beires 3 pr lining sheets02-00-00
3 table cloths 2 doz napkins£2 -10s
a great Iron pott20s-03-10-10
a little Iron pott 10s/2 iron kettles 10s/ tramell pot hooks and
pewter and earthen ware22s
a frying pan 5s01-07-00
dishes spoons and trenchers 5s/ box and irons6s00
chest, box, tubs, and payles20s
hoes 6s beetle, rings and wedges10s
two pitchforks wth 3 hooks and old Iron00-05-00
Horse tackling, cart, wheels, boxes, & hoops02-05-00
a plough and Irons6s
an old spade shovell & mattock3s
a syth and tackling6s
2 horses & a mare wth bridle & sadle05-12-00
a little quantity of wool wth Old bags 6s00-06-00
This Inventory taken May the 9th 1698 Pr us Joseph Cary
(Hartford Probate Office, Volume 6, pages 125, 126.)
Mary the Relict appeared in Windham the 2d of May 1699 and
gave oath that she had made present men of the estate of her decd husband, and
if more comes to her knowledge she will cause it to be added to the Inventory,
Willm Pitkin, Assistant.
Debts due from the estate is £5- 0-0 Cash
Debts due to the estate is £l-10-0 Cash
The children's names and age.
Mary 25 years Samll 23 Thomas 20 Eleazr 18 Ebenezr 16 Mary 14Sarah 13 Hipzibah
10 Abigaile 8 John 7 Benj 6 and Jonathan 2 years ofage. (The names appear as
here given but it is apparent that Eleazr is a mistake of the copyist for
Elizabeth and that the second Mary should beMercy.)
Samuel2 Abbe married in Wenham, Mass., October 12, 1672,
MARY KNOWLTON, born 1653, daughter of William and Elizabeth ( ) Knowlton. She
married(2), April 27, 1699, Abraham Mitchell and had by him a son, Daniel, who
was born and died December 10, 1700. Mary Mitchell, formerly Mary Abby, was
dismissed from the Salem Village Church to Windham, Conn., September14, 1701.
The following notes are from the Knowlton Ancestry," compiled by Rev, C. H. W.
Stocking of Freehold, N, J., published 1897: The name Knowlton reaches back
traditionally to the time of William the Conqueror,1066-87. Richard Knowlton was
born 1553, probably at Knowlton Manor, which is situated about six miles from
the great cathedral at Canterbury, Kent County, England. He married, July 17,
1577, Elizabeth Cantize. The last of their four children was William, commonly
called Captain William, born 1584, married Ann Elizabeth Smith. They had six
children, two of whom died young. Captain William with his remaining family
sailed for America about 1632. He died on the passage and was probably buried at
Nova Scotia, as an ancient grave stone bearing the name of William Knowlton,
1632, was discovered there by a land-surveyor in 1839. The family appear to have
moved to Massachusetts the next year, probably to Hingham, later to Ipswich.
William, second son of Captain William, born in England, 1615, was a member of
the first church in Ipswich and a freeman, 1641-2. He was a brick-layer by
trade, married Elisabeth -, and died l655. The youngest of their seven children
was Mary, born 1649, who married Samuel Abbe.
Samuel married Mary Knowlton daughter of William Jr.
Knowlton and Elizabeth in 1673 in Massachusetts. Mary was born in 1653 in
Ipswich, Massachusetts. She died about 1710 in Wenham, Massachusetts.