Vital Statistics: Edit
- Robert was the second son of George Abell (1561-1630) and Frances Cotton (1573-1646). On his mother’s side, he was descended from a long line of English, and French aristocrats and royalty
- about 1605 : Birth at Stapenhill, Derbyshire, England
- 1663-June-20 : died on 20 June 1663. at Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
For more info see his bio at wikipedia:en:Robert Abell.
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. “This act endowed him with full privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in the new colony, including ownership of lands, in the exercise of which he continued to acquire holdings.”
Most of the early settlers of Massachusetts Bay Colony had at least two major preoccupations: (1) helping build Winthrop’s “City upon a Hill,” a model Christian society, and (2) surviving and prospering in the New World. It is not known exactly how committed Abell was to the first objective, but municipal and court records show him participating in the life of his community, slowly building up his land holdings and eventual establishing a business.
During his time as a resident of Weymouth (1630-1643), 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”). Some of Abell’s activities while living there can be found in the following extracts from the minutes of various Rehoboth town meetings and Plymouth colonial records.
Marriage and Family Edit
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 he was probably married to Joanna by 1639.
They had 8 children: Abraham, Mary Luther, Preserved, Caleb, Joshua, Benjamin, Experience Baldwin, & another 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, Benjamin 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.
|Offspring of George Abell and Frances Cotton (1573-1646)|
|Mary Abell (1593-)|| |
|George Abell (1595-)|| |
|Robert Abell (1605-1663)||1605 Stapenhill, Derbyshire, England||20 June 1663 Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts|| Joanna Hyde (1610-1672)|
|Richard Abell (1610-)|| |
|Dorothy Abell (1612-)|
- Great Migration Study Project
- Robert Abell (1605-1663)/List of Famous Descendants