|Son of John Abbe, born probably at Wenham, Mass., about 1646 or soon after his father's settlement there; died in Windham, Conn., March, 1697/8. His name first appears in the Wentham records at the time of his marriage. "Samuel Abby and Mary Knowlton maryed the 12th October 1672." He received a grant of ten acres of land in Wentham, 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 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 114 on a plot in the southwest 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 in 1684 (12:113). 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 pounds (12:147). The above James Stimpson was of Reading and had married the widow of the elder Isaac Goodell. At the time of Godell's death in 1680, the widow was administratrix and Samuel Abbey was one of her sureties. He was then probably of Salem or possibly Topefield.
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 in forming 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 there.
Samuel Abbey of Salem bought of Benjamin Howard of Windham, Conn. for 22 pounds 10 shillings 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 23, 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 18 (the land records prove that this is a mistake for Elizabeth);Ebenezer, aged 16; Mercy, aged 14; Sarah, aged 13; Hepzibah, 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 Nours, 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 29, 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 disagreeable way. She vowed vengence 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 documnets, 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 of thereabouts, Deposeth and saith.
That about this time three years past William 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 house any longer and was forced for quiettness sake to turne she ye said 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 unusall 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 said Sarah Good and told her, what a sad accident had fallen out, she asked what, he answered that his neighbor Abbey had lost two Cowes, both dyeing within halfe an hower of one another, the said Sarah Good said she did not care if he the said Abbey had lost all the cattle he had as ye said John Good told us. 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 herselfe very crossely and mallitiously to them and their children calling their children the vile names and hath threatened them often.
Jurat in Curia.
Warrant for Sarah Good was given at Salem, February 29, 1691/2, in response to complaints of Sarah Vibber, Abigail Willims, Elizabeth Hubbard, Ann Putnam, and John Vibber. Among the many depositions in witness 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 and saith that on the 20th of May 1692 I went to the house of Constable John Putnam about 9 o clock in the morning and when I came there: Mirey 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 the putnams to bring Ann Putnam to se if she could se who it was that hurt Mirey Lewes; accordingly I went; and found Abigail Williams along with Ann Putnam and brought them both to se Mercy Lewes; and as they ware a goeing 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 Appershtion 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 John Williard and Mary Witheridge afflecting the body of Mircy lewes; and I continueing 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 ablte to spake; but at last said Deare Lord receive my soule and againe said lord let them not kill me quitt, but at last she came to hir self 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 not cleare 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 September 9th, '92
Inventory of the Estate of Samuell Abby late of Windham who dec'd 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 inventroy of the Estate of Samuell Abby late of Windham dec'd as mony
His wearing cloths £ 2 a feather bed bolster 2 pillows with beirs £ 3 £ 05-00-00
a bedsted curtaines with a rug and blanket 02-10-d00
3 pair cotten and lining sheets 02-10-00
more beds with 2 coverlids & blankets 02-00-00
2 pillow beires 3 pair lining sheets 02-00-00
3 table cloths 2 doz napkins £ 2 10s a great Iron pott 20s 03-10-10
a little Iron pott 10s/2 iron kettles 10s; tramell pot hooks and tongs 15s 01-15-00
pewter and earthen ware 22s/a frying pan 5s 01-07-00
dishes spoons and trencers 5s/ box and irons 6s 00-11-00
chest, box, tubs, and payles 20s/ a gun 15s/3 knives 3s 01-18-00
two axes 10s/ hoes s/ beetle, rings and wedges 10s 01-06-00
two pitchforks with 3 hoos and old Iron 00-05-00
Horse tackling, cart, wheels, boxes, & hoops 02-05-00
a plough and Irons 6s/ and old spade shovell & mattock 3s 00-09-00
a syth and tackling 6s/ 2 horses & a mare with bridle & sadle 05-12-00
a little quantity of wool with old bags 6s 00-06-00
Lands £ 25-00-00/ two swine 12s 25-12-00
This inventory taken May the 9th 1698
pr us Joseph Cary}
Jeremiah Ripley } Townsmen.
(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 presentment of the estate of her dec'd husband, and if more comes to her knowledge she will cause it to be added to the Inventory, before me
Willm Pitkin, Assistant.
Debts due from the estate is £ 5-0-0 Cash
Debts due to the estate is £ 1-10-0 Cash
The children's names and age.
Mary 25 years SamÕll 23 Thomas 20 Eleazr 18 Ebenezr 16 Mary 14 Sarah 13 Hipzibah 10 Abigaile 8 John 7 Benj 6 Jonathan 2 years of age. (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 be Mercy.)
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., September 14, 1701.
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 Elizabeth, and died 1655. The youngest of their seven children was Mary, born 1649, who married Samuel Abbe.
Children of Samuel and Mary (Knowlton) Abbe
1. Mary Abbe, b. in Wenham about 1674; probably d. unm.
2. Samuel Abbe, b. in Wenham about 1676; m. Hannah Silsby
3. Thomas Abbe, b. in Wenham about 1679, bapt. there 1680; d. in Windham, Conn. April 1, 1700; probably not m. In a deed of 1722, William Slate, Jonathan Ormsby, Sarah Abbe, Ebenezer Abbe, Jonathan Abbe, John and Samuel Abbe speak of "our loving brother Thomas Abbe deceased."
4. Elizabeth Abbe, b. in Wenham about 1681; m. William Slate
5. Ebenezer Abbe, b. July 31, 1683; m. Mary Allen.
6. Mercy Abbe, b. March 1, 1684-5, bapt. in Wenham before 1689; m. in Windham, Conn. June 8, 1703, Jonathan Ormsby of Windham. Child: Ichabod, b. April 15, 1704, recorded in Windham.
7. Sarah Abbe, b. July 4, 1586; m. John Fowler of Lebanon. She was bapt. in Wenham before 1688.
8. Hepsibah Abbe, b. Feb. 14, 1689; m. Samuel Palmer.
9. Abigail Abbe, b. Nov. 19, 1690; m. May 10, 1710, as recorded at Rehoboth, Mass. Joseph Ormsby of Rehoboth, b. July 8, 1684.
10. John Abbe, b. June 4, 1692; m. Hannah
11. Benjamin Abbe, b. June 4, 1694; m. Mary Tryon.
12. Jonathan Abbe, b. about 1696; m. Mary Johnson.
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