Here is what I have on John Abbe Jr.
JOHN2 ABBE, son of John1 and Mary ( ) Abbe, born in 1636 or 1637,
probably in Salem, Mass., died suddenly, December 11, 1700, in
Windham, Conn. As early as 1663, he was one of three to oversee the
Town's Common and to resist encroachments on the timber. He may be the
John Abbe who was constable in 1669. He is first described as a yeoman
of Wenham, and was admitted to freedom by the court at Boston, May 11,
1670. In a document of 1683, his father designated him as the heir to
his estate in Wenham upon the condition of his caring for his
father and mother in their old age. He apparently resided upon this
estate until about 1696.
The following items from the inventory of Robert Macklaflin of
Wenham, September 19, 1690, doubtless refer to this John Abbe:
To Jno. Abbe for nursing-£1
To Jno. Abbe more for tending the swine
To John Abbe due for worke to save the
corne & thresh the ry & killing the swine & carrying
them to Salem & about fencing, £1-s18-d6.
March 9, 1694-5, he sold to Francis Wainwright a house and lands
in Wenham, 50 acres in all; and in the following year, February 21,
he had a. deed of the same property back from Wainwright. In 1696
he disposed of his property in Wenham and purchased of Lieutenant
Exercise Conant, July 13, 1696, for £70,
silver money, home lot number 7, at Windham Centre, with the 1000
acre right belonging, dwelling house, etc. May 23, 1895, Jo. Abbey
was a witness to a deed of Exercise and Sarah Conant of Beverly
(Essex Deeds, Volume 2, page 101). He sold his farm in Wenham, 30
acres with buildings, to Nathaniel Wainwright, October 19, 1696,
for £130. He probably soon after removed to Windham, Conn., for on
December 9, 1696, he was admitted a freeman of that town as John
Abbe, Senr, of Windham. He and his wife, Hannah, were dismissed
from the Wenham Church to that of Windham by a letter of October
28, 1700, and were both original members of the first church in
Windham at its organization, December 10, 1700.
Wenham Oct. 29th, 1700.
Yours I received of 22d instant: in behalfe & att the request
of our beloved Brethren, John Abbee & Robert Hibberd both
members in full communion & good state with the church of
Christ att Wenham, signifying their desires off Letters of
dimission from sd church, in order (the Lord favouring) to
join with others, in gathering & erecting a church att Windham
& to call and ordain an officer to adminster the holy things
of ChristÕs Kingdom unto them, which their desires, have
accordingly been propounded to sd church, & readily complied
withall: & to sd good worke have voted their dimission. As
also we have dimissed their wives Hannah Abbe & Mary Hibberd
unto such church when erected: & also all their children as
iff named to your watch & discipline: And we here signify our
rejoicing, that the Lord hath been pleased to make way for
your Comtortable settlement in church order, according to the
rules of the gospell: the elders & messengers of Neighhor
churches yielding their approbation thereto, & accepting you
as a sister church with them: bound up in the bond of thatt
holy ffellowship, which ought to according to gospel rules
observed between the true churches of the Lord Jesus Christ:
We comend you with your pious & christian design, to the
Guidance & conduct of the blessed & effectunly quickening
spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ, praying he would be with you
in that weighty work: helping you to build up & to be further
built up in the Kingdom of his grace here, being preserved
blameless & brought to his Kingdom of Glory hereafter: The
Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all; Amen.
Yours in the Lord,
Joseph Gerrish, pastor, with
Consent off the
Brethren of the church of
Christ at Wenham.
Documents pertaining to the settlement of the estate of John Abbe
are found in the Probate Office at Hartford, Volume 6, page 17;
Volume 7, page 27.
Hannah the Relict of John Abby late of Windham deceasd
presented this Court with a paper called the Last Will of her
husband. But the Court not being Sattisfied there- with doe
defer the matter to some other time and order that the
witnesses be present att the Probation of the said Will.
She also did Exhibit an Inventory of his Estate and made
Oath that She truely presented the Estate to the apprizers.
September 4, 1701.
Hannah the Relict of John Abby late of Windham deceasd
presenting to this Court an Explanation of the Last Will of
the said Abby the persons that were witnesses to the said
Will which was given upon Oath, The Court having considered
the will with the explanation thereof doe so cause to accept it as
the Last Will of the said Abby deceasd-(The widow was appointed
administrator, giving a bond of £50).
Windham the 10th of December l700.
The Will of John Abby. That his wife should enjoy the house
and Homestead and the meadows that are already laid out, with
the moveables dureing her life, and to dispose of it to them
of her children as shee shall see cause. And the rest of the
unlaid out land to be divided amongst his children and not to
be sold away from my family not any of the Lands and the
thirty acres adjoyning to Goodman Binghams and Goodman
Larrabees Land to be at my wives dispose and to give deed and
to make sale of according to Law. Witness our hands. Robert
Hebard senior and John Reed senior, both of the Same Town.
Windham Aprill 8th 1702. The said Robert Hebard and John Reed
gave oath that they were present when John Abbey that is
deceased did give this direction to make his will as is above
written, and when it was read to him he said, just so he
would have it, and that they did judge him to be in a
disposing frame, and right understanding of mind. Before mee
Joshua Ripley Justice
Wee Robert Hebard and John Reed being Witnesses to the Last
Will of John Abby of Windham do Testifie, That whereas 'tis
said in the Will, the Lands and meadows that are already laid
out shall be at his wives dispose to give to them of her
children as Shee shall soe cause-That they did understand it
and are fully persuaded said Abbey did mean the Children she
had by him-and further that the Intailment extend no further
than to the Lands that are yett to be laid out to the best of
their Judgment-Taken upon Oath in Windham November 6th 1701.
Before meeJoshua Ripley
An Inventory of the Estate of John Abbey of Windham, who
deceased December, 1700. vallned as money by us the
Imps his wearing apparell at£1-18-00
2 small beds and coverlids, sheets, in the Little room02-0000
a feather bed and the furniture in the great room06-00-00
Table linnen 7s Iron pott, Iron kettle & frying pan 20s0107-
Iron pott, tramell & tongs 11s box Iron heaters and hamer 5s
a sith & tackling 2 augurs and an axx 12s 2 sickils cart boxes &
horse harness & chaines, 4 howes and a pitchfork00-13-00
a plow & Irons, 2 beetle rings & wedges & plow cops (?)00-
a drawing knife & staple for a yoak 3s/6d pewter dishes 22s/9d
morter & Iron pestle & 2 bells 9s/6d, tubs, beer barrels,
pails, dishes, spoons01-16-06
2 tables, a chest, box, chairs and spinning wheels01-05-00
His House, homelott and part of his first division30-00-00
pasture lott 10£ 4 acres meadow at Nachaug 4£14-00-00 6
acres of Land of the 10 acre division03-00-00 30
acres of Land between the Lines07-00-00 the 100
acre Lott 10£ the unlaid out Land 15£25-00-00
2 steers 5£ 2 cows 6£ one heiferr 50s 2 young creatures
one horse, saddle, bridle and pillion 25s a warming pan 6s
Gun, a mould and ammunition01-02-00 two
bibles and other books 10s swine 24s01-14-00
Totall is 118-13-03
This Inventory was Taken by us
Joshun Ripley, Jonathan Crane.
The said Estate is Indebted about £14-3-2.