Here is what I have on Thomas
THOMAS2 ABBE, son of John1 and Mary () Abbe, born probably in
Wenham, Mass., about 1650 to 1656; died in Enfield, Conn., May 17,
1728. He was a witness to a deed made by his father conveying
property to his brother Samuel, March 29, 1675. At first he took care
of his parents and lived on the homestead, but about 1683 some
complaint was made by his father who then turned him away and had his
son John assume the charge of the place for himself and his aged wife.
Thomas doubtless went immediately to Enfield, Conn., as he was one of
the original proprietors of that town in 1683, with the 11th lot, east
side, north of the south corner as his home lot. He at once became one
of the prominent men of the settlement and is mentioned frequently on
the records of Enfield: selectman in 1686, 1689, 1706, 1707, 1709,
1710; fenceviewer repeatedly; assessor in 1705. He was administrator
of his father's estate in 1703, and made his father-in law, Walter
Fairfield of Wenham, his attorney. There are several documents in the
files at Essex pertaining to a law suit arising out of this.
The case is that of Thomas Abbey of Enfield vs. Peter Legro of
Wenham for trespass and the defendant is allowed to substitute his
landlord as the defendant. So the case really is vs. Nathaniel
Waldron, who held the lands formerly belonging to John Abbe, senior,
and by him given to his son John, who in 1696 sold to Waldron. Some of
these papers help prove various relationships and distinctly call
Thomas of Enfield the son of the older John of Wenham.
Thomas Abbe was active in the military life of the day. He was a
soldier in King Philip's War and was wounded at the Great Swamp Fight.
He was sergeant in 1711 and lieutenant of the Enfield Trained Band in
1713. Upon the organization of the army for the expedition against
Narragansett Fort, Major Samuel Appleton was appointed to the command
of the Massachusetts forces and on a list of the soldiers whom the
Court, in May, 1676, voted to repay for losses of those who were
"damnified" by the burning of Major Appleton's tent at Narragansett,
appears the name of Thomas Abbe, £3, s.16. His name is also on the
roll of Major Appleton's Company in the Narragansett Campaign. Thomas
Abbe's will, made December 12, 1726, probated August 30, 1728,
mentions the following: wife Sarah; son Thomas, executor and to
inherit the homestead and 57 acres; son John, to inherit land at
Scantic Bridge; daughters Sarah Geer and Tabitha Warner to have the
cattle. Witnesses were Obadiah Abbee, John Pease, jr., and Joseph
Sexton. He styles himself Thomas, senior, a husbandman.
The following passages are taken from the records of Enfield:
Thomas Abbe is Possessed by Grant and measuring out to
Him (viz) a Home lot as it is in page 25 which is 11 acres be
it more or less length from the Street westward & ye Common
land East bounded North on the Ministers lot South on A lot
Called Peletiah Glovers.
Also he is possessed of A lot in the west division in ye
south Field it Being 8 acres more or less, it being bounded
East on the Country Highway Simeon Booth South, west by the
Grate River North with Pease length 80 rods bredth 17.
Also another lot in the south Field in the 3d devision it
Being 261/2 acres be it more or less Bounded North on the
Highway that runneth between the 3d and 2d devision bounded
West on Wd Bancroft South by the Highway that runs Between 3d
and 4th devision, Wm Simons on the East.
Also a lot at schantuck the ends Bounded by the banks The
North with Saml Terry, south with John Burroughs it being 2
acres more or less.
Also 31/2 acres of meadow Bounded on the sides and west end
By upland Easterly end by a Pine Tree, this meadow lyeth upon
a Brook called Braud Brook.
Another lot lying upon Schantuck River above the saw Mill
which land he hath insted of 1/2 an acre of meadow and in
stead of Land the Town had for a Highway over Schantuck this
land is 7 acres more or less, it being bounded East by the
river, west by the upland and by a wht Oak Tree.
June 1700 he is possessed of A peace of meadow by Grant of
the Town on the 15 of March 1700 and it is measured to
Him lying in Freshwater Brook Containing 4 acres more or Less
Bounded on Obadiah Abbe west and by the upland south 16 rods
Thomas Abbe senr is possd of a Farm or tract of land lying
In the Mountains Near the North East Corner of the Township
of Enfield Lying 160 rods in length, and 150 rods in wedth
Easterly and westerly and is butted and bounded south East
Corner on a Chestnut Tree near A mountain with A Heep of
Stones at ye root of sd. Tree, Northeast Corner with A rock
and A Heep of Stones upon it with A bush marked by
it, North west Corner with a Chestnut and A heep of Stones,
The afore sd Land as it is butted and Bounded is 150 Acres be
it more or less. Laid out by Tom Jones Town Measurer-June 22d
There is laid out to Thomas Abbe 2 peaces of sd devision
Land, the one lying near the old sawmill, and bounds westerly
by a Red Oak Tree a path, Southerly and Northerly on Highway
or Common Land, Easterly on the sd Abbes own Land this land
lyeth for 12 acres more or less being 55 rods in length
Easterly and westerly, and 35 rods wide.
The other peace or Tract of land lyeth in the East precinct
near a sawmill Called Hampshire and is bounded Northerly on
Abbes Brook or meadow and runs 100 rods as sd Brook or meadow
runs, and 32 rods wide and bounds Southerly on Common land
and westerly on A pine Tree marked with the letters T A and
Easterly with Timothy Roots meadow, this Peace of land is 20
acres more or less. laid out by Thomas Jones Town Measurer
June 11th 1724.
Acct of a meeting held Apr. 7, 1684. The Com. met at
Enfield. The house lot of Thomas Abbe was next to the
ministers. Next on the South Side thereof and adjoining there-
to lies the house lot of Thomas Abbe 11 rods in breadth
Southward and running in length Eastward as the lot for the
ministry doth 160 rods.
Next to the lot of Thomas Abbe southward lies the house
lot and home lot of Mr Peletiah Glover Jun 12 rods in breadth
and runs in length eastward from the street on the west 160
Next was Daniel Collins' lot of 12 rods.
Next adjoining to Daniel Collins aforesd on the north lies
Southward the home lot of Obadiah Abbe 12 rods in breadth and
in length from the Street on the west back eastward 160 rods.
Next was John Ferman's lot.
April 10, 1683. At a meeting of the Committee for
freshwater Plantation is given list of names and amounts of
land held. No. 18 Thomas Abbe, 3 acres meadow, 4 fieldland.
No. 42 Obadiah Abbe 4 acres meadow, 3 field land.
At a meeting of the Committee for Enfield March 8, 1687,
John Pease Senr, Isaac Gleason and Thomas Abbe were Selectmen
for the following year. Thomas Abbe was also one of the
Selectmen chosen May 20, 1689, viewer of fences February 11,
January 7, 1691, it was "ordered also that those persons
returned who neglected their days in cutting bushes in August
last according to warning, shall make good and perform a days
work for the same in cutting bushes on the commons where the
selectmen shall appoint them, some time about this full of
the moon, in June next or otherwise shall pay 2s/6d which
shall be levied upon each person that neglects and hath not
done his days work accordingly, by the 24th day of June next
the persons that did not work last year, who are unless they
pay the fine of 2s/6d to do and perform each of them a days
work. At the time afore mentioned are Thomas Hale, Lieut.
Meacham, Isaac Meacham Jur, Thomas Geer, Wm Simons, Zachariah
Booth, Wm Booth,
Thomas Howard, Jonathan Pease, Abraham Pease, John Pease,
Simon Rumril, Elisha Kibbe, Isaac Morgan, Jonathan Bush,
Ephraim French, Thomas Bishop, Nathaniel Horton, Benjn
Jones, Thomas Abbe, Obadiah Abbe, Isaac Gleason, John
Bement, Joseph West, Benjn West Samuel Orsborne and that
none may escape the penalty in case of neglect, the select
men are ordered to return the names of any of the afore sd
mentioned persons, under their hands who have not performed
their respective days works before the 24th of June next,
unto Mr. Pynchon, who is then forthwith to issue out
warrants to the Constable for levying two shillings and
sixpence on each person then returned defective."
at a meeting of the Committee for Enfield Granted to
Henry Abell an allotment of 50 acres and homelot 10 or 11
acres and meadow in proportion. To Thomas Abbe 35 acres
Meadow 4 acres and a homelot of 11 acres. To Joseph West a
homelot of 12 acres of field land 26 acres, and meadow four
acres. To Samuel Averill an allotment of 30 acres 10 or 11
acres of home lot and four acres of meadow provided they
settle at Enfield by micalstide come two years each one of
them or else such grant to be void.
July 18th 1683.
Dean J. Burt
Dean Bn. Parsons