Thanks for replying to my message.But I'm going to play devil's advocate here.I've seen all the sources you mention.Or almost all.I don't mean to sound argumentative, but I'm getting frustrated :)
First, if "N.E. Marr. before 1700" refers to the published version of Clarence Almon Torrey's collection, it does NOT say Benjamin Albee married Hannah Miller.The Ancestral File says that was her maiden name, but that does not make it so.I'd like to know where that comes from, but it's not Torrey.
I question that James and John were twins.Ballou only says that both were born between 1640 and 1649, which is just a reasoned assumption anyway.
Sarah's birth is in Medfield vital records.I don't think there was any son Benjamin at all.He's not in Medfield VR.
I do agree that Benjamin 1 died in Swansea after 1681, probably after 1686 and certainly by 1689.(Just because land was laid out on his right in 1686 doesn't mean he was living, but the Proprietors records, which you must have seen, don't call him deceased.Neither do they call him deceased in 1716 and 1725 when more land was laid out to his right.)
What is your evidence that son James inherited all his property "as was common English law as first born male"?I thought the law was that the first-born son got a double share.I've never seen in New England that the first-born son got all.
There is a Worcester Co. deed, dated 1708, where James gave (Worcester Co. Deeds, 38:171, recorded in 1757) a whole lot of land to Benjamin.Benjamin didn't inherit it.There's no probate for James.
I'm still wondering what document "proves" that Benjamin 3 married Abiel Wheelock.Nothing I've found cited so far even says so. Ballou doesn't.Pope doesn't.Braintree, Medfield, Milford, and Swansea VRs don't.
Is this the Wheelock Family Forum that we're on?Oh, no, we're on the Albee forum.Does the Wheelock one cite some other source?I'll take a look.
The other thing you mention that I haven't really searched thoroughly is the Mass. Archives.But I've looked at the card index and nothing in there looks like the type of record that would give his wife's maiden name.Have you seen it there?
Frankly, I think it's probably true that he married Abiel Wheelock.But I think it is just the juxtaposition of various pieces of indirect evidence.However, I'm not giving up yet on the search for something more substantial.
By the way, a Wheelock genealogy (1969) says Abiel may have married Josiah Ward in 1700.If she married Benjamin Albee, I think you'll agree that there's no way she married Josiah Ward.Sources say that was in Northboro, but it's in Marlborough VRs, which give her name as Abiah, not Abiel.
On that I will cease and desist.Sorry if this has sounded abrupt or abrasive.I just want to get the facts right.I'm writing a little article for the REGISTER on some of these Albee problems, and I've also compiled a thoroughly documented monograph on my Albee line.If you're interested, I'll send you a copy when it's done.
Thanks again for your reply.Let's see if we can sort this out.