Husband Jim and I are new to the debate, so let me see if I have my players correct:
(1)We are dealing with multiple William Carpenters who marry multiple Abigails (Searles, Briant, Bennett the most common matrilineal surname variants); all of the Williams are b ca 1605 in England, all of whom migrate to New England.The Rehoboth family has no known connection to the William Carpenter, Baptist founder of Providence, Rhode Island, although such a connection, even identity, is often attested to in error.
(2)We are also dealing with multiple Abigail Carpenters, most of whom are offspring of the various William Carpenters.Often confused are the Abigail Carpenter, daughter of William Carpenter and Abigail Briant, b in England ca 1629 and chr at Shalbourne Wiltshire on 31 May 1629, and the Abigail Carpenter, one of the triplets born to William Carpenter, Jr, and Abigail [Searles?] his wife on 9 Apr 1643 at Weymouth.The Internet is replete with this confusion.However, to the discerning reader there is a glaring giveaway:the Abigail born 1643 could not physically be having children in 1650 at age seven, so her marriage has to be postdated, making the first four of her eight children born well before the marriage.[Is there any evidence in VR Rehoboth that she, along with her birth sibs Abiah and Abraham, d young?Triplets who survived in colonial times were extremely rare!]We also have the Abigail Carpenter, daughter of Joseph Carpenter and Margaret Sabin, of Swanzey ca 1660, to whom is attributed the Palmer marriage, see below.
(3)We are concluding that the Abigail Carpenter b 1629 married first, say 1649, John Titus (b 1627 ENG), in order to produce the following well-documented offspring:John (b 1650), Abigail (b 1652), Silas (b 1656), Hannah (b 1658), Samuel (b 1661), Joseph (b 1665) and Mary or Mercy (b 1665), twins, and Experience (b 1669).[Is there a missing child ca 1654?]This same Abigail Carpenter Titus, widowed in 1689 or some say Apr 1690 at Rehoboth, married second, 9 Nov 1692, Jonas [Jonah] Palmer, the widower of Elizabeth Griswold, also of Rehoboth.Abigail, widowed a second time say 1709, remained in Rehoboth until her death on 5 Mar 1708/1709 or 5 Mar 1709/1710, depending on how you read the double date.
(4)Abigail Titus (b 1652) married first John Fuller and was widowed within three years; she (and not her husband's sister, another Abigail Fuller b 1652 [could she have d young also?]) married second Thomas Cushman of Plympton.How did Abigail Titus Fuller meet Thomas Cushman?Rehoboth and Plympton are about forty miles apart, even on the present highways.It is reported that John Titus served at one point on the colonial court of assistants...??or general court at Plymouth...??
(5)Rumors of a royal ancestry for the descendants of Thomas Cushman and Abigail Titus Fuller up the Searles line are patently absurd.
(6)Sources of repute exist; in addition to the TAG article already mentioned, there are citations in NE Marr Prior to 1700, the will of William Carpenter (1659) in Mayflower Descendant 14:231-33 [which date often gives rise to misconstruction of a marriage between John Titus and Abigail Carpenter dating from 1658-1659], The Great Migration Begins p 1382, Hist Town of Stonington by Wheeler (1900), Walter Palmer of Charleston & Rehoboth (1986), Carpenters of the US (Fry), Gen Early Families of Weymouth, and probably others.
Any obvious points we need to re-visit, or is this a pretty close summation?