New information on the wife of Abraham Cruttenden b. abt. 1600 Kent, England
Martha A. Lynes published an article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 160, No. 639 July 2006 "The Ancestry of William Chittenden of Guilford, Connecticut"in which she identifies the wife of Abraham Cruttenden of Guilford, Connecticut, as Elizabeth____.At that time she was unable to determine Elizabeth's surname.(Joan Sheafe Chittenden was the second wife of Abraham Cruttenden.)That Elizabeth was the name ofAbraham's first wife was determined by the baptism records of his children in Hawkhurst, Kent, England.
Leslie Mahler in the January 2011 (Vol. 165, No. 657) issue of the NEHGR, "The English Ancestry of Elizabeth Usborne, First Wife of Abraham Cruttenden of Guilford, Connecticut", pp. 15-26,identifies Elizabeth's surname as Usborne, proven by the will of her brother Peter Usborne of Staplehurst "dated 2 November 1632, proved 26 Nov. 1632, naming 'Thomas Abraham Isaack and Mary as the children of 'Elizabeth Crittenden my sister."Mahler goes on to trace Elizabeth Usborne's family back several generations to Osbert Usborne b. abt. 1425 in Staplehurst.
These two articles are a must read for any descendants of Abraham Cruttenden of Guilford.