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Abigail Robinson

Female 1674 - Aft 1712  (> 38 years)


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  • Name Abigail Robinson 
    Born 20 Mar 1674  Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Admitted to Church 2 Feb 1706/7  First Congregational Church, East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    "Feb. 2, 1706/7. Abigail Passeval ye wife of Jeams Passeval (Percival) xxx from ye Church of Christ at Barnstable, Rev. Mr. Jonathan Russel, Pastor." 
    Died Aft 02 Oct 1712  East Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I508  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 27 Mar 2019 

    Father John Robinson,   b. 05 Apr 1640, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1714, , , , Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Weeks,   b. 1648, , Dukes, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 01 May 1667  Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusettes Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F265  Group Sheet

    Family James Percival,   b. 18 Jan 1678, Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1728, East Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1696  Sandwich, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • REF: Mayflower Descendant Volume XXX Sandwich, Mass., Vital Records, page 59
      The Marriage between James Parsivel and Abigale Robinson solemnized before Shearjashub Bourne Esq the 18th of February Anno 1695-6
    Children 
     1. James Percival,   b. 09 Jul 1704, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1738, East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     2. Joseph Percival,   b. Abt 1697
     3. Ebenezer Percival,   b. 18 Jun 1699, Falmouth, Saconessett County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1728  (Age < 28 years)
     4. Mary Percival,   b. 16 Sep 1701, Falmouth, Saconessett County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. John Percival,   b. 17 Oct 1706, East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1786, East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     6. Timothy Percival,   b. 02 Oct 1712, East Haddam, Middlesex, Conneticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1728  (Age < 15 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F262  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    James Percival and Abigail Robinson marriage
18 Feb 1695/6
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
    James Percival and Abigail Robinson marriage 18 Feb 1695/6 Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
    "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9RSY-ZQX?cc=2061550&wc=Q4DM-JW5%3A353349701%2C353349702%2C353357101 : 13 July 2016), Barnstable > Sandwich > Births, marriages, deaths 1682-1842 > p 14, image 36 of 181; town clerk offices, Massachusetts.
    James Percival and Abigail Robinson marriage -  original
18 Feb 1695-6
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
    James Percival and Abigail Robinson marriage - original 18 Feb 1695-6 Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
    "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89QY-4H8R?cc=2061550&wc=Q4DM-VZN%3A353349701%2C353349702%2C353352101 : 13 July 2016), Barnstable > Sandwich > Births, marriages, deaths 1658-1811 > p 23, image 13 of 146; town clerk offices, Massachusetts.

    Headstones
    Abigail Robinson Headstone
About 1714
    Abigail Robinson Headstone About 1714
    findagrave.com
    Courtesy of Jonathan Twiss
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/103773178/abigail-percival

  • Notes 
    • REF: Mayflower Descendant Volume XII Barnstable, Mass., Vital Records, page 153
      "Daughter Abigail (born) 20th March 1674"

    • Church records
      East Haddam, Middlesex, CT
      Records of the First Congregational Church at East Haddam, Connecticut, 1704-1802 (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003), (Typescript transcription, transcriber unknown. "Records of the First Congregational Church at East Haddam, Connecticut, 1704?1802," no date.) Vol 025, East Haddam, p 230:
      "Percival, Abigail w. Jeams, adm. ch. Feb. 2, 1706/7, by letter from Church of Christ, at Barnstable. Vol 1, p4"

    • Cemetery records
      Cove Burying Ground, East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut
      findagrave.com
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/176857341/james-percival
      Courtesy of Jonathan Twiss:
      Ebenezer Percival, son of James and Abigail, died before 1728 as he was not named in his father's will. There is a fieldstone marked "E P 1713/14" [plot #20] and next to it is a field stone marked "A P 1713" [plot #22] which is no doubt that of Abigail [Robinson] Percival. In plot #26 is where the fieldstone marked "I P 1728" for James Percival is located [per 1958 map of the burying yard]. The other son Timothy Percival, born 2 October 1712 in East Haddam, also was not named in his father's will and was most likely dead by 1714 at the same time as his mother when a terrible epidemic swept through the town that winter of 1713-14.

      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/103773178/abigail-percival
      Courtesy of Jonathan Twiss:
      Abigail Robinson, 5th child and 2nd dau. of John Robinson (Isaac,1 Rev. John,A) and Elizabeth Weeks (William,1), b. May 16, 1676 in Falmouth, Mass. (Until 1681 Falmouth was attached to adjoining Barnstable for record purposes as there had been insufficient population in Falmouth to justify separate records.) Although Abigail's date of birth is stated as Mar. 20, 1674/75 in the Barnstable Town Records, the writer believes Abigail's birthdate is reversed with that of her sister Fear (see their father's memorial for further explanation.)

      On Feb. 18, 1695/6 of record at Sandwich, Mass. (by Shearjasub Bourne, Esq.), Abigail m. James Percival, Jr., s. of Lieut. James Percival and Mary Rainsford, b. of record Jan. 18, 1671/2 at Sandwich.

      Following the b. record of son Ebenezer and dau. Mary at Falmouth, on Apr. 4, 1703 Abigail "wife of James Parsival" was admitted a member of the Barnstable Cong. Church followed by the baptism of dau. Mary on Apr. 4, 1703 and son James on July 9, 1704. At the time there was no sustained church at Falmouth for the family to belong to.

      According to Homer W. Brainard's Henry Rowley and some of His Descendants (NYGBR, 37(1906):64), Matthew,3 Rowley (Moses,2 Henry,1) relocated with his parents from Falmouth, Mass. to East Haddam, Conn., where in 1705 Matthew sold his land in East Haddam to James Percival, of Falmouth, Mass. Presumably there is a corresponding East Haddam deed confirming said claim.

      Regardless, this Percival family soon relocated to East Haddam, Conn. On Jan. 5, 1705/6 Stephen Skiffe, Esq. and William Bassett were appointed Commissioners by the Barnstable Probate Court concerning the insolvent estate of Judah Butler of Falmouth. On Feb. 20, 1706/7 the commissioners submitted a long list of creditors, including the claim "Due to James Parsival 20 sheep to be pickt [picked], witness Isa'l Robinson and Samll Lewes, 4-10-00." The name "Isa'l Robinson" had been errantly transcribed by the NEHGS as being "Israel" when it was a mis-abbreviation for "Isaac" Robinson, James Percival's brother-in-law and six year older brother of Abigail Robinson. The style of the claim infers that James Percival was not available to personally submit his claim. For, on Oct. 17, 1706 the birth of John, s. of James and Abigail (Robinson) Percival, was recorded at East Haddam, Conn. followed on Feb. 2, 1706/7 by the admission of "Abigail Passivel ye wife of Jeams Passivel [admitted to the East Haddam Cong. Ch.] from ye Church of Christ at Barnstable, Rev. Mr. Jonathan Russel, Pastor." On the latter same date was baptised recently born son John.

      When Abigail (Robinson) Percival died is not of specific record. Abigail's much older 1st cousin, Ens. Thomas Robinson, removed to East Haddam prior to 1690 and d. testate at Haddam Oct. 20, 1725. The writer believes he is likely buried at East Haddam's Old Cove Burying Ground with only an initialed "T.R." fieldstone. The last known child of Abigail (Robinson) Percival, son Timothy, was b. at East Haddam in 1712 when Abigail was only 36 years of age. There are two other initialled fieldstones at Old Cove Burying Ground inventoried one after the other: "E.P." and "A.P." both dated 1714. The fieldstones are likely that of Abigail and son Ebenezer, as Ebenezer has no record beyond his known birth at Falmouth in 1699.

      Abigail Robinson and James Percival had the following six known children, only five of whom are of birth and/or baptism record:

      i. Joseph Percival, b. circa 1697 or 1698 prob. at Falmouth, Mass. but no birth or baptism record has been found. He is called his father's eldest son and received property in his father's August 1728 will. However, no other record of him has been found.

      ii. Ebenezer Percival, b. of record June 18, 1699 at Falmouth, Mass. His baptism is not of record and he is not included in his father's August 1728 will and is likely the "E. P." who was buried in 1714 with only a fieldstone at East Haddam's Old Cove Burying Ground.

      iii. Mary Percival, b. of record Sept. 16, 1701 at Falmouth, Mass. and bapt. Apr. 4, 1703 at Barnstable. She was apparently unmarried on Aug. 1, 1728 and living at her father's home as she was bequeathed certain property in her father's will on that date; however, no further record of her has been uncovered.

      iv. James Percival, 3rd, bapt. July 9, 1704 at Barnstable, Mass., d. Mar. 19, 1737/8 of record at East Haddam, Conn.; m. July 9, 1730 at East Haddam, Elizabeth Bacon, eldest child of Beriah Bacon and Ann O'Dell, b. Sept. 17, 1714 at Middletown, Conn. Elizabeth's parental identity is proved by her father's Apr. 19, 1730 will at Middletown. She d. Dec. 12, 1739 of record at East Haddam, Conn. Four children of the family.

      v. Capt. John Percival, b. of record Oct. 17, 1706 (bapt. Feb. 2, 1706/7) at East Haddam, Conn. where he d. Sept. 14, 1786; m. Aug. 5, 1731 at East Haddam, Hannah Whitmore, dau. of Francis Whitmore and Mary Cornwall, b. Sept. 11, 1711 at Middletown, Conn. She d. May 2, 1803 at East Haddam. Twelve children of the family.

      vi. Timothy Percival, b. of record Oct. 2 (bapt. Oct. 12), 1712 at East Haddam, Conn., but no further record has been found.


  • Sources 
    1. [S104] New England Historical and Genealogical Register, (Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2012); Location: Boston, MA; Date: 1847 -;), Volume 14, page 20.
      Abigail, b. March 20, 1674; m. James or David Percival Feb 27, 1696

    2. [S120] Records of the First Congregational Church at East Haddam, transcriber unknown, (Name: Typescript transcription;), 67 (Reliability: 3), 25 Mar 2019.
      "Feb. 2, 1706/7. Abigail Passeval ye wife of Jeams Passeval (Percival) xxx from ye Church of Christ at Barnstable, Rev. Mr. Jonathan Russel, Pastor."

    3. [S269] Sandwich, births, marriages, deaths 1803-1842, Sandwich, MA Town Clerk, (FamilySearch.org), 23 (Reliability: 3), 28 Mar 2019.
      "The marriage between James Parsivel and Abigale Robinson solomnized before Shoawjashub Bourne Esqr [?] [?] 18th of February Anno 1695-6."