Name: George ABBOTT
Given Name: George
Surname: Abbott 1 2 3 4 5 6
Death: Jul 1689 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT 6
Change Date: 2 Nov 2015 at 10:52
This George Abbott and his family are often confused with George Abbott of Andover, MA.
From Genealogical Dictionary (Savage) and Families of Old Fairfield:
George Abbott, of Windsor in 1640, was fined for selling a pistol and powder to an Indian. He removed to Norwalk in 1655 where he had two wives, the former who was the mother of his children and the latter of which was Joanna who died 8 years before him. His will was written 2 May 1689 and proved 11 Mar 1690. Children mentioned in it were: Dorothey, wife of a Root; Priscilla; George, born about 1669; Daniel, born about 1672; Mary; John; and Jonathan. [Most sources assume that the Dorothy mentioned here is the Dorcas shown in records as the wife of John Root(s).]
From Ancient Historical Records of Norwalk:
George 'Abbitt' appears on the list of inhabitants of Norwalk in 1655. He also appears in R.R. Hinmans 'Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut' where 1648 is given as the date that he is first mentioned in colony records. His estate was valued at 75 pound in 1673 and at 125 pounds in 1687. In 1672 'Geo. Abbot' had seven children.
"According to the early Norwalk records he was a man of thrift and enterprise, and prominent in the affairs of the town. ... In the records mention is made of the Town Committee's having laid out to him 2 acs. of land on the further end of 'Stickey playne near the place of plum trees,' which was willed to his son 'Daniell' and recorded Jan. 17, 1699. This was probably one of the first allotments of land made to him, but the date is not given. The first record of his having disposed of land in Norwalk was in 1652, when he sold 1 ac. and 4 rds., 'in the Stoney Hill Division in the planting field called the Neck' ... he must have been in Norwalk some time before this, probably as early as 1649.
"Dr. Stiles, the author of Ancient Windsor, Ct., mentions him as probably identical with the boy, George Abbott, who, says Selleck [History of Norwalk, Ct.], probably engaged himself for service in order to pay his way to America, in accordance with a custom with some at that early day. At any rate he was afterwards in service at Windsor, 1640; was fined £5 there then, for the youthful indiscretion of selling a pistol and some powder to the Indians; was boung by the Court for his good behavior and disposed of by it for future service with his master; was in Hartford, 1647-8, and was fined to Richard Letten, 1647, for 12s. Abbott and another man of Windsor, having lived with the Indians, were instrumental in settling with those of Massacoe (the Indian name for Simsbury), Ct., for burning the tar and pitch of John Griffin, of Windsor, June 28, 1648 ... Abbott was also defendant in a suit for debt and damages of 30s., in Hartford, Dec. 28, 1648. Soon after this he probably settled in Norwalk....
"The Norwalk records have much of interest and credit regarding him. There are entries of many assignments of land by the Town Committee to him, and many purchases and sales of land by him, during the two score years he was probably there before his death, about 1689. ... His landed estate, etc., was valued, 1671, at £75. There were 64 settlers, 32 of whose exceeded that amount, and 31 were less. It was voted, Feb. 9, 1671/2, that all having children should have £5 'for every child now in being,' he then having seven. His landed estate was valued June 3, 1687, at £125, there being then 78 settlers."
He held several offices in the town: marshal, townesman, pounder, chosen to sweep; and was paid 14s. for sweeping the meeting-house. "'Seargent Abbott' was also 'surveyor,' 1688; his military title shows that he had been chosen to office in the train-band of the town, which in that day was a distinguished honor, usually conferred on one of the leading citizens..."
His will was dated 2 May 1689 and was recorded 11 Mar 1690.
The author goes on to list to list seven children of George Abbott: John, Dorothy, Priscilla, Mary, Jonathan, George and Daniel. These were taken "from old deeds, the Abbot Register (1847), and from the History of Norwalk."
From Abbot Register:
The children of George Abbott, as named in his will were: John, Jonathan, Dorothy ["Rook"], Priscilla [Clason], Mary [Jackson], George, and Daniel.
George Abbot is on the 11 Oct 1669 list of Freemen of Norwalk.
Other children that have been attributed to this family are:
Whinniah, b. 31 Jul 1667
Moses, b. about 1670
Samuel, b. 10 Jun 1678.
No confirmation has been found for these children.
Abbot, George, late of Norwalk, will dated May 2, 1689, died in July 1689, probated Mch. 12, 1689/90, mentioned his children John, Jonathan, Daniel, ae, about 17 yrs, George, ae about 20 yrs, Dorcas Roots, Presila Clason, and Mary (Jackson). Executors son John and Mark Sention. Witnesses Richard Holmes, and Mathyas Sention, Jr., page 305.
Inventory taken Mch. 11, 1689/90, by Walter Hoit, John Bouton, and Samuel Hays, and filed Mch. 12, 1689/90, page 307.
Mary WEED b: Abt 1637 in Wethersfield, Hartford, CT
- Change Date:
14 Jun 2010
- Dorcas ABBOTT b: in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
- John ABBOTT b: 2 Sep 1662 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
- Mary ABBOTT b: 20 Mar 1665 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
- Jonathan ABBOTT b: in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
- Priscilla ABBOTT b: in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
- George ABBOTT b: Abt 1669 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
- Daniel ABBOTT b: Abt 1672 in Norwalk, Fairfield, CT
- Change Date:
14 Jun 2010
- Abbrev: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield
Title: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield
Author: Donald Lines Jacobus
Publication: DAR, 1930
- Abbrev: Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England
Title: Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England
Author: James Savage
- Abbrev: Descendants of George Abbott, of Rowley, Mass., ...
Title: Descendants of George Abbott, of Rowley, Mass., ...
Author: Lemuel Abijah Abbott
Publication: Boston, 1906
Section: Descendants of George Abbott, of Norwalk, Fairfield, Ct., pp. 975-978
- Abbrev: Ancient Historical Records of Norwalk, Conn.
Title: Ancient Historical Records of Norwalk, Conn.
Author: Edwin Hall
- Abbrev: A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of George Abbot of Andover....
Title: A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of George Abbot of Andover....
Author: Abiel Abbot
Publication: Boston, 1847
Also called the Abbot Register.
- Abbrev: Abstract of Fairfield, Conn. Probate Records
Title: Abstract of Fairfield, Conn. Probate Records
Author: Spencer P. Mead
Publication: Fairfield County GenWeb site