|Origin of the Abell Surname|
"The earliest recorded appearance of the family name so far discovered is on the roll of knights and men-at-arms under William the Conquerer in 1066, preserved in Battle Abbey, England, where it is inscribed in the form of ABELL. King William, after he had gained posession of the lands in England by conquest, and in order better to protect his followers in their acquired rights to the soil, sent commissioners into each county for the purpose of accumulating exact statements of the property and revenue of the kingdom wherever rents and services were due to the crown. These inquisitions or surveys were completed in the year 1086, and afterwards arranged in proper order in a record called Domesday. Through the means of this record we learn that estates or manors were managed for the crown by stewards or lords as sub-tenants. Many Normans who had rendered assistance to the Conqueror were rewarded by being made tenants-in-chief to the king. Of these tenants-in-chief there were about fourteen hundred in number. They were considered the most distinguished men of that period, and stood ready at a moment's notice to render any service that the king might require of them, whether of a civil or military nature. We find the name of ABELL inscribed in this Domesday book as an under-tenant living in the county of Kent. This may have been the progenitor of the English families that flourished in various parts of England from the conquest to the Stuart period and to the present time." Source: "Abell Family In America"
My Abell ancestors
01. Robert Abell, the first Abell mentioned in the book "Abell Family in America" and "Burke's American Families" was born in 1500 in Stapenhill, Derby, England. He was named c. 1533-8 as of Stapenhill, in a complaint of Walter Blount (Chancery Proc. Early 725/38, 738/10). He is mentioned in a deed 1547, and in the will of his son George 1596. A Robert Abell, gent., was a servant or tenant to Sir Wm. Gryseley and was at Bryslincote, county Derby, in 9 Henry VIII (1517-8) (Star Cham. Proc. 19/159). He is shown to have married Helene in 1521 in Derby.
02. Robert Abell, son of Robert was born in 1531 in Derby. His spouse was unknown. Robert is Mentioned in the wills of Brother Anthony in 1559, and of his brother George 1596 as then deceased. He died on May 17, 1588 in Derby.
03. George Abell, son of Robert was born in 1561 in Derby. He was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford and admitted to the Inner Temple in 1581. He was Executor to his father's Will in 1588. He married Frances Cotton, daughter of Richard Cotton, of Combermere and Mary Mainwaring. It is through Frances that this family connects to royalty through the Mainwaring line. Click here to see the will of George Abell.
The 4 children of Frances and George are:
04. Robert Abell, son of George was born in 1589 in Hemington, Leicestershire, England. He was the immigrant who came to New England with John Winthrop on the Winthrop Fleet, in June 1630 and settled at Rehoboth, MA. He took the Oath of Freeman May 18, 1631. In 1638 he married Joanna whose last name is unknown. Robert removed from Weymouth in 1643, probably following Rev. Samuel Newman, the real founder of Rehoboth. Rev. Newman was minister at Weymouth for four and a half or five years, then with a majority of his congregation, in 1642 removed to a place called by the Indians Seekonk, to which he gave the name of Rehoboth. There are several records documenting his activity in Rehoboth where he lived until he died on June 20, 1663. The Winthrop Society was created for ancestors who came over on the Winthrop Fleet.
The 8 children of Robert and Joanna are:
05. Caleb Abell, son of Robert was born
in 1646 in Rehoboth, MA. In 1668 he moved to Norwich, Connecticut where he married Margaret Post
on July 1669. In the original purchase of land when Norwich was settled, six acres
having 16 rods front was assigned to Robert Wade, this he sold to Caleb
Abell in 1677, and it was afterwards known as the Abell homestead. This
property abutted on Town Street 16 rods, on the home lot of Morgan Bowers
72 rods, on the river 18 rods and on John Birchard land 74 rods. The
location may be seen in a map on page 67 of "Caulkins' Norwich."
On December 18, 1694 Caleb was appointed to keep his house as "an
ordinari or of entertayment" for the year, or until another be
Note that there is an interesting connection between the Abell and Hyde lines which helps strengthen the relationship between Caleb and Robert. "The Vital Records of Rehoboth", page 3 shows the marriage of "Joanna Abell to William Hide" on June 4, 1667 (see link to reference). Note that Margaret Post's grandfather is William Hyde. This William married as his 2nd wife Joanna, the widow of Caleb's father Robert.
The 9 children of Caleb and Margaret are:
06. Joanna Abell, daughter of Caleb and Margaret was born in November, 1682 in Norwich, New London, CT. In 1707 she married Zachariah Loomis, son of John Loomis. They had 10 children. Joanna died on November 25, 1759 of smallpox in Lebanon, Tolland, CT. She is buried in the Loomis Cemetery there. I descend from their daughter Zerviah Loomis who married Ebenezer Jones.
|Migration pattern of my Abell family|
|England -- Massachusetts -- Connecticut|
Abell Coat Of Arms
|Here are various coats of arms belonging to the Abell family as found in the book "Abell Family In America". The first one is the coat of arms used by Robert Abell, Son of George Abell.|
Robert Abell came to America on the Winthrop fleet in 1630. Descendants of Robert are eligible to join the Winthrop Society which is open to all with proven descent of an ancestor from the Winthrop fleet.
|National Society - Magna Charta Dames and Barons|
|Robert Abell is decended from 12 Surety Baron ancestors. This society has a webpage for those interested in their organization. The 12 Surety Baron ancestors are listed below from the Brookfield Publishing Company website with links to more information on them. I also have a website page that goes into detail on the descents to one of my gateway ancestors.|
|01. WILLIAM D'ALBINI: Lord of Belvoir Castle (c1165-1220)|
|02. ROGER BIGOD: Earl of Norfolk (1150-1221)|
|03. HUGH BIGOD: The Earl of Norfolk's heir (1186-1224)|
|04. HENRY DE BOHUN: Earl of Hereford|
|05. RICHARD DE CLARE: Earl of Hertford (1162-1218)|
|06. GILBERT DE CLARE: The Earl of Hertford's heir (1182-1230)|
|07. JOHN DE LACIE: Lord of Halton Castle, Cheshire (1192-1240)|
|08. WILLIAM MALET: Lord of Curry-Malet, Somersetshire (1166-1216)|
|09. WILLIAM DE MOWBRAY: Lord of Axholme Castle, Lincolnshire|
|10. SAIRE DE QUINCEY: Earl of Winchester (1155-1219)|
|11. ROBERT DE ROOS: Lord of Hamlake Castle, Yorkshire|
|12. ROBERT DE VERE: Earl of Oxford (1164-1221)|
|Abell material on the internet|
|Robert Abell Wikipedia page|
|1|| The Abell Family In
America - Robert Abell of Rehoboth, Mass. His English Ancestry and His
by Horace A. Abell and Lewis P. Abell, Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc. (1940)
Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell
by Carl Boyer, 3rd., 1st Edition (2001)
Burkes American Families with British Ancestry
by John Bernard Burke (1939) , p. 2529
Ancestors of American Presidents
by Gary Boyd Roberts (1989), p. 296
Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists
by David Faris (Unknown edition ), p. 1
Ancestors of Robert Abell
by Horace A. Abell (1933)
And Then There Was You
by Marjorie Eilene Wells-Cook (1979), p. 4,40
|1||"Abell Family in America" by Horace A. & Lewis P. Abell. (1940) 339p. - A great resource for the Abell surname. Although dated, it provides a lot of important information on the Abell line and is a must for any Abell descendant. Amazon provides a deal through Higgenson Books which will make you a copy of the book at a very reasonable price.|
|2||"Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell" by Carl Boyer, 3rd (2001) 344p - Fills in a lot of blanks about Robert's ancestors that extend into royalty. Full of history and sources. It is organized by surname for quick reference. The author has done a lot of research on these lines, some of which there is very little documentation on elsewhere. It is highly recommended for those interested in how these surnames originated and provides a lot of biographical information.|
|3||"Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Abell" by Horace A. Abell (1933) Covers a lot of Abell material, including some that is not mentioned in "Abell Family in America".|
|4||"One Branch of the Abell Family Showing The Allied Families" by Horace A. Abell (1934)|
Abell page is dedicated to
Carl Boyer, 3rd.
His book "Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell" provides a wealth of
information on this family and its early ancestors. It has helped to provide
me with the information needed to branch out my website to these earlier lines.
My Descent From The Abell Line
|16||Robert Abell (bef. 1496-)|
|15||Robert Abell (1500-1597)||Helene|
|14||Robert Abell (1531-1588)|
|13||George Abell (1561-1631)||Frances Cotton (1565-1630)|
|12||Robert Abell (1589-1663)||Joanna (1610-1672)|
|11||Caleb Abell (1646-1731)||Margaret Post (1653-1700)|
|10||Zachariah Loomis (1681-1751)||Joanna Abell (1682-1759)|
|9||Ebenezer Jones (1718-1800)||Zerviah Loomis (1724-1808)|
|8||Miles Jones (1764-1812)||Mehitable Adams (1771-1812)|
|7||Miles Jones (1794-1885)||Pamelia Turner (1805-1883)|
|6||Darius Benjamin Jones (1834-1918)||Marquerite Cowan (1835-1906)|
|5||Nathaniel Henry Hawk (1858-1944)||Anna Irene Jones (1868-1936)|
|4||Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944)||Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)|
|3||William Edward Marshall (1901-1981)||Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)|
|2||William Edward Marshall|
|1||Tod Howard Marshall|
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