The third of seven children born to William & Elizabeth White of England and later Boston, Suffolk Co MA, Margaret married:
1) Robert Colwell c1660; separated in 1666, divorced 21 Jul 1667; they had an unknown number of children, only two are known, one son and one daughter. 2) Thomas D Wallen on 19 Jun 1669 in Providence Co RI, son of Ralph & Joyce Wallen of England and later Plymouth Colony MA; he died 19 Jul 1674; they had three children, all sons. 3) Daniel Abbott on 25 Dec 1678 in Providence Co RI, son of Daniel & Mary (Mills) Abbott of England and later Providence Co RI; they had at least two children, a daughter, and a son who served as Deputy Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island.
The following story is of interest because both Margaret and Thomas were married to others when the incident occurred, but only Margaret was "punished"; a sign of the times. It reminds me of the story of the "Scarlet Letter".
Excerpt from P. Streeter, 2000: "....William's daughter, Margaret, already married to Robert Colwell, ran away with her married neighbor, Thomas Walling; both deserted their families. Colwell secured his divorce 2 July 1667; Margaret had returned to Boston and was ordered to be publicly whipped 15 stripes and was fined £5 in October 1666. Colwell went to Long Island, Walling also obtained a divorce and married Margaret in 1669. After his death (Thomas') in 1674, her third husband, Daniel Abbott, took her to court. Apparently they reconciled, she was named in his will." (Copyright 1999 Perry Streeter)
Streeter does not say why Margaret's third husband "took her to court".
Excerpt from "Thomas Walling & His Way With Women" by William B. Saxbe Jr, Article printed in 'The American Genealogist', Apr 1998, Pgs 91-100: " 'Daniel Abbott, her third husband...filed the following prohibition against her: 'Whereas my wife Margrett through her Maddnes of folly & Turbulency of her Currupt will, hath often Threatened to Ruinate my family, Routeing me (as she saith) of horse & Foote, Destroying me Root & Branch, putting out one of her owne Eyes to putt out Both mine, & sett my house on fire: And is since departed from me takeing away my Children without my Consent. And as I have been Enformed, is now plotting mischeife with some, of her Turbulent Spiritt, that when I am Absent from home to Rifle my house & take away my Goodes, to accomplish her Divelish Resolution against me. These are therefore, not only to advise, but alsoe to Charge all persons vpon theire Perill to forbare any such illegal proceedings, And alsoe do heareby foreworne, & forbid all persons whatsoever, to forbare Bargaineing with, Contracting of Debts, or Receiveing any part of my Estate of my sd wife Margrett without my approbation. Published 7th of August 1683.'"
...and in 1717 (Margaret died this year): " 'Upon the Cumplaint of Mrs Margret Abbott widow of mr Daniel Abbott deceased that shee wants Releif and being sensible that the sd Daniel Abbott her deceased husband Left a Compitent Esstate: suffuciant to Releife his sd widdow and being Informed that his son Daniel Abbott Administred vpon sd Esstate and being also sumthing sinsable of the same Where vpon wee doe order as hereby it is ordered that the sd suruiueing Daniel Abbott shall pay to the Relief of his mother the sd Margreet Abbott the sum of Eight shillings Per weeke Currant money into the hands of one of the ouer seers of the poor of sd Towne Except he prouide for her sum other way to her Content vntill sum further order be taken.'"
Please Note: At different times in history, the name of Wallen is recorded with variations such as Wallin and Walling. The passenger list of the ship "Anne", dated Jul 1623, lists Ralph's (1590-1633) surname as "Wallen". To avoid confusion, my ancestors who descended from Ralph will be shown as Wallen.
Evidence has been provided to me proving this Margaret is not a daughter of the William White who married Elizabeth Cadman and was associated with the Mayflower.