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Samuel Abbe
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Birth: 1650
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 1698
Windham County
Connecticut, USA

From the book published in 1916 "Abbe -Abbey Genealogy In Memory of John Abbe and his Descendants" by Cleveland Abbe and Joseph Genung Nichols

SAMUEL ABBE, son of John Abbe, born probably at Wenham, Mass. about 1646, or soon after his father's settlement there; died in Windham, Conn., March, 1697-8. His name first appears in the Wenham records at the time of his marriage. "Samuel Abby and Mary Knowlton maryed the 12th October 1672." He received a grant of ten acres of land in Wenham, and land to set his house upon, from his father, John Abbey, and wife, Mary, April 3, 1675, his brethren to have the refusal of the place if he should sell (Essex Deeds, 15:150).

Samuel and his wife, Mary, were communicants of the church in Wenham in 1674. He was a land surveyor in 1676 and appears upon the town records as a husbandman, made freeman, October 3, 1680 (Massachusetts Records, 5:540). He was named in his father's will, 1683.

A map of Salem dwellings in 1692, published in Volume I of Upham's Salem Witchcraft, shows the location of Samuel Abbey's house, number 114 on a plot in the south-west part, east of Bald Hill, within the 500 acres laid out to Robert Goodell in 1652 and its subsequent additions.

On November 1, 1682, Samuel Abbey bought of Lott Killam and wife, Hannah, of Salem, he being then of Wenham, 6 acres in Salem on Norrice's Brook (12:112), and also bought of James Stimpson and wife, Priscilla, who had been the widow of Isaac Goodell, at the same place, some land in 1684 (12:113). On April 3, 1697, he and his wife, Mary, sold those lands described as a dwelling house, two orchards, and seventeen acres in Salem, bounding Anthony Needham, John Walcott, Isaac Goodale, Samuel Goodale, Abraham Smith, Abel Gardner, Joseph Flint, and also six acres on Norrice's Brook, and two acres bought of James Stimpson, to Zachariah White of Lynn, all for £130 (12:147), The above James Stimpson was of Reading and had married the widow of the elder Isaac Goodell. At the time of Goodell 's death in 1680, the widow was administratrix and Samuel Abbey was one of her sureties. He was then probably of Salem or possibly Topsfield.

He was admitted freeman of Salem Village, March 22, 1689-90. He and his wife were dismissed from the Salem Church September 15, 1689, to unite in forming one at Salem Village; the date of its formation being November 15, 1689 Salem Village is now Danvers. On July 1, 1690, he w'as taxed at Salem Village, and again, January 18, 1694-5, he and his son were taxed there.

Samuel Abbey of Salem bought of Benjamin Howard of Windham, Conn., for £22. 10s. current money, half an allotment of land (500 acres), being number 2 at the Center, at or near the locality known later as Bricktop. He probably removed to Windlmm about that time as he was admitted an inhabitant of that town December 21, 1697, and died there March of the following year.His estate was settled in 1699. The inventory, taken May 9, 1698, gives as legatees, the following: wife, Mary; daughter, Mary, aged 25; son, Samuel, aged 23; son, Thomas, aged 20; Eleazer, aged 18 (the land records prove that this is a mistake for Elizabeth); Ebenezer, aged 16; Mercy, aged 14; Sarah, aged 13; Hepsibah, aged 10; Abigail, aged 8; John, aged 7; Benjamin, aged 6 ; Jonathan, aged 2. One record says he left a son, Eleazer, and a daughter, Abigail, each 8 years old at his death. This is doubtless an attempt to rectify the error noted above.

Samuel Abbe was living in Salem during the days of witchcraft and was one of those opposed to its fanaticisms. One Rebecca Nourse, on trial as a witch, produced a paper signed by several ''respectable inhabitants" of Salem, among •whom was Samuel Abbe. This document as to her good character caused her to be set at liberty but the sentence was later changed for some reason and she was put to death as a witch. Only a few years ago a monument to her memory was erected by her descendants.

Samuel Abbe married in Wenham, Mass., October 12, 1672, MARY KNOWLTON,born 1653, daughter of William and Elizabeth ( ) Knowlton. She married (2), April 27, 1699, Abraham Mitchell and had by him a son, Daniel,who was born and died December 10, 1700. Mary Mitchell, formerly MaryAbby, was dismissed from the Salem Village Church to Windham, Conn.,September 14, 1701.

Samuel Abbe and Mary Knowlton were married on October 12, 1672 in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts.

"He probably removed to Windham about that time as he was admitted an inhabitant of that town December 21, 1697, and died there March of the following year."

The info above sent to me by "Grandma" (##47644196).


Samuel testified numerous times during the Salem Witch Trials.

(Samuel Abby v. Mary Easty, John Willard, and Mary Witheridge)
The Deposistion of Samuell Abby aged about 45 years who testifieth and saith that on the 20th of may 1692 I went to the house. of constable Jno. putnam:about 9 a clock in the moring and when I came there: Mircy lewes lay on the bed in a sad condition and continewing speachless for about an hour: the man not being at whom: the woman desired me to goe to Tho: putnams to bring Ann putnam to se if she could se who it was that hurt mircy lewes: accordingly I went: and found Abigail williams along with ann putnam: and brought them both to se mircy lewes: and as they ware a goeing along the way both of them said that they saw the Apperishtion of Goody Estick and said it was the same woman that was sent whom the other day: and said also that they saw the Apperishtion of the other woman that appered with goody estick the other day.and both of them allso said that the Apperishtion of goody Estick tould them that now she was afflecting of mircy lewes: and when they came to Mircy lewes both of them said that they saw the Apperishtion of goody Estick and Jno. willard and mary witheridge afflecting the body of mircy lewes: and I continewing along with mircy who continewed in a sad condition the greatest part of the day being in such tortors as no toungue can express: but not able to spake: but at last said Deare lord Receive my soule and againe said Lord let them not kill me quitt, but att last she came to hir self for a little whille and was very sensable and [and] then she said that goody estick said she would kill hir before midnight because she did not cleare hir so as the Rest did. then againe presently she fell very bad and cried out pray for the salvation of my soule for they will kil me
Jurat in Curia Sep'r. 9th. 92
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 124)

Mary Easty Executed, September 22, 1692
Family links: 
  John Abbe (1613 - 1689)
  Mary Loring Abbe (1617 - 1672)
  Mary Knowlton Abbe Mitchell (1653 - 1716)*
  Mary Abbe (1674 - ____)*
  Samuel Abbe (1676 - 1737)*
  Thomas Abbe (1679 - 1700)*
  Elizabeth Abbe Slate (1681 - 1721)*
  Ebenezer Abbe (1683 - 1758)*
  Mercy Abbe Ormsby (1684 - ____)*
  Sarah Abbe Fowler (1686 - 1774)*
  Hepsibah Abbe Palmer (1689 - ____)*
  Abigail Abbe Ormsby (1690 - ____)*
  John Abbe (1692 - 1790)*
  Benjamin Abbe (1694 - 1765)*
  Jonathan Abbe (1697 - 1757)*
  Thomas Abbe (____ - 1728)*
  John Abbe (1636 - 1700)*
  Sarah Abbe (1639 - 1704)*
  Mariah Abbe Maxwell Kilham (1642 - 1721)*
  Rebecca Abbe (1647 - 1704)*
  Obadiah Abbe (1647 - 1732)*
  Samuel Abbe (1650 - 1698)
*Calculated relationship
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