Abigail <I>Robinson</I> Percival

Abigail Robinson Percival

Falmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 1714 (aged 37–38)
East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Burial East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 103773178 · View Source
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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. Chh.] 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.

Edited and updated 5/2/2018

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  • Created by: Don Blauvelt
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