The will of James Percival dated August 1, 1728 at East Haddam named his two sons James and John Percival, daughter Mary Percival and wife Mary Percival and made bequests to them. The bond on his estate dated December 3, 1728 was posted by son John Percival and Daniel Brainerd. The inventory was taken on November 29th and on the top part showed that he "deceased 4th November 1728". The fieldstone shows "I P 1728" with a dash across the "I" which is the old English version for "J". It looks like and "E" but it's not. The Percivals lived in the 2nd Society or Machamoodus section of East Haddam, CT where they lived for generations. They were not of the 1st Society.
James Percival married Abigail Robinson of Falmouth, Barnstable County, Mass. on 27 February 1695-6 [town record]. They had sons James born ca. 1697 and Ebenezer born 18 June 1699 and daughter Mary born 16 September 1701. The Percival family removed to East Haddam, Middlesex County, Conn. by 1706 when their son John Percival was born on 17 October 1706 [town record]. Another son Timothy was born on 2 October 1712 [town record]. Abigail, wife of James Percival, was admitted to the Church of Christ at East Haddam on 2 February 1706-7 by letter from the Church of Christ at Barnstable. James Percival was baptized and admitted full communion on 1 May 1709.
Ebenezer Percival, son of James and Abigail, died before 1728 as he was not named in his father's will. There is a fieldstone marked "E P 1713/14" [plot #20] and next to it is a field stone marked "A P 1713" [plot #22] which is no doubt that of Abigail [Robinson] Percival. In plot #26 is where the fieldstone marked "I P 1728" for James Percival is located [per 1958 map of the burying yard]. The other son Timothy Percival, born 2 October 1712 in East Haddam, also was not named in his father's will and was most likely dead by 1714 at the same time as his mother when a terrible epidemic swept through the town that winter of 1713-14.
∼Son of James Percival 1632-1691 and Mary Rainsford 1623-1694.
Husband of Abigail Robinson 1674-1728 married 27 Feb 1696, father of Joseph, James, Ebenezer, Mary, Captain John and Timothy.
Secondly, husband of Mary, per his will. His second marriage to Mary; surname unknown, she died 5-08-1759 in East Haddam, CT. source: Barbour Index, LR 7, p. 2
They moved from Barnstable, MA to East Haddam, CT about 1705, buying land 1706 From Matthew Rowley. Abigail had a transfer letter from Barnstable church accepted by First Church in East Haddam, James was baptised and admitted 1709.
The Percival name changed for some children to Paraseual, only Joseph, James, and John kept Parsavell spelling.
Additional information thanks to Ronni Croft 49316328
Abigail Robinson Percival