Did This William Haskell Marry Abigail Davis, too?

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There are two William Haskells who are cousins.  On Wikitree, both are show as marrying Abigail Davis.

  • 1. William Haskell, Haskell-125, b 11 June 1674 at Middleborough, the son of John Haskell and Patience Soule. He is included in the Mayflower Project.
  • 2. William Haskell V, Haskell-305, b. 6 Nov 1670 at Gloucester, the son of William Haskell and Mary Brown.

All the evidence I find shows that William 2 is the one who married Abigail Davis and had at least 8, probably more, children.  I can find no evidence that William 1 ever married or had children. I believe that Abigail has mistakenly been attached to William 1, probably through an earlier bad merge.

Is there any evidence that is was William 1 who married Abigail?  If not, is OK to disconnect Abigail from William 1?

WikiTree profile: William Haskell
in Genealogy Help by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (329k points)
edited by Vic Watt


William Haskell

 in the North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000

VIEWNorth America, Family Histories, 1500-2000

      Name: William Haskell
      Gender: Male
      Birth Date: 6 Nov 1670
      First Marriage Date: 8 Sep 1692
      Death Date: 17 Jan 1731
      Death Place: Gloucester, Mass
      Father: William Haskell
      Mother: Mary Walker Brown
      Spouse: Abigail Davis
      Child: Jedediah Haskell 
      Keziah Haskell 
      James Haskell 
      William Haskell 
      Mark Haskell 
      Elizabeth Haskell 
      Abigail Haskell 
      Jemima Haskell

      Source Citation

      Book Title: A short account of the descendants of William Haskell of Gloucester, Mass


      Thanks Eddie.  I looked at the ''Chronicles of the Haskell Family,'' but I didn't include it as a source because it didn't have any cites for specific information.  ''A short account of the descendants of William Haskell of Gloucester, Mass'' confirms what I have already found about William 2 (of Gloucester), and it also has few citations.


      Actual death registration 



      Has Abigail as widow of William died  January 1730


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      William Haskell

       in the Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988

      VIEWMassachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988

          Name: William Haskell
          Event Type: Death
          Birth Date: abt 1670
          Death Date: 17 Jan 1731
          Death Place: Gloucester, Massachusetts
          Death Age: 61

          Source Information

          Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

          Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).


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          Eddie, The view that you have above, ''Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988'' shows that Abigail died in Dec 1730 and William died in Jan 1731.  Does the other record at AncestryLibrary show something different?  If so, it wouldn't make any difference for the particular question here, but it would be good to have. I can't read the AncestryLibrary link.

          Both go to the same document. Loaded both cuzz I dunno if you have ancestry regular or special. I have library special subscription cuzz I be doing YSU for my doctorate program.
          RE: Haskell=125 Will written December 2, 1730:

          Wife Abigail was named in the will but not the division
          Includes the children below, calls William Jr. eldest (born before Mark)
          Jedidiah not named. likely deceased

          Estate division on Feb. 22, 1730/1:
          William Haskell , eldest son 2 shares
          Mark Haskell 1 share
          James Haskell 1 share
          Elizabeth Haskell, alias Parsons 1 share
          Abigail Haskell, alias Tyler  1 share
          Jemima Haskell 1 share
          Keziah Haskell, alias Herrich 1 share

          Case 12809:p. 1-8: Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881

          @Chris, Thanks, I added the Will and probate info to the Bio for William 2.

          2 Answers

          +4 votes
          Best answer
          The narrative, well sourced, is clear. There is no evidence that the earlier William married or had children. I detached Abigail as spouse.
          by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (764k points)
          selected by Vic Watt
          Thank you Jillaine
          0 votes

          182. William Haskell Ensign was born  on 6 Nov 1670 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. He died  17 Jan 1731 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. He was buried in Ancient Cemetery (Second Parish Burying Ground), West Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.-William inherited his father's mill and he also engaged in agricultural pursuits, but his chief means of livelihood was fishing-His success was relatively great, as we find that at his death he left an estate of £2565 which included vessels, warehouses, saltfish and a "negro man."During his lifetime he displayed a more than average interest in town affairs, was a selectman, and also a deacon in his church for a few years before his death. He was better known as "Ensign", which name was derived from his office in the Military Company.-----

          William married 4 Abigail Davis do. James Davis and Elizabeth Batchelder on 8 Sep 1692 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. Abigail was born  on 13 Apr 1672 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. She died on 30 Dec 1730 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.


                  William Haskell Captain was born about 1693. He died before 29 Jun 1752.
                  Mark Haskell was born on 10 Aug 1695. He died about 1775.
                  Elizabeth Haskell was born on 29 Nov 1696.
                  Abigail Haskell was born on 16 Aug 1699. She died before 1735.
                  Jacob Haskell  was born before 1703 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. He died before 1731. Baptised: , on before 1703, in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.
                  James Haskell  was born on 4 Jun 1703 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. He died on 1 Aug 1703 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.
                  Jemimah Haskell was born on 1 Dec 1704.
                  Jedidiah Haskell was born  on 31 Jul 1708 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. He died on 17 Aug 1708 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.
                  Keziah Haskell was born  on 28 Feb 1711 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. She died  on 13 May 1732 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. She was buried  in Ancient Cemetery, West Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.
                  Keziah married Samuel Herrick son of Samuel Herrick and Sarah Leach on 3 Jan 1731 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. Samuel was born on 25 Jan 1705 in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts. He died  on 11 Sep 1764 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts. He has conflicting birth information of , on 16 Nov 1702 and Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts.
                  James Haskell was born on 24 Sep 1712. He died before 13 May 1798.

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