How do we reconcile the wife or wives of Israel Hamlin/Hamblin? Did he have two wives, Abigail and Jemima, or just one that used two names? No marriage records are found for Israel Hamlin. None. The timeline of records suggests that he married first, Abigail Lumbart, who bore his 5 children, and secondly Jemima, who appears in the 1702 & 1706 baptismal records only, until Abigail reappears in the church dismissal records in 1717, and again in Israel's probate file in 1729. The children in 1702 & 1706 also appear in his consolidated "family record," so there is no mistaking that there is only the one Israel.
Israel Hamlin made a record of his family in the Barnstable Town Records Vol. 1:421 (1895 town clerk transcription of originals) in which he recorded the following:
had a child that was born & Dyed in ye year 1687
his Daughter Thankful born ye 24 of August 1689
prudence born ye Last of Octr 1692
his son Israel born 15 of March 1694
his son Joseph born 12 of September 1697
Jemima 15 of August 1699
his son Jacob 28 of May 1702
Ann Born ye 10 of April 1706
In the Barnstable West Parish Church records are found these baptisms:
- " Octobr 11 Joseph of Abigail ye wife of Israel Hamlin" [ p. 139]
- " April 4 Israel, Thankful, Prudence of [a name scored out] [Abigail written above] wife of Israel Hamlin" [p. 139]
- " Septr. 24 Jemima - of Abigail ye wife of Israel Hamblin" [p. 137]
- "1702 Aug 2. Jacob - of Jemima wife of Israel -- Hamblin" [p.135 ]
- "1706 May 26 - Anne - of Jemima wife of Israel Hamlin" [p. 132]
In early 1717, Abigail, wife of Israel Hamblin was dismissed from West Church to join the newly formed East Church. [p. 34]
Israel Hamblin's estate was inventoried on 2 July 1729 after his death, and it was sworn to by "Abigail Hamblin now Barlow administratrix to the estate of her late husband Israel Hamblen". [Barnstable County Probate records, Vol. 3:651] The inventory is the only document in the packet per the index.
"John Barlow of Sandwich & Abigail Hamblen of Barnstable [married] By Rev Joseph Green Aug 27th 1730." (recorded in both Sandwich and Barnstable VRs, with intentions published in Barnstable on 2 August 1730)
Abigail's death was recorded as, "Barlow, Abigail formerly Hamblend. Apr 25, 1740 very aged."
Neither Abigail Barlow nor John Barlow left a will or had a probate file. Land records don't help as they don't exist before 1742, the date of a courthouse fire. No other mention of a Jemima Hamlin/Hamblin exists.
I've checked TAG, NEHGR, Mayflower Descendant, and the only things found agree with the above. Amos Otis and the Hamlin Genealogy both say Israel had a second wife. But then contradict themselves by saying the probate file names Abigail with no explanation.
Did Abigail call herself "Jemima" for a few years? Is there another explanation?
[Edited to add these links to wives Abigail Lumbert and Jemima Unknown]