Abraham Shotwell

Abraham Shotwell (abt. 1625 - aft. 1679)

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Abraham Shotwell
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died after in New Yorkmap
Profile last modified 14 Apr 2019 | Created 9 Feb 2011
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Many popular online trees have listed Abraham's father as "Lord Jonathan Shotwell." This has never been proven. Abraham's parents and country of origin remain unknown, though he was most likely from England. Please contact a member of the Shotwell project for more information.

"Abraham Shotwell, founder of the family in America, was in Elizabeth Town, New Jersey, 1665 [1] and in NY as late as 1679. He was probably one of the many Englishmen who fled from the mother county after the restoration of Charles II. He was certainly an active defender of the cause of the settlers in opposition to the collection of burdensome quit-rents exacted by the Governor, Captain Philip Carteret, on behalf of the non-resident lords proprietors, in consequence of which he was forced into exile and his New Jersey real estate was confiscated, being sold at auction 25 April 1675, and a few days later was in possession of the Governor. On 29 September 1677, he received patent of a grant of 38 1/4 acres of land in the southeast side of Manhattan Island, including a water mill on Sawmill Creek, which property, on 6 November 1679 he conveyed "with consent of his son John" to John Robinson. He probably died soon afterward. the name of his wife and the names of his children other than John, and probably Daniel, have not been certainly ascertained. Daniel was the progenitor of the Richmond branch of the Shotwell family." Abraham was certainly dead by 25 July 1683 when his son John received a patent to land once owned by his father Abraham: "Patent to John Shotwell for 4 acres in Elizabethtown, occupied, cleared and improved by his late father Abraham Shotwell." ( Source: https://archive.org/stream/calendarrecords00nelsgoog/calendarrecords00nelsgoog_djvu.txt )

"The ancestor of the Shotwells is believed to be Abraham Shotwell, one of the early settlers in Elizabethtown, but who, in consequence of too freely expressing his opinion of the ruling powers, was banished and the land at Elizabeth confiscated. But in 1683, after his death, the property was restored to his son John, who married Elizabeth Burton in New York in 1679 and under the name of John Shotwell, Sr. We find his death recorded at 1718 but it should have been 1719." Location unknown. [2][3] [4]

His banishment from New Jersey apparently occurred in 1672 according to a letter of 07 December 1672 from the Lords Proprietors to the Governor of New Jersey "affirming sentence of banishment of Abraham Shotwell". Source: https://archive.org/stream/calendarrecords00nelsgoog/calendarrecords00nelsgoog_djvu.txt

Research Notes

  • Abraham is mentioned in Harlem: Its Origins and Early Annals [5]
  • Abraham is mentioned in Origins and History of the Village of Yorkville in the City of New York as owning a leathermill [6]
  • Death: 03 Jan 1698 in Peel, Middlesex (Unsure if this is the correct Abraham, but placing here for reference)



  1. Ancestry.com. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010.
  2. Find a Grave Memorial# 126710294
  3. Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Register of Marriages, Births and Deaths, 1687-1871; Collection: Quaker Meeting Records; Call Number: MR Ph:547
  4. Annals of Our Colonial Ancestors and Their Descendants, Pages 81 and 85
  5. Harlem: Its Origins and Early Annals, by James Riker. Ardent Media, 1970. Retrieved from Google book, 29 Jul 2018.
  6. Origins and History of the Village of Yorkville in the City of New York . By Anthony Lofaso. Xlibris Corporation, Jan 16, 2015. Retrieved from Google book on 29 Jul 2018.
  7. "England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977," database, FamilySearch Abreham Shatwell, 03 Jan 1698, Death. Citing p. 164, Peel, Middlesex, record group RG6, Public Record Office, London.

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On 7 Apr 2016 at 13:33 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

I suspect that he was born a Shotwell (not Shatwell or other variations). There are a number of Shotwell families in England in that time period (especially in Derbyshire and the London area).

However, I am a bit skeptical that he came from the Shotwell families of Staffordshire. See the following: http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/shotwell/480/

On 6 Apr 2016 at 17:51 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

I really really WISH we could find his roots. I've searched and searched. I've heard that he may be of the Shatswell/Shadewell/Shatwell/Shotswall and countless others. I keep searching and keep coming up empty. Frustrating!! I even bought the world membership on ancestry so I could search international records! Nothing.

On 30 Mar 2016 at 08:08 GMT Marty Ormond wrote:

thanks for picking up the metge.

On 11 Mar 2016 at 07:30 GMT Marty Ormond wrote:

AOK on not waiting

On 10 Mar 2016 at 20:55 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

Since profile Shotwell-35 lists no children, there is no reason to wait for that merge. Therefore, in my opinion, the merge for Elizabeth Burton should proceed after the John Burton merge between Burton-5073 and Burton-1047 which I have initiated .

On 10 Mar 2016 at 20:48 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

Ancestor trees on Ancestry.com sometimes show Abraham Shotwell as son of a Jonathan Shotwell, and that Abraham's wife was Elizabeth Cowperthwaite (born 1628; died 1757) who supposedly lived to be almost 130 years old!

Clearly this is the Elizabeth Cowperthwaite who was married to Abraham's grandson, Abraham Shotwell. Not sure where they came up with Lord Jonathan Shotwell of Ipswich, Suffolk, but such trees obviously cannot be trusted.

Others seem to try to connect Abraham Shotwell with John Shatswell who died in Ipswich, Massachusetts in late 1646 or early 1647. I could find nothing to show that they were related in any way.

So it seems our Abraham Shotwell's birthplace and parents remain unknown.

On 10 Mar 2016 at 06:27 GMT Marty Ormond wrote:

We need to get Shotwell-35 and Shotwell-24 merged.

We have a bunch of other planned merges, research, editorial improvement, and this is a bottleneck! OldestGeneration. Please proceed. Clear our Bottleneck. Ken you are doing great stuff improving everything. Atta Boy and multiple gold stars. We still have a fair amount to untangle and upgrade profiles where possible. All hands on deck.

On 7 Mar 2016 at 00:57 GMT Marty Ormond wrote:

I am in process this week of clarifying merges and hopefully making them happen for several generations of this family.

Short answer is that I would recommend merge of Shotwell-35, and Shotwell-24 My merger and profile attention is on Abraham's son John Shotwell-25, John's wife Elizabeth Burton-275 & 5070, Johns Son, John Shotwell Jr who has multiple profiles Shotwell-23, -33, -65. and Shotwell Jr wife has multiple. Abraham isn't too complex. If we leave too many loose unattached profiles we will repeat the can of worms and make worse when someone starts connecting up here at top of the Pedigree. Thanks Mark for input

I would like individuals with profile clearance to respond ASAP, so that no one feels like they were not in the loop

Marty Ormond-101

On 17 Feb 2016 at 14:04 GMT Mark Harrison wrote:

Shotwell-35 and Shotwell-24 appear to represent the same person because: Merge submitted for your consideration. If you agree, please complete merge. Thanks, Mark Harrison (wikitree ID: Harrison-8322)

On 17 Feb 2016 at 14:00 GMT Mark Harrison wrote:

Shotwell-217 and Shotwell-24 appear to represent the same person because: Merge submitted for your consideration. If you agree, please complete merge. Thanks, Mark Harrison (wikitree ID: Harrison-8322)

On 5 Apr 2015 at 22:24 GMT David Cordell wrote:

Shotwell-24 and Shotwell-35 are not ready to be merged because: There is not much information to link the two.

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