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Caleb Abell (abt. 1647 - 1731)

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Sergeant Caleb Abell
Born about in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts Baymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Norwich, New London, Connecticutmap
Husband of — married in Norwich, New London, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Norwichtown, New London, Connecticutmap
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Caleb Abell was born about 1646, probably in Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony. He is the son of Robert Abell and Joanna Unknown.[1]

Caleb's father, Robert, died in Rehoboth 20 Jun 1663. His mother, Joanna, got remarried to William Hyde, in Rehoboth on June 4, 1667. Caleb appears to have went with his mother and siblings with Joanna to live with William in Norwich.

Caleb married Margaret Post, William's granddaughter, in Jul 1669, probably in Norwich.[2] They had nine children.[3]

Caleb and Margaret purchased the home lot of Robert Wade in Norwich, 6 acres, 16 rods in front, right across from William and his mother.[4]

Margaret (Post) Abell died November 1700 in Norwich. She is buried in the Old Norwichtown Cemetery.[5].

Caleb married Mary (Miller) Loomer, as his second wife, June 25, 1701. They had one child.[6]

Caleb Abell died August 7, 1731, in Norwich.

(++) Hyde Genealogy Errors

Children of Caleb and Margaret[7]:

  1. Daughter b. March 1671 d. the same month
  2. Samuel b. Oct 1672 at Norwich, m. Elizabeth Sluman
  3. Experience b. Dec 1674 at Norwich, m. John Hyde
  4. Caleb b. Apr 1677 at Norwich, m. Abigail Sluman
  5. John b. Dec 1678 at Norwich, m. Rebecca Sluman
  6. Theophilus b. Nov 1680 at Norwich, m. Anne Calkins
  7. Joanna b. Nov 1683 at Norwich
  8. Mary b. abt 1685 at Norwich m. Joseph Tracy ++
  9. Benjamin b. about 1687, at Norwich, m. Lydia Hazen ++
  10. Abigail b. 16 Mar 1689 at Norwich, m. Barnabus Lathrop, m2. Christopher Huntington
  11. Hannah b. 12 Oct 1692 at Norwich

The above list (sorted but otherwise as given in Walworth) includes two children, Mary and Benjamin, attributed to Caleb and Margaret by Walworth but disputed by Abell. It also leaves out daughter Margaret named in Caleb's will.

Abell cites land records which show that Benjamin Abell m. Hannah left land to his son Benjamin Abell m. Lydia Hazen. This clearly shows that "m. Lydia Hazen" above is misplaced. Further, Caleb's will does not mention either Mary or Benjamin. Finally, neither one appears in the vital records of Norwich (as Caleb's children).

If Benjamin and Mary are the children of Benjamin Abell and Hannah, then their father died when they were 19 and 12, respectively (according to the estimated birth dates on page 55). Abell argues that the confusion likely arose because these two went to live with their uncle when their father died in 1699. Hannah, another sister, who was 20, went to live with their uncle Joshua and has ended up as his daughter in some genealogies.



  1. Abell Page 49
  2. U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700<
  3. Abell Page 52 & 55-56
  4. Abell Page 50
  5. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
  6. Abell Page 52
  7. Walworth Page 12

Research Notes

  • Are the land records mentioned by Abell viewable online?
  • Is Caleb's will (Will-Abell-2) available online? Is Benjamin's will (Will-Abell-1) available online? Presumably, Will-Abell-2 does not mention Mary and Benjamin and Will-Abell-1 does.
  • Abell states that the vital records of Norwich do not show Mary and Benjamin. Do they show up as children for Benjamin Abell-1?

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On 5 Jul 2016 at 00:23 GMT Patricia Roche wrote:

Abell-737 and Abell-2 appear to represent the same person because: same name, b-date and family

On 29 Oct 2014 at 20:25 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Mary Loomer and Mary Miller are the same person, Mary was married to Stephen Loomer prior to her marriage to Caleb Abell

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