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Robert Abell (abt. 1605 - 1663)

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Robert Abell
Born about in Stapenhill, Derbyshire, Englandmap
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Died in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts Baymap
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Categories: Magna Carta | Gateway Ancestors | Quincy-226 Descendants | A Compendium of Family Histories | Winthrop Fleet | US President Direct Ancestor | Puritan Great Migration.

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Robert Abell is a descendant of Magna Carta Surety Baron Saher de Quincy.
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Robert Abell migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See Great Migration Begins, by R. C. Anderson, Vol. 1, p. 3)
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He is treated in Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, starting on page 3, [1] which includes the following information:

  • He was probably born Stapenhill, Derbyshire, or Hemington, Lockington, Leicestershire, England[2] about 1605, son of George and Frances (Cotton) Abell[3] in his will of 8 Sep 1630, George Bell of Hemington, Leicestershire, made a small bequest to his second son Robert Abell "in regard of the charges I have been at in placing him in a good trade in London which he hath made no use of and since in furnishing him for New England where I hope he now is" (citing Abell Gen 42, citing PCC 10 St. John)[1]
  • He died in Rehoboth 20 Jun 1663[1][3]
  • He m. Joanna ____ before 1639.[3] The given name of his wife is first seen after his death, during the probate of his estate; there is no indication that he had any other wife; she married second 4 Jun 1667 William Hyde of "New Norwich" where they moved.[1]


  1. Abraham, bur Weymouth 14 Nov 1639
  2. Mary, b Weymouth 11 Apr 1642; supposedly m by 1663 Rev. Samuel Luther of Rehoboth (but no evidence found)
  3. Preserved, b Rehoboth c 1644; m1 Rehoboth 27 Sep 1667 Martha Redway; two other marriages per Abell Genealogy, p 47
  4. Caleb, b Rehoboth abt 1647; m. Norwich, CT Jul 1669 Margaret Post; d. Norwich 7 Aug 1763, in 85th year
  5. Joshua, b Rehoboth abt 1649; m1 Norwich CT 1 Nov 1677 Mehitable Smith who d 14 Mar 1684/5; m2 Nov 1685 Bethiah Gadger
  6. Benjamin, b Rehoboth abt 1651; m by 1679 Hannah
  7. Experience, b Rehoboth abt 1660; m Norwich 1680 John Baldwin
  8. Based on distribution of estate there must have been an additional child.

Additional Information

He came to the colonies in 1630 with the Winthrop Fleet. Robert Abell was an early settler of Weymuth. He followed Samuel Newman to Rehoboth, MA. in 1642 and applied for a land grant from Plymouth Court in 1643. Robert Abell may have been born in Stapenhill, Derbyshire, England.
His occupation was that of a Tavernkeeper, he had a special license to operate an ordinary cafe in 1656.[1] He owned lot 28 in 1646/1651/1653. In Attleboro, North Purchase in 1658 along with Samuel Luther (his future son-in-law).[citation needed]
He became a Freeman on Oct 19 1630. He took oath an of fidelity in 1657.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Anderson, Robert Charles, Robert Abell The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010)
  2. Robert Abell, "Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors and Cousins" (website, compiled by Mr. Marlyn Lewis, Portland, OR; accessed September 2, 2017).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013), Vol I, p 107 (citing TG 5:162);
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The trail for Gateway Ancestor Robert Abell to Magna Carta surety baron Saher de Quincy, by way of Elizabeth (Berkeley) Sutton, was developed for the Magna Carta Project by Jayme Arrington and reviewed/approved in September 2017 by Liz Shifflett. For more information about Magna Carta trails, see the project's Base Camp.

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On 8 Dec 2017 at 17:58 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Verified in trail to Quincy-226 (reviewed to Berkeley-6, which had been verified to Quincy in a trail from Fisher-6749). The project account for the Magna Carta Project will be added as a manager later this month to meet WikiTree guidelines (see Help:Project-Managed_Profiles). Give me a holler if you have any questions. ~ Liz, Magna Carta project member

On 31 Mar 2017 at 18:57 GMT Lydia Vierson wrote:

External links to ancestry tree for Plantagenet Line &

Colonial descendants of Iseult de Mortimer are no longer valid

On 3 Mar 2016 at 14:33 GMT Lydia Vierson wrote:

Found this NEHGS article on Abell ancestry that is interesting [1]

On 13 Jan 2016 at 19:51 GMT Karen (McWhorter) Wilhelm wrote:

I don't think Samuel Abell Abell-46 of Maryland is a member of this family.

On 9 Jan 2016 at 02:39 GMT Anne B wrote:

This line needs to be merged with Abel-948. Thoughts on the correct Last name at birth. PGM guidelines say to go with Anderson's naming convention which in Abell

On 9 Jan 2016 at 02:38 GMT Anne B wrote:

This line needs to be merged with Abell-9. Thoughts on the correct Last name at birth? PGM guidelines say to go with Anderson's naming convention which in Abell

On 17 Nov 2015 at 13:29 GMT Alyson X wrote:

Abell-9 and Abell-491 are not ready to be merged because: Birth years and birthplaces don't match but date of death and location of death do

On 17 Nov 2015 at 13:13 GMT Carolyn Adams wrote:

Abell-9 and Abell-491 appear to represent the same person because: 491 appears to be a bare bones entry for what 9 is doing with much more documentation. The only element of 491 that would attract use is the traditionally believed home of Robert Abell being in Stapenhill, Derby, rather than in Yorkshire. Birthplace should be cleared up.

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