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Abigail (Briant) Carpenter (1604 - 1687)

Abigail Carpenter formerly Briant
Born in Shalbourne, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 28 Apr 1625 in All Angels Church, then in the Berkshire Co. section of Shalbourne, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 82 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Dec 2011
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Abigail (Briant) Carpenter migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Caution

Some sources give wife Abigail’s maiden name as Bennett or Searles. The first instance, however (prompted by the maiden name of her son William3 Carpenter’s first wife, Priscilla Bennett), represents unwarranted linkage to a Bennett family of Sway, Hampshire. The second reflects apparent confusion with the maiden name of William3’s second wife, Miriam Sale(s). [1]

The second also reflects a confusion of Abigail with a legendary figure named "Abigail Searles", born 1606. This Abigail is a conflation of Abigail Sale, born 1594 and daughter of Edward Sale and Elizabeth Gifford, and Miriam Sale, wife of William Carpenter, Jr.

Biography

Abigail Briant, bapt 5/27/2106, Shalbourne, England; md William Carpenter 4.28.1625, Shalbourne, Eng; d 2.22.1687/8, Rehoboth, MA, bur Newman Cemetery, East Providence, RI, Father John Briant, Mother: Alice. [2] [3]


Name

William and Abigail’s marriage record (only Bishops’ Transcripts of Shalbourne parish records survive for this period) has her surname as Briante (Shalbourne ParR; TAG 70:194). The five remaining Shalbourne church records mentioning Abigail’s family (including her baptismal record) spell the name Briant (Shalbourne ParR). Her father’s will, however (including his signature), has it as Bryan (PCC). [1]

1604 Birth and Baptism

Abigail Briant was baptized May 27, 1604 at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, then in the Berkshire Co. section of Shalbourne, England, the daughter of John Briant and Alice ____ Briant. [4]

Abigail Briant was born about 1606 as she was 32 when a passenger on the Bevis [5]

1625 Marriage

Abigail married William Carpenter[6] (1605-1659) at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, then in the Berkshire Co. section of Shalbourne, England on Apr 28,1625. The family resided in the Wiltshire Co. section of Shalbourne.[4]

St. Michael and All Angels, the church where the couple married and their first five children were baptized, is situated in what was then the Berkshire part of Shalbourne parish. The church was nevertheless under the jurisdiction of the dean and chapter of the cathedral church at New Sarum (Salisbury), Wiltshire (TAG 70:194, 194n5).[1]

Arrival in America on the ship "Bevis"

She and her husband arrived in New England on the "Bevis" in 1638, settling first at Weymouth,MA and then, by 1645, Rehoboth,MA. [4]

William's wife, Abigail, and 4 of their children under 10 yers. of age came with William and William's father on the Bevis. Settled at Rehoboth. [6] Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts. Genealogical Co., Balt., 1977; p 89; DAR Library, Washington, D.C.:

Abigail Carpenter, arrived Massachusetts 1638. Primary Immigrant, Carpenter, William. Family Members: Son William; Daughter-in-law Abigail; With 4 grandchildren. [6]

Abigal, wife of William, and 4 of their children under 10 yers. of age came with William and William's father on the Bevis. [6]

1641 Rehoboth, Massachusetts

William, Abigal and family settled at Rehoboth. They bought lands of Indians 30 Nov 1641. He was adm. from 13 May 1640. constable, 1640; deputy, 1641. Children listed. [6]

They bought lands of Indians 30 Nov 1641. [6]

He was adm. from 13 May 1640. constable, 1640; deputy, 1641. [6]

1687 Death - Burial - Estate

Abigail was buried February 22, 1686/7[1] in the Newman Cemetery in Old Rehoboth (now East Providence, Rhode Island). [4]

Abigail's estate admin. 7 September 1687 by son William.[6]

Children

  1. John Carpenter, bp. at Shalbourne 8 Oct. 1626; m. Hannah Smith. [7]
  2. Abigail Carpenter, bp. at Shalbourne31 May 1629; m. (1) JOHN TITUS, (2) JONAH PALMER SR. [7](1629 - 1710)[4]
  3. William Carpenter, bp. at Shalbourne22 Nov. 1631; m. (1) PRISCILLA BENNETT, (2) MIRIAM SALE. [7] d. 1703[4]
  4. Joseph Carpenter, bp. at Shalbourne 6 April 1634; m. MARGARET SUTTON. [7] d. 1675 [4]
  5. Samuel Carpenter, bp. at Shalbourne 1 March 1636/7. Samuel died less than two months later and was bur. Shalbourne 20 April 1637 (TAG 70 194, 196, 204). [7]
  6. Samuel Carpenter, b. at Weymouth ca. 1638 and given the name of his deceased brother; m. SARAH REDWAY. 7 [7] d. 1682 [4]
  7. Hannah Carpenter, b. at Weymouth 3 2nd mo. [April] 1640; m. Joseph Carpenter, son of William Carpenter of Providence. [7] d. 1673[4]
  8. Abiah Carpenter b. at Weymouth 9 2nd mo. [April] 1643; m. MARY REDWAY. [7] d. 1688.[4]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Eugene Cole Zubrinsky, FASG, Ojai, California. William2 Carpenter (William1) of Rehoboth, Massachusetts. 2008; Prepared for Carpenters' Encyclopedia of Carpenters 2008 Update. Last revised 16 October 2012. Page 2; http://www.carpentercousins.com/Wm2_Rehoboth.pdf. (TAG 70:194n9, 204; see also Second Boat 1:15). Accessed Sept 27, 2015.
  2. http://jfredpeterson.com/tree/g11carp.htm#A1
  3. Zubrinsky, Eugene Cole. "The Family of William2 Carpenter of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, With the English Origin of the Rehoboth Carpenters," The American Genealogist 70 (Oct. 1995):193-204.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Abigail Briant Carpenter, Find A Grave Memorial# 17793532, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17793532
  5. Ancestral Lines, Third Edition, by Carl Boyer, 3rd (Santa Clarita, CA 1998), pp. 272 and 508-09, and in NEHGR, Vol. 65, pp. 63-66.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Charles Henry Pope. The Pioneers of Massachusetts. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1977, p. 89. DAR Library, Washington, D.C.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Eugene Cole Zubrinsky, FASG, Ojai, California. William2 Carpenter (William1) of Rehoboth, Massachusetts. 2008; Prepared for Carpenters' Encyclopedia of Carpenters 2008 Update. Last revised 16 October 2012. Pages 6-7; http://www.carpentercousins.com/Wm2_Rehoboth.pdf. Accessed Sept 27, 2015. Zubrinsky notes that the first five children were baptized at Shalbourne, and the remaining three at Weymouth. (TAG 70 194, 203–4)


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Briant Searles-1 and Briant-35 appear to represent the same person because: same husband and child, dates are similar, Briant is well documented
posted by Robin Lee
There are several duplicate William Carpenter files which will eventually need to be merged. As part of research preparatory to merge, I will be adding Abigail Briant as the wife of each of the duplicate Williams. This will make Abigail's marital life look awkward temporarily, but the problem will go away when the merges have taken place!
posted by Jack Day
1. The American Genealogist, Vol. 70, No. 4 (Oct 1995)

A Copy of the entire article Vol 70, No. 4 can be seen at this Link;

http://www.carpentercousins.com/Carpenter%28TAG1995%29.pdf


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