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Priscilla (Pabodie) Wiswall (1654 - 1724)

Priscilla Wiswall formerly Pabodie aka Sprague, Averill
Born in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap
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Wife of — married about 24 Dec 1677 (to 23 Jul 1700) in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap
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Died at age 70 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Priscilla Pabodie[1] was born on January 15, 1653/4 at Duxbury, in the Plymouth Colony. She was the second daughter named "Priscilla" born to William and Elisabeth (Alden) Pabodie (abt.1624-1717) and the granddaughter of Mayflower passengers John Alden (abt.1598-1687) and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden[1][2]

She married Rev. Ichabod Wiswall at Duxbury. The last two digits of the year, 16__, is worn.[3] The printed Duxbury vital records say "Prissillah [dup. Priscilla] and Ichabod Wiswall, Dec. 2, 1682 [dup. Nov. 2, 1673]" [4] A book designated as the "Robinson Mem" has a third date, 24 10 1679. Children were born beginning in 1680.[1] Ichabod Wiswall (c. 1637-23 July 1700) was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (____) Wiswall. Wiswall attended Harvard, taught school and was ordained in 1676. He was previously married to Remember ____ and had a daughter Elizabeth born 6 Nov 1670[1]

Several sources give her full name as Priscilla Pabodie Wiswall Averill Sprague. There was an opportunity in her life span for two more husbands. Specific information as to dates, places, and supporting documentation for marriages to Isaac Averill and Michael Sprague has not yet been supplied. The agrument against the other marriages is that the Duxbury Vital Records give her name at her marriage to Ichabod Wiswall as Pabodie and the Kingston records show her name at death as Wiswall.

William Pabodie, her father, had an estate of £407. He left the land to his sons (some after wife's decease), and left his daughters, Mary, Mercey, Martha, Ruth, Sarah, Hannah, Lidia (also received a pair of green curtains), the heirs of Elizabeth and the heirs of Rebecca only one shilling each.[1][5]

Ichabod's will was dated 25 May 1700 and proved 19 August 1700. He named his wife Priscilla (executor), eldest daughter Elizabeth, wife of Elisha Wadsworth, son Peleg and daughters Mercy, Hannah, Priscilla and Deborah.[1] [Plymouth Co PR 23270, 1:325, MD 19:1-3]

Priscilla Wiswall, Peleg Wiswall and John Robinson sold land that was formerly granted to Ichabod Wiswall and John Robinson on 4 July 1706. Priscilla Wiswall, widow of Duxbourough and Peleg Wiswall, student, exchanged some land with John Alden 19 April 1714,[Plymouth Co.LR 12:3, 16:198 ] John Wadswarth on behalf of his wife and three other daughter of Ichabod Wiswall claimed 100 acres on the Kennebeck River18 Jan 1714/15. They had been left this in Ichabod's will. (MHGR 7:192] [1]

Priscilla Wiswall died June 3, 1724, aged 71 years in that part of Plymouth that became the town of Kingston in 1725. She was buried at the old burial ground behind the First Church.[1] [6]


  1. Mercy {Marcy/Mary] b. 4 Oct 1680; m. John Wadsworth
  2. Hannah b. 22 Fe b 1681/2; m. Rev. John Robinson
  3. Peleg b. 5 Feb 1683 [/4]; m. Elizabeth Rogers
  4. Perez b. 22 Nov 1686; d. 7 May 1692, before his father's will
  5. Priscilla b. 25 July 1690 or 21 Dec 1691; m. Gershom Bradford
  6. Deborah b. 22 Nov 1693; m. Dea. Samuel Seabury.

Research Notes -

Contains all the Silver book info. Needs some probate and Land records see [...] look up. B-404 10:27, 20 January 2023 (UTC)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Woodworth-Barnes, Esther Littlefield (comp.) Williams, Alicia Crane (ed.) Mayflower Families Through Five Generations. Volume 16, Part 1, Family of John Alden, (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2002.) pp. 66-68.
  2. Vital Records of Duxbury, Massachusetts to the year 1850, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911), p. 114; digital image, Internet Archive; note the record says 15 Jan 1653, but because the previous Priscilla was born 16 Nov 1652, this must be 1653/4
  3. "Duxbury, Mass, Vital Records," The Mayflower Descendant, vol. 8, p. 232; digital image, Hathi Trust
  4. 'Vital Records of Duxbury, Massachusetts to the year 1850, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1911), p. 282, 339; digital image, Internet Archive.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest (transcriber), "William Pabodie's Will and Inventory," The Mayflower descendant : a quarterly magazine of Pilgrim genealogy and history, Vol 6, (Boston : Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1899) pp. 129-135; digital images, Internet Archive link : accessed 13 Jan 2023; cites Bristol PR 2:268-269.
  6. Vital records of Kingston, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, (Boston: New England historic genealogical society, 1911), p. 395; digital image, Internet Archive.
  • Source: Woodworth-Barnes, Esther Littleford and Williams, Alicia Crane, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol 16 Part 1 of 3, John Alden, Boston, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2002.
  • Source: World Family Tree Vol. 1, Ed. 1, Brøderbund Software, Inc., 1997, Media Family Archive CD
  • Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 9 November 2020), memorial page for Priscilla Pabodie Wiswall (15 Jan 1654–3 Jun 1724), Find A Grave: Memorial #47129909, citing Old Burying Ground, Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Don Blauvelt (contributor 46932939). (Includes gravestone photo.)
  • Source: Title: Massachusetts Marriages, 1633-1850 Author: Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.Original data - With some noted exceptions all marriage records in this collection can be found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Source: Information was taken from the Alden Kindred website [1]

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