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  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.  
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
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 13:33 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:
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:
On 30 Mar 2016 at 08:08 GMT Marty Ormond wrote:
On 11 Mar 2016 at 07:30 GMT Marty Ormond wrote:
On 10 Mar 2016 at 20:55 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:
On 10 Mar 2016 at 20:48 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:
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 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:
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
On 17 Feb 2016 at 14:04 GMT Mark Harrison wrote:
On 17 Feb 2016 at 14:00 GMT Mark Harrison wrote: