Abel was born in 1664 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of Lt. Abel Wright, Sr. and Martha Kitcheral.
He married Rebecca Terry, Sept 16, 1691 in Springfield, Mass.
He probably got the title Ensign during one of the wars. The ensign was usually a junior officer (lowest commissioned officer) who assisted the captain or lieutenant and traditionally carried the ensign flag.
“The Wright District. Benjamin Wright and his sons, Benjamin Jr, Abel, and Jonathan.
The Wrights of Hartford are descended from Abel Wright of Springfield, Mass, who is supposed to have been a nephew of Deacon Samuel Wright of Springfield, from whom the Northampton and Deerfield Wrights come. [but he is NOT related to Deacon Samuel Wright, as DNA tests have shown.]
Abel Wright Sr’s son Abel Jr. removed to Lebanon, Conn. about 1700 and Abel Jr’s son Benjamin was one of the men sent by the Connecticut proprietors of Harford, Vt. from Lebanon, Conn. to divide up the land in the new township....”
Abel and Rebecca had 13 children: 4 born in Springfield, MA and 9 born in Lebanon, CT where they moved about 1700, maybe following Rebecca's father, Samuel Terry, and thus avoiding the Indian raid in Springfield, Mass. July 26, 1708 that killed Abel's mother and sister-in-law. Several of Abel's brothers & sisters followed him to CT before and after 1708. From 1702 to 1717 he gradually acquired 949 acres of land, and was able to leave large tracts to his children, some before he died.
The town of Lebanon, CT was inc in Oct 1700. Originally and now a part of New London Co, it was part of Windham Co from 1726 to 1824.
One source says his will was dated Jan 10, 1744 -- haven't been able to find a copy of the will to see.
Place: Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
had thirteen children, like his father before him, of whom
nine married. Of these, four were born in Springfield, when he removed
to Lebanon about 1700, where the other nine are on record. He spent
forty-five years of his life there, and became quite a landholder and businessman among his fellows. In 1702 he bought ninety acres of land of Josiah Dewey and William Clarke " for Seven Founds, Silver, Current money of New England;" and January 24, 1 703, twenty-one acres more of Philip
Smith; and in 1711, June 6, nine acres more of Dewey and Clarke ; mak-
ing one hundred and twenty acres in all. But his greatest purchase was,
May 30, 1717, of Rev. Samuel Whiting, minister of Windham, of eight
hundred and twenty-nine acres, partly in W. and partly in Lebanon, for 250
pounds, as the deed on record at Windham says. From these lands he
afterwards deeds one hundred and forty acres to his daughter Rebecca and her husband Jacob Ordway, in 1718 and 1720 ; to his son Abel, Jr., one hundred and eighty acres, Oct. 22, 1718 ; and to his loving son Ebenezer, one hundred and eighty acres, Aug. 24, 1722; being part of the tract bought of Rev. Samuel Whiting, and sold still to several others as late as the year 1739. His last will is dated Jan. 10, 1744, in which he names four sons and four daughters, making his " Beloved wife Rebecca and son Ebenezer Wright the Executrix and Executor of his last will and Testament," &c. This will was probated before Judge Jonathan Trumbull, at Windham,
Sept. 18, 1747, and certified in due form on the records by Ichabod Rob-
inson, clerk of said court. He had died June 2, 1745, and was buried in
Lebanon near the graves of the Trumbull, Fitch and Terry families.
↑ Genealogy of Lieut. Abel Wright of Springfield, Mass (The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 35, Jan 1881), by Rev. Stephen Wright.
GENEALOGY OF LIEUT. ABEL WRIGHT, OF SPRINGFIELD, MASS., By Rev. Stephen Wright, of Glen's Falls, N. Y.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Abel by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Abel:
I am of the opinion these Wrights are of Norman Viking Ancestry, dating to Wlliam the Conqueror, over the centuries, dna mutated through war. marriages, and all those other issues. This Abel Wright is well documented for descendants are married to my ancestors,and includes several branches of many Wright lines blocked by unfound documentation.