Abell,  Caleb I

Abell, Caleb I

Male 1647 - 1731  (84 years)

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  • Name Abell, Caleb  [1, 2, 3
    Suffix
    Born 1647  Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Residence Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Bef 1668  Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 17 Aug 1731  Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I19691  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree | Charlemagne I Descendant, Ancestors of Glenn Close, Ancestors of President Cleveland, The Hyde History, Ancestors of President Fillmore, Ancestors of President Hayes, William The Conqueror Descendent
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 

    Family 1 Post, Margaret,   b. 21 Feb 1653, Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Nov 1700, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married Jul 1669  Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Children 
    +1. Abell, Benjamin,   b. 1687, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1769, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
     2. Abell, Johanna,   b. Nov 1683, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1759, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)  [natural]
    +3. Abell, Abigail,   b. 16 Mar 1690, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jun 1730, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)  [natural]
    +4. Abell, Mary Margaret,   b. 1685, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1751, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
     5. Abell, Hannah,   b. 12 Oct 1692, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1735, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)  [natural]
    +6. Abell, Experience,   b. 24 Dec 1674, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1763, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [natural]
    +7. Abell, Samuel,   b. Oct 1672, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1761, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years)  [natural]
    +8. Abell, Caleb II,   b. 08 Apr 1677, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Aug 1751, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
    +9. Abell, Theophilus,   b. 20 Nov 1680, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1724, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)  [natural]
    +10. Abell, John Benjamin I,   b. Dec 1678, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1769, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F6806  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Loomer, Mary,   b. 1687, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Aug 1731, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 25 Jun 1701  New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F6807  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1647 - Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bef 1668 - Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Jul 1669 - Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Jun 1701 - New London, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Aug 1731 - Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Family Crest
    Abell Family Crest
    Abell Family Crest
    This most interesting and unusual surname is Anglo-Scottish. It was mainly introduced by returning 12th century Crusaders and pilgrims from the Holy Land. 'Abel' derives from the Hebrew given name 'Hevel' meaning 'breath or vigour', and was presumably a name of endearment or possibly a nickname. As a personal name 'Abel' (Hevel) was borne by the son of Adam, who was murdered by his brother Cain. It was very popular as a given name in Christendom during the Middle Ages, when there was a cult of 'suffering innocence' which Abel represented. For reasons unclear the early surname was widespread in the east of England and Southern Scotland, and is well represented in its various forms in the registers of the area. The surname is now recorded in the modern spellings of Abel, Able, Abele, Abelle, and the patronymic Abels, Abeles, Abells, Abelson and Ableson. Early examples of the surname recordings include Richard Abel of Buckinghamshire in the 1273 Hundred rolls of the county, and Thomas Abell in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire for the year 1301. The surname is also well recorded in Scotland from an early date, Master Abel being recorded in the rolls of the abbey of Kelso in 1235, whilst Thomas Abell, was a burgess of Edinburgh in the year 1387. The coat of arms is very distinctive having the blazon of a silver field, charged with twelve gold fleur de lis on a saltire of blue. The crest being an arm in armour holding a sword enfiled with a wreath. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Abel, which was dated 1197, in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Essex, during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

  • Notes 
    • History of Norwich, Connecticut Page 101 Under date of de 18, 1694, is the following appointment: "The towne makes choise of calib abell to keep ordinari or a house of entertaynement for this yeare or till another be choosen. "

      Fleur-de-lis signify that the Abells were originally of Norman-French origin and they, in all probability, settled in England during the Norman invasion. The presence of the Fleur-de-lis so prominently on the Abell escutcheon signifies that they were held in very high esteem by the Norman rulers, for only those families of the very noblest rank were given the privilege of bearing the Fleur-de-lis, which was the chief heraldic device on the escutcheon of the early Norman-French kings. It was a very rare distinction for them to share this device with others.

      Robert Abell, Esq., was living in Bryslingcote, Derby, in 1517. He was servant or tenant of Sir William Gresley. His grandson, George Abell, of Leicestershire, in 1578 matriculated at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. He appears to have been a member of a branch which flourished in the central counties during the 16th and 17th centuries and in which the names of Robert and George predominated. In 1636 William Abell of Northampton was an alderman of London and next year was high sheriff, in which capacity he became so cordially unpopular in his attempt to enforce the King's unjust taxation scheme, that during the protectorate he was forced to seek refuge in Holland. A few years later John Abell became a favorite at the court of Charles ll, possibly a son or near relative of the high sheriff being recompensed after the restoration. He was a noted "alto" singer, of high voice, the modern tenor. It appears that he also became unpopular during the revolution which deposed James ll, but found great demand and much acclaim for his talents on the continent, especially in Poland then at the height of her power.

      In 1630 Robert, second son of George Abell of Leicestershire, set sail in the fleet under Governor Winthrop for Massachusetts Bay. His Father's will made in September the same year "cut him off" with a "twenty shilling piece, " in view of having set him up in business in London of which he had made no use and more recently of having outfitted him for New England with the hope of his safe arrival. No doubt George Abell had passed on before such a message could have been received in those days. The first American record finds Robert Abell settled at Weymouth, Mass., where on October 19, 1630, his name appears on a petition, with others, to be made a "Freeman. " He took the oath as Freeman on May 18, 1631. This act endowed him with full privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in the new colony, including ownership of lands, in the exercise of which he continued to acquire holdings, especially after his removal in 1643 to Rehoboth, a new settlement on the south side of the peninsula begun in 1642 by a party of colonists under the Reverend Samuel Newman, a minister at Weymouth for five years preceding. Robert Abell purchased the allotment first sold to Job Lane. His name appears frequently in public records up to the time of his death in 1663, including two appointments as keeper of the "Ordinary, " from all of which it is reasonably to be assumed that he attained a position of considerable importance and was held in high esteem by his associates in the colony. In connection with the Inventory of his estate, administered by his widow Joanna, is mentioned his "eldest son, " to whom was bequeathed the homestead, his "daughter Mary and five other children. " His widow Joanna married William Hyde in 1667, and with her second Husband moved to Norwich, Conn. Robert's eldest son, Preserved Abell, remained in Rehoboth, and his three other sons went to Norwich with their mother.

      Probably all of the present day Abells of New England stock are descendants of Robert's three sons, Preserved, Caleb and Benjamin Abell. His fourth son, Joshua, did not leave any male descendants. The 22nd and 24th President of the USA, Grover Cleveland, descended through the line of Experience Abell and her Husband John Hyde.

  • Sources 
    1. [S206] Hyde Genealogy Descendants in the Female as Well as in the Male Lines by Reuben Hyde Walworth, Reuben Hyde Walworth, (Date: 1864;).

    2. [S167] FindAGrave, (Name: www.findagrave.com;).
      Record for Theophilus Abell

    3. [S498] US and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, Source number: 45.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MHH.
      Record for Caleb Abell

    4. [S319] Needs Research.

    5. [S332] Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Vital Records, Vol 1 p 21.