Belcher,  Abigail

Belcher, Abigail

Female 1674 - 1744  (70 years)

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  • Name Belcher, Abigail  [1
    Born 24 Oct 1674  Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Find A Grave Memorial 45307050 
    Died 21 Nov 1744  Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Goshen Cemetery
    Person ID I6078  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 

    Father Belcher, Samuel,   b. 24 Aug 1637, Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1679, Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Billings, Mary,   b. 23 Dec 1645, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1683, Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 15 Dec 1663  Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2213  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Wattles, William,   b. 28 Dec 1672, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1737, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1697  Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Wattles, John,   b. 28 Jun 1700, Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jun 1766, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [natural]
    +2. Wattles, Abigail,   b. Aug 1702, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1799, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 97 years)  [natural]
     3. Wattles, William,   b. 21 Nov 1705, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1778, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
    +4. Wattles, Mary,   b. 11 Mar 1709, Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Apr 1751, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F2212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Oct 1674 - Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Apr 1697 - Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Nov 1744 - Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Belcher, Abigail Wattles Grave Stone
    Belcher, Abigail Wattles Grave Stone

    Family Crest
    Belcher Family Crest
    Belcher Family Crest
    This most interesting surname is of Old French origin, and originated as a nickname for someone of a cheerful, pleasant demeanour or disposition, or for someone considered to be good looking, derived from the Old French elements "beu, bel", fair, lovely and "chere", face, countenance. Variants of the surname in the modern idiom include Belsher, Belshaw, Beuscher, Beaushaw, Bewshire, Bewshaw, Bewshea, Beushaw and Bowsher. The name is also found in the York cycle of Medieval Mystery Plays as a term of address, often derogatory: Herod addresses a messenger, "Bewcher! wele ye be", and when Annas orders a boy who has been bound to be brought in, the soldier announces, "Lo, here is the belschere broght that ye bad bring". The surname is one of only a few names which have retained their original spelling since the first recordings in the early 13th Century (see below). Richard Belecher is recorded in the Hundred Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1275, and Alexander Belcher is mentioned in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1453. Jonathan Belcher (1682 - 1757) was governor of Massachusetts Colony (1729 - 1741), and was one of the founders of Princeton University. He was a wealthy merchant, having inherited a substantial fortune from his father, Andrew Belcher (died 1717). The family were established there by Andrew Belcher in 1654. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Belcher, which was dated 1219, witness in the "Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. 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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S167] FindAGrave, (Name: www.findagrave.com;).
      Record for Abigail Wattles

    2. [S177] Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut, Number of Author's through the years and volumes.