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Abbe (Abby) Genealogy

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

Abbey Coat of Arms
Abbey Coat of Arms

John Abbe was born in England between 1613 and 1620 and was entered as an "inhabitant" of Salem, Massachusetts, on "ye 2nd of 11 month 1636". Some translate this as November 2, 1636, however in 1636, March was considered the first month. (Read more here). Therefore, it would have been April as opposed to November. At any rate, John was granted land in Salem in 1636, 1638, 1639, and 1642. In "December" of 1642-3, he was granted land at Wenham, formerly called Enon (until 1643). His first wife, Mary (possibly Mary Loring), died on September 9, 1672, in Wenham, and in 1674 he married Mary Goldsmith, possibly the widow of Richard Goldsmith. In 1683 John divided his estate among his children and he died in Wenham in 1689. John's children were: John Abbe, Samuel Abbe, Sarah Abbe, Marah Abbe, Rebecca (Abbe) Kimball, Obadiah Abbe, and Thomas Abbe. Jump to p. 1 of Abbe-Abbey Genealogy.

This map shows the location of Wenham, Massachusetts.

John's second son, Samuel Abby, was born in 1646, probably in Wenham, Massachusetts. He was married in Wenham on October 12, 1672 to Mary Knowlton and was made Freeman on October 3, 1680. They lived in Wenham until 1682 when they moved to Salem Village (now Danvers) where he lived until 1697. At that time, they moved back to Wenham. It is interesting to note that the Salem witch trials took place in Salem Village in 1692. Samuel died in March 1697-8, in Windham, Connecticut. After Samuel died, Mary remarried to Abraham Mitchell. Samuel's children were: Mary Abby, Samuel Abby, Thomas Abby, Elizabeth (Abby) Slate, Ebenezer Abby, Mercy (Abby) Ormsby, Sarah (Abby) Fowler, Hepzibah (Abby) Palmer, Abigail (Abby) Ormsby, John Abby, Benjamin Abby, and Jonathan Abby. Jump to p. 8 of Abbe-Abbey Genealogy.

Not to be confused with Salem, which is seven miles south of Wenham, Salem Village (now Danvers) is about five miles southwest of Wenham.

Samuel's son, Ebenezer Abbe, was born on July 31, 1683, in Salem Village (now Danvers), Massachusetts. He married Abigail Goodale, daughter of Isaac Goodale of Salem. In 1705 Samuel lived in Norwich, Connecticut. In 1706 he lived in Windham, Connecticut, and in 1739 he lived in Mansfield, Connecticut. He had 13 children. Jump to p. 21 of Abbe-Abbey Genealogy.

Ebenezer's daughter, Jerusha Abbey, was born on the 22nd of October, 1722, in Mansfield or Windham, Connecticut, and married Samuel Wood on the 1st (or 31st) of March, 1742, when she was 19 years old. Together they had 11 children. She died from old age on the 1st of April, 1820, in Mansfield, Connecticut, at the age of 96. Their children were: Mary Wood, Eunice Wood, Ann Wood, Hannah Wood, John Wood, Mary Wood, Sybill Wood, Gideon Wood, Nathan Wood, Ziba Wood, and Samuel Wood. Jump to p. 38 of Abbe-Abbey Genealogy.

Jerusha's daughter, Hannah Wood, was born on the 1st of February, 1748/49, in Tolland County, Connecticut. She married in 1769 to Timothy Bugbee in Mansfield, Connecticut, at the age of 19. and died in November of 1824.

Hannah's daughter, Olive Bugbee, was born on October 31, 1771, in Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut. She married Archelaus Stowell on November 4, 1791, in Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut. They had seven known children and she died on March 15, 1838, in Blodgett Mills, Cortland County, New York. Her husband died 13 years later in 1851 in Virgil, Cortland County, New York. They are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Blodgett Mills. Their known children were: Alpheus Stowell, Lucas Stowell, John Stowell, and Jehiel Stowell, Almira Stowell, Sabrina Stowell and Olivia Stowell.

Olive's son, Alpheus S. Stowell, was born on the 17th of January, 1798, in Mansfield, Tolland County, Connecticut. Alpheus married Julia Brown abt. 1827 and they had a son named Archelaus and a daughter, Betsy. In 1830 he was listed on the census in Lisle, Broome County, New York. He died abt. 1835 in Cortland County, New York. He was about 36 years old. He was buried in Bemis Cemetery in Lisle.

Alpheus's daughter, Betsy A. Stowell, was born in December of 1832 in Lisle, Broome County, New York. She was about three years old when her father died. She married first to Squires S. Barrows, son of Isaac Barrows and Cynthia Squires. Her first marriage produced five children before Squires enlisted in the Civil War in 1862, never to return. She married John Clark Harvey between 1870 and 1875 and together they had five more children. John died abt. 1898 and Betsy married for a third time to Lorenzo Short for the few years remaining in her life. She died at the age of 73 on September 24, 1906, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Berkshire with a headstone bearing the name "Betsy Short".

Betsy's son, Newman Harvey, was born on the 25th of August, 1876, in Cortland, New York. He appears to have married to a woman named Sarah, who he was divorced from in July of 1903. On the 9th of January, 1904, he married Gertrude E. Shirley. In 1905 he was living in Harford, working as a farmer.

Newman's daughter, Mary Esther Harvey, was born on the 16th of March, 1910, in Newark Valley, Tioga County, New York. On the 18th of April, 1930, she married Lloyd John Reese, better known as “John Reese”, who was born 21 Apr 1911 in Muncy Valley, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, a son of Maynard Washington Reese and Ada Rebecca Temple. They had three children: Lloyd Reese, Harold Reese, and Mary Ruth Reese.

Jerusha's son, Nathan Wood, was born on the 16th of April, 1761, in Mansfield, Tolland County, Connecticut(?). He married Lucy Johnson of Windham, Connecticut, on the 18th of January, 1781, in Mansfield. They had seven children. He served in the American Revolution and bought land in Lisle in 1806. Lucy died in 1824 and Nathan may have married a woman named Mary after. he died in 1836 in New York and is said to have been buried in Bemis Cemetery in Lisle, Broome County, New York. Another headstone furnished by the government was placed at Arkwright Summit Cemetery in Arkwright, Chautauqua, New York. His children were: Nancy Wood, Lucy Wood, Jerusha Wood, Polly Wood, Lora Wood, Hannah Wood, and one other, whose name is not known.

Nathan's daughter, Nancy Wood, was born in August of 1786 in Vermont. She married John Brown abt. 1801 and they raise a family of thirteen children. In 1850 and 1860 she was counted on the census in Lisle, Broome county, New York. She died on May 16, 1862, at the age of 75, and is buried in Bemis Cemetery in Cortland. Their children were: Nathan Brown, Zadoc Brown, Sylvester Brown, Hiram Brown, Jerusha Brown, Alonzo Brown, Jeremiah Brown, Lucy Brown, Rhoda Brown, Hannah Brown, Nelson Brown, Mary Brown, and Julia Brown.

Nancy's daughter, Julia Brown, was born abt. 1804 in Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York. She married Alpheus Stowell, mentioned previously. They were 2nd cousins, if my calculations are correct. The practice of marrying cousins was very common and fully accepted until the mid 1800s. In fact, nineteen of our U.S. States still allow first cousins to marry, even today.

Abbe-Abbey Genealogy, in Memory of John Abbe and His Descendants, by Cleveland Abbe and Josephina Genung Nichols, 1916, offers a great deal of information about the Abbe family.

Another book called The Abbe Genealogy, by F. J. A. Wallace, 1900 has a short genealogy of the Abbe family. Click here to read it on

See the Harvey page to learn more about the Harvey/Abbe connection.


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