Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ABIGAIL MITCHELL (PIERSON) 1610-1678

[Ancestral Link: Harold William Miller, son of Edward Emerson Miller, son of Anna Hull (Miller), daughter of William Hull, son of William E. Hull, son of Sarah Wilcox (Hull), daughter of Mary Pierson (Wilcox), daughter of Abraham Pierson, son of Abraham Pierson, son of Abigail Mitchell (Pierson).]

Abigail Mitchell Abigail Mitchell, daughter of Matthew and Sarah (Wood) Mitchell was born in South Ouram, Yorkshire, England on 26 April 1618. She married Abraham Pierson about 1640.
They had the following children:
Abraham Pierson, Jr. was born about 1640/41 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was the first president of Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut, 1701-1707. New information indicates that he may have actually been born in 1646 in Southampton, New Haven Colony, Long Island (Suffolk County, New York).
Thomas Pierson was born about 1642 in Southampton.
John Pierson was born about 1643 in Southampton.
Abigail Pierson was born about 1644 in Southampton.
Grace Pierson was born 13 June 1650 in Branford, New Haven Colony (Connecticut).
Susannah Pierson was born 1652 in Branford.
Rebecca Pierson was born 1654 in Branford.
Theophilus Pierson was born 15 May 1659 in Branford.
Isaac Pierson was born in 1661 in Branford.
Mary Pierson was born about 1663 in Branford.

Mr. Pierson made his will at Newark, 10 August 1671. It contains the following clause: "That my Wife shall have the Thirds of my Whole Estate to Whose Love and faithfulness I Comit the bring Up of my Children, and doe appoint her my sole Executrix, and giue her my Great bible and What other English book she pleaseth to Choose."

The will was witnessed by Thomas Pierson, who swore to it in Court, 12 March 1678 (1678/9). The widow Abigail accepted the trust, and gave bond as Executrix with Abraham Pierson (the son) as surety. The terms in which Mr. Pierson referred to his wife, and his appointment of her as sole Executrix would be unusual for that period if she were a second wife and not the mother of the children. Abraham died on 9 August 1678 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey.

from: geesey_fmly06(at)comcast.net
found on ancestry.com

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