Thomas Abbe

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Thomas Abbe, son of John Abbe and Mary (…), was born at Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 1656.1 He died at Enfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, 17 May 1728.2

Thomas married Sarah Fairfield, daughter of Walter Fairfield and Sarah Skepper, at Enfield, 17 December 1683.3,4

Thomas first appears on the records in 1675 when he witnessed a deed made by his father to brother Samuel. About 1683, Thomas either decided to go his own way, being at least 30, or his father was unhappy about something and threw him out. Curiously, Thomas and Sarah were married in Enfield, though both were from Wenham where they had apparently first met.

The Committee for Enfield granted him "35 acres Meadow 4 acres and a homelot of 11 acres" on 18 July 1683, provided he settle there by "micalstide come two years" or the grant was void.

He was one of the original proprietors of Enfield and he appears frequently in the records being a selectman in 1686, 1689, 1706, 1707, 1709, 1710; fenceviewer repeatedly; assessor in 1705; and is mentioned often in the land records.

In August, 1690, the town apparently assigned each person to spend a day in the commons cutting brush. Many chose to ignore the order, Thomas Abbe among them. In January, the town fined each of them 2s/6d unless they did the work before the 24th of June. It is not shown who eventually did their work or paid the fine.

He was administrator of his father's estate in 1703, and made his father-in-law, Walter Fairfield of Wenham his attorney in a case of tresspass. The papers in this case prove various relationships in the family and distinctly call Thomas of Enfield the son of the elder John of Wenham.

Thomas was a member of Major Appleton's Company in the Narragansett Campaign during King Philip's War, and was wounded at the Great Swamp Fight. When the expedition against the Naragansett was organized, Major Samuel Appleton was named to command the Massachusetts forces and Thomas Abbe was on a list of soldiers whom the court voted to repay due to their being "damnified" by the burning of Major Appleton's tent at Narragansett. Thomas was awarded £3, s.16.

Later he was a sergeant in 1711 and in 1713, lieutenant, of the Enfield Trained Band.5

Thomas Abbe left a will dated 12 December 1726, and proved 30 August 1728 naming:
wife Sarah,
son Thomas, executor and to inherit the homestead and 57 acres,
son John to inherit land at Scantic Bridge, daughters Sarah Geer and Taitha Warner to have the cattle

Wintesses: Obadiah Abbee, John Pease, Jr., and Joseph Sexton

He styles himself Thomas, Sr, a husbandman.6


Sarah Fairfield b. 24 Dec 1655, d. 27 Nov 1742
  • Sarah Abbe+3 b. 31 Mar 1684, d. 16 Feb 1732
  • Thomas Abbe3 b. 30 Oct 1686, d. 1759
  • Mary Abbe3 b. 4 Feb 1688, d. 15 Oct 1705
  • John Abbe3 b. 27 Sep 1692, d. 1790
  • Tabitha Abbe3 b. 29 Mar 1696
  • Elizabeth Abbe3 b. say 1699, d. bef. 1726
This person was last edited on19 Oct 2014


  1. [S48] Cleveland Abbe and Josephine Genung Nichols, Abbe-Abbey Genealogy: In Memory of John Abbe and His Descendants (New Haven, Connecticut: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1916), p.12, further cited as Abbe and Nichols, Abbe-Abbey Genealogy.
  2. [S48] Abbe and Nichols, Abbe-Abbey Genealogy, p.14.
  3. [S48] Abbe and Nichols, Abbe-Abbey Genealogy, 14.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S48] Abbe and Nichols, Abbe-Abbey Genealogy, 12-14.
  6. [S48] Abbe and Nichols, Abbe-Abbey Genealogy, 12.