Abigail Wright

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Abigail Wright, daughter of Richard Wright and Margaret (…), was born in 1622.1 She died before 31 October 1707.2

Abigail married (1) Robert Sharp, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), about 1642;2,3 she married (2), as his 2nd wife, Thomas Clapp, son of Nicholas Clapp and Elizabeth (…), before January 1656/57;4,5,6 she married (3), as his 2nd wife,William Holbrook, son of Thomas Holbrook and Jane Powys, in 1696.7,2

On 29 December 1701, Abigail Wright she gave a deposition regarding the lands of Col. Humphreys. Abigail (then Abigail Holbrook), stated she was "aged seventy eight years or thereabouts" and was about
eight years of age when she came into this country with her father Richard Wright who came into this counrty in the first fleet that came hither and in Col. Humphryes Imploy and when he came hither he took up Lands that were said to be granted to him sd Coll. Humphreyes and built upon that part of the sd land called by the indian name of saugus or sangus according to the remembrance of this deponent near to a place called the great plain or plain farme which also this deponent remembers was reputed the lands of the sd Coll Humphryes and his cattle used to range nd feed thereon and further this deponent testifieth that some few years after the sd Coll Humphreys came over into New England and after is arrival this Deponent lived with the said Coll Humphreys upon the farm aforesd called saugus or sangus and she remembers very well the said Coll Humphreys brought with him a young gentlewoman whose name was Ann Humphrey who was afterwards married to one Mr Palmes in England as this deponent hat been informed and after the sd Mr Palmes dyed was again married to one Mr Miles a minister who sometimes lived in Swanzy in new England and further this deponent testifieth that the aforesaid Mrs Ann was the reputed daughter of the sd Coll John Humphreys & futher saith not.

Ellen's deposition (the one usually published) indicated she was "aged fourscore or thereabouts" and "was nine or ten yeares of age when she came into this country with her father Richard Wright. . . ."8,9,10

Abigail left a will dated 28 November 1702, and proved 13 Feb 1707. In it, she named:
daughters Abigail Vorce and Abigail Tilden;
granddaughter Elizabeth Tilden'
granddaughter Elizabeth Crafts'
grandson William Sharp;
granddaughter Martha Buckmaster;
grandsons Nathaniel Tilden and Joseph Tilden;
Executor Son-in-law Stephen Tilden
Witnesses John Cushing Jr., Daniel King.11

Family 1

Robert Sharp b. 21 Sep 1617, d. Jul 1653
  • Lieutenant John Sharp12 b. 12 Mar 1643, d. 21 Apr 1676
  • Mary Sharp2 b. say 1645
  • Abigail Sharp+2 b. 1647, d. 18 May 1712

Family 2

Thomas Clapp b. abt. 1608, d. 20 Apr 1684
  • John Clapp5 b. 18 Oct 1658, d. abt. 1671
  • Abigail Clapp5 b. 29 Jan 1659/60, d. 2 Feb 1735/36

Family 3

William Holbrook b. 12 Jun 1620
This person was last edited on12 Jul 2022


  1. [S1458] Richard LeBaron Bowen, "Early Rehoboth Families and Events: Richard Wright," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 99 (July 1945): 227-242, at 239-240, Gave a deposition in 1701 that she was eight or so when she came with her father in "the first fleet." This is presumed to be the initial five ships of the Winthrop fleet that departed Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, 8 Apr 1630., further cited as Bowen, "Early Rehoboth Families."
  2. [S1052] Ellen F. Vose, Robert Vose and His Descendants (Boston, Massachusetts: p.p., 1932), 15, further cited as Vose, Robert Vose.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1355, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S341] Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1978-1908: Part IV: The Ancestry of Linda Anna Powers, 1839-1879 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2000), 132-140, further cited as Smith and Sanborn, Kempton Ancestry 4.
  5. [S85] Mary Lovering Holman, The Scott Genealogy (Boston, Massachusetts: Harriett Grace Scott, 1919), 224-234, further cited as Holman, Scott Genealogy.
  6. [S1872] Torrey, New England Marriages (2011), 318.
  7. [S2053] Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants To New England, 1634-1635 (7 vols., Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011), 3:353, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  8. [S1458] Bowen, "Early Rehoboth Families," 239-240.
  9. [S246] Walter Goodwin Davis and Gary Boyd Roberts, Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966): A Reprinting, in Alphabetical Order by Surname, of the Sixteen Multi-ancestor Compendia (Plus Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendants), 16 vols. in 3 (1916-1963; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1996), 3:659, further cited as Davis and Roberts, Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis.
  10. [S1894] Boston, Massachusetts, Suffolk County Court Files, 1629-1797, Vol 55, File #5400, FHL microfilm 910814, further cited as Suffolk Co. Court Files.
  11. [S2531] Walter Goodwin Davis, The Ancestry of Joseph Neal (1769 - c. 1835) of Litchfield Maine (Portland, Maine: The Southworth–Anthoensen Press, 1945), 132, further cited as Davis, Joseph Neal.
  12. [S1052] Vose, Robert Vose, 19.