Person Page 37511
|Father||**George Abbot b. circa 28 May 1587, d. circa 1633|
|Mother||**Elizabeth (?)2 b. circa 1590|
|George Abbot Jr and George Abbot Sr. are often confused. They were likely related but most likely not father and son.
|Birth||circa 1615||George Abbot was born circa 1615 at Bishops-Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.3
||He emigrated to New England in 1637. There is no
ships' register to establish exactly when he arrived. He remained in
Roxbury until about 1642 when he is listed as the 19th settler in
Andover and his brother in law to be, William Chandler is listed as the
Cochichawick was the original name of Andover; and was the name the Indians called the area. This was (and is) the name of the small brook running through Andover and into the Merrimac River. The first settlers appeared around 1629 but it wasn't until 5/10/1643 that the Salem court established the town and its boundaries as part of Essex County. Its unmarked borders were much larger than they are today. In 1646, the Court approved the purchase of much of the land from Cutshamache, the Sagamore (Chief) for six pounds and a coat. On May 6, 1646, the Court incorporated the town as Andover, named after a small English town in Hants County. Earliest Essex County records have it spelled Andiver.
The first settlement was in what is now North Andover, which was later split off and separately incorporated in the early 1800's. The first organized settlers came from Newbury and were led by John Woodbridge, who became the town's first minister. Our group, Abbots, Chandlers and Danes came up from Roxbury probably around 1644. It was the 24th church organized in Massachusetts.
The grantees or proprietors were given plots of ground or "home lots" surrounding the Commons and the Meeting House by vote of the existing landowners and proprietors. Grants were based on the wealth and importance of the settler. Additionally, grants were made for farmland, woods, swamp and hay meadows around the perimeter, following the initial lot size relativity. This was the approach followed in most other "frontier" towns and was not only to better enjoy their religious worship but also to best protect the community from Indian attacks that were an ever-present reality. The Commons was initially an area where everybody could graze their cattle and sheep surrounded by the "home lots". The earliest records of the town no longer exist, having been destroyed in an Indian raid.
The land in the north section of Andover proved to be less attractive to farm than to the south. Many of the original settlers moved south to the area that is now the town of Andover and established the South Parish Church. George Abbot and his family moved from the North Parish and built their house near the present Congregational Church and graveyard about 1660. The house was substantially built and was used as the "garrison" when Indian raids were threatened. This house was replaced in 1704 by the "Old Red House". Eight generations of Abbots lived on this location until it was demolished in 1860
|Marriage||12 Dec 1646||George Abbot Abbot Sr. married Hannah Chandler, who was 16 years old, daughter of William Chandler and Annis Agnes Bayford,
12 December 1646 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Hannah was only about 16
years old. She had been living with her mother in Roxbury. 3
|He was likely literate, seeing that he had a position of responsibility in the new colony.2
|Death||6 Dec 1681|| George Abbot died between on 6 December 1681 and
24 December 1681 at Andover, Essex county, Massachusetts. This date
conflicts with NEHGR article on deaths in Andover, but since his will
is dated 12 December 1681 he surely died after that but before his
probate was begun in March of 1682.
|Will||12 Dec 1681||George Abbot Abbot Sr. left a will dated 12
December 1681 This will was executed only a few weeks before his death.
"While 'aged and crazy in body' but 'retaining my understanding' he
leaves everything to Hannah, who is also executrix, although it is
clear that he has already given some of his land to his sons. He asks
his two bothers-in-law "to be helpful if she should stand in need".
(These brother's in law are William and Thomas Chandler. William was a
bricklayer and inn keeper and Thomas was an Blacksmith).
George's estate was valued at 587 pounds, a significant sum in those
|Burial||George was probably buried in the South Parish graveyard. There is no stone since the practice, until the late 1660's, was to put a wooden memorial on the grave, which of course, rotted away.2|
|Family||**Hannah Chandler||b. 22 May 1630, d. 2 June 1711|
|Child||1.||Hannah Abbott bca 1650 dca 1740
|2.||**William Abbot+ b. 18 Nov 1657, d. 21 Oct 1713|
|3.||Benjamin Abbott b20 Dec 1661 d. 30 Marhcn 1703|
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