William Nye was born in Sandwich, Massachusetts on 1 September 1733, the son of Nathan and Dorothy (Bryant) Nye. William was baptized with his sister Deborah on 22 October 1738, at the First Parish Church, Sandwich. He is my sixth great-grandfather on my grandfather Arthur Washburn Davis’ side of the family.
On 6 February 1766 William Nye and Abigail Pope were married at Sandwich by the Rev. Mr. Williams. Abigail was born in Sandwich on 28 July 1747, the daughter of John and Mercy (Swift) Pope. Abigail was baptized on 23 August 1747.
I have found three children for William and Abigail:
William born June 1765
Elisha born before 22 November 1772 when he was baptized with his brother William
Mary born before 26 January 1777 when she was baptized
I descend from son William who married Ruth Snow.
"Abigail Nye, William's wife" was listed on the Sandwich Church catalog of living members on 18 April 1787.
Abigail Nye is in the 1820 census for Barnstable, household containing two people: 1 free white woman over 45 and one free white woman under 16.
If I have the correct William Nye (there were so many!), William died at Sandwich on 6 July 1806 at age 72 (although church record state he was 74 but a discrepancy like this isn’t uncommon). Abigail Nye, widow, died on 6 January 1829 at age 81. I have not found their burial locations. I would be surprised if they were buried anywhere other than Sandwich. Perhaps they did not have gravestones or they have not survived.