Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and hope this blog will help with that. I am not an expert and I consider most of my research as a work in progress. Some of the surnames I'm researching:

Many old Cape families including Kelley, Eldredge/idge, Howes, Baker, Mayo, Bangs, Snow, Chase, Ryder/Rider, Freeman, Cole, Sears, Wixon, Nickerson.
Many old Plymouth County families including Washburn, Bumpus, Lucas, Cobb, Benson.
Johnson (England to MA)
Corey (Correia?) (Azores to MA)
Booth, Jones, Taylor, Heatherington (N. Ireland to Quebec)
O'Connor (Ireland to MA)
My Mayflower Ancestors (only first two have been submitted/approved by the Mayflower Society):
Francis Cooke, William Brewster, George Soule, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, Richard Warren, Peter Browne, Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller, James Chilton, John Tilley, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

John Washburn (1699-1768) and Abigail Phillips (1699-1782), Plymouth, Mass.

John Washburn was born in Plymouth on 19 April 1699, the son of John and Lydia (Billington) Washburn. Lydia was the great-granddaughter of Mayflower passengers John Billington and his wife Eleanor.

John married Abigail Phillips in Kingston in 1727. Their marriage intentions were published in Kingston on Kingston on May 28, 1727.  

Abigail was born in Marshfield on 29 October 1699, the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Thomas) Phillips. Her first name is sometimes spelled Abigale.

Abigail married first Josiah Johnson of Scituate, at Marshfield on 8 February 1721/22. (Marshfield VR)  Josiah died there 18 May 1724 at age 25. He and Abigail had a son Josiah Johnson, b. Marshfield 17 Oct 1723.

John's brother Ichabod married Bethiah Phillips, who was Abigail’s sister.

John and Abigaile had seven children, all births recorded at Plymouth:
John born 8 May 1730, m. Lydia Prince
Abigail born 17 February 1731/32, may be the Abigail Washburn who married Abner Silvester
Mary born 21 November 1734, may be the Mary Washburn who married Abijah Fisher
Marcy/Mercy born 31 July 1736, died 4 March 1737/38, Plymouth
Seth born 17 April 1738, m. 1st, Fear Howard, 2nd Anna Fullerton, 3rd Deborah Churchill
Phillip born 5 September 1739, may be the Phillips Washburn who married Silence Davis
Thankfull born 14 August 1742

I descend from Seth and his third wife Deborah Churchill. I wrote about them here.

Rev. Robbins of the Congregational Church in Plymouth wrote that when he was ordained in January 1760 John Washburn and Abigail Washburn "Jnos. wife" were members of the church.
John Washburn died at age 69 in Plymouth on 22 May 1768.

Widow Abigail Washburn was appointed administratrix of the estate of John Washburn of Plymouth on 9 May 1769. The estate was declared insolvent on 14 May 1770, the inventory being almost the only document in the estate records. No heirs are named in the file. (Mayflower Descendant 14:242).

Abigale Washburn died 24 September 1782 at Plymouth. She was 82.

My research on this family is very much a work in progress. I would love to hear from fellow descendants of John and Abigail and welcome any corrections/additions.

Source Not Listed Above:
Harriet W. Hodge, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Five, Edward Winslow and John Billington, published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1997

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