Abraham MORRILL

Abraham MORRILL

Male Abt 1615 - 1662  (~ 47 years)

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  • Name Abraham MORRILL 
    Born Abt 1615  Hatfield-Broadoak, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Jun 1662  Roxbury, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I189  ChristensenJames
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2012 

    Family Sarah CLEMENTS,   b. 1626, Ansley, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1694, Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1645  Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Jacob MORRILL,   b. 24 Aug 1648, Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1718, Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F100  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1615 - Hatfield-Broadoak, Essex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Jun 1645 - Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jun 1662 - Roxbury, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Abraham Morrill Tombstone.jpg
    Abraham Morrill Tombstone.jpg

  • Notes 
    • http://www.morrillonline.com/html/MorrillAbraham-1615-1662.html

      By 1640, Abraham becomes a founding member of the Puritan plantation at Salisbury, Massachusetts. He was granted a house-lot on the "Green." By 1642, he and Henry Saywood were granted 60 acres to build a corn mill. . [7]

      Sarah Clements was the daughter of Robert Clements, the pioneer of Haverhill, Mass. He was influential and wealty in that community, and the owner of the first grist mill. He was one of the five to take the deed of the town from the Passagut and Saggahew Indians in 1642. He eventually came to own an island in the Merrimack River that is still known as Clements Island. Percival Wood Clement, Ancestors and Descendents of Robert Clements (Philadelphia: Press of Patterson & White, 1927), Source Medium: Book . [8]
    • http://www.morrillonline.com/html/MorrillAbraham-1615-1662.html

      We do not know for sure when Abraham Morrill emigrated to New England, however he most likely came on the ship Lyon in 1632 with his older brother Isaac. We think he was young because he did not sign the Oath of Allegiance to the King, and only adult men were required to sign the Oath. We first find Abraham living alone in Cambridge, Massachusetts, paying taxes in 1634. Being a young man in 1632 and a property owner in 1635 puts his birth year at around 1615. . See also The sister of Sarah Clements, Mary (Clements) Osgood, was caught up in the Salem Witch Trials; Mary (Clements) Osgood was accused of witchcraft and spent three months in jail. . See also Abraham Morrill died in Roxbury while visiting his brother. The will of Abraham Morrill is signed two days before his death, the signature being not much more than a scribble. He is believed to be buried in Roxbury in the Eustis Street Burying Ground, in the same cemetary as his brother, who died less than one year later. This is the same cemetary where Thomas Dudley, first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was laid to rest. To his "dear and loving wife" Abraham left one half of the entire estate outright. The other half was to be split between his six surviving children which he mentions by name: Isaack, Abraham, Jacob, Sarah, Moses, and Lidda. His wife Sarah was carrying their youngest child, as yet unborn. Being the eldest, Isaack was to receive a double portion once he reaches the age of 21. Abraham's wife Sarah and his son Isaack were appointed executors of the estate. The descendents of Abraham Morrill include David L. Morrill, Governor of New Hampshire 1817-23, and Justin Smith Morrill, Congressman from Vermont for 43 years and responsible for the Morrill Land Grant Act that established the country's agricultural colleges or "aggies." .
    • http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/o/r/David-J-Tree/FILE/0002page.html#4

      In this evolution of colonial events the objets is to establish the Morrill ancestry in the New World around the time of the great exodus of Puritans mentioned. Traced back to 1632, when two brothers, Abraham and Isaac Morrill, immigrated from England, June 22, arriving September 16. They sailed on the ship "Lion," sometimes spelled "Lyon," landing at Salem or Boston. The question has arisen, did Abraham come the same time, since only the name of Isaac appears "as taking the oath of passage before sailing." With Isaac came his wife Sarah and two daughters, Sarah and Catherine; their names also not appearing on the passenger list.

      There is no doubt of the brothers arriving the same time, as they were known to be moving and co-operating always together in 1632. Both located on arrival at Cambridge, a new settlement, in 1631. Later Isaac went to Roxbury, and made his home. Abraham remained in Cambridge, received land there, and was a proprietor. His home was in sight of what is now known as Harvard Square, close to Harvard College. He moved to Salisbury in 1641, a distance of forty miles up the coast from Boston and Cambridge. In 1640-44-45 he received land in first divisions. In 1650 he was a commoner and taxed, only four rated higher that he.

      Also their sister Joanna Brewer, wife of Daniel Brewer, mentioned as "friend of the brothers," came in the same ship, it is said, and they also settled in Roxbury. Joanna was born in Somersetshire, 1601; would place her as a much younger sister, and age about 31 years, and Isaac, born in 1588, about 44 years of age on landing in America. To determine the age of Abraham, two to four years usually between ages of children, would credit him possibly as 40 years of age on landing. Their deaths occurring within six months of one another, would seem they were not far apart in age, and that the "alloted span of life" had closed upon both nearly of age.

      The maturity of Abraham no doubt protected him against application of the rule of "early marriage" in the colony, forced upon the young men at that time, since he was a celibate for thirteen years before marrying. There existed a political and ecclesiastical system, rendering a premium on early marriage. An unmarried man living by himself in the colony was an object of suspicion. Church membership was not easily obtained-even denied such a one. Cases known where a son being stubborn and disobedient was convicted. In some of the colonies, by law, could be tried and sentenced to death. "In the seventeenth century a bachelor over 21, or a spinster over 20, was an exception."

      In the Connecticut Colony a code was enacted that "no young man without wife, servant, or public office, might keep house by himself, or be taken as a lodger in a family, unless the magistrates gave leave."

      Abraham lost much time before marrying Sarah Clement of Haverill, June 10, 1645, thirteen years after his arrival. He then was around 50 years of age. In summing up births of their children, the first occurring July, 1646, and so on up to his death, in 1662, would suggest he married quite a young woman, and Sarah Clement being next to the youngest of Robert Clement's family of five children. That she was much younger than Abraham is borne out; that she lived thirty-two years beyond the time of his death, she dying in 1694.

      Also the fact of his versatility, skilled and experienced as an older man, disproves the theory of being "much younger" than his brother Isaac. Known to be a blacksmith, millwright, iron founder, planter, and a trainer in the Artillery Company.

      Robert Clement, Sarah's father, was an immigrant from England to Salisbury, 1642, which part of town he settled, later became Haverill. A man of prominence, receiving many appointments of office-"a man of rare integrity and superior talents" as quoted.

      Abraham was fined in 1641 for "selling his servant his time"-explaining that he hired his servant out to another. As a celibate, he probably lived alone with his servant, whose time he allowed another to use. Slavery conditions existed at that early day in the colonies, of the Negro, Mulatto and Indian. The rigorous climate of New England was unfit for it to any great extent, where in Virginia slavery began and flourished, the warmer climate adapted and in the more southern states of outdoor work.

      The will of Abraham, made the month before he died, mentions his wife and six children only, out of the then eight births known; one child, a girl named Hepzibah, born after his death. Infant mortality was great in the colonies owing to the severe climate and deprivations of an unsettled country. Abraham died while on a visit to his brother Isaac in Roxbury, June 20, 1662. His state, worth 507 pounds, besides a farm, implements and stock.

      Sarah, his widow, married Thomas Mudgett in 1665, a ship builder, by whom she had, some authorities say, five children; some say two only-proving her to have been a very young woman when she married the first time.

      Abraham belonged to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston. In a history of that company is given an outline of the lives of members, from which is quoted an another page in this book something of Abraham and Isaac.
    • http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/o/r/David-J-Tree/FILE/0002page.html#4

      DESCRIPTION OF BURIAL PLACE OF ISAAC AND ABRAHAM

      In the "Old First Burial Ground," Roxbury, now Boston, corner of Eustis and Washington streets. A section of ground about 200 feet by 200, an elevation, excavated to level of the sidewalk and walled up in stone some six feet. Pedestrians make their way below on two sides of the corner, with buildings in contact on other sides.

      Amidst the din of city traffic, trolley cars on surface, elevated cars above. The old-time slate headstones loom up like so many sentinels to portray the 300 years gone by, and where Abraham and Isaac lie buried.

      Mrs. Annie Morrill Smith of Bronxville, N.Y., author of a book, "Morrill Kindred in America," has given permission to use the photograph of Morrill tombstone she recently erected to the brothers.

      In her investigation of the old burial place she found the much worn stone with Isaac's name, and as Abraham died at the home of his brother, but identity lost of the spot where buried, she had the inscription read to both, a panel being made to embrace the name of Isaac and inserted in the new tombstone.

      Four generations of Morrill were born in Salisbury, home of Abraham, and several from Isaac, who lived in Roxbury, close to the Old First Burial Ground.
    • http://books.google.com/books?id=Nh45AAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

      Morrill Kindred in America (Book)