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butted and bounded South East Corner on A
Chestnut Tree near a mountain with A Heep
of Stones at ye foot of sd tree, Northeast
Corner with A rock and A Heep of Stones
upon it with A bush marked by it, North West
Corner with A Chestnut and A Heep of
Stones. The aforesd Land as it is butted and
Bounded is 150 acres be it more or less. Laid
out by Tom Jones Town Measurer. June
22d, 1723." He also had two pieces of land
in the second division, one tract of twelve acres
near the old saw mill, and the other in the
East precinct near a saw mill called Hamp-
shire, and containing twenty acres. These
lots were granted to him in addition to various
smaller pieces, which he had received from
time to time from the town. His home lot of
eleven acres was bounded on the north by the
minister's lot. Thomas Abbe was a man of
much activity and good judgment, and was an
efficient public servant for many years. He
was early chosen to assist in transacting the
"town's business and was selectman 1686-89-
1706-07-09-10. In 1705 he was assessor and
frequently filled the offices of road surveyor
and fence viewer. In 1701 he was one of a
committee to lay out a road to Warehouse
Point, and for years he was one of the com-
mittee annually appointed to settle the dispute
as to the location of the dividing line between
Enfield and Windsor. In 1708 he was a petit
juror. In 1705. a committee consisting of five
citizens. Captain F'ease, Thomas Abbe, Ser-
geant Randall, Sergeant Morgan and Goodman
Colton. was appointed to bargain with Ensign
Terry and Zachariah Booth for the building
of a meeting house, the cost of which was not
to exceed three hundred pounds. When the
town voted to be a part of Connecticut he dis-
sented, evidently preferring to be a citizen
of Massachusetts. Sergeant Thomas Abbe is
referred to in the records of 171 1 and 1715;
and Lieutenant Thomas Abbe in 17 13.
Thomas Abbe died in Enfield in 1728, and left
two sons, Thomas, born 1686, and John.
Thomas Abbe made his will October 12, 1720,
and in that he mentions the two sons and also
two daughters, Sarah Geer and Tabitha

( II ) John, youngest son of Thomas Abbe,
was born in 1692 and was one of the first



settlers of the upper part of "King's street."
I [e held various minor offices and was an
active and somewhat influential man. He had
four sons : John, Thomas, Daniel and Rich-
ard, the subject of the next paragraph. Lieu-
tenant John Abbe is mentioned in 1786 and

(III) Richard, fourth son of John Abbe,
was born in Enfield, in 1735. and died there
"September 20, 1807, aged seventy-two years,"
as stated in the ancient family Bible still in
possession of his descendants. He was a
farmer, and held minor civil offices in the
town. In the Connecticut records of the revo-
lutionary war. Lieutenant Richard Abbe, of
Enfield, appears as serving six days. Richard
Abbe, commissioned ensign January 1, 1777,
resigned February 6, 1778. Richard Abbe
was an ensign in Captain Abner Robinson's
company, Colonel McLellan's regiment, which
was raised for one year's service, from March,
1778, and which appears to have served in
Tyler's brigade under Sullivan in Rhode
Island, August and September. 1778. Ser-
geant Richard Abbe joined, May 29, 1781,
Captain James Dana's company. This com-
mand served at post at Horseneck and places
adjacent. In July it joined Washington while
he was encamped at Phillipsburg. Captain
Richard Abbe married, January 9, 1755, Mary
Bement, daughter of Captain Dennis Bement.
who was born 171 1, and married Mary Abbe
daughter of Thomas Abbe, 1737. Captain
Dennis Bement died 1789 and left two sons.
The Abbe family Bible states : "Mary, relict
of above Captain Richard Abbey, died August
14, 1821, aged eighty-three years."

(IV) Captain Richard (2). a son of Cap-
tain Richard (1) and Mary (Bement) Abbe,
was born March 2, 1760, died August 9, 1831,
aged seventy-one. He married, January 16,
1782, Lydia Stevenson, born October 20, 1764,
died June 1, 1844, aged eighty. Their chil-
dren were: 1. Charles, born December 1,
1785, married Harriet Strong. March 2, 1809.
2. Richard, December 30, 1787. married Char-
lotte Bement, November 29, 1810. 3. Ros-
well, December 30, 1787, married Sally Olm-
sted, November 30, 1809. 4. Betsey, Febru-
ary 15, 1790. 5. Joshua, August 17, 1791,
married Phila Pease. 6. George, mentioned
below. 7. Harriet, February 10, 1798, died
August 19, 1825, aged twenty-seven. 8. Lu-
anda, February 2, 1805. married Charles
Chase, September 17. 1821, and died Sep-
tember 25, 1827, aged twenty-two. He died
March 16, 1833. aged thirty-three. 9. Lo-

rinda, February 2, 1805, died September 24,
1825, aged twenty.

( V ) George, fifth son of Captain Richard
( 2 ) and Lydia ( Stevenson ) Abbe, was born
in Enfield, Connecticut, December 24, 1794,
died in Springfield, Massachusetts, May 22.
1858. aged sixty-four. For many years he
resided in Enfield and was a well-known river
boatman in the days before the inauguration of
railroads. He was later agent for the New
York, New Haven and Hartford railroad at
Thompsonville. His last years were spent in
Springfield, where he died. He married
(first) Sally Chapman, of Tolland, Septem-
ber 30, 1819: and (second) Anna Harper, of
Scitico. The children, all by the first wife,
were : George Chapman, James, Maria S.
and Warren Clifford.

(VI) James, second son of Captain George
and Sally (Chapman) Abbe, was born in En-
field, Connecticut, June 1, 1822, died at his
home, 79 Spring street, Springfield, Massa-
chusetts, May 7, 1889. He was educated in
the public schools of Thompsonville, Connecti-
cut. As a young man he assisted his father in
the steamboat business. Before James Abbe
was twenty-one years old, however, he had
learned the tinner's trade in Thompsonville,
and for a few years managed a small tin busi-
ness in that village and in Haydenville. He
went to Springfield in 1843 an d worked a
while for his cousin. Joshua Abbe, a tinner,
who had a stand where now the postoffice
building is, corner of Maine and Fort streets.
He then started a tinware and stove store in a
wooden building standing on the present site
of Wilkinson's block. Main street. He next
started stores at Chicopee, Massachusetts, and
East Greenwich, Rhode Island, about 1854,
but they were continued only one year. Re-
turning to Springfield with a little capital he
bought out his cousin Joshua. During the
period of fifteen years that followed, he was
fortunate in having all the tin work of the
Wason Car Company, and the Boston and
Albany Railroad Company, and thereby is said
to have laid the foundation of his ample
wealth. In 1869 he erected Abbe's block at
309 Main street, and in company with his only
son carried on the stove and tinware business,
the firm name being James Abbe & Son. In
1880 the firm disposed of the business to
Shepard & W r ilson, and the son James T., went
to Holyoke to engage in the envelope business.
After the death of Mr. Shepard, a year later,
he again had possession of the business and
soon closed it up. Mr. Abbe did not again



engage in business but devoted himself to the
management of his real estate and had an
office in his own block for that purpose. Mr.
Abbe was a man of exceptional business abil-
ity and his judgment in financial matters was
regarded as sound. He was a director of the
Pynchon National Bank, a trustee of the
Springfield Cemetery Association and one of
the original corporators,- of the Holyoke En-
velope Company. He succeeded Homer Foot
as president of the Hampden Watch Company,
and was one of its heaviest stockholders, but
sold his interest at the time of the decision to
remove the works to Canton, Ohio. Mr. Abbe
was greatly esteemed and loved in the com-
munity in which he lived, where his social
virtues and accomplishments, and his sterling
integrity were best known. He was promi-
nently identified with Springfield during his
entire residence there, and was a willing sub-
scriber to the cause of charity and benevolence.
He attended Trinity Church and was one of
its liberal supporters. He helped many young
men, both in business and private life. Mr.
Abbe was a member of the legislature in 1876-
■j-j. He was more than once urged to become
a candidate for the mayoralty, but always re-
fused. James Abbe married, April, 1848,
Caroline E. Terry, of Thompsonville, Con-
necticut, who survives him. She was born
December 6, 1826, daughter of Harmon and
Emeline ( Ellis ) Terry. Harmon was a son
of Salmon Terry, and the family is one of the
old ones of Enfield, Connecticut. Two chil-
dren were born of this marriage: 1. James
T., mentioned below. 2. Caroline L., De-
cember 3, 1851, wife of Charles D. Rood,
president of the Lancaster Watch Company,
of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They were mar-
ried October 20, 1880, and resided at 93 Bow-
doin street, Springfield. They have three
children: Madeline A., born in Springfield,
September 22, 1881 ; Gladys, February 25,
1884, and Charles Dexter, October 6, 1889.

(VII) James T., only son of James and
Caroline E. (Terry) Abbe, was born in East
Windsor, Connecticut, March 16, 1849, died
December 15, 1907, at his home, 160 Maple
street. He attended the Springfield high
school and later for one year the Wilbraham
Academy, entering Amherst College in the
class of 1870 and remaining until the close of
his sophomore year. He then entered into
business with his father in Springfield and
continued until 1881, when he became one of
the Holyoke Envelope Company, of which he
was made president. This was organized in

1880 by James Abbe, George N. Tyner and
James T. Abbe. The senior Abbe sold his in-
terest in the company to James D. Whitmore,
of New York City, who subsequently sold his
interest to George U. Tyner and James T.
Abbe. Mr. Tyner was the practical man in
the concern and Mr. Abbe had charge of its
business affairs. The company began business
on Cabot street in the water power company's
building, which was destroyed by fire in Jan-
uary. 1888. The factory on Jackson and Main
streets was then erected, where an enormous
business was built up and conducted — no sin-
gle factory in the United States having so
large an output of staple envelopes, three and
a half millions being the daily product. Three
hundred hands were employed. The machinery
used was built by the company on its
own patents. In August. 1898, Mr. Abbe re-
tired from the company, the plant being at that
time absorbed by the United States En-
velope Company. Mr. Abbe was the owner of
the splendid Phoenix store and office building
at 307 Main street, subsequent to the fire of
November, 1893, which destroyed the new
block built by him in 1889. The Phoenix
building has been regarded as one of the best
of its kind in western Massachusetts, contain-
ing two exceptionally fine stores, thirty-five
offices and two apartments under the side-
walk. It has an imposing entrance, and a very
attractive interior finish, with marble wains-
coting and mosaic hall floors. Its equipment
in elevators, lighting, heating, fire escapes, hot
and cold water, etc., also is exceptionally
modern and complete, and there are few hand-
somer and more convenient office buildings in
the city. Mr. Abbe took great pride in the
care of the Phoenix building, and it is no
exaggeration to state that it was kept in the
best condition inside and out of any office block
in the city. Mr. Abbe was a director in the
Home National and Park National banks, of
Holyoke, having been one of the original sub-
scribers of the stock of the latter. He was
also at one time a director of the Pynchon
National Bank and of the Hampden Trust
Ci >mpany of Springfield. Mr. Abbe was one
of the four original movers in the organiza-
tion of the Springfield Daily Union, his asso-
ciates being Oscar Greenleaf. H. K. Baker and
W. E. Whipple. He was chosen as the first
president of the Union Publishing Company,
and continued in the presidency up to the time
of his death, although his stock holding in his
later years was not among the largest. The
company was organized in 1895. He was a

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very public-spirited man, as well as most keen
and energetic in business, and it is not strange
tbat he should have taken a great interest in
the board of trade and been one of the most
active of its early members. He served as the
fourth president of the board in 1894. He
was instrumental also in the reorganization
of the Springfield Cemetery Association, and
had been its president. He was one of the
promoters of the McKinley monument fund,
and was appointed a member of the committee
to choose a suitable memorial. He was much
interested in the Springfield public library, and
for a long time was closely identified with the
association. In addition to being one of the
city's most sagacious men, Mr. Abbe was a
man of highly cultivated tastes, and became
widely known as an art connoisseur and critic.
He was the owner of a fine collection of paint-
ings, including numerous productions of the
best native and European artists. For a good
many years he occupied an apartment at the
Massasoit House in the winter, and the rooms
were adorned with many valuable paintings,
representing the best foreign schools as well
as the work of leading American artists, and
including not a few master pieces. His fine
residence at 160 Maple street, the James Rum-
rill property, which was purchased by him
some ten years before his death, is a veritable
museum of art treasures, being literally filled
with rare and beautiful paintings. This is
undoubtedly one of the largest and finest (if
not the largest and best) collection of paint-
ings in the city. Mr. Abbe was a great lover
of animals, especially of dogs and horses, and
always owned some of the best of those ani-
mals in the city. He aimed to have and usually
had the handsomest dog in town among his
several high bred animals. His stable was
always filled with spirited family horses of high
pedigree, with cob tails and great knee action.
Peculiar as it seems, however, he seldom drove
any of his horses or was driven after them.

Ever a staunch Republican, Mr. Abbe took
great interest in politics, and often a decidedly
active part, having been a powerful factor at
times in the making and unmaking of candi-
dates. He never sought public office for him-
self, however, preferring to use his influence
from his position as a private individual. His
most conspicuous public service in recent years
was as chairman of McKinley memorial
committee, which selected the design of the
monument erected on Pecousic hill and carried
through all details of the testimonial by public
subscription to the martyred president. Mr.

Abbe's make-up was decidedly out of the ordi-
nary, a combination of qualities some of
which usually are considered antagonistic. He
was very suave and genial in the company of
other gentlemen, and full of the spirit of
jocoseness, and to even a critical observer ap-
peared to treat friends and those not so con-
sidered with perfect impartiality. Yet, withal,
he was very aggressive and a fighter to the
finish, and there was a vein of Indian vindict-
iveness in his disposition that led him to pur-
sue one whom he considered an enemy with
eager relish and unrelenting zeal. He was not
a club man in the sense of being a devotee of
club life, although a member of the Nyasset
club, where he was seldom seen, his tastes
being domestic in the extreme. He made a
special feature of having the best of every-
thing ; whether in paintings, horses, dogs,
or cigars, and he never allowed expense to
stand in the way of attainments of that end.
Another peculiarity was his love for his father,
the two almost always being together during
the father's lifetime, and his death bringing
to the son much more than ordinary bitterness.
An interesting and rather amusing incident in
Mr. Abbe's career and that of two other de-
termined men, A. N. Mayo and Frank Worthy,
occurred subsequently to the fire of 1893 that
swept the corner of Worthington and Main
streets, when each of them tried to obtain the
entire property, covered by their present
blocks, for the erection of one large building.
There was no giving in on any side, however,
and each built his own block on his own site,
but all of the buildings were erected on dif-
ferent levels so that by no possibility could
they ever after be joined.

James T. Abbe was married at Springfield,
Massachusetts,, March 17, 1892, to Mrs. Mary
H. Fuller, widow of Milton Fuller, and daugh-
ter of John and Lydia (Bridges) Mulligan
(see Mulligan), the latter being at one time
president of the Connecticut River Railroad
Company. Milton Fuller accumulated a large
fortune in the Pennsylvania oil regions. Mrs.
Abbe was born at Springfield, Massachusetts,
and survives her husband. They were in the
habit of spending their summers on the White
Mountains for years, but latterly preferred the
coast of Maine. They had no children.

Captain Joseph Weld, immigrant

WELD ancestor, was born in England

about 1600. He came to New

England with his wife Elizabeth, daughter

Elizabeth, aged ten ; Mary, aged eight, Han-



nah, aged six, and Thomas, leaving in England
an elder son John, who came later. He was
admitted a freeman March 3, 1636. lie settled
in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and became a
house-holder, proprietor of the town, and cap-
tain of the military company. He was select-
man for a number of years and deputy to the
general court in 1637 and afterward. He was
of good estate and high repute, we are told.
His wife Elizabeth died October 16, 1638,
and he married ( second ) April 30, 1639, Bar-
bara, daughter of Nicholas Clap or Clapp, of
Venn Ottery, England. ( See Clapp family
in this work). She married (second) An-
thony Stoddard, of Boston. He died Septem-
ber 7, 1114(1. His will was dated at Ipswich,
I une 2, 1646, and proved October 10, 1646.
He bequeathed to wife Barbara and her chil-
dren Daniel, Sarah and Marah Weld ; to chil-
dren of his first wife: John, Thomas, Ed-
mund, Elizabeth, Mary, Hannah ; to the col-
lege at Cambridge (Harvard); to Mr. Cud-
dington an annuity ; to the poor of the church.
Children of first wife: 1. John, mentioned
below. 2. Elizabeth married, March 20.

1641, Edward Damson. 3. Mary, married
Daniel Harris, of Middletown. 4. Hannah.
5. Thomas, died aged seventeen. 6. Ed-
mund, born at Roxbury, July 14. 1636. Chil-
dren of second wife: 7. Sarah, baptized
December 31, 1640, married, July 2^, 1663,
John Franks. 8. Daniel, born September 18,

1642. 9. Joseph, born February 6, 1645, died
aged ten months. 10. Marah, baptized
August 2, 1646, married Comfort Starr.

( I 1 Rev. Thomas Weld., brother of Cap-
tain Joseph Weld, was vicar at Terling, county
Essex, England, from 1624 to 1632; was noted
by Archbishop Laud as "unconformable" No-
vember 25, 1630, and fined November 16,
1631. He came to Roxbury. Massachusetts,
with his family, arriving June 5, 1632, and
was minister of that town for several months
alone and then was ordained pastor in com-
pany with Mr. John Eliot, teacher, in Novem-
ber. 1632. He was in full sympathy with the
course of Governor Winthrop and his party
against Mrs. Hutchinson and Mr. Wheel-
wright in 1637 and wrote a preface to the sec-
ond edition of Winthrop's book "Antimonians
and Familists Condemned" (1643). He com-
piled the famous Bay State Psalm Book,
jointly with Richard Mather and John Eliot
in 1639. He wrote other books. He was sent
by the colonial government to England with
Mr. Hugh Peter and Mr. William Hibbens
in 1641, and accomplished much in advancing

the interests of the colony during the period
of the revolution in England. After much
public service, he became vicar of Gateshead
parish at Newcastle. England, about 1649. He
died in London. March 23, 1660. His widow
Margaret left a will dated March 20, proved
November 16, 1671 ; bequeathing to her
brother William Doggett and her sister Anna,
his wife; to children of sister Elizabeth Wade,
deceased, to kinsman John Jefferson. Chil-
dren, baptized at Terling: 1. John. June 6,
1625. 2. Thomas. July 26, 1626. 3. Samuel,
October 8, 1629. 4. Edmund, July 8, 163 1.

(II) John, son of Captain Joseph Weld,
was born in England, according to family rec-
ords, October 28, 1623, died September 20.
1691. He came to Massachusetts after his
father and joined the family at Roxbury,
where he lived the remainder of his life. He
was admitted a freeman in 1650 and was a
soldier in King Philip's war, 1675. He married
Margaret Bowen, of Roxbury, daughter of
( 'rriftin Bowen, of Boston, who came from
Kangenith. Glamorganshire, Wales. Children,
born at Roxbury: 1. Joseph, June 6, 1649,
died young. 2. Joseph. September 13, 1650,
mentioned below. 3. John, May 25, 1653.
4. Ephraim. November 14, 1655, married,
August 28, 1672, Samuel Gore. 5. Margaret,
September 29, 1657, died aged seventeen. (>.
Mary. April 3, 1660, married Joshua Gardner.
7. Abigail. August 27. 1663, died young. 8.
Esther. December 28, 1664, died young. 9.
Hannah, September 5. 1666, married, Novem-
ber 11. 1685, William Heath.

(III) Lieutenant Joseph (2), son of John
Weld, was born at Roxbury. September 13,
1650, died February 14, 1711-12. He lived at
Roxbury also. His will was dated December
6, 1692. He married (first), in 1674, Eliza-
beth Devotion, who died in 1678, and ( second)
November 2~, 1678. Sarah Faxon, born
August 28. 1659. at Braintree, daughter of
Thomas Faxon, and granddaughter of Thomas
Faxon, the immigrant. She married (second)
April 29, 1719, Jacob Chamberlain. She died
October 14, 1745. Her will dated February 9,
1734-35. proved November 10. 1745, men-
tioned her children and grandchildren. Chil-
dren of first wife: I. Margaret, born No-
vember 5, 1075. died young. 2. Elizabeth.
January 17. 1678. died young. Children of
second wife: 3. Margaret. February 11.
1681, married. July i(>. 1701. Benjamin White.
4. Joseph, July 12. 1683. married. May 22,
1 71 1, Elizabeth Chamberlain. 5. Sarah, 1685,
baptized October 25, died December 30. 6.



Sarah, baptized June 16, 1687, married June
1, 1709. John Williams. 7. John, born August
19,-1689", married, December 3, 1712, Mehita-
ble Child, daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth
Child. 8. Thomas, January 10, 1692. 9.
Deborah, February 22, 1694. married Joshua
Child Jr. 10. Mary, April 18. 1695, married
Samuel Davis. 11. Daniel, August 14, 1697,
mentioned below. 12. Edward, June, 1700,
died February, 1701. 13. Ebenezer, October
19, 1702, married Mary Craft, daughter of

( IV ) Daniel, son of Lieutenant Joseph (2)
Weld, was born August 14, 1697. He also
lived in Roxbury. He married, in 1720, Eliza-
beth Tucker, born 1701. died 1784. He died
January 20, 1760-61, twenty-four hours before
his wife's death. Children, born at Roxbury:
1. Daniel, baptized August 20, 1 72 1. 2.
Stephen, born July 7, 1723. died August 16,
1745. 3. Noah, December 7, 1725. 4. Eliza-
beth, Time 14, 1728. married. December 12,
1745, Isaac Child. 5. Job. August 14, 1730.
6. Edward, April 1, 1733, died October 17,
1761. 7. David, 1734, mentioned below. 8.
Jonah, baptized February 1, 1738. 9. Ann,
baptized February 1. 1738.

( V ) Deacon David, son of Daniel Weld,
was born in Roxbury in 1734, died there Jan-
uary 9, 1820-21. His will is dated August 24,
1808, and proved February 6, 1821, bequeath-
ing to his sons land in Brookline, Roxbury and
Newton. He married, July 11, 1756, Sarah
Davis, born 1737. He was a prominent citi-
zen of Roxbury and for many years deacon
of the church. Children, born in Roxbury:
1. Abigail. August 1, 1757, married. May 14,
1776. Thomas Dudley. 2. Mary, October 12,
1759. 3. David, August 3, 1761, married
Hannali Murdock. 4. Edward, March 6,
1766, died aged sixteen. 5. Elizabeth, March
22, 1768, married, January 18, 1789, Benjamin
Corey. 6. Susanna, August 11, 1770, mar-
ried. April 18, 1790, Benjamin Billings. 7.
Daniel, November 20, 1772, married, May 29,
1800, Hannah Williams. 8. Hannah, Jan-
uary 14. 1775. married John D. Williams. 9.
Anna. March 22, 1777, married, 1802, Jona-
than French. 10. Aaron Davis, December 21,
1779, mentioned below.

(VI) Aaron Davis, son of Deacon David
Weld, was burn in Roxbury. December 21,
1779. He married (first) December 25, 1804,
Betsey Williams, who died April 10, 1807,
aged twenty-three. He married (second)

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