Thursday, March 21, 2019

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1714 Birth Record of Abigail Worthen in Amesbury, Mass.

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1714 birth record of Abigail Worthen in the Amesbury, Massachusetts vital record book:

The Abigail Worthen birth record is the fourth one on the page:

The transcription of this record is:

"[WORTHEN] Abigaill, d. Ezeakiel and Abigaill, May 24, 1724"

The source citation for this record is:

Town of Amesbury, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, Mass. : Topsfield Historical Society, 1913), Births, page 262, Abigaill Worthen entry.

This is a Derivative Source record, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the birth date, birth place, and parents names.  The original source was probably a handwritten Amesbury town record that is no longer available.  

Abigail Worthen (1714-????) was the daughter of Ezekiel Worthen (1672-1755) and Abigail Carter (1686-1752).  She is probably the Abigail "Warren" who married Joseph Colby (1707-1768) in 1704 in Amesbury.   

There is a dispute about Abigail's maiden name - is it Warren or Worthen (as some researchers think.  One of my sources is a published book in the FHL that is on microfilm only.  I probably have pages from the book in my genea-cave.).  I have used Worthen in my research.  Ezekiel Worthen's 1752 will is not helpful - it only mentions Abigail by her first name.  I have found no Abigail "Warren" persons in the Amesbury and Salisbury, Mass. area with a birth in the 1700-1720 time frame; there are several others born in other Massachusetts counties.  One Ancestry Member Tree has Abigail as the daughter of Jacob Warren, born and died in Plainfield, Connecticut.  This is still an open issue.

Joseph Colby and Abigail Worthen are my 6th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their daughter Hannah Colby (1745-????), who married John Underhill (1745-1816).


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