Thursday, March 14, 2019

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1736 Marriage Record of Joseph Colby and Abigail Warren 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 1736 marriage record of Joseph Colby and Abigail Warren in the Amesbury, Massachusetts vital record book:

The Colby-Warren marriage record is the second one on the page:

The transcription of this record is:

"[COLBY] Joseph, jr. and Abigail Warren, Mar. 18, 1735-6."

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), Marriages, page 315, Joseph Colby and Abigail Warren 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.  It would be very helpful to find the original record to determine if the spelling of Abigail's maiden name is Warren or something else.

Joseph Colby (1707-after 1768) was the son of Joseph Colby (1680-1754) and Anne Bartlett (1684-1721), who married in 1704 in Amesbury.  Abigail "Warren" is probably Abigail Worthen (1714-????), daughter of Ezekiel Worthen (1672-1755) and Abigail Carter (1686-1752) of Amesbury, Massachusetts.

There is a dispute about Abigail's maiden name - is it Warren (as published in the record above) 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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