Friday, April 19, 2019

52 Ancestors - Week 274: #449 Maria (--?--) (Abel) Tedrick (1693-1771) of Germany and Morris County, New Jersey

Maria (--?--) (Abel) Tedrick (1693-1771) is #449 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married  #448 Andreas Abel (1690-1751)  in about 1713 in Germany.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #224  Michel Abel (1719-1791), married #225 Christina --?-- (1730-1804) about 1755.
*  their son, #112 Johannes Abel (1758-1818), married #113 Sophia Trimmer (1755-1811) in 1777.
*  their son #56  John Auble (1780-1831), married #57 Anna Row (1797-1860) in 1804.
*  their son #28 David Auble (1817-1894), married #29 Sarah Knapp (1818-1904) in 1844.
*  their son #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916), married #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977), married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
*  their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                      Maria --?-- [1-2]    
*   Alternate Name:     Anna Maria Mayer Abel[3]    
*   Alternate Name:     Mary Tedrick[4]  
*   Alternate Name:     Maria Abel[5]    

*  Sex:                          Female  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                        about 1693, Germany[2]    

*  Distribution:             husband's will proved, 9 April 1751 (about age 58), Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[5]    
*  Probate:                    will written, 10 January 1771 (about age 78), Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[4]    

*  Death:                      12 March 1771 (about age 78), Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[3]    
*  Burial:                      after 12 March 1771 (after about age 78), Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[3]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:             Andreas Abel (1690-1751)    
*  Marriage 1:          about 1713 (about age 23), Germany[2]    

*  Child 1:               Mathias Abel (1715-1783)    
*  Child 2:               Andreas Abel (1717-1782)    
*  Child 3:               Michel Abel (1719-1791)    
*  Child 4:               Paul Abel (1731-1773)  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

The information on this family was obtained from the book Early Germans of New Jersey by Chambers[1], and the book The Able Aubles by Juanita Hayter Crampton[2].

Maria --?-- was born in about 1693 in Germany, perhaps in Alsace-Lorraine[2].  Her birth date, birthplace, and parents are not known, although some researchers claim she is Maria Maier born in about 1703.

She married Andreas Abel (1690-1751) in about 1713 in Germany[2].  

The Andreas Abel family left the port of Portsmouth, England on 22 June 1728 bound for America on the ship Albany, master Lazarus Oxman from Rotterdam.  This ship landed in Philadelphia on 4 September 1728[2].  They settled in Fox Hill in what is now Morris County, New Jersey.

They had four children, with the first three born in Germany, and the last in New Jersey[2].  They are:

*  Mathias Abel (1715-1783), married about 1750 Margaret --?-- (1729-????).
*  Andreas Abel (1717-1782), married about 1740 Hanna --?-- (1720-1783).
*  Michel Abel  (1719-1791), married about 1755 Christina --?-- (1730-1804).
*  Paul Abel (1731-1773), married Maria Magdalena "Leany" --?-- (1735-1800)

Andreas Abel died on 9 April 1751 in Roxbury, New Jersey(AA).  He left a will written in German, dated 28 February 1750[2,5]

He bequeathed to his wife, Maria (the English translation is, in part):

"My two sons, Michael and Paul shall maintain my wife, Mary (Maria).  My son Paul shall have my small chest and the wagon and the new saddle and one bea hive and one pewter quart.  And my wife shall live in my house, shall keep her own fowls and they shall find my wife victuals and drink and if they plant, maintain her well.  Shall each of my two sons give her yearly ten bushels of wheat and one fat hog, and shall carry the wheat to the mill for her to be ground when she wants it.  They shall bring the firewood to the house and they shall keep two cows and one horse, winter and summer, feed them and keep them.  

"I give to my wife, Mary (Maria), sixty acres of land by a line joining Court Casper downwards, for a help for her if she should want. My wife shall have two pewter basins and a small pewter basin and two pewter plets, two spoons and one cow.  She shall have her choice out of the flock and one heifer, one mare and a mare called Afso.  She shall have half the orchard or half the apples and two bea hives and her saddle and the great chest, the painted tankard, one iron pot, a copper kettle of one biggest and a little iron pot and she and Paul shall have light sheep and the big iron kettle together."

Maria (--?--) Abel, likely married, secondly, a man with the last name of Tedrick.  On January 10, 1771, Mary Tedrick of Roxburry township, Morris County, wrote her will, and the abstract of the will is as follows[4]:

"To eldest son, Matthias Auble, 20 shillings.  To son, Paul Auble, 10 pounds.  Sons Michael Auble and Andreas Auble, 60 acres of land where I live.  To Samuel Drake's wife, my best cow and the bell she has on, with a strap, for attending me while sick, and I give Samuel four bushels of wheat and three of buckwheat for the favor he has done me. Son, Michael Auble's daughters, Caty and Eve, each a pewter basin. The rest of my estate I give to my grandchildren."

This will finds Mary with the same 60 acres that was left to her by her husband, Andreas Able and also mentions their four sons(AA).

Mary (--?--) (Abel) Tedrick died in March, 1771[3].  She is probably buried on the Davenport Tract in Roxbury, New Jersey, the site of their farm and near the Union Reformed Church in Fox Hill[2].


1. Theodore Frelinghuysen Chambers, The Early Germans of New Jersey: their history, churches, and genealogies (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1982), page 227, Andreas Abel sketch.

2. Juanita Hayter Crampton, The Able Aubles (Utica, Kentucky: Mcdowell Publications, 1987), pages 1-5, Andreas Able sketch; digital image, FamilySearch Books (

3. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Oldwick, N.J., Anna Maria Mayer Abel memorial #27040729.

4. A. Van Doren Honeyman, editor, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey:: First Series -- Volume XXXIV: Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, etc., Volume V -- 1771-1780 (Somerville, N.J.: The Unionist Gazette Association, Printers, 1928), page 517, Mary Tedrick will abstract; digital images, (

5.  A. Van Doren Honeyman (editor), Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, First Series, Vol. XXXII; Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, etc. Volume IV, 1751-1760 (Somerville, N.J. : Unionist-Gazette Association, Printers, 1928), page 5, Andres Abel will abstract; digital images, (


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2019 to 312 Ancestors in 312 Weeks.

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