Today I'm beginning a new feature on this blog, "Surname Saturday". Most of your descendants know the surnames of their grandparents and even great grandparents, but not back much farther. Each week I am planning on introducing a different surname with this feature (which is suggested by geneabloggers) including some information about the ethnic origin of the name, the arrival in America and the connection with our family tree.
Starting at the beginning of the alphabet seemed easiest.... ABBOTT
My 6th great-grandfather on the Cone side was Philip ABBOTT born 03 April 1699 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts and died 17 April 1759 in Pomfret, Windam, Connecticut. He married Abigail Bickford 08 October 1723 in Andover. (The connections is, Cecily, daughter of Charles N. Cone, Jr.; son of Charles N. Cone; son of Frederick N. Cone; son of Eliza Utley; daughter of Philip Utley; son of Rufus Utley; son of Hannah Abbott, daughter of Phillip).
The ABBOTT surname is of English origin. Philip's great grandfather George Abbott was born about 14 June 1615 in Hertfordshire England. According to "Immigrants to America before 1750" edited by Frederick Virkus and available at www.ancestry.com, George Abbot immigrated to Massachusetts in 1647. Family members believe that the immigration was as early as 1643.
This photo of George and Hannah Abbot's headstone was posted by an anonymous record and is Find A Grave Memorial #8797002 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8797002 . They are buried in the South Church Cemetery in Andover. I believe the stone was added by family members in 1843. The stone reads, "George Abbott Born in England, was one of the first settlers of Andover A. D. 1643 Where in 1647 he married Hannah Chandler. He died Dec. 1681 age 66. She died June 1711 age 82. Their descendants in reverence for their moral worth and Christian values erected this monument A. D. 1843."
Next week ADAM,