Person:Abigail Ballard (1)

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m. bef 1640
  1. Ensign Joseph Ballardest 1640 - 1722
  2. William BallardAbt 1648 -
  3. Sarah Ballardest 1648 - 1733
  4. Elizabeth BallardAbt 1650 - 1689
  5. John Ballard1653 - 1715
  6. Hannah Ballard1655 - bef 1700
  7. Lydia Ballard1657 - Aft 1693
  8. Abigail BallardAbt 1659 - 1726
  9. Mary Ann Ballardabt 1660 - 1703
  • HSamuel Wheat1640 - Bef 1714
  • WAbigail BallardAbt 1659 - 1726
m. 7 Apr 1703
  • HBoaz Brown1641/42 - 1724
  • WAbigail BallardAbt 1659 - 1726
m. 10 Sep 1716
Facts and Events
Name Abigail Ballard
Gender Female
Birth? Abt 1659 Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 7 Apr 1703 Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Statesto Samuel Wheat
Marriage 10 Sep 1716 Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Statesto Boaz Brown
Will[1] 12 Jan 1724/25 Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death[1][2] 20 Jul 1726 Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Probate[1] 5 Sep 1726


Concord records have caused some people to misidentify Abigail as Abigail (Waite) Baker. But there is conclusive evidence that she is, indeed, Abigail Ballard.

Concord records quoted:

  • p. 60: Sam'll Wheat & Abegail Baker both of Concord were maryed April ye 7th 1703
  • p. 89: Boaz Brown and Abegail Wheat both of Concord was married by Justice minott September ye 10th day: 1716

Abigail Ballard was unmarried at the time of her father's estate distribution in 1691, but old enough to sign her own name[3].

Middlesex Probate File 2931: Will of "Abigail Brown of the Town of Concord ... formerly wife to Samuel Wheat late of Concord Deceased and now Relict widow to Boaz Brown of Concord Deceased", dated 12 Jan 1724/5, probated 5 Sep 1726, mentions her sisters Sarah Holt, Lydia Butterfield, Mary Butterfield, Hannah Spaulding, Elizabeth Blunt and brother John Ballard, which connects her with the Abigail Ballard who, along with her brother and the husbands of those same sisters, signed that estate distribution.[1]

It is possible there is an unknown marriage to a Mr. Baker prior to the 1703 marriage to Samuel Wheat, but no such husband has been found or was mentioned in the will, so no explanation of the Concord record other than error is currently available.

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Brown, Keith F. "The Wives of Boaz Brown, Sr., of Concord, Stow, and Dedham, Massachusetts", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 140:319.
  2. Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850. (Boston: Beacon Press, 1891), 110.

    Abigail Brown the Relict widow of mr Boaz Brown Died July ye 20th : 1726.

  3. Farlow, Charles Frederic. Ballard genealogy : William Ballard (1603-1639) of Lynn, Massachusetts and William Ballard (1617-1689) of Andover, Massachusetts and their descendants. (Boston, Mass.: Published by Charles H. Pope, 1911), 68.

    Children of William Ballard and Grace ----: 8) Abigail, unm. in 1689.
    [p. 66: she appears 28 Sep 1691 to acknowledge an agreement of the heirs of William Ballard signed (by mark) as Abigaile Balard.]