Person:Anthony Annable (1)

Anthony Annable
b.Abt 1595 England
  1. Anthony AnnableAbt 1595 - 1674
  • HAnthony AnnableAbt 1595 - 1674
  • WJane MoumfordBef 1599 - 1643
m. 26 Apr 1619
  1. Sarah AnnableEst 1621 - 1674
  2. Hannah AnnableAft 1623 -
  3. Susanna AnnableEst 1630 -
  4. Unknown AnnableAbt 1635 - 1635
  5. Deborah Annable1637 -
  • HAnthony AnnableAbt 1595 - 1674
  • WAnn ElcockAft 1607 - Aft 1678
m. 3 Mar 1644
  1. Samuel AnnableAbt 1645/46 - 1678
  2. Esek Annable1649 -
  3. Desire Annable1653 - 1706
Facts and Events
Name Anthony Annable
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 1595 EnglandBased on date of marriage.
Marriage 26 Apr 1619 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, EnglandAll Saints
to Jane Moumford
Residence[1] 1623 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Immigration[1] Jul 1623 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United StatesOn Anne.
Residence[1] 1633 Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Residence[1] 1639 Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 3 Mar 1644 Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United Statesto Ann Elcock
Alt Marriage Mar 1645 Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United Statesto Ann Elcock
Alt Marriage 1 Mar 1645 Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United Statesto Ann Elcock
Will[1] 24 Feb 1672
Will[1] 23 Apr 1674 Codicil.
Death[1] Bet 23 Apr 1674 and 4 Jun 1674 Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United StatesBetween date of codicil and date of probate.
Probate[1] 4 Jun 1674


Early life in England and first marriage, 1593-1623

Anthony Annable was born about 1595 in England [1]. He was the son of William Annable. The 1967 family history asserts that Anthony Annable was christened on 28 September 1606 at Parish Church of Chatteris, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, England, but the association of that baptism record (whatever it's source) with this Anthony Annable is disputed in more recent sources.[11]

Anthony was educated before 1623 in England. While there is no "... direct evidence of education or literacy, ... his inclusion on the 1636 and 1645 committees to reform the laws, given the nature of the task and the known educational level of the other members of the committees, speaks of a well-educated man. Inventory included books valued at 15s"[1]).

Anthony married first, Jane Moumford on 26 April 1619[1][3][18] at All Saints Church, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. Jane was of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, at time of marriage.

His first child, daughter Sarah, was born in 1621 in England.

Anthony Anable, of Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, New England, in 1623 was attributed with having a Coat of Arms. The blazon is described as: Argent, two bars engrailed gules, the crest is described as being: A stag at gaze ppr.. This blazon is further found under the name of "Annabell" and variant spellings.[12]

Emigration on the Anne

He and his wife Jane emigrated from England, to Plymouth, New England, on the ship "Anne," which arrived in Plymouth about 10 Jul 1623.[16]

Plymouth Colony, 1623-1632

Anthony Anable received a Land Grant of four acres in the Plymouth Land Division of 1623, one for each member of his household at that time ("In the 1623 Plymouth Land Division, "Anthony Anable" was granted 4 acres "on the other side of town towards Eel River..."[1] [6]).

Anthony Annable and Jane Momford were in the eighth company during the Division of Cattle, which included Anthony, Jane, Sarah, and Hannah Anable in 1627 at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, New England. In the early records of Plymouth Colony, Anthony Annable is occasionally referred to as "goodman Annable". "Goodman" was the prefix of those who had not attained to any dignity. Their wives were addressed as "Goodwife". Mister or Master was the title of dignity, awarded to magistrates, ministers, doctors, etc. and their wives were called "Mistress". Military titles were the most highly prized, except of course by the Quakers who did not believe in war to settle disputes. These title were rigidly enforced in early colonial times and were one of the reasons the early Quakers were ostracized for these early Quakers refused to use or acknowledge such titles.

Anthony Annable sold his dwelling house, garden plot, fence, and "all the privilidges thereunto belonging" for 15 pounds to Daniel Ray on 9 June 1630 at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, New England.

Scituate, 1632-1637

Anthony Annable and Jane Momford removed to Scituate in 1632. Anthony Annable was taxed 18 shillings on 25 March 1633 an 9 shillings on 27 March 1634 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA. He was appointed on 1 January 1633/34, 1 January 1634/35 and 4 June 1639 at Scituate to the office of Constable for the "Ward of Scituate." He built a "small pallizadoe house" before 1 October 1634 at Scituate. He was a member of a committee on "the trade" on 1 October 1634 at Plymouth. He and Jane Momford were founding members of the Scituate Church being numbered 4 & 5 on 8 January 1634/35. "'Goodman Anniball and his wife" were #4 and #5 among the founding members of the Scituate church on 8 January 1634/5 [NEHGR 9:279]; they may well have been members of the Plymouth Church earlier. They stayed with Lathrop and his church when it moved to Barnstable."[1] He was a member of a committee to reform Colony Laws on 4 October 1636 at Plymouth and a jury member on 4 October 1636. He was on a list of freemen dated circa 1637, that was started and revised from time to time. On this list he appears in Scituate (where his name has been cancelled) and then under Barnstable circa 1637.[13] He was on a list of freemen dated 7 March 1636/37 in Plymouth Co., MA. He was a member of the Plymouth Petit Jury on 6 March 1637/38 at Plymouth.

Barnstable, after 1637

He and Jane lived at Barnstable, Barnstable Co., MA, New England, after 4 June 1639 [when he was assigned as Scituate Deputy to the Plymouth Court]. They removed to Barnstable when tensions developed among parishioners over t.

Anthony Annable sold "my dwelling house and out house and all my lands thereunto appertaining, viz: twenty-two acres, on the northeast side of the first herring brook, nine acres of marsh on the same side of the first herring brook, eighty acres of upland on the north side of the North River, and thirteen acres of marsh thereunto belonging." To Thomas Raulins on 29 September 1639 at Scituate (Anthony was of Barnstable and Thomas was of Scituate at the time of the sale [PCR 12:82-83][1]). Anthony was holding the office of Barnstable Deputy to the Plymouth General Court on 2 June 1640, 1 June 1641, 7 June 1642, 27 September 1642, 6 June 1643, 10 October 1643, 5 March 1643/44, 5 June 1644, and 20 August 1644, 28 October 1645, 1 June 1647, 4 June 1650, 5 June 1651, 7 June 1653, 3 June 1656, 3 June 1657. He was a member of the Plymouth Petit Jury on 1 March 1641/42 at Barnstable. Anthony appeared on a list of those able to bear arms in August 1643 in Plymouth and was of Barnstable. He was a member of a committee for the defense of Barnstable on 10 October 1643 at Barnstable.

Jane died in December 1643 and was buried on the 13th.

Second marriage, 1644/45

Anthony married second, Anne Clark on 3 March 1644/45 at Barnstable, Barnstable Co., MA, New England, in a double wedding with his daughter Hannah, who married Thomas Bourman/Bowerman [17].

Anthony Annable was a member of a committee to reform Colony laws on 4 June 1645 at Plymouth. He was a member of a committee on taxes on 2 June 1646 at Barnstable. He was a member of a committee "that served at this court" on 3 June 1656 at Plymouth ("records Anthony Annable being a Constable of Barnstable. On examination of the record cited, it is revealed that Abraham Blush was the Constable for Barnstable. Anthony is listed in the record as being on "the comittees that serued att this Court and the Adjournment thereof" [PCR 3:99][1].

Anthony was a member of Coroner's Inquest examining the death of Simon Davis, the child of Nicholas Davis on 15 March 1657/58 at Plymouth.[14] He and Thomas Bowerman were authorized by the Plymouth Colony Court to purchase lands, along with Mr John Howland, Isacke Robinson, Capt. Nathaniel Thomas, Samuel Fuller, Abraham Pierse, and Peter Blossom. On 4 June 1661 at "Saconesset", Falmouth, Barnstable Co., MA.

Anthony Annable received a Land Grant in behalf of his daughter Hannah, as a first born child of the Government on 3 June 1662 at Barnstable.[15] He was appointed on 1 June 1663 at Barnstable by the court to administrate the estate of Thomas Bowerman, along with William Crocker. He was a member of Coroner's Inquest investigating the death of "Isacke Robinson, Junir" on 22 October 1668 at Barnstable.

Anthony Annable received a Land Grant from the Plymouth Colony Court on 1 June 1669 at Teticut, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., MA, New England [PCR 5:20][8][1]. Upon examination of the record, it is found that the court made a memorand in the record "that Anthony Annible be remembred with accomodation of land." The actual grant of land and location did not occur until a month later, on 5 Jul 1669, at Teticut, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., MA, New England. "Teticut" is that area of land roughly located on the Taunton River, bordering present day Bridgewater and Middleboro, in Plymouth County, MA. "The Court haue granted vnto Anthonie Annible a competent accomodation of land, where Mr John Howland, John Chipman, and Jonathan Sparrow are graunted land lying on Taunton River neare Teticutt, in the purchase of land that Capt Willett purchased for the countrey if it may be had there ; if not, elsewher, if it may be found within this jurisdiction" [PCR 5:20].[8]

Will and death, 1672-1674

He left a will dated 24 February 1672 at Barnstable. He wrote a codicil to his will on 23 April 1674 at Barnstable. He died between 23 April 1674 and 4 June 1674 when his estate was probated at Barnstable.

The estate inventory of Anthony Annable was presented before before the court on 18 June 1674 at Barnstable, Barnstable Co., MA, New England, and was valued at £100, 9s, 6d, with no real estate included.

Will of Anthony Annable

I, Anthony Annible, this 24th day of February one thousand six hundred seaventy and two, being weake of body but in some good measure disposed in mind and memory, doe judge it my duty to sett my affaires in order, not knowing how soone my change shalbe, and my body, when I shall depart this life, to decent buriall according to the descretion of my Executor whom I shall heerafter name in this my Last Will and Testamen

First of all, my will is that all my just debts be payed out of my estate according to right and good consiente, as it ought, and for the remainder of my estate I doe will and dispose as followeth: Imprimis, I doe give unto my loveing wife, Ann Annible, my now dwelling house and housing, and all the lands which lyeth between that land which I have formerly given to my sonne, Samuell Annible, and Goodman [Abraham] Blushe's land, as alsoe all the comodities and proffetts of the same as alsoe the one halfe of all my meadow, and alsoe the one halfe of all my Great Lott, All those foremensioned particulars, given to my foremensioned wife, my will is that shee shall have to her owne disposing dureing her life, and further I doe give to my abovemensioned wife all my neat cattle and all my horseflesh, as alsoe all my moveable estate whatsoever, both within my house and upon my land without, and this shalbe att my wife's disposeing.

What houshold stuffe shalbe left att my wife's decease, shalbe my daughter, Desire Annibles. Alsoe. I doe give unto my daughters, each of them, twelve pence a peece.

Alsoe I doe constitute and appoint my loveing wife, Ann Annible, to be my whole and sole Executrix, to performe whatsoever ought to be done by an Executor, according to this my Last Will and Testament, and to doe all other actions concerning this my La

Will according as the law hath provided. All these abovemensioned promises, doe I, the abovesaid Anthony Annible, declare to be my Last Will and Testament as witnes my hand and seale this day and yeare above written Anthony Annible (Mark & Seal)

Signed and sealed in the presence of John Smith William Throrpe Plymouth PR III(1), f, 101.

CODICIL to WIll of Anthony Annable

I, Anthony Annible, upon further consideration doe order this Codicel following to be taken as parte of this my Last Will and Testament, viz: It is my will that after my wife's decease, my son, Samuell, shall have and injoy the whole of my housing and lands to him, arid his heires and assignes for ever, only my will is that hee shall pay to my daughter, Desire Annible, thirty pounds: in currant merchantable pay within foure yeares, after my decease, to be payed yearly by equal portions thereof; the first payement to be made within a yeare after my decease. And my will is that shee, the said Desire, shall have the two cowes and two steers, a heiffer, a mare, a horse and coult which I have given her before to be hers, and that what my wife shall leave att her decease, of what I have before bequeathed her, shalbe equally devided between my son, Samuell, and daughter, Desire, excepting the houshold stuffe to be the said Desire's as abovesaid. In testimony wherof as to my Last Will and Testament, I have heerunto set my hand and seale this 23 of Aprill 1674 one thousand six hundred seaventy foure.

Anthony Annible (Mark & Seal)

In the presen

Thomas Hinckley, Assista John Chipman [Mr. Thomas Hinckley and Mr. John Chipman gave their oaths, 4 June 1674,] Plymouth PR III(1), f. 101.

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Anthony Annable, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995)

    ORIGIN: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.
    MIGRATION: 1623 on Anne
    CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Goodman Aniball and his wife" were #4 and #5 among the founding members of the Scituate church on 8 January 1634/5 [NEHGR 9:279]; they may well have been members of the Plymouth church earlier. They stayed with Lathrop and his church when it moved to Barnstable.
    FREEMANSHIP: In "1633" Plymouth list of freemen, before those admitted 1 January 1632/3 [PCR 1:3]; also in list dated 7 March 1636/7 [PCR 1:52]. In another list of freemen, which was begun about 1637 and revised from time to time, Anthony Annable is shown under Scituate (where his nme has been cancelled) and under Barnstable [PCR 8:175, 77]; in lis of 29 May 1670 [PCR 5:277]
    Death: "Barnstable between 23 April 1674 (codicil to will) and 4 June 1674 (probate of will)."

    These source citations were listed in the original notes without connection to specific bits of text or other information. Those that are obvious were incorporated into the footnotes.

  2.   Bowerman, A. L. (Ann Louis). A Bowerman family history: some of Barnstable, descendants of Thomas Boreman (c. 1623-1663) New Plymouth Colony with allied families - Bowman, Clifton, Gifford, Hoag & Wing. (Baltimore [Maryland]: Gateway Press, c1998)
    pp. 11,14, 15.

    citing GMB 1:48... "Goodman Annable had four acres alotted to him in Plymouth in the division of lands in 1623, to those who "came over in the Anne"... "At the division of the cattle in 1627, there were still only four in Goodman Annable's family, including the two daughters, Sarah and Hannah."

  3. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society)

    "Annable - In the register of marriages at All Saint's, Cambridge (Phillemore's Cambridgeshire Parish Registers: Marriages, vol. 4, p.9), occurs that of 'Anthony Annable and Jane Moumford [Momford] 26 Ap. 1619. ... Henry Vickers and Elizabeth Annable were married the 9 May following (p.10)".

  4.   Crozier, William Armstrong. Crozier's General Armory: a Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. (New York: The Genealogical Association, 1904)

    ANABLE Massachusetts. Anthony Anable, Plymouth, 1623. Argent, two bars engrailed gules. CREST-A stag at gaze ppr.

  5.   Banks, Charles Edward. The Planters of the Commonwealth: a study of the emigrants and emigration in colonial times, to which are added lists of passengers to Boston and to the Bay Colony, the ships which brought them, their English homes, and the places of their settlement in Massachusetts, 1620-1640. (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1930)
    pp. 52-53.

    "ANNE, William Pierce, Master. She arrived at Plymouth about July 10 [1623] and 'brought 60 persons for the Generall.' [citing Bradford: History of Plimouth Plantation, 1:314]."; Anthony Annable, of All Saints, Cambridge, County Cambridge, is listed amongst the passengers with Mrs. Jane Annable, and two children,listed simply as ... Annable."

  6. Pulsifer, David (editor), and Nathaniel B. (editor) Shurtleff. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England. (Boston, MA: William White, 1855-1861)
    Vol. XII pp. 6, 17-18.

    "June ye .9. 1630 - Anthony Anable sould to Danell Ray, his dwelling house, & garding plote, & fence, with all ye priuileges ther vnto belonging for ye sum of .15#. aterling. ye which being paid, he is to haue & Injoy ye same for him & his heirs for ouer. as apperd by a writing presented vnto vs confirmed vnder ye hand of ye said Anthony Anable. werevnto was witnes... Josua Pratt.

  7.   Pulsifer, David (editor), and Nathaniel B. (editor) Shurtleff. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England. (Boston, MA: William White, 1855-1861)
    Vol. III pp. 99, 115, 146, 216-17.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Pulsifer, David (editor), and Nathaniel B. (editor) Shurtleff. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England. (Boston, MA: William White, 1855-1861)
    V: 7, 20, 24.
  9.   Stratton, Eugene Aubrey. Plymouth Colony, Its History & People 1620 - 1691. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 1986)
    p. 235-36.
  10., in Descendants of Thomas Bowerman and Hannah (Annable) Bowerman.

    NOTE: As of 13 September 2011, this site is no longer available on the Internet. When it was taken down is not known.

  11. Anable, Anthony. The Anable family in America 1623-1967: the story of a pilgrim father, Anthony Annable, 1599-1764, of Plymouth plantation, and his descendants for eleven generations. (Stamford, Connecticut: Demarest Associate Services, Inc., 1967).

    Great Migration does not identify Anthony's specific origins or parents, and notes, "The most recent treatment of this immigrant and his descendants, The Anable Family in America: 1623-1967, authored by Anthony Anable and published in 1967, is inadequately documented and makes unsubstantiated claims about the English origin of the immigrant."

  12. Burke, Bernard. The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time. (London: Burke's Peerage, 19--?)
    p 19.

    "Annabell, or Annables, Ar. two bars engr. gu. CREST-- A stag at gaze ppr"

  13. Pulsifer, David (editor), and Nathaniel B. (editor) Shurtleff. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England. (Boston, MA: William White, 1855-1861)

    This list was begun circa 1633 and was revised and updated from time to time. Anthony Annable is first listed on pg. 177, under Scituate, and again on pg. 177 under Barnstable. This list is not dated, other than the year 1633 being assigned to the list of Colony Assistants at the beginning of the list. The next recorded date is 1657.

  14. Pulsifer, David (editor), and Nathaniel B. (editor) Shurtleff. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England. (Boston, MA: William White, 1855-1861)

    "Wee, whose names are vunderwritten, being appointed to view the corpes of Simon Dauis, of Barnstable, late deceased, being a child about 2 yeares old, the son of Nicholas Dauis, of Barnstable, declare, according to our best vnderstanding, how hee came by his death, doe find as followeth : that the corpes was taken out of the water in the creeke dead ; wee find alsoe that the necke of the said Simon Dauis was misplaced, but wee can not find that there was any violence offered to him that might bee the cause of his death ; it being the 18th day of Febrewary when the corpes was taken vp."

  15. Pulsifer, David (editor), and Nathaniel B. (editor) Shurtleff. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, in New England. (Boston, MA: William White, 1855-1861)

    "[3 June 1662] 'In reference to a petition prefered to the Court by sundry of the freemen, and in reference unto a graunt made to some to looke out accomodations of land, as being the first borne children of this goument, and for the disposing of two seuerall tracts of land lately purchased, the one by Major Winslow and the other by Captaine Southworth, the Court, haueing viewed the seuerall lists of the names of those that desired to bee accomodated therin, haue settled it vpon those whose names follow: -

    Mr Prence, Anthony Anible, for his daughter, Mr Bradford, Hannah Burman, Major Winslow, Francis Sprague, Mr Aldin, Gorg Soule, Willam Mullins, Nathaniell Warren, Mr Brewster, Samuell Fuller, Junir of Plymouth, Mr Howland, Andrew Binge, Francis Cooke, Francis Billington, Leiftenant Fuller, Moses Simonson, Leiftenant White, Resolued White, Wiliam Pontus, Wiliam Bassett, Steuen Dean, Edward Bumpas, Phillip Delanoy, Samuell Eedey, Mr John Winslow, Willam Hoskins, John Adams, Gorg Partrich, Peter Browne, Willam Nelson, by right of his wife. John Shaw,

    Edward Gray to haue a double share, to bee layed forth together.

    It is ordered by the Court, that those to whom these lands were disposed shall come to a deuision therof within two monthes after the date heerof, and satisfy all disbursments for the purchase therof, both to the major, Edward Gray, or any others; and incase they shall not come to a deuision within two monthes as abouesaid, that then Edward Gray may sett his house in any place within the said tract, and that thervnto bee shall haue a double portion layed out to him, and to haue libertie likewise to mow any x x x .."

  16. It should be noted here that because of this early research error, Hannah, the daughter of Anthony, is often recorded as being born in England. Later evidences, naming her as a first-born child of Plymouth, have disproven this.
  17. Some sources, including Pope and Savage [NEHGR 9:315,317; Pope 19; Savage 1:59,4:674] assign a third and even a fourth wife to Anthony Annable. Amos Otis [GNBF] was of the belief that Ann Elcock/Clark's surname was difficult to read in the original document and was simply transcribed inaccurately by some, thus accounting for the discrepancies. Otis also believed that some published records were actually confusing the family of Abraham Blish/Blush and Annable. According to GMB 1:49-50, Anthony only had two wives.
  18. The marriage date is cited incorrectly in the Bowerman Family History.
The Anne and The Little James (1623)
The Anne and the Little James left England together, and arrived a week or so apart in Plymouth. Most of the passengers were probably on the Anne, as the Little James was smaller and carried mostly cargo.
Sailed: May(?) 1623 from an unspecified port in England under William Peirce (Master Anne), Emanuel Althan (Captain Little James), and John Bridges (Master Little James).
Arrived: 10 July 1623 (the Anne) and about 10 days later (the Little James) at Plymouth, Massachusetts
Previous Vessel: Weston's ships (Swan, Charity, Sparrow) (1622)
Next Vessel: Jonathan (1623)

~60 (Full List)
Families of earlier immigrants: Patience and Fear Brewster - Elizabeth (Walker) Warren and daughters - Hester (Mathieu) Cooke and her children - Bridget (Lee) Fuller - Margaret Hicks and her children - Wife and daughter of William Hilton - Frances Palmer - Joshua Pratt - Barbara Standish
Other Passengers: Anthony Annable (and family) - Edward Bangs - Robert Bartlett - Mary Bucket - William Bridges - Thomas Clark - Christopher Conant - Anthony Dix - John Faunce - George Morton (and family) - Godbert Godbertson (and family) - Timothy Hatherly - Edward Holman - John Jenney (and family) - Manasseh Kempton - Experience Mitchell - George Morton (and family) - Ellen Newton - Oldham, John, his wife and sister - Christian Penn - Abraham Pierce - Nicholas Snow - Alice (Carpenter) Southworth - Francis Sprague - Stephen Tracy, wife, and daughter - Ralph Wallen

Resources: Primary Sources: Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation - Mourt's Relation - Pilgrim Hall (wills and other contemporary documents)