Abigail Andrews1

#10471, (1646/47 - 25 November 1723)
Relationship7th great-grandaunt of William David Lewis
Father*Henry Andrews1 (s 1605 - 1653)
Mother*Mary Williams1 (c 1610 - b 1655)
Her married name was Wadsworth.2 
Birth*1646/47She was born in 1646/47 at Taunton, Massachusetts.1 
13 March 1652In Henry Andrews's will dated 13 March 1652 at Plymouth Colony, Abigail Andrews was named as an heir, an equal share with her sister Sarah of £130 and " 'a certaine peece of land called the necke of land.3
14 February 1653/54In Mary Williams's will dated 14 February 1653/54, Abigail Andrews was named as an heir.4,5 
Marriage*between 25 July 1667 and 4 August 1667She married Dea. John Wadsworth, son of Christopher Wadsworth and Grace Cole, between 25 July 1667 and 4 August 1667.2 
Death*25 November 1723She died on 25 November 1723 at Duxbury, Massachusetts.1 


  1. [S974] Almon D. Hodges, "Henry Andrews of Taunton and the Calves Pasture", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 52 (Jan. 1898): "d. 'midnight betwixt 24 and 25 Nov. 1723'", age 76.
  2. [S974] Almon D. Hodges, "Henry Andrews of Taunton."
  3. [S975] Josiah H. Drummond, "Henry Andrews of Taunton", with a supplement by Almon D. Hodges Jr., New England Historical and Genealogical Register 51–52 (Oct. 1897, Jan 1898): 51:454. "According to the Plymouth record (printed), his will was dated March 13, 1652, and the inventory of his estate returned February 10, 1652; which of these dates is erroneous, I have not been able to determine." This discrepancy is explained in an afterword 52:19-20:
    Will of Henry Andrews, the elder, of Taunton. dated "March 13 Ano Dom 1652." Inventory taken '"the tenth day of ffebruary Anno Dom. 1652." Both will and inventory “exhibited at the Court holden att Plym: aforesaid the first of June 1653.” The apparent discrepancy of these dates disappears when they are read according to the common custom at Taunton and elsewhere, about this period, of beginning to date the new year on March first, instead of the legal twenty-fifth. The above will was dated March 13. 1651. O.S. or March 23, 1652, N.S.; and the inventory was taken Feb. 10, 1652, 0.S. or Feb. 20, 1653, N.S. The will makes wife Mary sole executrix and residuary legatee, with use during life or or widowhood of nearly all the real estate; gives to daughter Mary Hedges [Hodges, as abundantly proved], wife of William Hedges, a house and land with reversionary interest to her son John Hedges, who is to have also a silver cup; to daughters Sarah and Abigail, 130 pounds money to be equally divided between them, and also “a certaine peece of land called the necks of land” in equal shares; to son Henry, the residue of the real estate, with his longest fowling piece, best suit of apparel and best coat; to Rev. Mr. Streete of Taunton, five pounds; and to Elizabeth Harvey, one of the poor of the church, a cow for her children. [Plym. Col. Wills, i: part 1: 116, 117.]
  4. [S978] Justin Winsor, "Abstracts of the Earliest Wills in the Probate Office, Plymouth", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 5 (Apr. 1851): 261, Mary Andrews "Abigail Andrewstates in her will, that she is aged 43 years. Disposes of her estate left her by her deceased husband, Mr. Henry Andrews," to son Henry, daus. Abigail and Mary, "little daughter" Sarah, son-in law "Wm Hedge." Signed 14 Feb. 1653.
  5. [S975] Josiah H. Drummond, "Henry Andrews of Taunton", 52:20.
    Will of Mary Andrews of Taunton, “widdow of the age of ffourty and three, made . . . Febrewary 14"‘ 1653 And Testi?ed by her unto the writer hereof Aprill the Seaventh 1654 ;” proved “the 15"‘ of March 1654. To “my two little
    daughters Sarah Andrews
    and Abigaill Andrews,” certain articles with reversionary interest “unto the ?rst son that god gives unto my son Henery Andrews, but if the lord give him noe son . . . . I then doe give unto his daughter Anne now living” a brass pot and a brass pan. To daughter Mary Hodgis and to son-in-law William Hodgis. Son Henry Andrews, residuary legatee. [Plym. Col. Wills, ii: 5.]