Abraham Batcheller
5-Jun-1722, MA

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ABRAHAM BATCHELLER, born 5-Jun-1722 in Wenham, MA;
son of David BATCHELLOR born 1673 & Susanna WHIPPLE born ____;
died 31-Jan-1813 in Sutton, MA.

"Capt. Abraham was born on the old homestead in Wenham, Mass.  He removed to Westboro, was married and then moved to Sutton soon after the time of his marriage and purchased 1,000 acres of land at one shilling per acre.  He was a cooper by trade.  Their eight children grew up in that town and the sons received an equal share in the estate at their majority.

"Capt. Abraham was a man of not only indomitable courage and perseverance, but very eccentric.  It is related of him instead of cutting out the underbrush to give himself a clear track to any part of the large tract which he desired to visit, he was accustomed to start his three yoke of oxen on a "bee line" for the desired locality and crush through all obstructions.  His children received a cup of tea once a week only, and that upon Sunday morning.

"In later years he erected the house in which he died and of which an illustration is given as it appears, in the History of Sutton.  This volume refers to the Batchellers as "a race of large strong men and were good citizens." He is referred to in the records as Capt. Abraham.  In 1763 he was selectman as "Abraham Batcheller," in 1764 he held the same office and was called "Ensign Abraham," as he was in 1765 and 1766.  In the year 1773 as a member of the selectmen he was called "Lieut. Abraham," and the same in 1782.

"Benj. Batcheller, adm. on the estate of Capt. Abraham Batcheller, late of Sutton, April 5, 1814, wife [of Benj.] Elizabeth, daughters Vashty Chase and Sally Caldwell, and son Abner Batcheller is also mentioned in the will on file in the Worcester probate office."


Married 15-May-1751 to Sarah NEWTON;
born ____ in Westboro, MA;
daughter of _____ NEWTON & _____;
died ____.

Children of Abraham & Sarah:

  1. Abraham Batcheller, born 26-Mar-1752; married Rebecca DWIGHT;
  2. RedBullet Abner Batcheller, born 1-Sep-1755;
  3. Vashti Batcheller, born 31-Jan-1757;
    married 17-Dec-1778 to Nehemiah CHASE of Sutton, MA;
  4. Joseph Batcheller, born 1-Nov-1759;
  5. Benjamin Batcheller, born 7-Nov-1762; married Betsey CARROLL;
  6. Ezra Batcheller, born 20-Jul-1764;
    married (1) Mary DAY; married (2) Mrs. Ann MAYO;
  7. Sarah Batcheller, born 16-Nov-1766;
    married 13-Aug-1789 to Benjamin CALDWELL;
  8. Amos Batcheller, born 12-Oct-1768; married Abigail HALL;

Sources:

  • Family history information collected from living relatives;
  • "Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy", Frederick Clifton Pierce, 1898,
    Chicago, IL: pgs 378-379, #65;

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[This page last updated 27-Apr-2011]

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