Abiah did survey work for Sarah Reape.
I was told by a cuz of mine that Abiah Edwards
built his ship and sailed from Wales.
I found that hard to believe.
He was a shipwright by profession as evidenced
by his son Jonathan Edwards who publishes his intentions to marry Isabel Lewis, and Jonathan identifies him as such. Interesting that he is not mentioned on the quaker records at all. I think personally that he was buried at Christ Church as he was friends with the Webley's early on.
I don't have any information past Jonathan and Isabel.
Jean has been searching. Somehow I still feel after all these years the key is on a ancient passenger list somewhere in either the Netherlands or wALES.
Or the record is on some musty shelf waiting to be revealed.
My uncle Jimmy says he was a tobacco farmer up in Connecticut.
Shipwrights did go to Holland and then emigrate from there. It could be possible his origins could be tracked there.
Notice that he is in the Shrewsbury area as early as July 24, 1684 and is a executor on a will proved July 24, 1684 which I had never seen until now.
It lists the following:
Calender of NJ wills Volume 2, 1730-1750, part 2 appendix "will of. Wife, Mary, children Clemens, Poolemah, Mary, Cobas Vogden. The wife Joseph Parker and Abiah Edwards, Executors, and the last two witnesses. Probed July 24, 1684.
(Check ancestrys free new jersey wills until Jul 9th).
So if mny 8 gg father is a executor to this will, and I would sure like to see the copy of this will, he had to be in New Jersey early on. The dutch connection intrigues me.
Ao the search goes on.
Have a good day folks, been not feeling too well. Fibromygalia-recently diagnosed and sewing up a wedding dress for a adopted daughter of my church has kept me busy.