Abigail Cushman

Female 1752 - 1811  (59 years)


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  • Name Abigail Cushman  [1, 2
    Born 1752  Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1811 
    Person ID I2364  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2020 

    Father Solomon Eaton Cushman,   b. 9 Sep 1717, Plympton, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1817  (Age 99 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ruth Holmes,   b. 22 Jun 1719, Scituate, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1765, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1740  MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1744  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Polley,   b. 1742, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1816, Canaan, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1771  Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Dennis Polly,   b. 20 Oct 1777, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1852, Russian Corners, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     2. Lemuel Polly,   b. 13 Nov 1771, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Eleazer Polly,   b. 25 Feb 1775, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1858, Stockbridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
     4. Daniel Polly,   b. 25 Aug 1779, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
     5. Soloman Polly,   b. 21 Jul 1786, Canaan, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Philena Polly,   b. 1788,   d. 1848  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
     7. Cushman Polly,   b. 13 Mar 1788  [natural]
     8. Sarah Polley,   b. 19 May 1773, Hebron, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1834  (Age 60 years)  [natural]
     9. Nancy Polley,   b. 29 May 1784, Canaan, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     10. Caroline Polley,   b. 13 May 1790, Canaan, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1863, Belleville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F279  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Name: Mayflower Families, Vol. Nine, Family of Francis Eaton
      Repository: No repository specified for this source
      Name: Mayflower Families, Vol. Nine, Family of Francis Eaton
      Author: Van Antwerp,Lee Douglas, MD, CG
      Publisher: Mayflower Society 1996
      Call Number:
      Notes: Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Descendants of the Pilgrims Who Landed at Plymouth, Mass December 1620, Volume Nine, Family of Francis Eaton, originally compiled by Lee Douglas Van Antwerp, MD, CG, revised by Robert S. Wakefield, FASG, Published by General Society of Mayflower Descendants 1996.

      - Research:
      Was Abigail Cushman, 1752-1811, who married William Polley, 1742-1816, the daughter of Solomon Eaton Cushman and Ruth Holmes?
      - CT Marriage Index, 1620-1926, has marriage of Abigail Cushman, to William Polly, on Jan. 17, 1771, at Hebron, Tolland, CT.
      ....
      The Polly Family of Berkshire County, MA, by Michael Polley, has:
      William1 POLLEY, born ?-___-1743, (son of Thomas POLLEY and Ann _____) died 28-Nov-1816 in Canaan, Columbia County, New York.Campaign of 1761 : William Polley enlisted 14 Apr 1761, discharged 4 Dec., service from Lebanon in 8th Co under Capt. Asel Fitch in 2d Reg. under Col. Nathan Whiting.
      National Archives, Rev. War. Military Record: William Polley appears on a pay roll of Captain Samuel Watkins Company of Militia of Col. McClaughry s Regiment, ordered into the service of the United States of America in October ye 14th, 1778, and returned the fifteenth pursuant to an order from Major Moses Philips to pinpack the day of their return, including both days, dated Nov. 26, 1778. Entered into service Oct. 14, 1778, returned home Oct. 15, 1778. Time in service, two days. Pay for month, œ2/13s/4d; pay due: œ0/3s/7«d. Rations due: 2.
      Records of Congregational Church, Canaan, NY: Pew #18 occupied by William Polley, 24 Jan 1803 Pew #18 occupied by Solomon Polley, 17 Feb 1817 Pew #22 occupied by Cushman Polley, 09 Mar 1818 Pew # 26 occupied by Cushman Polley, 1826
      Deaths: Mr. William Polley, suddenly, on 28 Nov 1816, age. 73. He married (1) 20-Mar-1765 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, Sarah MATTSON, born about 1745, died 14-Feb-1768 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut. He married (2) 17-Jan-1771 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, Abigail CUSHMAN, born about 1751, (daughter of William CUSHMAN and Sarah HOLOWAY) died about 1811.
      Children by Sarah MATTSON:
      2 i. Jerusha2 POLLEY, born 22-Jul-1765 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, died about 1826.
      3 ii. Abigail POLLEY, born 9-Aug-1766 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, died about 1827.
      Children by Abigail CUSHMAN:
      4 iii. Lemuel POLLEY, born 13-Nov-1771 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, died about 1832.He married 19-Jan-1797 in New Lebanon, Columbia County, New York, Mary CADWELL, born about 1776, died about 1836.
      5 iv. Sarah POLLEY, born 19-May-1773 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut,3 died about 1834.
      + 6 v. Eleazer POLLEY born 25-Feb-1775.
      + 7 vi. William Denis POLLEY born 20-Oct-1777.
      8 vii. Daniel POLLEY, born 25-Aug-1779 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut, baptized ?-___-1780 in Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, died about 1840.
      9 viii. Nancy POLLEY, born 29-May-1784 in Canaan, Columbia County, New York, died about 1845.Dismissed from Congregational Church of Canaan, New York to Lysander.
      + 10 ix. Soloman POLLEY born 21-Jul-1786.
      11 x. Phelina POLLEY, born ?-___-1788 in Canaan, Columbia County, New York, died about 1848.She married 27-Oct-1816 in Canaan, Columbia County, New York,3 Judah WEST, born about 1783, died about 1843.
      + 12 xi. Cushman POLLEY born 13-Mar-1788.
      + 13 xii. Caroline POLLEY born 13-May-1790.
      ...........
      In 2008, I wrote Michael as follows:
      Hi Michael:
      I read with great interest your reply in 2008 to Ramona at the Polly Family Gen. Forum.
      You have William Polley's second wife Abigail Cushman, as the daughter of William Cushman and Sarah Holoway. I'm a direct descendant of their son William Dennis Polley.
      I have done no original research on William's ancestors and have relied entirely on the Internet, where I seem to find two possibilities for Abigail, that either she is the daughter of William and Sarah, or, that she is the daughter of Solomon Cushman and Abigail Holmes Bourne. I wonder if you can elaborate on why you believe the parents are William and Sarah.
      According to what I've found, William Polley married Abigail Cushman Jan. 17, 1771 at Hebron. The Connecticut Town Marriage Records (Barbour Collection) state: CUSHMAN, Abigail, m. William POLLEY, b. of Hebron, Jan. 17, 1771. I take it "b" means "both" of Hebron. But it appears that Abigail, daughter of William and Sarah, was born at Plympton, not Hebron.
      The case for Abigail being the daughter of Solomon and Abigail Holmes Bourne is tenuous. Solomon is the son of Benjamin Cushman (b. March 1, 1690, Plymouth, Mass) and Sarah Eaton (b. Oct. 20, 1695.) Abigail Holmes is the daughter of John Holmes (b. May 28, 1678, Duxbury, Mass) and Susanna Randall (b. Nov. 15, 1687, Scituate, Mass.)
      After the marriage of Solomon Cushman and Abigail Holmes, they resided at Grandy or Simsbury, Conn., thus placing them in the state, and reportedly had three children. Two of them are Jerusha, b. 1756, and Eleazur, b. 1758. From what I can find, Eleazur was born at Hebron, Conn. So it's likely the third child was as well, and that she might be Abigail. I can find no further information for this supposition.
      So, I'm hoping you might be able to clear up this relationship.
      Sincerely,
      ..................
      He replied:
      The information I have was submitted to me back in 1993 for a periodical I was publishing at that time by a gentleman who is no longer living. It is not my research, and I have not pursued it as it is not my direct line of ancestry. Unfortunately, I can shed no light on your question.
      The sources cited for the research I have appear to be on your Como website correctly and the text appears to be a verbatim representation of the research from 1993.
      The actual sources I have listed are:
      Clark, Rev. Azariah, Records of the Congregational Church, Canaan, New York
      Tolland County Vital Records, Barbour Collection vol 2
      Bostwick, Rev. Gideon, Records of the 1st Congregational Church, Gt Barrington, Massachusetts
      Lee, Massachusetts, Vital Records 1771-1801 p.180
      I wish you luck with your research, and if I come across anything more I will post it for you.
      ...
      And I replied back:
      Thank you Michael. This may remain a mystery, though interestingly, both Abigails are descended from Mayflower passengers. I'd just like to know which one was my grandpops.
      Thanks again..
      Ted
      .....................
      Genealogy of New England.com has: Abigail Cushman, b. abt. 1754, Hebron CT of Solomon and Abigail Holmes, mar. Jan. 17, 1771, Hebron, William Polley, b. abt. 1736, New London, CT of Daniel Polley and Jerusha Houghton. So this record supports that Abigail is the daugh. of Solomon, but has a different William Polley. The children are the same. It shows William as the son of Daniel Polley, when in fact William is the son of Daniel's brother, Thomas Polley.

      https://minerdescent.com/2010/07/22/john-polley-sr/
      http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_38e.htm#80
      http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/polley/697/

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Como-recore.FTW.

    2. [S12] Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, (Name: Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;;), Database online.
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