Hannah CHANDLER
Female 1630 - 1711


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  • Christened  22 May 1630  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Immigration  1637 
    Died  2 Jun 1711  Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Hannah [Dane], wid. Rev. Francies, June 2, 1711, a. abt. 82 y. [1]
    Person ID  I4893  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified  24 Aug 2012 

    Father  William CHANDLER,   c. 12 Oct 1595, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1641, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Annis BAYFORD,   c. 12 Jun 1603, Farham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1682/3, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Nov 1625  Farham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F770  Group Sheet

    Family 1  George ABBOTT,   c. 26 May 1617, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1681, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Dec 1646  Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. John ABBOTT,   b. 2 Mar 1647/8, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1720/21, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Joseph ABBOTT,   b. 11 Mar 1649, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1650, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Hannah ABBOTT,   b. 9 Jun 1650, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1741, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Joseph ABBOTT,   b. 30 Mar 1652, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1676
     5. George ABBOTT,   b. 7 Jun 1655, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1736
     6. William ABBOTT,   b. 18 Nov 1657, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1713, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Sarah ABBOTT,   b. 14 Nov 1659, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1711, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Benjamin ABBOTT,   b. 20 Dec 1662, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1703, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Timothy ABBOTT,   b. 17 Nov 1663, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1730, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Thomas ABBOTT,   b. 6 May 1666, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1728, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Nathaniel ABBOTT,   b. 4 Jul 1671, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1749
    >12. Elizabeth ABBOTT,   b. 29 Jan 1673, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1750
     13. Lydia ABBOTT,   b. Abt 1675,   d. 1739
    Last Modified  13 Jan 2012 
    Family ID  F768  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Rev. Francis DANE,   c. 20 Nov 1615, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1696/97, Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1690  Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  24 Apr 2012 
    Family ID  F3405  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 22 May 1630 - Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Dec 1646 - Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1690 - Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Jun 1711 - Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Nearing his 65th birth, and "being aged and crasey in body," George wrote his will on December 21, 1681. "The will of George Abbot is notable for its tribute to the fidelity and virtues of his wife" (Bailey).

      The will also stated that "if any of the sons should be guilty of disobedient carriage toward their mother, they should be cutt short in the portion." The overseers of the will were Hannah's two brothers, Thomas and William Chandler, and "my loving friend, John Barker."

      George Abbot, "Senior," died on December 24, 1681, at the age of 64-1/2. The inventory of his real estate, including buildings, was valued at 350 pounds. An inventory of his estate was made on January 18, 1681/2, and valued at 587 pounds, 12 shillings, 5 pence.

      At the time, Widow Hannah Abbot was only 51-1/2, and had five sons and a daughter still at home. Young Benjamin was a handful, apparently, for in 1683, Naomi (Hoyt) Lovejoy, 28, a widow of three years, "came in voluntarily of herselfe" to acknowledge her sexual relationship with Benjamin Abbot, then a young man of twenty-one and a half" (Philip J. Grevan, Jr., "Four Generations: Population, Land and Family in Colonial Andover, Massachusetts [1970] (errors in Abbot genealogies). A listing in the Andover Vital Records shows, "Ben Naomi, daughter illegitimate, Benjamin Abbot and Naomi Lovejoy, born in Andover, in 1684."

      In 1690, the widow Hannah (Chandler) Abbot, now 60, married her step-brother, the Rev. Francis Dane, 75, whose second wife had died the previous year. In 1692, the Rev. Dane became the prime target of the accusers in the witchcraft tragedy. Four years later, in February of 1697, Francis Dane died.

      At age 67 Hannah was again a widow. Francis Dane left her 20 pounds in cash and stock, all of her own movables except the tobacco and candles that had been used up. His sons were to pay her an annuity during her widowhood of 4 pounds of grain or cattle (Bailey).

      An original deed of February 10, 1706/7, is "the only deed found in which a woman alone conveys real estate:

      "Know all men by These presents that I, Hannah Abbott, alias Dane, Relict to gorg Abbott late of Andover deceased, for the natural afecion I bare to my sons, Timothy, Thomas, and Nathaniel Abbott, doe give to my sons above named, all my right in the common and undivided land in the Township of Andover aforesaid, which doth or may hereafter belong to the lott of my former husband, geog Abbot, late of Andover, deceased" (Bailey)

      Hannah (Chandler) Abbot Dane died on June 2, 1711, in Andover, age 81-1/2 years. She was survived by nine of her 13 children.

      The descendants of George and Hannah Abbot, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the settlement of Andover, erected a monument to their memory in the South Church Burying Ground. [2]
    • Hannah Chandler immigrated with her parents from Bishops-Stortford to Andover, Massachusetts in 1637 at the age of 7. Her second husband was Francis Dane, the minister who tried in vain to stem the tide of witchcraft persecutions in Salem in 1692.

  • Sources 
    1. [S15] AndoverMAVR, website: http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Essex/Andover/, pg. 420.

    2. [S23] NEHGS, website: www.americanancestors.org, The Essex Genealogist, vol. 20, pgs. 19-20.