William “Billy” Ogle 5th Great Grandfather

Birth                                                                                                   William Billy Ogle
Oct., 1754
New Castle County
Delaware, USA
Mar., 1803
Edgefield County
South Carolina, USA

William “Billy” Ogle and his Wife Martha Jane “Huskey” Olge are a great part of “Sevier County History” in Tennessee. William “Billy Ogle born in New Castle, Delaware and was the son of Thomas Ogle and Elizabeth “Robeson” Ogle. In 1778 William Ogle married Martha Jane Huskey in North Carolina. Matha Jane Huskey born in Wake County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of John Frederick Huskey and Rebecca B “Washington” Ogle.

William Ogle and Matha Jane “Huskey” Ogle had the folling Children;

1. Hercules “Hike” Ogle
2. Rebecca Ogle
3. Thomas J. Ogle   *****our ancestor
4. John “Johnny” Ogle
5. Isaac “Shucky” Ogle
6. William “Black Bill” Ogle
7. Mary Ann Ogle

History of William “Billy” Ogle Facts, Sources and Tales

Historical Ogle Cabin-Started by William “Billy” Ogle and finished by Matha Jane Huskey-Ogle, her son’s and other family members

William “Billy” Ogle came to Tennessee from South Carolina and was among one of the first to permanently settle in the Gatlinburg area. It is said that William Ogle hunted with the Indian friends in the area and decided to build a Cabin and move his family there. With help from the local Cherokee, he cut and hewed logs to build Cabin. He returned to South Carolina to retrieve his family. William had to grow a crop, in order to bring supplies for the family’s survival an epidemic of malaria broke out and William “Billy” Ogle died of the fever Around 1803-1807 Martha Jane Huskey-Ogle her children and her brother Peter Huskey and several other family members, journeyed to the area now called Gatlinburg to complete her late husband “William “Billy” Ogle Dream”. They found the waiting logs and Martha’s son’s Built the Ogle Cabin.It still stands today *Historical Ogle Cabin

*Source American Genealogical-Biographical Index

Name: William Ogle
Birth Date: 1750
Birthplace: Delaware
Volume: 127
Page Number: 215
Biographical Info: Revolutionary War
Reference:(813): 1050

*Source– Revolution War Records for Pvt William Ogle in Captain John Bogg’s Co. of Militia of the Delaware State in 2nd Batt’n Commanded by Col Counch

*Source– Rowan County, North Carolina Court Minutes 1773-1786″, William Ogle, with his brothers Thomas and Hercules Ogle, is listed in Names of Persons who have not taken the Oath of Allegiance in Captain Cox’s District.” 1778.

*Source– U.S. International Marriages 1756 in North Carolina

*Source–1790 United Staes Census Name:William Ogle
Home in 1790 (City, County, State):
Edgefield, South Carolina
Number of Household Members:7

*Source– Oct 19,1795, Thomas Ogle of Grayson County, Virginia deeded 100 acres of land in Rowan County, North Carolina, to “William Ogle of Edgefield County, state of South Carolina”. William later sold this same tract of land to Mark Cole and Jacob Skeene on 30 Oct 1795 (Deed Book 14, p 178 and p 179/80).

*Source–On 7 March 1796, William Ogle added to his holdings in Edgefield District, South Carolina, another 100 acres of land purchased from George Hagood. This land was situated on “the branches of Rockey Creek, waters of Savannah River” (Deed Book 13, p 198).

*Source–1800 Census taken in South Carolina
William Ogle is listed Head of Household in Edgefield, South Carolina

*Source–William Ogle-Between the date of his will, 26 Feb 1803, and the date of probate, 5 March 1803, William Ogle died and was survived by his wife, Martha and his children, five sons and two daughters.

William Ogle’s Will “I give unto my son Harculous Ogle that Hundred Acres of Land he Now lives. Also the remainder of the Land is to be Divided among four Boys except a Child’s Share which I give unto My beloved Wife Polly Ogle (Martha in the 1811 deed). Also I give unto my beloved daughter Rebecca (Mc) Carter a cow and Calf, bed and furniture, Pot and Some other furniture. Also I
give unto my beloved grandson William (Mc) Carter a young sow. Also the rest of the property to be Equally among all the rest of my children except my beloved Wife which draws a Child’s share.” His will was recorded in Edgefield County, South Carolina, Will Book “A”, box 22, #783.

William Ogle is buried in the Fruit Hill area.
Birth and Death dates are est

Reference; Smoky Mountain Clans”, Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 138-139.
“Smoky Mountain Family Album,” Gladys Trentham Russell, 1984, p 6.
“Sevier County, Tennessee and Its Heritage”, 1994, p 229.
“Mountain Ways”, Gene Aiken, 1983, p 3.

Sources; 1.[S104] Cocke County, Tennessee, and its People, Cocke County Heritage Book Committee, (Walsworth Publishing, 1992), 188.
2.[S120] A Place Called Home: Our Story, David L. Popiel, Duay O’Neil, et. al., (2006, The Newport Plain Talk / Jones Media Inc.), dpopiel@xtn.net., 1


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Relationship to me
William “Billy” Ogle (1754 – 1803)
5th great-grandfather

Thomas J Ogle Sr (1784 – 1862)
son of William “Billy” Ogle

Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Thomas J Ogle Sr

Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Nancy Ogle

Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode


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Thomas Edward Ogle, 6th Great Grandfather

Thomas Edward Ogle Sr.


Second son of John Ogle III and Elizabeth Robinson (Ball?) was born July 25, 1721 in New Castle, DE.


Born: 25 Jul 1721

Died: Before Mar 1803


1721    Thomas Ogle born as second son of John Ogle III (1690-1741) and Elizabeth Robinson Ogle (1700-1743) on 25 July, 1721, in New Castle, DE. There were tobacco farmers and millers and had nine children. His great-grandfather was John Ogle (1649-1684), the first Ogle to immigrate to America and prodiginator of the Ogle Family in America.


1749    John Ogle, first son is born.

1749    Thomas, Jr., second son is born in 1749 in New Castle, DE.

1749    Hercules Ogle , third son of Thomas is born in 1749, in New Castle, DE.

1756    William B. Ogle, foruth son of Thomas is born in 1756 in New Castle, DE.

1757    Sarah Ogle, first daughter of Thomas is born in New Castle, DE.

1761    Elizabeth Ogle, second daughter of Thomas is born in March in New Castle, DE.

1764    Thomas Ogle married to Elizabeth Robeson, Trinity Church, (Wilmington) New Castle County, Delaware (1)

1763    Thomas Ogle (42) , two of his brothers, Hercules (32) and John (40), and his sister Lucretia (30) and husband Abraham Stround moved from Delaware to Southwest Virginia. (1)

1964    Thomas Ogle and family moved across the border from VA to NC because of troubles with the Indians.(1)

1764    Hannah Ogle, third daughter of Thomas is born in Rowan County, NC.

1760    15 Jul.   Deed from – Andrew Smith & wife Anna to Thomas Ogle, groom, for 60 pounds, 320 acres on Cabin Creek on East side of Gunsmith’s path, Rowan County, VA. Deed granted 15 July 1760.  Recorded 21 July 1764.  Tests:  George Magsune, William McConnell. Salisbury, Rowan County, NC, Deed Book 6, page 164. (1)   In the Deed, Thomas’s is described as a groom who cares for horses.

1768    John Ford’s Tax List of Taxables for 1768 in Rowan County, NC, listed Thomas Ogles. (1)

1769    23 May. Thomas Ogle sold 67 acres on Little River, a branch of New River, to William Murphy.  This deed was duly recorded in Augusta County, Virginia. (1)

1770   James Ogle, fifth son of Thomas is born 19 Nov 1770, in Rowan, NC.

1772    Thomas Ogle appears with three tithables: himself and two oldest sons: John and Thomas, on the New River Tithables List compiled by Mary B. Kegley in 1771. (1)

1775    John and Hercules Ogle served in the Montgomery County Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War, under Captain Jonathan Isom. Although it is not proven, it is believed that William and Thomas, Jr. also served. William, Hercules and Thomas did not sign the oath of allegiance. There is no evidence that William served in the war, but family tradition says he did. It is said that William’s trip to Tennessee at the turn of the century was to scout land he received for his war service.

1782    Thomas Ogle is listed as 1 tithable, no slaves, three horses, 13 cattle and owning land in the 1782 tax list of Montgomery County, Virginia. (1)

1790    17 Apr. In Montgomery County, Virginia-Circa 1790, transcribed and edit by Nettie Schreiner-Yantis, the “Personal Property Tax List A-1789” gives this information:  “27 Apr 1790-Thomas Ogle with 1 white males-16 years to 21 years, no slaves, and six horses.” The one white male listed above would be the youngest son, James Ogle. (1)

1793       18 Feb. Thomas Ogle deeded 100 acres of the Cabin Creek property to son Thomas Ogle.

30 Jul.   Thomas Ogle deeded 120 acres of the Cabin Creek property to son Hercules Ogle.

19 Oct . Thomas Ogle deeded 100 acres of Cabin Creek property to son William Ogle. (1)

1789       Thomas Ogle bought 140 acres of land on both sides of Little Reed Island Creek, 27 Nov 1789 from Thomas Black according to the Montgomery County, Virginia Survey Book “D”.  This area was part of Grayson County, Virginia, when Thomas Ogle died.  Today it is in Carroll County, Virginia.  (1)

1801       Thomas Ogle and his wife, Elizabeth deeded the 2140 acres on Little Reed Island Creek to their youngest son, James Ogle on 10 Jan 1801.  The deed was proven in March 1803 after Thomas Ogle’s death. (1)

1802       Mar. Thomas Ogle’s will was dated 2 March 1802

1803       March.   Thomas Ogle died in March 1783. The will was probated at the March Court, 1803, in Grayson County, Virginia.  In his will, he mentions his wife Elizabeth and names his children.  There is no land mentioned.  Elizabeth is to have all movable property and each son and daughter is to have one dollar with the exception of Hannah who is willed one cow. (1)

Thomas Ogle and his wife, Elizabeth, are believed to be buried in the large Ogle Cemetery on Peavine Ridge just outside of Hillsville. (1)


His Family’s Movements

–  John moved from Edgefield, SC to Kentucky when he and his wife are buried. His children later moved to Missouri.

–  Thomas, Jr. lived in Rowan Co, NC until the 1780 when they moved to Wilkes Co, GA and then to Edgefield SC

–  Hercules lived in Montgomery Co, VA, Rowan Co, NC, Wilkes Co, GA , Edgefield SC and the settled in Grainger Co, TN.

–  William lived in Rowan Co, NC, Wilkes Co, GA, and Settled in Edgefield District, SC. After his death, Martha Jane moved the family to Sevier Co, TN.

–  James’s family lived in Georgia for a while, and then returned to Grayson Co, VA.


  1. Smoky Mountain Clans, Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 129-130.


Thomas Edward Ogle sr (1721 – 1803)
6th great-grandfather
William “Billy” Ogle (1754 – 1803)
son of Thomas Edward Ogle sr
Thomas J Ogle Sr (1784 – 1862)
son of William “Billy” Ogle
Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Thomas J Ogle Sr
Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan
Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode
Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

Martha Jane Huskey 5th Great Grandmother

Martha Jane Huskey

Dec. 9, 1756
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
Sevier County
Tennessee, USA

The little settlement of White Oak Flats, nestled in the Great Smokey Mountains on the south end of Sevier County, Tennessee was “Pioneered by Martha Jane “Huskey” Ogle”
Martha Jane Huskey and her husband William “Billy” Ogle
are a great part of “Sevier County History”

Martha was born in Wake County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Frederick Huskey and Rebecca Washington-Huskey.

Martha Jane Huskey married William “Billy” Ogle, he was born in New Castle, Delaware and was the son of Thomas Ogle and Elizabeth “Robeson” Ogle.

Martha Jane Huskey and William “Billy” Ogle married in 1778 in North Carolina. Martha and William had the following Children;

1. Hercules “Hike” Ogle
2. Rebecca Ogle
3. Thomas J. Ogle    ****our ancestor
4. John “Johnny” Ogle
5. Isaac “Shucky” Ogle
6. William “Black Bill” Ogle
7. Mary Ann Ogle

Historical “Ogle Cabin”-tarted by William “Billy” Ogle and finished by Matha Jane Huskey-Ogle her son’s and other family members

Martha’s husband, William “Billy” Ogle, came to Tennessee from South Carolina and was among one of the first to permanently settle in the Gatlinburg area. It is said that William Ogle hunted with the Indian friends in the area and decided to build a Cabin and move his family there. With help from the local Cherokee, he cut and hewed logs to build Cabin. He returned to South Carolina to retrieve his family. William had to grow a crop, in order to bring supplies for the family’s survival an epidemic of malaria broke out and William “Billy” Ogle died of the fever Around 1803-1807 Martha Jane Huskey-Ogle her children and her brother Peter Huskey and several other family members, journeyed to the area now called Gatlinburg to complete her late husband “William “Billy” Ogle Dream”. They found the waiting logs and Martha’s son’s Built the Ogle Cabin.It still stands today in the Great Smokey Mountains *Historical Ogle Cabin

After the death of William, Martha took her five sons and two daughters for a short visit with relatives in Virginia. Her brother, Peter Huskey, and his family then accompanied them on their long trip to the East Tennessee area to establish their home

According to the church minutes of “Fork of Little Pigeon Church”, Martha Ogle was the one of the group of people from White Oak Flats Community that asked the Fork of Little Pigeon Church to establish a church in White Oak Flats as an arm of the church in Sevierville in December 1817.

“Smoky Mountain Clans”, Donald B. Reagan, 1974, p 37-38.
“Sevier County, Tennessee and Its Heritage”, 1994, p 229.
“Mountain Ways”, Gene Aiken, 1983, p 3.

White Oak Flats cemantery

This is the second view of White Oak Flats Cemetery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Originally called the White Oak Flats settlement due to the abundant white oak trees in the valley, Gatlinburg was settled by English, Scotch, Irish, and Scotch-Irish immigrants in the early 1800s, with the cemetery dating back to around 1830. The serene, tree lined graveyard nestled above the bustling Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg contains the gravesites of many of Gatlinburg’s earliest settlers and prominent citizens.
Names include Ogle, Huskey, McCarter, Maples, Reagan and Whaley; the first families to settle the valley of the Little Pigeon River and its tributaries. Most heads of households during the early 1800s were Revolutionary War veterans. They came here to claim title to 50-acre tracts of land allotted to each for their patriotic service.
A middle-aged widow, Martha Jane Huskey Ogle, was the first official settler here, settling on the land earned by her husband, who died before he could move here with his family. Nonetheless, Martha Jane led her family across the Smoky Mountains to start a new life in what Billy Ogle had described as a “Land of Paradise” in what is now East Tennessee. She is buried in White Oak Flats Cemetery.
Ogle Family Lore – Smokey Mt Clans

Source: ‘Smoky Mountain Clans’, Donald B. Reagan, 1974, p 37-38. ‘Smoky Mountain Family Album,’ Gladys Trentham Russell, 1984, p 6. IGI, Batch 8113402, Sheet 49, Source Call Number 1260889, Film, also, Film 449514, Ordinance # 280.., Temple Swiss. ‘In the Shadow of the Smokies,’ Smoky Mountain Historical Society, 1993, 575. ‘Sevier County, Tennessee and Its Heritage’, 1994, p 229. ‘Mountain Ways’, Gene Aiken, 1983, p 3.

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Martha Jane Huskey (1756 – 1826)
5th great-grandmother
Thomas J Ogle Sr (1784 – 1862)
son of Martha Jane Huskey
Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Thomas J Ogle Sr
Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Nancy Ogle
Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan
Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan
Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode
Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

Sophia Bosley 4th Great Grandmother



Mountain Laurel

The Life of Sophia Bosley

Sophia Bosley (1789 July 1857), wife of Thomas J. Ogle (1784-1862 would probably fit in just as well in the twenty-first century as she did in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth. an examination of her life shows that she must have been a determined, strong, adaptable woman who could survive- and prevail-almost anywhere.                Early Life  Born  in MD in 1789, Sophia somehow ended up in SC. No information on her family has been found so far. There were Bosley families in the Edgefield-Abbeville-District 96 region of SC. around the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and probably Sophia belonged to one of those groups who had migrated from Maryland. Apparently there are five major branches of Bosley’s and perhaps one day we will be able to place Sophia on her proper twig. In 1803 Sophia was fourteen years old, and Thomas J. Ogle was nineteen. Something about her attracted Thomas’ eye-perhaps her distinctive red hair. Whatever the reason-beauty, personality, or red hair-there was an attraction between the couple.  Eighteen hundred three had been an eventful year for Thomas. His grandfather died; his father died; he made a long a long trip with his family to Virginia to visit his grieving relatives, an now, in 1804, his mother wanted to take the family west to the wilderness of the East Tennessee mountains. That would mean leaving Sophia. We would probably would not be too far from reality in guessing that his marriage proposal was one of the “O, come with me and be my love,” varieties. No matter how much she loved him, Sophia needed to have been brave too. The trip would be long. She would be far from her family. There was danger from animals and unfriendly Indians. Maybe Thomas pled his case for a long time or maybe Sophia right away. Whichever happened, the two were married, and off they trekked with the rest of the Ogle, Huskey, and McCarter clans to Tennessee.                                                                Life in Tennessee The group named the new area White Oak Flats after the flat lands along the river and the White Oaks that grew there. It remained White Oak Flats until the Civil War era when it became Gatlinburg. Sophia and Thomas had fourteen children, all born in Sevier County. They were Easter (years later Easter’s husband would be the first person buried in White Oak Flats), Martha, William T. Nancy (from whom we descended), Harkness T, Thomas T, Mary, Isaac T, Marriah, Eliza, Preston, Levi, Caleb, Sophia, and Elvira. The fourteen children alone are enough to attest to Sophia’s strength and stamina. Sophia’s Religious Life Sophia was a farmer’s wife, but her husband fared well and acquired from his father, from purchases, from a grant for his service in the War of 1812 and Indian wars, and even by seizing and occupying unclaimed land.  When Thomas donated the first land for the White Oak Flat church, Sophia may have been in the background. She was a very religious woman and meet weekly with other women of the settlement to pray that God would send them a minister of their own and a church of their own. Sophia’s mother-in-law, Martha Jane Huskey Ogle (1760/64-1825/26), led a group of people who portioned The Forks of the River Baptist Church in Sevierville to establish a branch of that church in Gatlinburg. That fledgling church was formed 1817, but no church building was built until 1855. Sophia and Thomas were charter members of the original White Oak Flats church group, but Sophia still campaigned for a “real” church of their own. One of the stories about Sophia’s steadfast drive for a minister and church say’s that she led prayer meetings each week in a laurel grove. According to the book Sketches of Tennessee’s pioneer Baptist Preachers, Sophia, her family, and her steadfast friends WALKED FOURTEEN MILES EACH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY from White Oak Flats to Sevierville where the Forks of the River Baptist church was located, carrying their shoes to keep them from getting muddy, and walked the fourteen miles back home again. Sophia’s prayers were finally answered. Her third son, William T, became a minister. He was ordained at Bethel Church in Sevier County in 1836. It had taken Sophia about 30 years of praying to get ” their own minister.” A few years later, Caleb, another of Sophia’s sons became a minister, too. She was also the great aunt of Richard Evans, a highly respected pioneer minister, She may have influenced a number of other young relatives to enter the ministry, for a quick count of our assorted Ogle cousins reveals at least nineteen Ogle ministers during the nineteenth century.

End of Life Sophia died 13 July 1857 at sixty-eight years of age. She and her husband had been married over fifty years. Thomas outlived his wife by five years, dying at age 78 in 1862. They were buried in White Oak Flats Cemetery in Gatlinburg. Sophia was a strong, determined woman. She was an early “western pioneer” ; she endured hardships; she raised fourteen children; she shared a long marriage with her husband, and she made a pronounced effect on religion in the community. She made a difference.

Sophia Bosley (1784 – 1857)
4th great-grandmother

Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Sophia Bosley

Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Nancy Ogle

Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode


Thomas Ogle J Ogle Sr. 7th Great Grandfather


war of 1812
Thomas went with his parents to Ninety Six District, Edgefield County, South Carolina from Wilkes County, Georgia.

Tom was named with his brother, Hercules, as coexecutor of their father’s will in 1803 in Edgefield District, South Carolina. He also signed the 1811 deed of conveyance which disposed of the land left by William Ogle to his “four boys”. Another deed, dated in 1825 and disposing of land in Edgefield District, South Carolina, was signed by Thomas and Sophia Ogle. They had apparently rented out this land after moving to Sevier County, Tennessee.

No Tennessee land grants prior to 1824 were found for Tom Ogle but it is known that he was in Sevier County as early as 1805. He and Hercules Ogle deeded 48 acres of land at the mouth of Walden’s Creek to William Murphy in 1807. According to the deed, found in the Tennessee State Library and Archives, they held title to the land “by virtue of seizure and occupancy”. The exact date of Tom’s settlement in Gatlinburg is not known but he was one of the first settlers there.

Records of Tom’s service in the War of 1812 were found in the National Archives. He served in Captain Andrew Lawson’s Company of East Tennessee Drafted Militia Regiment, commanded by Colonel William Johnson, and fought against the Creek Indians. In 1850 and 1855, Tom received bounty land grants as a result of his service.

In December of 1817 when the White Oak Flats Baptist Church was formed as an arm of the Sevierville church, Tom Ogle and his wife were listed as charter members. The first church building was started in 1855 on Tom’s land. It was located where the Arrowcraft Shop stands now. A deed conveying title of the land to the church by Thomas Ogle was executed on 8 April 1861. This is found in Sevier County Courthouse in Deed Book M, page 211.

Thomas J. Ogle has three land entries, which are dated from 1 May 1824 through 23 Jan 1826, in the Surveyor’s Book No. 1 of Sevier County, Tennessee. These land entries were granted by the state of Tennessee. All these were located in the White Oak Flats community and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Tom left a will dated 27 Sep 1861 and probated in County Court in February of 1862. It is recorded in Will Book I, p 74-75. William T. Ogle is mentioned as Tom’s eldest son and is named executor of the will. Also Tom mentioned “my son Thomas Ogle… my Sons, to wit., Preston, Levi and Caleb…” In the Court records, Thomas Ogle’s will was admitted for probate 3 Feb 1862. On 3 March 1862, Caleb Ogle and Wilson Duggan were appointed administrators of the estate of Thomas Ogle. (Court Minutes Book I, page 747 and 752)

There is a list of “Inventory of the property belonging to the estate of Thomas J. Ogle, Dec’d., late of Sevier County, Tennessee in the Inventory Book, page 190/92.

In the GUARDIANS, EXECUTORS and ADMINISTRATORS Settlement Book for Sevier County, Tennessee, there is a record for the estate of Thomas J. Ogle. From this book, the following list of the living heirs of Thomas J. Ogle is quoted: “the above Settlement shows that there is in the hands of the administrators the sum of $187.23 to be equally divided among twelve heirs, to wit., Levi, Hercules, Isaac, Rebecca wife of Preston, William T., Celeb, Thomas, Esther Trantham, Hichols Ownsby, Jacob Evans, Andrew Conner, and David Owensby & wife.”

The family appears in the Federal Census records of Sevier County from 1830 through 1860. The census and other records found show that the second generation of Ogle sons in Gatlinburg began using their father’s initial in their names when there was confusion created by the same names.
“Smoky Mountain Clans”, Donald B. Reagan, 1974, p 47-48.



Written will of Thomas Ogle of the State of Tennessee and county of Sevier I Thomas Ogle do publish this my last will & Testament hereby Revoking and making void all other wills made by me at any time -1st        I direct that my Funeral expenses be paid, and all my debts be paid after my death, as soon as possible out of any money I may have on hand or the first that comes to hand – Second, I give and bequeath all the Land on the south west side of Bearskin Creek, in other words, all the Land on the Right hand side of said creek when going up the creek – That I am lawfully seized & possessed of, or that I lawfully own, to my son – Thomas Page 75Ogle.  3rd          I Give and bequeath the Remainder of my Land including all on both sides of the River to the other three of my Sons, to wit, Preston Levi and Caleb, to be equally divided between the three above named boys – I also order that it be so divided that Levis part, include the building where he now lives – and that Caleb’s part include the Building where I live -I also direct that in case the three above named sons cannot agree in the division of said Land, that they Elect three unconnected disinterested Men to divide said Land – also in case any one or more of them should Refuse to Elect men as above mentioned that any one or more of them may make such Election – and all be bound thereby as much so as if they had went into such Election of Men.4th        I direct that all my personal Property be equally divided between all of my living children at my decease Lastly I do nominate Wm Ogle my Eldest son my Executor in Witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal this the 27th day of September 1861.                                                                                                his                                                                                    Thomas X Ogle                                                                                                mark Signed sealed and published in our presents and we have subscribed our names hereunto in the presents of the Testator this the 27th day of September 1861.                                                                                    Aaron Ownby                                                                                    Bradford Ogle


Thomas J Ogle Sr (1784 – 1862)
4th great-grandfather

Nancy Ogle (1810 – 1844)
daughter of Thomas J Ogle Sr

Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Nancy Ogle

Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

Thomas Ogle beside Wife Sophia Bosley-Ogle HeadstoneThomas J Ogle

Timothy Reagan 1660-1714 7th Great Grandfather


Flag of Irland

It seems that Timothy Reagan came to America for political and religious reasons.

In the late 1600 Lord Protector Oliver Cornwall from England and wales began a brutal campaign of destruction and death for Ireland.  In August 1649 he landed at Ringsend, Ireland with his troops, 8,000 infantry and 4,000 cavalry.  He intended to relieve the parliament army in the town of Dublin and to complete the conquest of Ireland.

After taking Drogheda in Ireland, he ordered the slaughter of most of the garrison and the transportation of the remaining survivors to Barbados Islands.  Then he immediately sent one half of the army to take the southern province (Ulster) while he took the other half of the army to take the southern province (Munster). After a brutal campaign, Lord Protector Oliver Cornwell and his army had reduced all the opposition there, but I.t had also reduced the country to a state of hunger, disease and misery. The O’ Riagan families who had lived in the province of Munster for generations were directly in the path of Cromwell’s campaign. Untold numbers were killed, driven off their lands, starved to death or driven into exile.

Of five brothers of the O’Riagan family only two managed to reach America. One settled in Maryland/Pennsylvaniana area and the other settled in Virginia/North Carolina area. Both families dropped the “O” after arrival here. The old family name was changed to a new family  name, RAGAN. During the nineteenth century an “e” was added to the family name…REAGAN. The families still retains both spellings.

Timothy Reagan 1

Timothy married Mary Lary November 24, 1703 in St. Margaret’s Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.


In the Name of God Amen I Mary Ragan of Arnl County in the province of Maryland being weak in Body but of sound Memory like food to God do Nineteenth day of December in the year of Our Lord God One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Two years and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner of allowing that is to say… Item I give my son  One Shilling Item I give my son Timothy Ragen One Shilling Item I give my son Rezin Ragen One Shilling Item I give my son Cornelius Ragen a cargo chest Item I give my daughter Eloanor Ragen all my pewter and all my iron potts and all Bed and Furniture that I Lye on and one Cow and Calf Item I give all the remainder of my estate after my just Debts is paid to my son Cornelius Ragen and my Daughter Elenor Ragen to be equally divided. And Lastly I Constituts and ordain my son Cornelius Ragen and my Daughter Eleanor Ragen to be my whole and sole executor and letter of this my Last Will and Testament In Will for where of Mothered Mary Ragen have to this my last Will and Testament this my hand and soul first above Written Signed Sealed and Published| tho proved of us who were | her present at the Signing and | Mary O Ragan [Seal] sealing thereof | Mark Brice Worthington| Celeb Dorsey Jr.
On the 23rd Day of January 1764 Came Mr. Brice Thomas Boals Worthington One of the Subscribing Witnesses to the written Will who being duly and solomnly sworn any Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that he did see the Testama sign and Seal the written Will and board him to publish pronounced and declared the name to be her last Will and Testament and that at the time of her so doing she wants the cash of his appraisal of a sound and displaying mind and memory and that so did subscribing his name as a witness to the subwill in the province of this said testama and that he did also see Caleb Dorsey jr. and the other subscribing witness to the said will subscribe his name as a witness to the said will also in the prosoned of the said testama.

Said before,

Gen. Dairge Dy Croning AA County

Source: ‘Book of Ragan/Reagan,’ Donald B. Reagan, 1993, p 7. Maryland Wills 764, Book 6, p 101.

Timothy Reagan (1660 – 1714)
7th great-grandfather

John Reagan (1711 – 1767) *****our ancestor
son of Timothy Reagan

Timothy Reagan (1750 – 1825)
son of John Reagan

Richard Reagan (1776 – 1829)
son of Timothy Reagan

Daniel Wesley Reagan (1803 – 1892)
son of Richard Reagan

Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Daniel Wesley Reagan

Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

John Reagan 6th Great Grandfather


John Reagan
When John Reagan was born in 1711 in Anne Arundel, Maryland, his father, Timothy, was 51 and his mother, Mary, was 42. He married Mary Morrice on January 21, 1732. They had three children in 16 years. He died in August 1767 in Frederick, Virginia, at the age of 56.

 John Wiliam Reghan 1735-1785
Charles Reagan 1737-1815
Timothy Reagan 1750-        ****our ancestor
All of John and Mary Morrice ‘s sons fought in the Reflationary War.
American Revolutionary Soilder

John Reagan (1711 – 1767)
6th great-grandfather

Timothy Reagan (1750 – 1825)
son of John Reagan

Richard Reagan (1776 – 1829)
son of Timothy Reagan

Daniel Wesley Reagan (1803 – 1892)
son of Richard Reagan

Richard Reason Reagan (1830 – 1912)
son of Daniel Wesley Reagan

Nancy Elizabeth Reagan (1849 – 1931)
daughter of Richard Reason Reagan

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of Nancy Elizabeth Reagan

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

George Abbott 10th Great Grandfather


GEORGE1 ABBOTT was  born in England, and died in Rowley, Essex Co., Mass., 1647, where he had lived about five years after coming from England with his family, about 1642, being one of the first settlers. The early records of Rowley, including 1647 the year of his death, which covered the entire period of his residence there, are missing, and not much is known of him except what is given in the published accounts of the settlement of the place, which is very little.

The sufferings of the first settlers of the town were probably far greater than its history indicates. They were literally in the wilds of a new continent, surrounded by want, suffering, sickness, wild beasts, hostile Indians, and with none of the comforts of life which they had been used to in England, nor could these be obtained. Probably few who read the brief history of George Abbott’s family will better understand the situation than the writer, whose business for a score of years after the Civil war was to protect frontier settlers from the many dangers that surrounded them. But in George Abbott’s day there was no disciplined government force to guard those helpless people; they were literally alone, and so differently reared from most of the pioneers of the nineteenth century, that their privations were more keenly felt. It is no wonder, then, that George Abbott, and possibly his wife, soon sickened and died from want and exposure, in the early days of Rowley

In accordance with custom Mr. Abbott probably deeded most of his estate before his death to his eldest son, Thomas Abbott, Sr. His inventory of effects amounted to ú95: 2s.: 8d.(*) The estates of his sons, however, indicate that he owned much more land than there is any record of in his day. Of course at his death all land, excepting his house lot, was held by Rogers’ company, but was probably afterwards divided among the settlers, each receiving his share according to the amount contributed to the company on its organization, and his heirs would no doubt receive his portio

The particulars of the settlement are given in the History of Rowley, by Thomas Gage, and in the History of Essex Co., Mass., by D. H. Hurd. The latter says:–

“The town of Rowley, Mass., was founded in 1639, by the Reverend Ezekiel Rogers and his company. The original grant was from Ipswich on the south to Newbury on the north, and from the Ocean on the east to the Merrimack River on the west. Mr. Ezekiel Rogers was the son of the Rev. Richard Rogers, a distinguished Puritan, of Weathersfield, Essex Co., England, and bred at Cambridge; in 1604, he was of Corpus Christi, when he graduated as a Bachelor of Arts, and of Christ College, in 1608, when graduated as Master of Arts. After leaving the university he became Chaplain in the family of Sir Francis Barrington, of Essex, exercising himself in ministerial duties for about a dozen years.

“He was then called to a public charge, at Rowley, in Yorkshire, where he continued with great favor for about seventeen years, when he was compelled to relinquish his charge–as he tells his story in his will–‘For refusing to read that accursed book that allowed sports on God’s holy Sabbath, the Lord’s day, I was suspended, and, by it and other sad signes of the times, driven with many of my hearers into New England.’ The landing was made at Salem, Mass., in the autumn of 1638, and the new town founded in April, 1639–the act of incorporation reading as follows: ‘The 4th Day of the 7th Month [September] 1639….’ Mr. Rogers was a man of great note in England for his piety and ability, while the members of the company he brought with him to Rowley were called by Gov. Winthrop, ‘Godly men, and most of them of good estate.’

“In the tract set off to Rogers’ company several farms had been laid out; these were purchased by the company for ú800. The purchase money was contributed by such as were able to pay, and in the laying out of house lots, all who paid nothing were given one acre and one-half, while those who paid were given lots in proportion to the amount they contributed.”

The distinction becomes more apparent when the rules of the assignment of rights, called “gates,”(+) in the commons which extended five miles from the town “every way” where the company owned property, are known. The rates were as follows:–

“A one and one-half acre house-lot was entitled to one and one-half gates; a two acre lot to four and one-half gates; a three acre lot to thirteen and one-half gates; and a four acre lot to twenty-two and one-half gates…. The time of laying out the several house-lots is unknown. On the 10th of the Eleventh Month, 1643, Mr. Thomas Nelson, Mr. Edward Carlton, Humphrey Reyner, and Francis Parrat, appointed by the town for that purpose, made a survey of the town and registered the lots to all the inhabitants as granted and laid out.”

The names of the fifty-nine to whom house-lots were registered in this survey, together with a brief account of each, are then given, the list being headed by George Abbott, who received two acres. In subsequent divisions, according to a book containing a record of the laying out of lands and divisions of fences from 1643 to 1647, he received, including the foregoing house-lot, 21 1/4 acres, variously located; but this was evidently only a fraction of the land owned by him. A recapitulation shows that lots were distributed to the settlers as follows: One received a one acre lot; twenty-eight received one and one-half acre lots; twenty-two received two acre lots; three received three acre lots; three received four acre lots; and two received six acre lots, making in all fifty-nine. Only thirty of this number, of whom George Abbott was one, contributed anything towards buying the land belonging to the company.

Gage says, in effect, that when Mr. Rogers’ party first arrived in Salem, in the fall of 1638, it consisted of about twenty families: that they spent the winter in Salem, improving the time looking out a place for a “plantation,” during which they were increased to about sixty families. The place where they located was first called Mr. Rogers’ plantation, afterwards Rowley,–from Rowley in Yorkshire, Eng., where he and some of his people had lived. For nearly five years they labored together in common to clear up the land on each side of the brook that ran through the central part of what is now the first parish, the members of the company not owning land in severalty. They were very industrious every way, soon built themselves houses, a fulling mill, put their children to work spinning “cotton wool,” many of them having been clothiers in England, and were the first to manufacture cloth in the western world. (Johnson’s Wonder Working Providence.)

Mrs. Abbott’s death, in case she came to America, was doubtless given in a book used for recording the general affairs of the town from 1639 to 1672, but much before 1647 is illegible, and several leaves, etc., are lost; therefore the dates of early deaths, etc., in the family cannot be given. The supposition is that one or the other of the two children named Thomas in George Abbott’s family was an adopted son. The elder was known as Thomas, Sr., and the younger as Thomas, Jr. The following from the Ipswich, Mass., court records indicates that the latter was not a son of George Abbott whose death occurred in Rowley, 1647, the day and month of which is not known except approximately, as indicated below:–

“30–1mo. 1647 [Mar. 30, 1647]. The court sitting at Ipswich ordered a warrant issued for George Abbott, Thomas Abbott, Sr., Thomas Abbott, Jr., and Nehemiah Abbott about putting out by the town of Rowley of one of the sons of George Abbott. Permission given to the town to set forth Thomas Abbott, Jr., son of George Abbott of Rowley, to be an apprentice to John Boynton for seven years. Boynton to pay Thomas Abbott ú5, at end of term, provided that it be not fully concluded until next court so his father may have an opportunity to object.”

The warrant for the four so-called sons of George Abbott, was issued, without doubt, after his death, as probably no such action would have been taken in regard to this particular child before that event; in case he was a son, it is singular that similar action was not taken with the other minors. The Ipswich court records show that after the division of George Abbott’s estate, the guardians of the children receipted to the court “30. 1mo. 1648” [Mar. 30, 1648], for ú16 as George’s, ú21 as Nehemiah’s, and ú16 as Thomas, Jr.’s, portion of the estate. An “overplus” of “about 50sh, of George Abbott’s children’s estate,” was left in the hands of Mark Simons, “executor to George Abbott, 28–1mo. 1648.” Later on it also appears(*) that the guardians, Humphrey Reynor and Thomas Mighill, were discharged from their trust March, 1654, on acknowledgment by the sons at Ipswich court that they had received satisfaction. According to the Mass. Colonial Records (ii: p. 215), Abbott made a will, for it was referred by the General Court to the Salem Court, Nov. 11, 1647; but, though search has been made for it repeatedly in all the several court and county records, deeds, wills, etc., of an early day, and in every other conceivable place, no trace of it has been found, nor any complete record of the settlement of his estate. Like most of the early records pertaining to him, it seems to have been lost or destroyed.

The following inventory of his effects is taken from the Ipswich court records (i: p. 61):–

“The Inventory of all the goods and Chattels of George Abott late of Rowley deceased praisd [by] Sebastan Brigham. Tho: Barker Mathew Boyes and James Barker the 30. of August 1647.


“GEORGE ABOTT his Inventory Imprimis all his aparell 01 10 00
It: in silver 01 03 00
It: one Gold Ringe 00 10 00
It: two greene Coverings 00 16 00
It: one feather bed two pillows & one Bolster 01 09 00
It: three flock bolsters one Coverlett & one Blankett 00 11 00
It: two Flock beds 00 06 00
It: seaven Sheets two table cloths seaven pillow bers nine napkins two Aprons 4 handkerchiefs with other small linen 04 06 00
It: fower Course Sheetes 00 07 00
It: one Trunke 00 05 00
It: two hogsheads & one Barrell 00 05 00
It: one boiler 00 01 00
It: one kilne haire 00 04 00
It: one whip saw & one cross cutt saw 00 08 00
It: two black Gownes 00 12 00
It: one Satten Capp & white thred 00 04 00
It: one pillow beere & other lininge 00 05 00
It: one Steele mill 01 10 00
It: one Steele Trape 00 10 00
It: three brand Irons fower wedges one fire shovell & other iron 01 00 00
It: two tramels one bar of iron & one gridiron 00 08 00
It: thirty eight pound of pewter 01 12 00
It: one silver ringe & spoone 00 05 00
It: two friing pans 00 04 00
It: one brasse pott & one iron pott 00 15 00
It: three Kettles 01 02 00
It: one Skillet & two Chafing dishes 00 03 00
It: one warming pan 00 03 00
It: three paire of Scales & weights 00 09 00
It: one brasse morter & pestle 00 05 00
It: one Skimer 00 01 00
It: one paire of horse bitts with buckles and furrells 00 03 06
It: one nest of boxes with things in them 00 05 00
It: one little Gun wth bandelers 00 05 00
It: one Spitt & one brush bill 00 03 00
It: one head peice & one axe with some other things 00 05 00
It: one bushell & half of oatemeale and one Tub 00 07 00
It: one Chest & one Churne 00 03 06
It: one bowle fowre trayes & one tunnell 00 04 00
It: one flockbed two Curtains & one pillow 00 10 00
It: one drinking pott & one jugg 00 03 00
It: three Leather bottles 00 05 00
It: thirty bookes 01 10 00
It: the dwelling house and land with the Apurtenances 30 00 00
It: two black Steeres 09 00 00
It: two younger Steeres 06 00 00
It: one yearling Steere 02 00 00
It: one Calfe 01 00 00
It: two Cowes 09 00 00
It: all the Corne and hay 08 00 00
It: one Sowe & three piggs 08 10 00
It: Some land at Newbery 02 00 00
It: one yoake & chaine 00 04 00
It: one brasse ladle 00 00 08
It: all the fowle about the house ??s 00 01 00


It: all the hops & flaxe 00 07 06
It: one Chaire & two Cushions 00 03 00
It: one Short Sithe & old Iron 00 02 00

Sume totall(*) 95 02 08

his mark


“Debt owing to the disceased of Stephen Kent of Newbury 00 07 00


“Essex Registry Deeds, So. Dist., Salem, Mar. 23, 1894. The foregoi
is a true copy of record in this offic
“Attest: CHAS. S. OSGOOD, Reg.”


From the foregoing inventory Abbott seemingly invested all he had with the company at Rowley; and the fact that his son Thomas, Sr., was one of the overseers and leading men of the settlement in 1656, and that in 1650, barely three years after his father’s death, only seven settlers owned more land each than Thomas, Sr., indicate that his father at the time of his death (when the land he probably gave his other heirs is taken into consideration), was one of the leading proprietors, but at this late day little can be found pertaining to his affairs, or to any of his early descendants. His sons, for the time, were all well off.

As his progeny are becoming legion, there can be no doubt that a desire to know as much as possible about his early history exists on the part of every thoughtful living descendant. On this account great pains have been taken to make his record complete, both here and in England, for from him have descended some of the most eminent of their day in the arts and sciences, including scholars, divines, jurists, statesmen, soldiers, educators authors, philanthropists, pioneers, specialists, business men, diplomats, politicians and trusted leaders and representative persons in almost every useful occupation in life, some of whose records are almost as brilliant as those of the chil. of Maurice Abbot, of Guildford, Eng.; and no pioneer bearing the name in America has a more distinguished descent than George Abbott, of Rowley, the most prominent of whom, like the celebrated Guildford family, from poor boys have risen to eminence. One notable fact is that not a saloon-keeper has been found among any of his descendants, covering a period of over two and a half centuries. The Compiler has copies of several scores of Yorkshire and London, Eng., wills,–all obtainable covering the period in which documentary evidence would develop his lineage, and including the Featherstone parish, where it is suggested in the Lawrence family register Abbott came from, but the desired information cannot be found.

George Abbott had 3 children

George Abbott (1600 – 1647)
10th great-grandfather

George Abbott (1631 – 1689)
son of George Abbott

John Abbott (1662 – 1721)
son of George Abbott

Captain John Abbott (1701 – 1782)
son of John Abbott

Cap Joseph Abbott (1723 – 1788)
son of Captain John Abbott

John Abbott (1754 – 1840)
son of Cap Joseph Abbott

Absalom Abraham Abbott (1775 – 1830)
son of John Abbott

Absalom Abraham Abbott (1804 – 1886)
son of Absalom Abraham Abbott

John Andrew Abbott (1825 – 1887)
son of Absalom Abraham Abbott

William Gilbert Abbott (1848 – 1937)
son of John Andrew Abbott

Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode (1872 – 1911)
daughter of William Gilbert Abbott

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Martha Elizabeth Abbott/Whitaker/Goode

Evelyn Deloris Goode
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

Christmas Outlawed

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When my Ancestors arrived in America and settled in Massachusetts Bay Colony this was the law.

Outlawing the celebration of Christmas sounds a little extreme, but it happened. The ban existed as law for 22 years, but disapproval of Christmas celebration took many more years to change. In fact, it wasn’t until the mid-1800’s that celebrating Christmas became fashionable in the Boston area.

The Puritans who immigrated to Massachusetts to build a new life had several reasons for disliking Christmas. First of all, it reminded them of the Church of England and the old-world customs, which they were trying to escape. Second, they didn’t consider the holiday a truly religious day. December 25th was not selected as the birth date of Christ until several centuries after his death. Third, the holiday usually included drinking, feasting, and playing games–all things which the Puritans frowned upon. One such tradition, “wassailing” occasionally turned violent. The older custom entailed people of a lower economic class visiting wealthier community members and begging, or demanding, food and drink in return for toasts to their host’ health If the host refused there was threat of retribution. Although rare, there were cases of wassailing in early New England. Fourth, the British had been applying pressure on the Puritans for a while to conform to the English customs. The ban was probably as much a political choice as it was a religious one for many.

“For preventing disorders, arising in several places within this jurisdiction by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other communities, to the great dishonor of God and offense to others: it is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof that whoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as foresaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shillings as a fine to the county.”

From the records of the General Court, Massachusetts Bay Colony May 11,1659

Records indicate that the first Christmas the Puritans celebrated in the new world passed uneventfully.  Some of the new settlers celebrated Christmas while others did not. But the events of the second Christmas were documented by the group’s governor, William Bradford. Sickness had wiped out many of their group, and for the first time they were facing hostility by one of the Native American tribes in the area. Bradford recorded that on the morning of the 25th, he had called everyone out to work, some men from the newly arrived ship “Fortune” told him it was against their conscience. He responded he would spare them “until they were better informed.” But when he returned at noon, he found them playing games in the street. His response, as noted in his writings was: “If they made the keeping of it matter of devotion, let them keep their houses, but there should be no gaming or reveling in the streets.”

The second Christmas was the first time the celebration was forbidden in Massachusetts, but the ban didn’t make into the law books until several years later. As the settlement grew and more English settled in the area, tensions grew between the Puritans and the British. The more pressure the English king exerted on the colonist, the more they resisted. In 1659, the ban became official. The General Court banned the celebration of Christmas and other such holidays at the same time it banned gambling and other lawless behavior, grouping all such behaviors together. The court placed a fine of five shillings on anyone caught feasting or celebrating the holiday in another manner.

“The generality of Christmas-keepers observe that festival after such a manner as is highly dishonorable to the name of Christ. How few are there comparatively that spend those holidays (as they were called) after an holy manner. But they are consumed in Compotation’s, in interludes, in playing Cards, in Revellings, in excess of wine, in mad Mirth…”

    Reverend Increase Mather, 1687

The ban revoked in 1681by an English-appointed governor Sir Edmund Andros, who also revoked a Puritan ban against festivities on Saturday night. But even after the ban was lifted, the majority of colonist still abstained from celebration. Samuel Sewell, whose diary of life in Massachusetts Bay Colony was late published, made a habit of watching the holiday-specifically how it was observed each year. “Carts came to town and shops open as usual. Some, somehow, observed the day; but are vexed. I believe, that the Body of the people profane it – and blessed be God! No Authority yet to compel them to keep it. Sewell wrote in 1685.











George Abbott 9th Great Grandfather


George Abbott

George Abbott was born in 1631  England and came to New England with his father’s family, probably about 1642, lived at Rowley, Essex Co., Massachusetts about 14 years, when, in 1655, he settled in that part of Andover, afterwards North Andover, but now Andover Center. He was a husbandman and tailor, very thrifty and industrious, and, for that day, was financially well off, being, according to the tax list, one of the wealthiest men in Andover. He was a member of Sgt. James Osgoods Militia Co., 1658-9, and according to the Essex Co. Court record, had previously been a member of Sgt. Stevens Co., the custom being for the citizens of Andover to petition the court to confirm their choice of a sergeant. He was made a Freeman May 19, 1669, and was elected Constable June 3, 1680 “for ye north end of ye town for ye year ensuing.” He probably held other town offices but the records are not sufficiently explicit to tell, there being so many George Abbotts.
He was much respected, and for many years had charge of the North Meeting House, Andover; the pulpit was cushioned at an early day, and by a vote to give him the use fo a part of the Parsonage lands for his services in repairing the meeting house, he agreed to “Mend ye pulpit cushions, and to get ye meetinghouse lock mended; in 1675 he was paid for “sweeping ye meetinghouse and ringing ye bell, thirty shillings per annum; “June 1, 1676, he was sold 9 acres “of upland on ye north side of Joseph Marbles’ land; provided it not be prejudicial to Richard Barker, and he is to pay for it nine pounds in sweeping the meetinghouse and ringing ye bell at 30 shillings per annum.
It was custom at one time to beat the drum for the signal for service and daily labor, “and none but a sober and industrious man could be chosen for such duties. Abbott probably had charge in all, about 30 years, some of his sons temporarily taking his place about the time of his death.
He died interstate, Andover, MA, Mar 22, 1688-9, age about 58 years. His widow Sarah was married by Rev. Francis Dane, Aug 1, 1689 to Sgt. Henry Ingalls, born England about 1627, son of Edward and Anna, probably of Lincolnshire, Eng. who settled in Lynn, MA 1629, progenitors of the late Hon. J. J. Ingalls, U.S. Senator for Kansas. They both died in Andover, he Feb 8, 1718-19, age 92, and she in 1728, age 90 years.  He was elected as Constable on 3 Jun 1680 in Andover, Essex Co., MA.  He died on 22 Mar 1688/89 in Woodstock, Windham Co., CT.  Parents: George ABBOTT and Hannah CHANDLER.
Spouse: Sarah FARNHAM. George ABBOTT and Sarah FARNHAM were married on 26 Apr 1658 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.  George Abbott was married in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA by “Mr. Bradstreet,” April 26, 1658, to Sarah Farnum. Children were: George ABBOTT, Sarah ABBOTT,John ABBOTT, Mary ABBOTT, Deacon Nehemiah ABBOTT, Hannah ABBOTT, Mehitable ABBOTT,Lydia ABBOTT, Samuel ABBOTT, Mehitable ABBOTT.
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Sarah Furnham 9th Great Grandmother

Sarah’s father and mother sailed from Southampton, England on April 6, 1635, in the brig James, and after a voyage of 58 days, landed in Boston Mass.

The settled in Andover for a short time then moved to Dracut, Mass. They may have been from Welsh ancestry according to Major Abbott’s research, the Farnum’s were a strong family with many of its early members taking a prominent part in the early public affairs of the country. There was Brig. General James M. Farnum of Revolutionary war fame.

General Joseph Farnum was a Captain during the Revolutionary war and for 16 years of members of congress, during which time he was speaker of the House for 4 years and a U.S. Senator for 6 years.

Then there was Capt. John Farnum of the French and Indian and several other Farnum’s in the Revolutionary War.

George, through whom we are descended, was born in England about 1631.  He immigrated with his parents as a youth of about 10 years old.

“He was a husbandman and tailor, very thrifty and industrious, and for that day was financially well off, being according to the tax list one of the five wealthiest men of Andover.”  (Gen and Fam Hist)  He was in the militia under Seargent James Osgood 1658-1659.  He was made a Freeman May 19,  1669.  He was elected Constable on June 3, 1680.  He was very resprected in his community which is evident by the responsibilities and positions to which he was elected.