When James Abbott was born in 1678, in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America, his father, John B. Abbott, was 30 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Hepworth, was 29. He married Susannah Lear in 1708, in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He died on 15 July 1721, in his hometown, at the age of 43.
English: nickname from Middle English abbod, abbot(t), abbat ‘abbot’ (Old English abbod) or Old French abet ‘priest’. Both the Old English and the Old French term are derived from Late Latin abbas (genitive abbatis) ‘priest’, from Greek abbas, from Aramaic aba ‘father’. The nickname was presumably a joking reference to a person's behaviour. In the US, the English name is also sometimes a translation of a cognate or equivalent European name, e.g. Italian Abate , Spanish Abad , or German Abt .
History: George Abbot from Yorkshire, England, settled in Andover, MA, in 1640; he had numerous prominent descendants. George Abbott (probably not the same man) died in Rowley, MA, in 1647. Another early migrant was James Abbott, who came from Somerset, England, to Long Island, NY, in the 17th century.