Illinois, United States

The Life of Abigail

Abigail was born in Illinois, United States as the daughter of John Murdock and Frances Conklin. She married Elisha Lee on 4 October 1761. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. She died in Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States, and was buried in New Hartford, New Hartford, Oneida, New York, United States.

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Elisha Lee
Marriage: 4 October 1761
Phebe Lee
Elisha Lee Jr
John Allen Murdock Lee
Enoch Lee
James M Lee
Jonathan Lee
George Washington Lee
Frances 'Fanny' Lee
Richard Lee
Abigail Lee

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4 October 1761
Saybrook, Middlesex, Conn.


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Name Meaning

Biblical name, meaning ‘father of exaltation’ in Hebrew, borne by one of King David's wives, who had earlier been married to Nabal (1 Samuel 25:3), and by the mother of Absalom's captain Amasa (2 Samuel 1:25). The name first came into general use in Britain in the 16th century, under Puritan influence. It was a common name in literature for a lady's maid, for example in Beaumont and Fletcher's play The Scornful Lady ( 1616 ). The biblical Abigail refers to herself as ‘thy servant’ in addressing King David. In Ireland this name has traditionally been used as an Anglicized form of Gobnat , although the reasons for this are not clear. It was popular in the 17th century, especially among Puritans and Nonconformists, and has again enjoyed considerable favour since the 1990s.

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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  • Abigail in entry for John Murdock Lee, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Abigail in entry for Abigail Lee, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Abigail in entry for Phebe Lee, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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