Abigail Hawes

17 December 1697–28 May 1776 (Age 78)
Dedham, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Abigail

When Abigail Hawes was born on 17 December 1697, in Dedham, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Nathaniel Hawes, was 37 and her mother, Sarah Newell, was 32. She married Deacon Joseph Barber on 19 May 1726, in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1697. She died on 28 May 1776, in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

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Deacon Joseph Barber
Abigail Hawes
Marriage: 19 May 1726
Samuel Barber II
Mary Barber
Joseph Barber II
Abigail Barber
Sarah Barber
James Barber
Elizabeth Barber

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19 May 1726
Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States


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Age 79

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 79

"At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""

Name Meaning

English (southern):1. patronymic from Haw 2. 2. from a Norman female personal name, Haueis, from Germanic Haduwidis, composed of the elements hadu ‘strife’, ‘contention’ + widi ‘wide’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Abigail Hawes, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Abigail Haws, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Abigall Haws, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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