Family:Chadwick, Abigail (c1707-?)

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Abigail Chadwick (Sarah Whitney4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1), daughter of Charles and Sarah4 (Whitney) Chadwick. was born circa 1707,[1] calculated from age at baptism; baptized 21 Jan 1727/8, Weston, MA, aged 21 years.

She married, 17 May 1732, Watertown, MA, Capt. Henry Spring, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Traine) Spring. He was born 2 Feb 1710, Watertown, MA, and died 11 Feb 1762, Weston, MA.

Capt. Henry Spring was a farmer in Weston and a Selectman in 1758. He and his cousins Josiah, Jedediah, and Converse Spring served in a Regiment commanded by Sir William Pepperill in the Indian War of 1757 and was captain of a company from Watertown in the French and Indian War of 1758 in the Spring and again in 1759. Capt. Spring and his daughter Rebecca drowned while attempting to cross a pond on the ice in the winter of 1779-80.

Capt. Spring commanded the Watertown Train Band in Colonel William William's Regiment in 1758 when Massachusetts provided 7,000 men for the Lake George Expedition. These troops joined with the British regulars under General Abercrombie. Capt. Spring carried a beautifully carved powder horn, presented by his troops, throughout this campaign; later, it was carried by his son, Amos, in the American Revolution and by his grandson, Capt. Amos Spring II, in the War of 1812. It is now in the possession of his great, great grandson, Henry K. Holton, Indianapolis, Ind.

Children of Henry and Abigail (Chadwick) Spring, all born Weston, MA:

i. Henry Spring, b. 26 Apr 1733; bapt. 29 Apr 1733, Watertown, MA; marriage intentions for him and Hannah Whitney "both of Weston" were published 31 Dec 1756, Weston, MA; m. 28 Apr 1757, Weston, MA, Hannah Whitney "both of Weston", daughter of William5 and Hannah (Harrington) Whitney.
ii. Abigail Spring, b. 16 Jan 1734/5; baptized 26 Jan 1734/5, Weston, MA; m. Dec 1754, Weston, MA, Benjamin Brown "of Housatonic No. 1" (New Marlboro).
iii. Elijah Spring, b. 28 Feb 1736/7; baptized 6 Mar 1736/7, Weston, MA; marriage intentions for him "of Housatonic No. 1" (New Marlboro) and Beulah Jackson were published 28 Aug 1761, Weston, MA.
iv. Elizabeth Spring, b. 7 Apr 1739; bapt. 15 Apr 1739, Watertown, MA; d. 30 May 1771, Acton, MA; m. 23 Sep 1756, Weston, MA, Josiah Mansfield, son of Theophilus and Sybil (White) Mansfield.
v. Mary Spring, b. 22 Mar 1741; bapt. 29 Mar 1741, Watertown, MA; d. 26 Sep 1786; m. 4 Sep 1760, Weston, MA, Abijah Burbank "of Sutton".
vi. Lucy Spring, b. 20 Feb 1742; bapt. 27 Feb 1742, Watertown, MA.
vii. Rebekah Spring, b. 26 Oct 1744; bapt. 28 Oct 1744, Watertown, MA; marriage intentions for her and Asa Smith were published 28 Oct 1763, Weston, MA.
viii. Keziah Spring, b. 30 Sep 1746; m. 10 Jun 1780, Stockbridge, MA, Jeremiah Chandler.
ix. Ebenezer Spring, bapt. 6 Nov 1747; b. 4 Nov 1748 at Weston, MA; d. 1831, Charlton, NY; 27 Feb 1769, m. Naomi Sedgwick.
x. Mercy Spring, bapt. 1750, Weston, MA; b. 8 Feb 1750; m. 31 Oct 1771, Monterey, MA, Ebenezer Chadwick.
xi. Amos Spring, b. 5 Dec 1752; d. 23 Feb 1814, MA; m. 29 Dec 1774, Rebecca Judd.
xii. Sarah Spring, b. 22 May 1757.


1. "The Register of Americans of Prominent Descent", Vol. 1. Sources - "Watertown Soldiers in the Colonial Wars" by Ronbinson, pp. 35, 42; "Colonial Families of the USA" by Mackenzie, p. 107; New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. IV, p. 330; "National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America", Book 20, pp. 25-26; "Genealogical Dictionary of New England" by Savage, Vol. IV, pp. 156-157; "Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650" by Banks, p. 166; "Soldiers in King Philip's War" by Bodge, pp. 85, 260, 264, 376; Attica, New York News, 20 May 1943.Vital Records of Otis, Massachusetts to 1850, pp. 57, 154; New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 66, p. 239.

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