An American Family History

Sarah Dwinnell Foster

Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

Sarah Dwinnell Foster was born on June 20, 1697 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Dr. Michael Dwinnell and his first wife, Hannah.

She married a carpenter, Abraham Foster, on May 14, 1718 when she was 21. Abraham was born on January 12, 1695/96 in Ipswich. He was the son of Abraham Foster and Mary Robinson.

According to the Topsfield records their intention of marriage was dated April 5, 1718. She was admitted to the church at Topsfield on July 2, 1732.

Sarah and Abraham's children included:
Abraham Foster (1719, married Priscilla Tod),
Sarah Foster (1721, married Abraham Adams),
Thomas Foster (1724, married Mehitable Peabody),
Hannah Foster (1726),
Amos Foster (1728),
Ruth Foster (1734), and
Abigail Foster (1737).

Sarah died July 17, 1753 at age 56 and Abraham died on April 23, 1767. They both died in Topsfield.

Chiildren of Dr. Michael
and Hannah Dwinnell
  • Thomas Dwinnell
  • Sarah Dwinnell Foster
  • Mary Dwinnell Gott Peabody
  • Michael Dwinnell
  • Stephen Dwinnell
  • Hannah Dwinnell Bowery Curtis
  • Jacob Dwinnell
  • Abigail Dwinnell Deering

  • of Dr. Michael and Elizabeth Fiske
  • Benjamin Dwinnell
  • Thomas Dwinnell
  • of Dr. Michael and
    Elizabeth Cave
  • Samuel Dwinnell
  • Elizabeth Dwinnell
  • Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    Various spellings of Dwinnell
    Doenell, Donell, Donnall, Donnell, Duenell, Dunnel, Dunnell, Dwaniel, Dwaniell, Dwainel, Dwennel, Dwinel, Dwinell, Dwinnel, Dwinnill, Dwonill, Dwynel

    The town common (commons) was a small, open field at the center of the town which was jointly owned. It was used as a marketplace, a place for the militia to drill, or for grazing livestock.



    from Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts by William Richard Cutter, Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1908

    Abraham Foster, son of Abraham Foster born at Ipswich, January 12, 1696, died April 23, 1767. He married Sarah Dunnell (or Dwinnell ), the intention being dated April 5, 1718. She was born in 1696, admitted to the church at Topsfield, July 2, 1732. and died April 10, 17—.

    He was a carpenter and lived at Topsfield. His son Thomas administered on his estate June 29, 1767.

    1. Abraham, born May 4, 1719, married Priscilla Tod.
    2. Sarah, May 4, 1721, married Abraham Adams.
    3. Thomas, April 5, 1724
    4. Hannah, September 18, 1726, died unmarried 1802.
    5. Amos, baptized December 22, 1728, bought land at Plymouth. 1858.
    6. Ruth, baptized March 17, 1734. died unmarried 1806.
    7. Abigail, baptized April 3, 1737.

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