An American Family History

Isaac Estey, Jr. and Abigail Kimball

Topsfield, Essex County,Massachusetts

The settlement of New Meadows was incorporated as the Town of Topsfield in 1650. The church "gathered" on November 4, 1663. The third Meeting House was built in 1703 with Rev. Joseph Capen as pastor.

Isaac Estey, Jr. and Abigail Kimball were married on October. 14, 1689 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. They lived in Topsfield at the same time as the Dr. Michael and Elizabeth Dwinnell family

Mary Estey Perkins was born in 1690/91. Abigail Estey Cummings was born on January 8, 1692/93.

In 1692, Isaac, Jr.’s mother, Mary Towne Estey, was executed for witchcraft in Salem.

Sarah Estey Cummings was born on October 4, 1694. Isaac Estey was born November 20, 1696. Aaron Estey was born February 16, 1698/1699. Jacob Estey was born June 28, 1700. Hannah Estey Cummings was born on May 18, 1702. Richard Estey was born April 7, 1706. Rebecca Estey Tucker Puffer was born in 1709. Moses Estey was born about 1712. 

Isaac, Jr. died in 1714 and Abigail married William Poole of Reading in 1718.

Three daughters of William Towne and Joanna Blessing were wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem. Rebecca Towne Nurse, Mary Towne Estey, and Sarah Towne Bridges Cloyes were persecuted in 1692. The children of people in the line below are all descendants of Mary Estey.

William Towne,
Mary Towne Estey,
Isaac Estey,
Aaron Estey
Mary Estey Dwinnell
Israel Dwinnell,
Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.,
Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
Victoria Zellena Dwinnell
Robert Wilson Miller, Sr
Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.
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.
Mary Towne Estey was a victim of the Salem witch delusion on September 22, 1692.


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Essex Institute Historical Collections

Isaac [Estey] (Isaac, Jeffrey), born in Topsfield about 1656. His name appears with others who took the oath of allegiance and fidelity to Charles II. in Jan., 1677. In 1681 his minister's rate was seven shillings and one penny, his father's being one pound and three shillings, and his brother Joseph's seven shillings and nine pence. In 1689 and 1691, he was chosen one of the surveyors of highways, and in 1694 was chosen constable. In 1696 he was one of the selectmen of the town.

He left a will dated Mar. 16, 1713/14, which was probated May 3, 1714. Married Oct. 14, 1689, Abigail, daughter of John and Mary (Bradstreet) Kimball, who was born Mar. 22, 1667. She married, second, Apr. 25, 1718, William Poole of Reading.

11. Mary, bapt. Feb. 15, 1691/2; m. Sept. 10, 1713, John Perkins.
12. Abigail, bapt. Jan. 8, 1692/3; m. May 22, 1712, Joseph Cummings, and died of small pox, Jan. 10, 1729/30.
13. Sarah, b. Oct. 4, 1694; m. Dec. 1, 1714, Capt. Joseph Cummings, and d. before 1751.
14. Isaac, b. Nov. 20, 1696.
15. Aaron, b. Feb. 16, 1698/9.
16. Jacob, b. June 28, 1700.
17. Hannah, b. May 18, 1702; m. Jan. 5,1720/1, Isaac Cummings. [son of John Cummings and Susannah Towne]
18. Richard .bapt. Apr. 7,1706; d. about 1784; m. May 7,1728, Ruth, dau of William and Mary Fiske of Ipswich, b. Oct. 18, 1709. He lived in Rowley until 1764, when he removed with three sons, John, Zebulon and Richard, to a settlement lately formed by New England colonists on the banks of the St. John river, New Brunswick, called Maugerville. Richard Esty was one of the signers of the original covenant of the Congregational church founded there. He left numerous descendants in N. B., and many now living in the U. S; W. P. Estey of Fredericton, and Jas. A. Estey of St. John, are among them.
19. Rebecca, bapt. Aug. 8, 1708; m. 1st, Nov. 12, 1729, Preserved Tucker of Stoughton; m. 2nd, Apr. 7,1743, Matthias Puffer of Stonghton.
20. Moses, bapt. Sept. 6, 1712; m. Sept. 8, 1736, Eunice Penguille Removed to Enfleld, Ct., in 1752, and in 1756 to Bucks Co., Pa., and later to New Jersey. He had one son, Capt. Moses, of Morristown, N. J., who was a soldier in the Revolution.

King Charles II ruled England from 1660 to 1685.
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."
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