I thank you for your kind comments and it is a pleasure to meet
another distant relation. My direct lineage relocated to Connecticut
from Andover and then to Rhode Island where they changed
from farming to factory work in the many mills along the
To answer your question as to why many in our lineage migrated
to New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine in the 1700's, mostly was because
many were preachers on missionary work for their church.
They were attempting to convert, especially the Native Americans,
into their religion. .Here is one example, "Abiel Abbot (1765-1859) Unitarian Minister "He was graduated at Harvard in 1787, taught in Phillips Andover Academy until 1789, travels throughout northern New England and Maine as a youthful missionary to the Indians and the remote settlements in 1789-1794."
That Rowley vs Andover George's still confuses me. i am still trying to find
what links them, are they sons of brothers or something else? I am also having
trouble getting information on our common ancestor William.
the son of George and Hannah. I have been to Andover several
times and visited the Historical Society there, and they were no
help. I also came across a document from a town meeting
in Andover, https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=acwTAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA201
and on the page listing attendees it says "Edward Whittingham alias William Abbot."I encourage you to visit
archive.org go to book archive there and type ABBOT(T) in the search bar and you
will be able to read many books written by our ancesrors there. We have had
many teachers, preachers and authors in our legacy....a trend
that continues to this day.
Please stay in touch, I look forward to hearing from you in
Sincere Regards and GOD Bless.....