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America/USA  Abigail  Proctor

  (b. abt. 1639Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony   d. 1 March 1731Ipswich, Province of Massachusetts Bay )  
Age: 92

Abigail Proctor was born abt. 1639 in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Abigail Proctor was the child of John Proctor and Martha Harper

She married  Thomas Varney abt. 1666 in Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony .  The couple had (at least) 6 children. Thomas Varney  was born 1630 in , England .  He died 4 December 1692 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA .  He was the son of William Varney and Bridget Knight.

Abigail Proctor died 1 March 1731 in Ipswich, Province of Massachusetts Bay.

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Abigail Proctor married immigrant England Thomas Varney-- Date: abt. 1666 Place: Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001. 

Thomas Varney was the son of William Varney and Bridget Knight

"Thomas & Abigail [PROCTOR] (1639-1732, ae 92); by 1669; Ipswich {Hammatt: Ipswich 271, 378; Hadley Fam. 16; Ferrin-Preston 64; Choate 9; Hamlin 345; Paul Anc. 75, 176; Holman Ms: Proctor 9}"
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America/USA Abigail Varney (b.1666, Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony  d. 31 October 1692, Ipswich, Province of Massachusetts Bay)

America/USA Mercy (Mary) Varney (b.abt. 1669, Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony  d. 19 November 1733, Ipswich, Province of Massachusetts Bay)

America/USA Martha Varney (b.abt. 1674, Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony  d. , )

America/USA Rachel Varney (b.abt. 1676, Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony  d. bef. 21 MAY 1731, Plainfield, Crown Colony of Connecticut)

America/USA Hannah Varney (b.abt. 1678, Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony  d. , )

America/USA Thomas Varney (b.24 December 1682, Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony  d. 21 June 1762, Ipswich, Province of Massachusetts Bay)

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Invention 1656 - The pendulum clock is invented (Christiaan Huygens, Netherlands)
"In 1656 Dutch mathematician, astronomer, physicist and horologist Christiaan Huygens invented the pendulum clock in 1656 and patented it in 1657. This technology reduced the loss of time by clocks...Read MORE...

News 1662 - June 15 - A fast was held at Salem MA with prayers for rain, and the Lord gave a speedy answer. -

Invention 1666 - Isaac Newton discovers gravity
"...According to the well-known story, it was on seeing an apple fall in his orchard at some time during 1665 or 1666 that Newton conceived that the same force governed the motion of the Moon and the ...Read MORE...

USA 1675 - King Philip's War takes place between Native Americans and New England colonists
In colonial New England, King Philip's War begins when a band of Wampanoag warriors raid the border settlement of Swansee, Massachusetts, and massacre the English colonists there.

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1682 Birth of Child
Thomas Varney was born 24 December 1682, Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA

World History 1689 - William & Mary assume English throne. Peter the Great assumes Russian throne.

USA 1692 - March 1 - Salem Witch Trials

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1692 Death of Child
Abigail Varney died 31 October 1692, Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA

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Thomas Varney died 4 December 1692, Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA

Invention 1698 - The steam engine is invented (Thomas Savery, England)
"Thomas Savery was an English inventor credited with making important advancements and discoveries in the development of the steam engine. He was born in 1650 at Shilston and belonged to a well known ...Read MORE...

USA 1704 - February 29 - French forces from Quebec and Native American forces under the command of Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville attacked the village of Deerfield, Massachusetts.
February 29, 1704 - Queen Anne's War - Deerfield Massacre - Major Jean-Baptiste de Rouville and his four brothers attack and burn an English settlement at Salmon Falls in the Connecticut River valley ...Read MORE...

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Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Varney Abigail, wid., of Chebacco, Mar. 1, 1731, a. 92 y.
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