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Re: Abraham Tappan, 1606
Posted by: G. Dick Pierce Date: May 13, 1999 at 05:47:05
In Reply to: Re: Abraham Tappan, 1606 by Mary Tappan of 311

Here is a little side info. on Abraham,1606 from my gr-grandfather(see below)

Abraham Toppan b. about 1606.
Abraham Toppans baptism is recorded in the records of Calbridge, York County, England as having taken place, April 10, 1606. He emigrated with his family to New England in 1637, in the "Mary Anne." My cousin, Lewis William Tappan, wrote to me under date of Jan. 12, 1861: "I have spared neither labor nor expense in tracing back our family name, and with the following results. The name was originally Topham or De Topham, taken from a place of that name in Yorkshire upon the introduction of surnames in England and meaning Upper Hamlet or Village. The earliest mention of the family in the registry of the Archbishop of York is found in the will of John Topham of Pately Bridge in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This will is dated May 1, 1403 and was proved 13th of June following. He divided his property between his wife Elizabeth and his sons and daughters but does not give their names.

Robert Topham, with whom our pedigree commences, resided at Linton, near Pately Bridge. He made his will in January, 1550.
Thomas Topham, his second son, was of Arncliffe, in the neighborhood of Linton, who, dying in 1589, was buried in the Church.
Edward Tophan, eldest son of Thomas, has his pedigree recorded in the College of Arms, with Armorial bearings. He was of Aiglethorpe near Linton. One of his sons was Lieut. Col. in the service of King Charles and was slain at the battle of Marston Moor, 1644.
William Toppan, fourth son of Edward of Aiglethorpe, resided some time at Calbridge, where his son Abraham was baptized, April 10, 1606, and from whence he probably emigrated to New England, as before stated.

The cause of the change of name from Tophan to Toppan, I am not informed, but it appears that the subsequent change from Toppan to Tappan was made by our next ancestor, Abraham's eldest son, Peter, and that his father threatened to disinherit him for so doing. It seems, however, that most of the descendants have continued to bear the name of Tappan from that time, although some of them afterwards wrote the name Toppan. The family still exists in England, and are now of Middleham Hall, Yorkshire. Their crest is a Maltese Cross.

My Uncle, Lewis Tappan, has furnished the following interesting particulars from the public records: "May 10th, 1637, the examination of Abraham Toppan, of Yarmouth, aged 31 years, and Susanna his wife, aged 30 years, with two children, Peter and Elizabeth, and one maid servant, Anne Goodwin, aged 18 years, are desirous to pass to New England to inhabit."
Persons wishing to emigrate in those days had to have their intentions recorded in London, and obtain permission.

In the town records of "Old Newbury," under date of Oct. 1637, is the following record: "Abraham Toppan, being licensed by John Endicott, Esq., to live in this jurisdiction, was received into the Town of Newbury as an inhabitant thereof, and hath promised, under his hand, to be subject to any lawful order that shall be made by the town." Signed, Abraham Toppan."

The above was quoted from "My Ancestors In America" by Wm. Blake Pierce
1864. A copy is in the possession of George Dick Pierce.


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