Here is a little side info. on Abraham,1606 from my gr-grandfather(see below)
Abraham Toppan b. about 1606.
Robert Topham, with whom our pedigree commences, resided at Linton, near Pately Bridge. He made his will in January, 1550.
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."
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
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