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John "Abel" Upsher
Born 1622? Essex Co. England
Died 1688 VA
Emigrated 1640 from Colchester to Essex Co. VA
SPOUSE CHILD
Cordelia

b. ?England

d. ?King and Queen Co. VA
William (Capt.)

b. 1666
Gloucester Co. VA
d. May 17, 1720
Essex Co. VA
John was often referred to as Abel.
It has been said that John, with his younger brother Arthur, sailed from Colchester near the Thomas River, in 1640 at about age 18, to escape the persecutions of their stepmother. Arthur stayed just off the Capes of Virginia in Accomac on the eastern shore of Virginia, while John (sometimes called Jeremiah or Abel) went to Gloucester on the western shore. Arthur's Tombstone is in Accomack Co. VA.
John's wife Cordelia probably remarried since the will dated Dec 16, 1716 of her son William refers to his mother as Cordelia Martin.
Sources:
Dorman, John Frederick, comp., Essex County, Virginia, Wills, Inventories and Settlements of Estates No. 3, 17171721, pages 143144.
Sweeny, Lenora Higginbotham, "The Upshaw Family of Essex," Genealogies of Virginia Families from Wm. & Mary Coll. Quarterly, 5:249, Baltimore, 1982.
Upshaw, Sophie W., comp., Captain William Upshaw, Gent., Planter of Virginia, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, 1975, part I.
Wood, D.J., "William Major Upshur", in Makers of America: Biographies of Leading Men of Thought and Action, v. 1, B.F.Johnson, Washington DC, 1915.