Thursday, April 24, 2014

U is for Unknown, Abigail

Unknown is a problem. Unknown is a challenge. Genealogists deal with unknown. What's interesting is that they are not really unknown. They do have family attached so generally it's the name that's missing.

Unknown, Abigail      1600 - Warwickshire, England     1627  - Jamestown, James City, Virginia, USA

She was born in 1600 in Warwickshire, England and died in 1627 in Jamestown. She is my 10th great grandmother and was married to Daniel Lucye. It says they both died in 1627. That's a clue.

Unlike those who came before me, I do have access to the Internet so it's the first place I went. Daniel Lucey, Lucy, Lucye comes up in a search. He immigrated to Jamestown, Virginia on the "Susan" in 1624. It is assumed that Abigail was with him since he married Abigail, "the tanner's daughter about 1617. He was the youngest son of Timothy Lucy. He died owing Richard Kingsmill 500 pounds of tobacco. The website I found has other details of the family in England. Today, I am not going to worry about the accuracy of the data, only that Abigail Unknown was a wife and mother and lived a tragically short life.

There are other unknown's in my tree. Unknown's are a challenge that can't be left alone. We may never know their last names but that doesn't stop any of us from trying to find the answers.


  1. Genealogy is a never ending puzzle and women, particularly that far back, are hard to track down as they left few records behind. I hope you find a little more out about Abigail.

  2. That's marvelous to trace ancestors back to Jamestown. About 25 years ago, I visited that historic place. What a treat that was.

  3. This may sound silly and I'm sure you've already thought of it, but in the 1600s it seems possible that a tanner's daughter's last name might have been Tanner. Might be worth checking if you haven't already. Very cool post--very thought-provoking.

  4. They didn't keep such great records back then. Not like now, where so much is shared and kept, although if something happened to our society, digital data would not survive very well. Paper would fare better, though would still be subject to entropy.

    Maui Jungalow

  5. I know if something came up unknown I'd be on a mission to find out all that I could : ) Genealogy is a lot of work!