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HomeJamestown BiographiesJeffrey Abbot
Last Name:  Abbot
First Name:  Jeffrey
Also Known As:  Abbott
Birthplace:  London, England
Christening Place:  Saint Thomas The Apostle, London, England
Christening Date:  May 24, 1579
Death Place:  Virginia
Death Place Notes:  Executed
Death Date:  1612
Father:  Geffry Abbott
European Origin:  London, England
Virginia Settlement Place:  James Fort
Occupation:  Gentleman and Sergeant and Author
Arrival Date:  1608
Arrival Ship:  Phoenix

Notes:  Friend to Captain John Smith. Served both in Ireland and the Netherlands. Arrived in the first supply of colonists. Was sent by Smith to shoot the Dutch men. Smith lists two sets of authors in his works. Abbott is listed on the title page of the Map of Virginia, as author and also listed as author in the General Historie. He is among the colonists traveling with Smith in the Pinnace in his expedition to Werowocomoco on 29 December, 1608.

In Smith's words, "he was a Sergeant of my companie, and I never saw in Virginia a more sufficient Souldier, lesse turbulent, a better wit, more hardy or industrious, nor any more forward to cut off them that sought to abandon the Countrie, or wrong the Colonie, how ingratefully those deserts might bee rewarded, envied or neglected, or his farre inferiors preferred to over-top him, I know not, but such occasions might move a Saint, much more a man, to an unadvised passionate impatience, but how ever, it seemes he hath beene punished for his offences, that was never rewarded for his deserts".

Executed in 1612 by Sir Thomas Dale

Bibliographic References:  Barbour, Smith's Works, Vol.I: 197, 222,244, 267, II: 136, n. 3, 161,193, 207, 216,240.
Hamor, True Discourse, 27.
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