Abigail Elwell

Brief Life History of Abigail

When Abigail Elwell was born on 25 March 1742, in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Thomas Elwell, was 23 and her mother, Lucy Pierce, was 19. She married Moses Olmsted about 1756, in Pittsford, Rutland, Republic of Vermont. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter. She died in 1790, in Pittsford, Rutland, Vermont, United States, at the age of 48, and was buried in Connecticut, United States.

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Family Time Line

Moses Olmsted
1736–1795
Abigail Elwell
1742–1790
Marriage: about 1756
Gideon Omsted
1757–1802
Simeon Olmstead
1765–1840
Jonas Olmstead
1759–
Jabez Olmstead
1760–1813
Moses Olmstead
1762–1763
Lucille Ann Olmstead
1774–1840
Benjamin Olmstead
1781–1852

Sources (5)

  • Abigaill Elwell, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Abigail in entry for Moses Omsted, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Abigail Elwell, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

World Events (4)

1776

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

1781 · The First Constitution

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Elwell in Dorset, from Old English hǣl ‘omen’ or hǣle ‘hale, safe’ or hǣllu ‘health, healing’ + well(a) ‘spring, stream’. The reference is probably to a spring now called the Wishing Well. Compare Halliwell .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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