3 February 1776– Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America
The Life of Abigail
When Abigail Anthony was born on 3 February 1776, in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Daniel Abraham Anthony, was 37 and her mother, Catherine Devol, was 27. She married Adam Lawton on 30 August 1793, in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters.
1 English: from the personal name Anthony, Latin Antonius. See also Anton . This, with its variants, cognates, and derivatives, is one of the commonest European personal names. Many of the European forms have been absorbed into this spelling as American family names; for the forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 . Spellings with -h-, which first appear in English in the 16th century and in French (as Anthoine) at about the same time, are due to the erroneous belief that the name derives from Greek anthos ‘flower’. The popularity of the personal name in Christendom is largely due to the cult of the Egyptian hermit St. Anthony ( ad 251–356 ), who in his old age gathered a community of hermits around him, and for that reason is regarded by some as the founder of monasticism. It was further increased by the fame of St. Anthony of Padua ( 1195–1231 ), who long enjoyed a great popular cult and who is believed to help people find lost things.2 South Indian: this is only a given name in India, but has come to be used as a family name among Christians from South India in the U.S.