Abigail Chase

26 September 1796–23 November 1882 (Age 86)
Fairfield, Somerset, Maine, United States

The Life of Abigail

When Abigail Chase was born on 26 September 1796, in Fairfield, Somerset, Maine, United States, her father, Ezekial Chase Captain, was 35 and her mother, Betsey Goodwin, was 29. She married James Smith on 25 October 1817, in Sebec, Piscataquis, Maine, United States. She died on 23 November 1882, in Sebec, Piscataquis, Maine, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Sebec, Piscataquis, Maine, United States.

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James Smith
Abigail Chase
Marriage: 25 October 1817

Spouse and Children

    James Smith



25 October 1817
Sebec, Piscataquis, Maine, United States

Parents and Siblings




    Jonathan Chase


    Daniel Goodwin Chase


    Sarah H Chase



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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 4

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Age 16

Historical Boundaries - 1812: Hancock, Massachusetts, United States; 1816: Penobscot, Massachusetts, United States; 1820: Penobscot, Maine, United States; 1838: Piscataquis, Maine, United States
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 23

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

1 English: metonymic occupational name for a huntsman, or rather a nickname for an exceptionally skilled huntsman, from Middle English chase ‘hunt’ (Old French chasse, from chasser ‘to hunt’, Latin captare).2 Southern French: topographic name for someone who lived in or by a house, probably the occupier of the most distinguished house in the village, from a southern derivative of Latin casa ‘hut’, ‘cottage’, ‘cabin’.

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

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Sources (2)

  • Abby Chase, "Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980"
  • Abby Chase, "Find A Grave Index"

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