Abby W. Fernald

30 August 1838–4 June 1868 (Age 29)
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States

The Life of Abby W.

When Abby W. Fernald was born on 30 August 1838, in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States, her father, Alfred B Fernald, was 32 and her mother, Naomi A Fernald, was 26. She married Herbert Reading Sargent on 12 November 1860, in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Maine, United States in 1838. She died on 4 June 1868, in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States, at the age of 29.

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Herbert Reading Sargent
Abby W. Fernald
Marriage: 12 November 1860
Jennie Pearson Sargent
Herbert Henry Sargent

Spouse and Children

    Herbert Reading Sargent



12 November 1860
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States


    Jennie Pearson Sargent


    Herbert Henry Sargent


Parents and Siblings

    Alfred B Fernald


    Naomi A Fernald




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World Events (5)

1842 · Webster–Ashburton Treaty

Age 4

The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed on August 9, 1842 and resolved the border issues between the United States and British North American colonies which had caused the Aroostook War. The treaty contained several agreements and concessions. It called for an end on the overseas slave trade and proposed that both parties share the Great Lakes. It also reaffirmed the location of the westward frontier border (near the Rocky Mountains) as well as the border between Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods. The treaty was signed by Daniel Webster (United States Secretary of State) and Alexander Baring (British Diplomat, 1st Baron Ashburton).

Age 8

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 13

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Name Meaning

Origin uncertain; perhaps an altered form of English Furnell, a topographic name from Old French fournel ‘furnace’. This name is common in ME.

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

Sources (3)

  • Abby W Fernald in household of Alfred B Fernald, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Abby W Fernald in household of Alfred B Fernald, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Abbie W Fernald in entry for William J Thompson and Jennie Sargent Carll, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"

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