Abel Amidon

about 1795–
New York, United States

The Life of Abel

When Abel Amidon was born about 1795, in New York, United States, his father, Abel Amidon, was 28 and his mother, Cynthia Harmon, was 23.

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Abel Amidon
Cynthia Harmon
Abel Amidon
Joseph Amidon
Simeon Amidon
James Amidon
Eunice Amidon
Abrah Amidon
Harmon Amidon

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World Events (8)

1797 · Albany is Named Capital of New York

Age 2

Albany became the capital of New York in 1797. Albany is the oldest continuous settlement of the original 13 colonies.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 5

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.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 32

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Name Meaning

Said to be a French Huguenot name. Family genealogists assert that it is recorded in western France, at La Rochelle and Bordeaux, in the departments of Gironde and Charente, in the spellings Amidon and Amadon. If this is the source, the etymology is not known.

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

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