Abigail Ardelia Graves

1824–1861 (Age 36)
Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Abigail Ardelia

When Abigail Ardelia Graves was born on 16 May 1824, in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Ezra Graves, was 34 and her mother, Sarah (Sally) Reed, was 28. She married George Fosdick Safford on 10 October 1844, in Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Jefferson Township, Muskingum, Ohio, United States in 1850. She died in May 1861, in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 37.

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Abigail Ardelia Graves
George Fosdick Safford
Marriage: 10 October 1844
George Henry Safford
Charles Curtis Safford
Mary Helen Safford

Spouse & Children

10 October 1844
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States


  • George Henry Safford


  • Charles Curtis Safford


  • Female1850–Female

  • Safford


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World Events (7)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 1

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 6

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 11

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from Grave 1.2 French: topographic name from the plural of Old French grave ‘gravel’ ( see Grave ).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Abigail Safford in household of George F Safford, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Ardelea A. Graves, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Abigail Ardelia Graves in entry for George Henry Safford, "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953"

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