Rebecca Abel

2 September 1827–22 February 1875 (Age 47)
Orange, Indiana, United States

The Life of Rebecca

When Rebecca Abel was born on 2 September 1827, in Orange, Indiana, United States, her father, William W. Abel, was 40 and her mother, Rebecca Cox, was 32. She married Benjamin Franklin Richardson on 14 May 1846, in Orange, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Northwest Township, Orange, Indiana, United States in 1860 and French Lick, French Lick Township, Orange, Indiana, United States in 1870. She died on 22 February 1875, in Orange, Indiana, United States, at the age of 47, and was buried in Miller Cemetery, Northwest Township, Orange, Indiana, United States.

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Benjamin Franklin Richardson
Rebecca Abel
Marriage: 14 May 1846
Harriett F Richardson
John Guy Richardson
Martha Elenor Richardson
Aron Richardson
George Franklin Richardson
Volney B Richardson
Thomas Nelson Richardson

Spouse and Children

14 May 1846
Orange, Indiana, United States


    Harriett F Richardson


    John Guy Richardson


    Martha Elenor Richardson


    Aron Richardson


    George Franklin Richardson


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Martin Abel


    John Abel


    Nancy C Abel


    Andrew Jackson Abel


    William Abel


+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

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.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 9

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

Age 14

The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.

Name Meaning

1 Common European surname: from the personal name Abel, which is of Biblical origin and was used as a Christian name in many countries of Europe. In the Book of Genesis Abel is a son of Adam, murdered by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:1– 8). In Christian tradition he is regarded as representative of suffering innocence. The Hebrew form of the name is Hevel, from a vocabulary word meaning ‘breath’.2 German: from the personal name Abel, a pet form of Albrecht ( see Albert ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Rebecca Richards, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Rebecca Cornwell in household of William Cornwell, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Rebecca Richison in household of Benjamin F Richison, "United States Census, 1850"

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