Abigail Dickinson

7 December 1774–11 January 1810 (Age 35)
Granby, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Abigail

When Abigail Dickinson was born on 7 December 1774, in Granby, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Eli Dickinson, was 25 and her mother, Lois Horton, was 28. She married Chester Cowles M.D. on 3 March 1796, in Granby, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 11 January 1810, at the age of 35, and was buried in West Street Cemetery, Granby, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

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Chester Cowles M.D.
Abigail Dickinson
Marriage: 3 March 1796
Lucius Horton Cowles
Rufus Cowles
Abigail Cowles
Chester Cowles
Mary Cowles
Levi Dickinson Cowles

Spouse and Children

3 March 1796
Granby, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States


    Lucius Horton Cowles


    Rufus Cowles


    Abigail Cowles


    Chester Cowles


    Mary Cowles


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 2

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 12

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

Northern English: patronymic from the personal name Dicken, Dickin, a pet form of Dick .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Abby D. Cowls in entry for Levi D. Cowls and Luilla Leonard, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Dickinson in entry for Chester Cowles, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Abigail in entry for Lucius H. Cowles, "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"

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