Copyright Patricia Abbott 2018-2019

August 18, 2019

Captain Benjamin Walker was injured at the Battle of Bunker Hill, taken prisoner, and died of his wounds 15 August 1775.

August 21, 2018

Samuel French served in the Revolutionary War and was held captive for four years. Afterwards, he married Tamison Eastman and they had three children. Tragically, Samuel committed suicide by hanging in 1799.

July 27, 2018

Major General Stephen Abbot was a successful merchant in Salem. He was an officer in the Revolutionary War and later held the rank of Major General in the Massachusetts Militia. He and his wife Sarah had ten children although seven of the children died in childhood.

July 16, 2018

Dane Holt made special provisions in the will for the disposition of his clock, a highly valued possession in colonial and early 19th century New England.

July 16, 2018

Two of the sons of Timothy and Susannah Nichols and two of their sons-in-law were furniture craftsmen. Their grandchildren were prominent members of Boston society and their great-granddaughter was landscape architect and suffragist Rose Standish Nichols.

June 24, 2018

Dorcas Ingalls and Caleb Swan raised a family of eight children in Methuen. The Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen is named for their grandson.

June 24, 2018

Wills are usually matter-of-fact, but William Barrett used his will as a mechanism to express deeply held feelings about his daughter.

June 24, 2018

David Stevens served his new nation in the Revolutionary War, but afterwards had personal struggles that threatened the security of his family.

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