|Birth: ||Nov. 13, 1752|
|Death: ||Jan. 16, 1832|
Abigail was the daugther of Joseph Starling & Mary Worcester. She often went by the nickname of Abby. On January 20, 1774 in Wiscasset, Lincoln County, Maine, she married Joseph Bradford Sr. To this union, 11 children were born.
One story is noted in Joseph & Abby's travels:
Joseph Bradford was from Meduncook, now Friendship, in this State. His wife, formerly Abigail Starling, with her sister Dorothy, afterwards Mrs. Craig, - came from Friendship on horseback, but as they had one of Mrs. B's children to transport they could only ride by turns, - the one riding taking charge of the child. The road then was only a spotted line bushed out. During the French and Indian War of 1755 the parents of Mr. Bradford were inhumanly murdered by the Indians. They, with others equally enterprizing, had located themselves in what was then the new and thinly settled portion of the State known as Meduncook, and already had their labors been crowned with success. But the din of war, with its attendant perils, broke in upon their peaceful toils. A garrison was speedily erected and the various families removed there. Mr. B., residing but a short distance from the fort, and directly in view from it, he did not deem it necessary to remove, supporting that if alarmed they could easily reach its protecting shelter. One morning while Mr. B. Was engaged in pounding corn - a simple process of obtaining meal, a party of Indians was seen from the garrison to be approaching the house. An alarm gun was soon fired, but owing to the noise of the mortar it not heard by the inmates, and the Savages were not perceived till they entered the dwelling. They immediately dispatched Mr. And Mrs. B. A daughter of some twelve or fourteen years of age, who had sought a momentary concealment, sprung from under the bed, and caught the infant as it fell unharmed from the mother's arms, and fled through the open door for the garrison. The Indians pursued, but not being able to overtake her, threw a tomahawk, which inflicted a deep wound in her side. But the heroic girl, clasping the babe more firmly with one hand, and with the other prevented her intestines from falling to the ground, and in this situation she reached the garrison. She recovered from the wound and subsequently married and removed to Vermont, where she became the mother of a family of children. The Indians succeeded in capturing two of Mr. B's brothers, being young lads, and carried them to Canada. They were afterwards exchanged, but deceptively detained in the State of New York, but eventually reached home, after a lapse of some time, through a train of providential circumstances.
North Farmington Cemetery
Created by: Beca
Record added: Nov 11, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22826077