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Abijah Farnsworth
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1772
Charlestown
Sullivan County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: May 29, 1812
Woodstock
Windsor County
Vermont, USA

Time Line by Eleanor Law Johnson regarding Abijah Farnsworth
copyright...........ELJ

1772 Born in Charlestown, Cheshire (now Sullivan),New Hampshire
1773..Residing in Woodstock as his father, Oliver, was one of town officers....
1778..........His father elected Town Clerk
1785..........November, His father died.Abijah would have been 13 years old...
1795..........About date for marriage to Betsey Peck
1796 .........Birth of son, Oliver Farnsworth,
1800..........Vermont Census......
1802..........Birth of daughter, Betsy
1803..........Birth of son, Elijah
1804..........Birth of son, Abijah
1805..........Birth of daughter, Esther
1810......... Birth of son, Sampson
1812..........Death 29 May 1812 (Vermont Republican)
1815..........Bezer Simmons becomes guardian of three of Abijah and Betsey's minor children....
1817..........Approximate time that Abijah's wife remarried
To Allen Carpenter & in 1820 moved to Cortland
County, New York. (Allen Carpenter Rev.War Recods)
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Transcribed 11-12-01 by Eleanor Law Johnson (3rd Great, Grand-daughter)

Abijah Farnsworth Will, Woodstock, Vermont...
In the name of God, Amen. I Abijah Farnsworth, of Woodstock in the county of Windsor and state of Vermont being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit.
First. I resign my soul into the hands of God who gave it, in humble hope of the future happiness through the merits of a Saviour, my body to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors.
And my worldly estate I dispose of as follows.
First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Betsey Farnsworth, the whole of my household furniture and also the use and improvement of all the real estate I shall be seized of so long as she remain my widow or untill my two sons, Oliver and Elijah ...shall arrive to the age of twenty one years.

Second..I give and devise to said two sons Oliver and Elijah .. the whole of my real estate, in said Woodstock, being the farm I now occupy, together with my right on the dower of my honored mother, Elisabeth Norton, to have and to hold the same forever in their paying the four following legacies as therein provided...

Third. I give and bequeath unto my two sons, Abijah and Sampson and unto my two daughters, Esther and Betsey, the sum of fifty dollars each to be paid by my two sons above named when the said last legatee shall arrive, the son at the age of twenty one in case and the daughter at the age of eighteen.

And I hereby appoint Oliver Farnsworth Esq of Windsor in the County aforesaid and Stephen Farnsworth of Woodstock aforesaid Executors of this my last will and testament...and do revoke all former wills by me made...
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this nineteeth day of May Anno Domini 1811.
Abijah Farnsworth (looks like initials are inscribed after his name).
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Abijah Farnsworth to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us who haveunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator and of each other.
Abraham Spencer
John Mills
Elisha Perkins (difficult to read)

State of Vermont District of Hartford
At a court of Probate hold at Woodstock, within and for the said District on the seventh day of July, being the first Tuesday of said month in the year of our Lord 1812. The forgoing was presented as the last will.
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CEMETERY:
June 1993 Trip into Woodstock, Vermont...Find a Farnsworth Cemetery in South Woodstock known as Morgan or Adams Cemetery (up Fletcher Rd). We found no marked stone for Abijah or Betsey but many stones among the Farnsworth graves that did not have engraved names on them. I strongly believe that Abijah is buried there with other relatives and that it was a family graveyard. Jonathan Farnsworth, brother of Oliver, is buried there. Also Stephen & Deborah Farnsworth and some of their children.
2011 New information found that Betsy remarried and moved
with her husband, Allen Carpenter, to Cortland County, New York. Betsy would probably be buried in New York.
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Vermont Republican dated 6-1-1812.

DIED - At Woodstock, on Friday last, after a long, distressing illness, which he sustained with uncommon fortitude and Christian composure, Mr. ABIJAH FARNSWORTH, aged 40. He has left a widow and six children to mourn the afflicting dispensation.

Looking at the 1812 calendar -the Friday last would be May 29, 1812.
Thanks to Flo Moscon for her research on the death notice in Vermont Republican.

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Oliver Farnsworth (1742 - 1785)
  Elizabeth Wheeler Farnsworth (1750 - 1833)
 
 Spouse:
  Betsy Peck Farnsworth (1772 - 1844)
 
 Children:
  Oliver Farnsworth (1796 - 1882)*
  Elijah N. Farnsworth (1797 - 1872)*
  Elizabeth or Betsy Farnsworth Pierce (1802 - 1897)*
  Esther Farnsworth (1803 - 1817)*
  Sampson George Farnsworth (1810 - 1884)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Not all of Abijah & Betsey Farnsowrth's children's graves are known. Please contact me if you do know their burial place.
 
Burial:
Morgan Cemetery
South Woodstock
Windsor County
Vermont, USA
 
Created by: Eleanor L. Johnson
Record added: Dec 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45686922
 

I never stop searching for you and Betsy. I have loved you all of my life and look forward to the time we will meet. You are very precious to me.With love, your 3rd great, grand-daughter,
- Eleanor L. Johnson
 Added: May. 14, 2013
For my ggggrandfather on my mother's Pierce-Farnsworth branch. Thank you Eleanor for all your family research and sharing with descendants. Bless you.
- Carol Pendleton
 Added: Jun. 8, 2012
I think of your family so often. You have always been a part of my genealogy efforts to find more about you and Betsey.With love, your 3rd great,grand-daughter,
- Eleanor Law Johnson
 Added: Apr. 19, 2012
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