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Benjamin Abbott

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 15 Nov 1879 Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • Burial Unknown, Specifically: Cemetery Unknown.
  • Memorial ID 102414960

The Most Married of Women.

Benjamin Abbott, one of our old citizens, died in this town Saturday last in the 82d year of his age. He was a nephew of the celebrated Rev. Benjamin Abbott, the great Methodist revivalist of the early part of this century, and came to this State from New Jersey when a young man and settled in the "Neck," east of this town, where his active life was mostly spent.

But the notable feature in Mr. Abbott's otherwise-uneventful life is the remarkable fact of being the seventh husband of his widow, who survives him. This much-talked-of and much-published event (for it went the rounds of the press of the nation), when he for the second and she for the seventh time bowed before the altar of Hymen, occurred on June 30, 1875, he then being 78 and she 82 years old.

Mrs. Abbott's history in the marital relations of life stands perhaps without a parallel in the records of the nation, and tradition has it there is to be yet another. It is currently stated, without contradiction. that some years ago she had a vision, in which eight men stood before her in a peculiarly-impressive manner, which she has ever regarded as prophetic of the number of conquests she was to make. The eighth is just as likely and as reasonable as the seventh, and already public gossip is beginning to mark this and that man as the victim of the next conquest.

Her maiden name was Williams, and she has been successively
Mrs. Truax,
Mrs. Riggs,
Mrs. Farrow,
Mrs. Wallace,
Mrs. Berry,
Mrs. Pratt
and Mrs. Abbott.

In every instance, save the first, she married widowers, some of them with a good number of children, and on one occasion, in her early married life, she went to the almshouse and took there from three children and raised them. She never had any children of her own.

All her life has been spent in this vicinity, and all her husbands were buried by the same undertaker. -- Smyrna (Del.) Times.

Freeborn County Standard; Albert Lea, Minnesota.
November 20, 1879; Page Five.
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