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David Abell, Sr

Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 23 Jul 1781 (aged 59)
Sharon, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Sharon, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 37561574 · View Source
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As more and perhaps better land became available, colonial individuals of fortitude, such as the restless Abell men, went West -- often additionally motivated because they and their ministers wanted more religious freedom. At the end of the French and Indian War in 1760, the DAVID ABELL, Sr. FAMILY removed from Lebanon, Connecticut to the town of Sharon, Connecticut (a town very near to the New York state border at Albany, NY and just north of the village of Rensselaerville, NY), thereby contributing a small yet significant part in the movement entitled the Great American Awakening. With the drama of the Revolutionary War playing out around them, David Abell, Sr., along with his sons John, David, Jr., Sluman, and William, all enlisted. The year 1777 was crucial for the worried citizens of Sharon due to the proximity of the army of General Burgoyne in Saratoga, New York. Reverend Cotton Mather Smith, the local Congregational minister, preached an optimistic sermon. His text was: "Watchman, what of the night?". The watchman said: "The morning cometh." (Isaiah 21:11-12) Before the service was over, a messenger gave a letter to the Reverend Smith that told about the surrender of General Burgoyne. Most likely David Abell, Sr., his wife, and the children who were still at home heard that sermon.

In the book, SOLDIERS FROM SHARON, David is listed as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. As David, Sr. was not a young man at the war’s inception, it is assumed, yet unknown, that David must have served in a small capacity and perhaps as a private. David served in Capt. Mills' Company, 1776 enlistment: June 24; discharge: January 11. Regiments Served: 20th Regiment of Militia, 1779-1781 (Folder 184) -- Johnson´s CT Regiment of Militia, 1 Feb 1778 (Folder 216). {SOURCES: Connecticut Men in the Revolutionary War}

Of the eleven children of David and Alice ROBERTS Abell – all living to adulthood, eight were born in Old Lebanon, New London, CT (northwest of Norwich). The latter three were born in Sharon, Litchfield, CT and grew up with their siblings on ABEL Street (now known as East St).

A reference book citation is made that David Abell was named in the seating of the “first church” -- probably Methodist (evidenced as his son, John, Sr.’s family were staunch Methodist) or perhaps Congregationalist (evidenced as his wife was baptized into this religion?).

David Abell’s (lightly) handwritten Last Will has not yet been transcribed/typed; however, the difficult to read copy is available on Ref.: David Abell, Sharon Probate District -- Hartford, Connecticut Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999. Contact me for further information:

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Gravesite Details Known as "Cartwright Burying Ground Cemetery", near Mt. Sharon, CT, near Ellsworth East Street




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  • Added: 27 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37561574
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for David Abell, Sr (7 Apr 1722–23 Jul 1781), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37561574, citing East Street Cemetery, Sharon, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by H. Bundy (contributor 46837514) .