John Abbott (1724 - 1814)

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Birthplace: Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Twelve Corners, Cayuga, New York, USA
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About John Abbott

Some sources say he died 21 May 1811. He was a carpenter, trader, farmer and Justice of the Peace.

He and his family had built a log cabin on a farm in Pawlet, Vermont. During the American Revolution, he served in the 14th New York Regiment. A book by Major Abbott relates the story - "Just before the battle of Bennington, word was sent to the settlers at Pawlet, that the British had landed (probably from Lake Champlain), that the Indians would soon be among them and that they must flee for life to some place of safety. The evening the message was received, Col. Abbott had his teams hastily loaded with such supplies and household effects as he could quickly get together. Mrs. Abbott and her daughter Eunice, being ill with dysentery, were both placed on a feather-bed on top of one of the loads, driven by her daughter, Betsey, then 16 years old, while her little brother Chauncey, who was afterwards killed by a falling tree, drove the ox team. Following the teams another son was sent with the cattle, and after him, David with the sheep. Col. Abbott was the last to leave their frontier home. His restless saddle horse tied to a sapling in the yard read for use at a moment's notice, scenting Indians, first warned the Colonel of danger and their presence. Glancing about the premises and seeing an Indian dodge behind a tree, Abbott sprang into his saddle and dashed away, the Indian firing and wounding Abbott in the calf of the leg."

The family trekked all the way from Vermont to upstate New York where they settled near Hoosick. Mrs. Abbott died shortly after of dysentery in 1777. Col. Abbott went on to fight in many battles against the British. Major Abbott's book chronicles many such engagements and Col. Abbott's ability to rally various elements of the militia against the British and the Indians. He spent his final days on a farm with his son Lieut. John Abbott, near Twelve Corners, New York.

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Col. John Abbott's Timeline

April 2, 1724
Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
December 20, 1747
Age 23
Lyme, New London, Connecticut, USA
July 17, 1748
Age 24
Colchester, New London, Connecticut, USA
August 28, 1751
Age 27
Colchester, New London, Connecticut, USA
July 6, 1754
Age 30
Salisbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
Age 30
Colchester, New London, Connecticut, USA
September 30, 1756
Age 32
Salisbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
October 1, 1758
Age 34
Salisbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
October 26, 1759
Age 35
Salisbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA
Age 36
Salisbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA