Abigail Hurlbut

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Abigail Hurlbut (Avery)

Birthplace: Preston, New London, Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Avery and Anne Avery
Wife of Dea. John Hurlbut
Mother of Christopher Hurlbut; John Hurlbut; Anna Blackman; Catharine Hyde; Naphtali Hurlbut and 3 others
Sister of John Avery, Sr.; Amos Avery, Deacon; Anna Niles; Margaret Downer; Isaac Avery and 2 others
Half sister of Phebe Parke

Managed by: Steven Patrick Frank
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About Abigail Hurlbut

THE GROTON AVERY CLAN, Vol. I, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden) Avery, Cleveland, 1912. p. 174, 275-6

While living in Pennsylvania, the family occasionally visited their friends in Connecticut, and generally made the journey on horse-back. In one instance Abigail, hearing that her father was very sick, and fearing that it might be his last sickness, started promptly for the home of her childhood by the usual mode of travel, with a baby in her arms, and one of her little boys, some ten years old, on a pillion behind her. As she approached the Honsatonic river late in the afternoon, she halted at a country tavern, where she had been accustomed to stop on previous trips, with the expectation of spending the night there.

To her great disappointment she was told that the house was occupied with a great crowd of people, gathered for a social entertainment, and that they could not accommodate her. She was told, however, that she could find a good stopping-place a few miles further on, just over the river. So she pushed on. As she came to the place where she supposed the bridge ought to be it was so dark that she could see nothing distinctly, but could hear the water rushing by with great violence, the result of a recent storm. Presently, her horse came to a full stop. She urged it to go forward, and it did so, though with slow and measured step. Pretty soon she came to the tavern to which she had been directed, and, upon inquiring if they could keep her over night, was glad to receive an affirmative answer. "But," said the keeper of the tavern, "How did you get over the river?" "Why," she replied, "I rode over on the bridge, I suppose." "But," said he, "the bridge was swept away with the flood a few hours ago." Here the matter rested for the night. And in the morning it was found upon examination that the faithful horse, with his precious burden, had walked over the boiling flood on one of the stringers of the bridge which the swollen river had not displaced. Dea. Hurlbut died March lo, 1782, aged 52. Mrs. Hurlbut lived on into the following century, dying March 29, 1805, at the age of 70. She is said to have been a woman of great personal worth, and withal a very devoted Christian. "There is evidence, too, that her patriotism was no less than that of her husband, for it is told that she first proposed to send their two oldest sons—one aged 19 and the other 16—to aid in their country's necessities."

HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF LEDYARD 1650-1900, by Rev. John Avery, published by Noyes & Davis: Press, Norwich, Connecticut, 1901, p. 211-212

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Abigail Hurlbut's Timeline

April 1, 1735
Preston, New London, Connecticut Colony
May 30, 1757
Age 22
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
February 21, 1760
Age 24
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
January 5, 1763
Age 27
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
March 18, 1764
Age 28
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
August 12, 1767
Age 32
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
February 9, 1770
Age 34
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
September 1772
Age 37
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
July 10, 1775
Age 40
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony