Thursday, January 20, 2011

Forebear Friday – Abial Adams

Above: Abial Abbott Adams and his wife, Irene Gray
My first post for Forebear Friday highlights Abial Abbott Adams.  How can you not love facial hair like this? 
Abial Adams was born about 1802 in Newport, Orleans co., Vermont, said by some to be the first white child born within the present limits of that town.  He was the son of Revolutionary War patriot Martin Adams and his wife, Mercy Ryder Adams.
He married Irene Gray about 1825, and they appear to have spent their lives in Newport, appearing there in each census from 1830 through 1870.  He supported his family by farming, and he also owned a sawmill.
Abial and Irene were the parents of 15 children: Ira, David, Daniel, Lucretia, James, John, Abel, Oscar, Mercy, Newell, Orin, Harriet, Donald, Ransom, and Frank.
It is unclear exactly when Abial died, some time between 1879 and 1881.  I could locate neither Abial nor his wife in the 1880 census.  She died 01 Apr 1885 in Newport.  Both are buried in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport.


  1. Good heavens, I don't think I have ever seen a beard quite like that one! It is kind of like a hula skirt but out of some stiffer material - good thing he didn't have a mustache to match! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yes! That's what it reminds me of. Couldn't quite put my finger on it. Maybe this post should have been Facial Hair Friday!?

  3. Happy Blogiversary...looking forward to many more!