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Biographical Sketch of Major Abijah Powers

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MAJ. ABIJAH POWERS, son of Ezekiel Powers, one of the earliest settlers of the town, was a man instinctively inclined to leisure and social enjoyments. He was a Major in the war of 1812. He was well educated, and bad a ready judgment, and hence was enabled to fill the offices of Justice, Selectman and Representative with much credit to himself. He was the greatest story-teller the town ever produced, with the exception perhaps of his uncle, Abijah Hall, the father of Capt. Amasa Hall. With him, as with James and other members of the family, in his last days his memory was remarkably clear and retentive. He could recall with the utmost vividness all the incidents of his life, and after reading a book could repeat it word for word.


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