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Andrew J. Abbott, a prosperous farmer of West Concord and an ex-member of its Board of Selectmen, was born in the house he now occupies, December 19, 1856, son of Simeon and Mary (Farnum) Abbott. The Abbott homestead, which has been owned by the family for five generations, was bought in 1754 by James Abbott from one of the original proprietors of Concord. James Abbott, who was a native of Andover, Mass., moved from there with his family to this land, and proceeded to clear and improve it. In 1760 he erected a frame house, which is still in use. He was succeeded by his son, Amos Abbott (first), who left the property to his son, Amos Abbott (second), who was grandfather of Andrew J., and served as a Corporal in the Revolutionary War. The maiden name of the grandfather’s wife was Judith Morse.
Simeon Abbott, after receiving his elementary education in the district schools of this town, subsequently pursued a higher course in a school of Meredith, N.H. He then taught school for several winter terms, and he conducted the homestead farm during his active period. His natural ability and energy brought him into prominence in affairs, and he served as a Selectman and as Representative to the legislature. He died at the age of eighty-seven years and six months. His wife, Mary, daughter of Simeon Farnum, who represented a highly reputable family of this city, became the mother of ten children-Amos S., Rebecca C., Mary S., Abiel C., Calvin F., Stephen F., Louise G., Clara A., Mattie W., and Andrew J. Calvin F., Stephen F., and Mattie W. are no longer living. Amos S., who is residing in Concord, married Hattie Williams, and has two children-Hattie P. and Otis A. Mary S. married Fred G. Chandler, of Penacook, and has one daughter, Annie M. Abiel C., who lives in this city, wedded Mary Francis, and has two children-James F. and Rebecca F. Louise G. married George Capen, lives at Omaha, Neb., and has seven children-Albert G., Simeon A., Stephen F., Mary L., George H., Edwin L., and Susan S.
Andrew J. Abbott acquired a district-school education, and at an early age applied himself to the regular farm duties at the homestead. Having succeeded to its ownership, he has since carried on general farming there with success. His crops are always large and of a superior quality, and he is regarded as one of the most practical farmers in his neighborhood. Actively interested in local affairs, he has displayed a determination to faithfully guard the general interests of the community. Politically, he is a Republican; and he cast his first vote for James A. Garfield in 1880.