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Biography of George T. Abbott

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George T. Abbott, a well-known farmer of Concord, was born here, September 16, 1833, on the estate which was bought by his father, Aaron, of the late Daniel Prince. His great-grandfather, Nathaniel A., was the third settler in that part of Concord known as the Iron Works, coming here from Massachusetts in 1735, when the district was almost a wilderness and Indians were numerous. Nathaniel brought his wife with him and built for their home a log house. Before his death he had cleared considerable land and had seen great changes, as he lived to be a very old man. He reared a numerous family, of whom his son, Levi, continued to live on the homestead farm until his death.

Aaron Abbott, son of Levi and father of George T., was one of the best known carpenters and builders of this section. He was also engaged in farming. He learned his trade at Limeboro, and many of the buildings in this vicinity were put up by him and his sons. Aaron Abbott married Nancy Badger, daughter of Jacob Badger, of Concord, and became the father of nine children. These were: Joseph C., Ann Mary, Elizabeth H., Sara Jane Hale, George T., Edward M., Susan F., Ellen S., and Alice Aaronette. Joseph C. was Colonel of the Seventh New Hampshire Regiment and afterward United States Senator from North Carolina. Edward M., who was a printer by trade, went to Iowa early in life, where he died in 1890. Jane Abbott, who lives in St. Paul, is the wife of George G. Sanborn, formerly of Henniker. Elizabeth resides in Malden, Mass., and is the widow of the late A. W. Sanborn, of Manchester, N.H. Ann married Granville P. Mason, a Captain in the Seventh New Hampshire Regiment; and Ellen S. married Judge William M. Chase. The other two sisters are unmarried and reside in Concord.

George T. Abbott, the fifth child and the subject of this sketch, has been engaged as a farmer and teamster since he began to be self-supporting. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary P. Sanders, is a daughter of John Sanders, of East Concord. Of the three children she has borne her husband, Emma, the elder daughter, married Frank O. Whittier; and Francis U., the only son, married Alice Toof, and has three children. Mr. George Abbott is a prominent Republican. He cast his first vote for State officers in March, 1855; and he has voted at every election since, except the November election of 1856. He is a member of the grange and an officer in that organization. He attends the Methodist Episcopal church, but is non-sectarian in religious matters.


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