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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
SYLVESTER H. ABORN
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES.
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1341
SYLVESTER H. ABORN is one of the leading tobacco growers of the town of Ellington, Tolland county, and is a good representative of an old New England family, which is quite numerous in the vicinity of Lynn, Massachusetts.
Samuel Aborn was the first of the family
to come into Tolland county, Conn., from Lynn, and he purchased ninety-six
acres of land in the
Samuel Aborn (2) was born on
farm in Tolland county, where his entire life was passed in farming.
He bore arms in the Revolutionary war, and was pensioned, $96 per
year, in his old age for his three years services in that great
struggle. Dorothy Post, of Hebron, became his wife in 1782, and bore
him seven children: Samuel, born in 1783, died unmarried; Jedediah,
born July 12, 1787, was grandfather of Sylvester H. Aborn; Roxa married
Joel Cobb, when nearly seventy years old, and died in Tolland; Hiram
became a noted business man and a very successful farmer, and never
married; Dorothy, died in 1822; Mary, born in 1798, died unmarried
Jedediah Aborn was born on the old
homestead and was reared to agricultural pursuits. He acquired unusual
muscular strength, and was capable of prolonged hard work. When the
estate was divided after the death of his father he erected a home,
and passed his life upon the portion that came to him. In 1864 he
died at the age of seventy-seven years. In politics he was a Democrat,
but never sought office. Laura Ryder, his wife, was a daughter of
Enos Ryder, who drove a team in the Continental army during the war
of the Revolution. She lived to be ninety-three years old, and died
in the home of her son, Henry C., in Ellington. Their children were:
Lyman, the father of Sylvester H.; Albert, a farmer in Tolland, who
married Mary Charter; Henry C., of Ellington, who married Fannie
C. Slater; William, a farmer, who married Jane Kellogg; Charles,
a farmer, who married Harriet Slater, and is now living in Oklahoma;
and Enos, who was a farmer in
Lyman Aborn was born Oct. 15, 1819,
in Tolland, where he spent his early life. Until his marriage, he
was employed at farm work and teaming, when he removed to Somers,
Conn., and located on the Gen. Fuller farm, where he was engaged
in farming and in butchering for several years. Then he moved to
the farm of Joseph Wallace, in whose home had been reared the mother
of Sylvester H. Aborn. This farm contained seventy-two acres, and
was located in the south part of Somers, and it was his home until
1866, when he removed to Tolland where he was farming and doing a
butchering business for a number of years. Then he came to Ellington
to spend his last days in the home of
Lyman Aborn and Lois Cooley, born in Somers, and the daughter of Levi and Dolly (Smith) Cooley, were married and became the parents of a good family. Mrs. Aborn was reared in the home of Joseph Wallace, and died April 18, 1874, at the age of fifty-three years. Their children were: Frank, who became a soldier in the Civil war as a member of Co. A, 16th Conn. V.I., participated in the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg, and died in the Newport News hospital of typhoid fever; Henry, who was married to Phoebe Brown, and was engaged in a grocery business at Hunters Point, where he died; Sylvester H.; Julia, who married Charles Kibbe, an Ellington farmer; Ellen, who married George Braman, and died at her home in Ellington; and Charles, an undertaker in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sylvester H. Aborn was born Aug. 5, 1849, in Somers, Conn., and when he was twelve years old he left home to make his residence with his grandfather, Jedediah Aborn, assisting him on the farm, and becoming familiar with all details of farm work. During several years of his stay at his grandfathers he worked for neighboring farmers, and then came to Ellington where he rented a farm of Guy P. Collins. Sylvester and his brother Henry were engaged in getting out ties and timber and burning charcoal in 1871. About this time Sylvester Aborn purchased the farm, on which he now resides, of E.G. Holton. It consisted of thirty-two acres, and on it he has made a fine living, occupying his time with garden truck, tobacco, etc. He is one of the largest growers of tobacco in the county, devoting to this about nine acres yearly.
On June 4, 1871, Mr. Aborn was married to Veronia Avery, the daughter of Lyman Avery, a farmer of Stafford, where she was born. She died Feb. 22, 1885, and was buried in Ellington. To then were born the following children: Edgar W., of Ellington, who married Hattie Baker, and has one child, Merritt; Julia V., who married Horace Davis, of Glastonbury, and is the mother of one child, Merritt A.; Grace; Harry O.; and Miles, who died in infancy. Mr. Aborn was married (second) to Mrs. Lizzie (King) Neff, widow of Oliver Neff, to whom she had borne the following children: Charles, Henry, and Hattie. By his second marriage Mr. Aborn has five children, Robert, Emma, Gertrude, Myrtle and Mildred. Mr. Aborn is a Democrat, and has served on the school board, but has little ambition for political honors. He belongs to the Congregational Church. His life is open and square to the world, and he bears the best of reputations in his own community.
**footnote: the name Daniel seems incorrect since the paragraph begins with reference to Samuel Aborn, but, I have reproduced it as published.
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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