Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Abigail (Allen) Haley, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

This tombstone was photographed at the Chebogue Cemetery, at Town Point, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

In memory
Abigaile Heley
Wife Of
Mr. Comfort Heley
Died June 16, 1799
Aged 39 years

My daughter trying to decipher this very worn tombstone

Abigail Allen was the daughter of Jeremiah Allen (b. 1728) and Eunice Gardner (b. 1724), born 23 July 1753 in Manchester, Massachusetts, died 16 June 1799 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  She married Comfort Haley on 21 July 1777 in Chebogue, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  He was the son of Ebenezer Healey and Grace Bullen, born 1754 in Brimfield, Massachusetts, died 15 May 1821 in Chebogue.  Their parents were planters, resettled in Nova Scotia from New England after the expulsion of the Acadians.

Abigail Allen is my 5th great grandmother. She is a direct descendant of William Allen (1602 - 1678) an early settler at Manchester, Massachusetts and my 9th great grandfather.  My mother's maiden name is Allen, a direct descendant of this same William.  Although Abigail Allen is also in my mother's lineage, it is from a different line, through the Healey's who left Nova Scotia and came back to Massachusetts, and settled in Beverly, Massachusetts. A double Allen line. 

Abigail died at age 41 (although the gravestone says she was 39 years old), and had seven children.  After Abigail's death, her husband Comfort Haley remarried to Hannah Ellis (1765 - 1862) in December 1795 and had seven more children.  Hannah was 30 years old, the widow of Stephen Tinkham, and Comfort was 41 years old. 

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