Abel Burritt

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Abel Burritt, son of Abel Burritt and Eunice Austin, was born at New Haven, Connecticut, 18 July 1783.1,2,3 He died at New Milford, Connecticut, 28 July 1862,1 and was buried at Grove St. Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut.4

Abel married (1) Henrietta McCrackan, daughter of William McCrackan and Sarah Miles, at New Haven, 22 March 1807;1 he married (2) Nancy Hotchkiss, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), 22 October 1820.1

The town records show:
Sally Burritt married Nathan Hinman 10 May 1821
Maria Burritt married Peter Cowdery 1 Sep 1829
Daniel Burritt married Caroline Mansfield 29 Sep 1829
A child of Abel Burritt died of Hydrocephalus, age 7, 11 May 1829.
A wife of Abel Burritt died 7 May 1849. Her late residence was New York, but was buried in New Haven.
Lavina Burritt died of Dysentery, age 15, 14 Sep 1849.
Mrs Nancy Burritt died 3 Jul 1863, age 65.

Sally would not be old enough to marry in 1821 if she were the daughter of Abel and Henrietta.

The evidence strongly supports Maria as the daughter of Abel and Henrietta: Her marriage announcement stated she was the daughter of Abel Burritt of New Haven. According to her burial record, she was 45 when she died, placing her birth in 1808, one year after Henrietta and Abel married. Also, she named one of her children Henrietta McCracken, likely after her mother.

Daniel is probably a son of Abel and Henrietta; the other two of Abel and Nancy.

The wife who died in 1849 is unplaced and not the wife of this Abel Burritt if the Nancy who died in 1863 was his wife. However, our Abel had no wives in the 1850 & 1860 census if placed correctly.5

Family 1

Henrietta McCrackan b. 19 Mar 1786, d. 6 Jul 1816

Family 2

Nancy Hotchkiss d. 7 May 1849
  • (…) Burritt8 b. abt. 1822, d. 11 May 1829
  • Lavina Burritt9 b. 1834, d. 14 Sep 1849
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  1. [S53] Donald Lines Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, 9 vols. in 3 (1924-1932; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1974), 370-371, further cited as Jacobus, New Haven Families.
  2. [S457] Ancestry.com, 1850 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), New York City, 17th Ward, New York Co., New York, population schedule, sheet #372, dwelling #985, family #3168, Charles Noble household, age 65, born in Connecticut; original data: NARA micropublication M432, Seventh Census of the United States, 1009 rolls, roll #556.
  3. [S458] Ancestry.com, 1860 United States Census [on-line database and images] (http://www.ancestry.com), New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, population schedule, sheet #507, dwelling #80, family #101, George H. Noble household, age 76, born in Connecticut, styled "gentleman"; original data: NARA micropublication M653, Eighth Census of the United States, 1438 rolls, roll #81.
  4. [S1546] SRK, Find A Grave memorial #103430720, added 11 Jan 2013, online http://www.findagrave.com, accessed Jan 2020, further cited as Find A Grave.
  5. [S327] , Vital Records of New Haven, 1649-1850(Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917-1924), 477,493, 530, 542, 614, 628, 637, 868, 876, further cited as Vital Records of New Haven.
  6. [S327] Vital Records of New Haven, 530.
  7. [S327] Vital Records of New Haven, 542.
  8. [S327] Vital Records of New Haven, 637.
  9. [S327] Vital Records of New Haven, 876.