Abigail Kinsley Edwards

Female 1832 - 1916  (84 years)


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  • Name Abigail Kinsley Edwards 
    Nickname Abby 
    Born 7 Jul 1832  Little Genesee, Allegany Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 27 Oct 1916  Hopkinton, Washington Co., Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 81, No 21, p 670, Nov. 20, 1916.

      Abbie K. Witter, the daughter of John and Harriet Gifford Edwards, was born in Little Genesee, N. Y., July 7, 1832, and died Wednesday, October 25, 1916, aged 84 years, 3 months, and 17 days.

      She was educated in the common schools of the town until she entered the academy at Alfred, N. Y., which has since grown into Alfred University. Here she graduated on her twentieth birthday. The next day after her graduation, July 8, 1852, she was married to Charles Henry Witter. The family lived in the township of Wirt, near Nile, N. Y., for a number of years.

      In 1862, Mr. Witter went into the army, was taken prisoner and died at Andersonville in September, 1864, leaving Mrs. Witter with six children. One of these went to live with an aunt, a Mrs. Allen, of Alfred, N. Y., and died at twelve years of age. Mrs. Witter lived at Alfred with her son, E. Adelbert while he was there in college. Afterward she came to Rhode Island and lived for a time with J. A. Saunders, near Bradford, R. I., whose first wife was her daughter, Belle. She returned to Alfred for a time, but came again to Rhode Island to live with her son Charles, with whom she has since made her home.

      Mrs. Witter was converted to the Lord Jesus Christ when she was about thirteen years of age. She was baptized and united with the Seventh Day Baptist church of Little Genesee, N. Y. Several years ago her membership was transferred to the First Westerly church, located at Dunn's Corners, R. I., and she has been very active in the support of that body since.

      It was natural for her to engage in religious work, for she had a gift in that direction. She was the one who drafted the first plan for the Woman's Auxiliary Society of the Seventh Day Baptist Denomination. One of her recent acts was a gift to furnish a room in the Lieu-oo Hospital, China. Mrs. Witter was much interested in the work of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. She always was very loyal to Alfred and had hoped to found a branch alumni association in Westerly.

      She leaves to mourn the loss of a faithful and talented mother four children: Rev. E. Adelbert, pastor of the Second Hopkinton Church, Hopkinton City, R. I.; H. Emmett, of Alfred, N. Y.; Charles E., of Westerly, N. Y.; and Jessie A. Randolph, of Plainfield, N. J.

      Funeral services were held at the home of her son on School Street, Sabbath Day, October 28, at 1:30 p. m., conducted by Rev. Clayton A. Burdick, assisted by Rev. S. H. Davis.

      Burial was in First Hopkinton Cemetery.
      C. A. B.
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    Family Charles Henry Witter,   b. 23 Apr 1829, Brookfield, Madison Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1864, Andersonville, Macon Co., Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 8 Jul 1852 
    Children 
    +1. Henry Emmett Witter,   b. 15 Oct 1854, Wirt, Allegany Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1945, Hornell, Steuben Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2020 
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