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Abiel F. Gerrish was born in Merrimack County, N.H., March 7, 1806, and is one of a family of seven children born to Henry and Mary (Foster) Gerrish, who were also natives of New Hampshire, the former born August 14, 1744, and the latter October 1, 1744. They were
there married June 6, 1796, and there spent their days, he dying September 11, 1862, followed by his wife September 23, 1869. They were the parents of seven children -Susanna, infant daughter(deceased), Jacob, Lucy, Abiel F., Mary and Elizabeth. Our subject is the only
one of the family now living. He was married, in Merrimack County, N.H., February 18, 1830, to Eliza Dodge, who was born in New Hampshire January 12, 1806, daughter of Paul and Jane Dodge. In the spring of 1856, he moved to Lake County, Ind., settling in West Creek Twp, on
the farm where he now lives; he owns 577 acres of land; his wife died September 19, 1881. They had a family of six children- Maria, Martha (deceased), Mary, James L., Paul P., and Ann E. Mr. Gerrish is a member of the Presbyterian Church; he has held the office of Township Trustee for a number of years.
Not sure on accuracy of dates considering the parents would be 118
and 125 years old when they died.
Source- Counties of Porter and Lake, 1882.
Submitted By Kathy Huish
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