Abel Bristol – Revolutionary War Soldier
By the start of the War for Independence Abel’s family had lived in America for over one hundred years. He was a third generation American and was born in June of 1749 in New Haven, Connecticut Colony. He married Mary Norton on 24 January 1775 in Hawinton, Litchfield, Connecticut. Mary was from Goshen, Connecticut. In 1775 the couple moved to Hawinton which is where the couple first resided. In 1776 they moved to Albany, New York where he received a land bounty reward for service in the Revolution. He served as a private in the Seventeenth Regiment. Both he and his brother Aaron lost their guns in the retreat at York Island. In 1778 they had moved to Ontario County, NY. By the end of the war they moved to Lima, Livingston County, NY.
After the war he continued serving America by being in the NY Militia rising to the rank of Captain. Abel Bristol was elected "Supervisor" at the first town meeting of Lima held in the "Brick School House" on 4 Apr 1809.
Mary and Abel had four children: Lois (5 Dec 1775-29 Apr 1832), Miles (21 Sep 1778-24 Feb 1808), Abel (1783-10 Sep 1850), and Norton (6 Aug 1786-22 Jan 1837). Abel died 11 May 1827 and was buried in Lima, NY.
Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)
New York in the Revolution as Colony and State
History of Livingston County New York
1810 United States Federal Census