My 6x Great Grandparents, Abner Hard and Hannah Beers lived in Newtown, CT. Abner was born circa 1719 to James Hard and Hannah Kimberly in Newtown. Hannah was born circa 1722 to Samuel Beers and Sarah Sherman in Newtown.
Abner Hard and Hannah Beers married 20 August 1740 in Newtown, CT. They had 11 children: Niram 1740, Cyrenus 1741, Ammon 1742, John 1746, Abigail 1747, Sarah 1750, Currence 1753, Ann 1755, Zilpha 1756, Abner 1757, and Jabez 1760.
Abner took the freeman’s oath in 1747 and then in 1783 he took an oath of fidelity. Taking the oath of fidelity showed to the world that he was willing to sacrifice in defense of principles set forth by the Declaration of Independence. Apparently Newtown had a large number of Tories during the Revolutionary War. Although I haven’t found evidence that Abner was on a side, I wonder why it took so long for Abner to take the oath of fidelity when there were men taking it as early as 1777 in this town.
Abner died in 1785 and his will is lengthy. Hannah receive 1/3 of the estate with 2 good cows, a good horse to ride on, 6 good sheep, and the household furniture. His son Niram received 15 pounds more than the rest of the sons because he is the eldest. The land was annotated between the 10 children, Jabez being the only one not named so he must have predeceased him. Of particular interest to me is that Currence Hard Bostwick (my 5x gg) received 100 acres in Sandgate, Vermont which until now I had no idea anyone in my family had land there. I am beginning to wonder if they had land there in case they needed to move away if they were Tories. The other curious thing is why did she get this land? Is it because they had already moved to New York and therefore the other children could divide up the land in Connecticut? In Connecticut he had 11 lots in total 235 acres which was appraised at 834 pounds. Below is the notice in the Hartford Courant announcing the death of Abner for anyone who has claims against the estate. dated July 26, 1785.
Hannah lived long enough to be enumerated in the first census. Her daughter Abigail received the other 2/3 of the house according to Abner’s will. Abigail was married to Josiah Beardsley. Josiah died in 1790 and the census shows and Abigail Beardsley, widow. There were 7 females in the household. One must have been Hannah.
Hannah died 18 February 1799. Abner’s will stipulated that the sons would divide up the land and the movable estate was divided by her daughters. Her estate was worth 363 pounds. There were 3 pages of inventory and toward the end the line 12 dollars stuck out at me since the estate was still being appraised in pounds. Below is what a dollar looked like in 1795.
Abner’s tombstone in Zoar cemetery, Newtown, CT. It is sunken so most of the text is not visible. Hannah’s tombstone is also in Zoar cemetery and it has a lot of moss on it making it difficult to read.
Abner Hard married Hannah Beers their daughter,
Currence Hard married David Bostwick their son,
Jabez Bostwick married Freelove Frisbee their son,
Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,
John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,
Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,
Florence Bostwick -my grandmother
Hannah Beers Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)
Marriage: May 1740 – Newtown
Newtown’s history and historian, Ezra Levan Johnson 1832-1917 Published 1917
Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut) · Mon, Aug 8, 1785 · Page 4
Abner Hard Find A Grave Memorial# 44556742 Zoar cemetery photo courtesy Reilly
Hannah Beers Hard Find A Grave Memorial# 44556743 Zoar cemetery photo courtesy Reilly
United States Census, 1790,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHKV-XD6 : accessed 18 May 2017), Abigail Beardsley, Newtown, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States; citing p. 200, NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1; FHL microfilm 568,141.
Image of 1795 dollar from Wikipedia History of the United States Dollar.
Abner Hard Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Death: Abt 1785 – Connecticut, USA
Hannah Hard Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Death: Abt 1799 – Connecticut, USA