Abraham Williamson

ABRAHAM WILLIAMSON (Sarah,Mary,Sarah,George),b.Thornbury,1-29-1757; d.there,2-4-1807;m.9-18-1777,at a meeting "held occasionally at the dwelling house of Joseph James,in Westtown," to Esther James,b.9-6-1757; d.9-16-1854;dau.of Joseph James,deceased,and Hannah Hickman,of that township.One of the overseers reported that the marriage was "accomplished at a private house,occasioned by the Difficulty of the times." This was not long after the Battle of Brandywine and the Paoli Massacre,one on each side of the James homestead and but a few miles away.Abraham Williamson resided on a farm in Thornbury,purchased by himself and Jesse James,his brother-in-law.He left no children.His widow was married again,5-25-1809,to Samuel Painter,of East Bradford (now Birmingham);"the greatest wedding of our day," says Benjamin Hickman in his diary.Esther Painter,being left in comfortable circumstances,became somewhat of a capitalist and loaned money on mortgage to neighboring farmers.

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