Founders Cemetery, Marker #35; foot marker: A. L.
Epitaph: We’ll meet again are words that cheer while bending o’er the tomb [no longer visible]
Abigail was born about 1785 and died 30 Nov 1854 at the age of 69, the daughter of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Foote) Corning. She married Jabez Landers who is buried next to her with his own grave marker.
Abigail and Jabez had five known children: Elizabeth and Nathan are also buried in Founders Cemetery; Eunice is buried in the Calvinist Baptist Cemetery; Mary is buried in Island Cemetery, the active cemetery for Port Maitland and Beaver River. Their daughter, Abigail, is a bit of mystery. She apparently died unmarried; nothing else is known about her.
Abigail is descended from several families who have been in Nova Scotia a very long time. One of her ancestors may have been William Knowlton, whose grave marker in Shelburne is among the earliest for any English settler in Nova Scotia—it simply reads “William Knowlton, 1632”. Abigail’s Corning ancestry goes back through her father Ebenezer whose parents were Ebenezer and Abigail (Batchelder) Corning. They arrived in Yarmouth Township from Beverly, Mass. in 1764 and settled in Overton.
More about Abigail, her children, parents, and siblings appears in the Old Stones Family Group Sheet Index.
Please leave a comment if you have any additional information about Abigail and her family, particularly the date and place of her marriage and the location of the family home, presumably in the vicinity of Beaver River.