Hi, I was browsing through the Abbott messages, and yours caught my eye.Somehow or other, I, too, am connected to the NH Stagecoach Abbotts, but I haven't as yet figured out how.But, I have come across this information which may be of help some of you.
J. Stephen Abbott was born in Albany, ME on Feb 22, 1804.Apparently, he was orphaned or somehow lost his parents because his uncle, General Abbott took him to Old Salem to an Aunt, Mrs. Chase, who adopted him and raised him.After acquiring what limited education he could, he was apprenticed to Frothingham and Loring of Salem as a chaise builder.
Then some time later, he was convinced to go to Concord, NH to work with Lewis Downing on Concord coaches.In1828, he became a partner with Downing, and the business changed to Downing and Abbott.Then in 1847, the business was dissolved; Downing started in a new location, and Abbott stayed in the original.In 1852, he (Abbott) took his son into the business with him and it became the firm of J.S. and E.A. Abbott.In 1865, the busness again added the name of Downing to it with the addition of Lewis Downing's son. At one time, there were three Abbotts there, J. Stephens, Edward A. and Joseph H.
Dec 15, 1829, J. Stephens Abbott married Grace Wiggin, b Oct 6, 1806, daughter of Sherburne and Margaret (Sargent) Wiggin.They had 5 chilldren:Edward Augustus, Margaret Ann, Joseph Henry, Francis Lewis, and Mary.He died Mar 16, 1871 in his 68th year.
My source was the History of Merrimack and Belknap Co's of NH, edited by D. Hamilton Hurd, printed in Philadelphis by J. W. Lewis & Co., 1885.ref. pgs. 142-3.