Abial Patch (Abiel Patch) of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire)
Does anyone have any definitve proof as to whom his parents were?He seems to have had a number of families either one after the other or at the same time!!??The following is from a number of 1903 newspapers:
From the Anaconda Standard of Anaconda, Montana of Feb 5 1903 (page 12)
GONE JUST TWENTY YEARS
Farmer Returns After Going Out To Feed The Chickens
From the Chicago Chronicle
Abiel Patch was a soldier in the civil war, and when the war ended he returned to his native place in Vermont.There he was married a few years later.He bought a good farm and with his wife lived there happily nearly 15 years.By industry he acquired a goodly amount of property.
Patch took a pan of corn at 4 p.m. Dec 27 1882 and started for the poultry house to feed his hens.When he did not return for supper his wife hunted all over the place for him, but in vain.The next day a searching party was formed by the neighbors and the forests for miles around were searched, but without finding a trace of the missing man.After a few days the search was abandoned.No letter ever came nor was any inkling of the whereabouts of Patch ever received.
While Mrs. Patch was preparing for supper the other evening there was a rap at the door.She opened the door, and an old man with a long grey beard stepped in.There was something about his face or figure that looked familiar to Mrs. Patch and when the old man told her he was Abiel Patch, she thought he was playing a prank on her.When he showed her a peculiar ring which her husband had always worn and the scar of a severe bullet wound on the side of his head which he received at Cold Harbor in the civil war, there was no further doubt of his identity.
"I left home because I wanted excitement," said Patch later in explaining his long absence."I got tired of farming and started out into the woods.I have been all over the forests of northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine and have killed hundreds of deer and moose.I didn't intend to ever come back and I hoped my wife would marry again, but I heard a little while ago that she hadn't.I thought I would see her once more before I died.The winters have been pretty cold lately and I couldn't stand it much longer in the woods."
Patch did not think his wife would welcome him home, but as she has done so, he says he will remain.
The above story is also in the Delphos Daily Herald (of Delphos, Ohio) of Feb 21 1903 (page 2)