Abigail Adams – Biography
Abigail Adams was a unique woman because she had an education and an interest in politics.
She learned how to read and write and enjoyed poems most. She was also very resourceful by
helping her husband on difficult problems.
Abigail was born on November 11 on the Julian calendar, or November 22 on the modern
Gregorian calendar. Abigail had two sisters named Mary and Elizabeth or Betsy. She had one
brother named William or Billy. Abigail’s name was originally Abigail Smith. Each
baby was baptized on the first Sabbath of its life and was recorded in their parish
records. Abigail live in a comfortable house. When Abigail was sixteen, her father added a
wing that was bigger than the original building to make room for the children, servants,
and visitors. When I say servants it means that they were probably slaves but were called
servants to avoid the dehumanizing effect that the word ’slave’ can mean.
Their house was a sight of luxury in the eyes of the common folk in the parish. Though
they lived well, the Smiths had no fortune. Abigail’s father often worked with his
own hands, planting corn and potatoes, gathering hay, sowing barley, or making sure that
his sheep received proper care. Abigail, with the help of her family grew a very religious
bond between each other and a long lasting friendship.
Abigail never went to a real school because of poor health. So, she learned at home. Her
father’s library was not big, but she still went to it to read books.
Abigail’s favorite books were novels by Samuel Richardson. Abigail’s father