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Abel Shorey's Family Bible, shown above was started in 1816 The oldest record documented in the book was the birth of Patience Read 80 years earlier in 1736

Both images of the Abel Shorey Bible can be enlarged by clicking them.

There are four inscribed pages in the bible. The first is labeled Marriage with the reverse side saying Children's marriages. The third and fourth pages are labeled the same. The contents of those page are listed below.


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MARRIAGE  (Page 1)

"Abel Shorey Son of John Shorey of Seekonk, Massachusetts and Patience his wife was born in the above place". (Abel's date of birth is listed as Sept 12, 1766 and his DOD is listed as Jan 18th 1858). 

"Mary Shorey daughter of Oliver Read and Hannah his wife of Seekonk, Massachusetts was born in that place." (Mary's DOB is listed as Dec 10th 1763 and her DOD is listed as Feb 14th 1816).

The above named were married November 25th, 1790 by the Reverend John Ellis, Pastor of the First Congregationalist Church of Seekonk.

Nancy Shorey  daughter of Ebenezer & Abigail Fuller of Rehoboth Massachusetts was born at that place. (DOB May 9th 1786. DOD July 2nd, 1867). and was married to the above named Abel Shorey on March 29, 1818 in Rehoboth by the Reverend Otis Thompson Pastor of the First Congregationalist Church of that place.


John Shorey was married to Lydia Bourn daughter of Stephen and Susanna Bourn of Seekonk Mass (December)

Hannah Shorey was married to Samuel Viall son of John Viall of Seekonk Massachusetts (January 2nd 1820)

Names of children born to John Shorey and Lydia his wife viz 

Lydia E Shorey born Sept 6th 1818 Died April 20th 1844

Ann Eliza Shorey born Feb 14th 1820

Herriat(?) Newel Shorey born Jan 11th 1823 died June 4th 1854

John Shorey born March 3rd 1738 died Jan 25 1816

Patience Read born Dec 1736 died Dec 29th 1816

Names and births of their children

John Shorey born March 3 1758 died June 11th 1785

Samuel Shorey born July 1760 died Oct 13th 1807

Elizabeth Shorey born Feb 5th 1763 died Sept 1851

Abel Shorey born Sept 12th 1766 died Jan 18th 1858

Chloe Shorey born Aug 6th 1774

Cyrel(?) Shorey born 1769 died 1771


Children born unto Abel Shorey and Mary his wife

Polly Shorey was born Friday Sept 30th 1791died Oct 14th 1870 

John Shorey was born Thursday Oct 4th 1792 died Feb 1 1867

Nancy Shorey was born Monday Feb 24th 1794 died Dec 19th 1860

Betsey Shorey was born  Monday April 18th 1796 died may 7 1855

Hannah Shorey was born Sunday August 19th 1798 died (?) 4 1873

Amanda Shorey was born Friday August 15th 1800 died february 15th 1802

Amanda Shorey was born Saturday August 28th 1802 died  died April 30th 1854

Mary Shorey was born Wednesday February 22nd 1804 died Dec 5th 1844

Children born to Abel Shorey  and Nancy his second wife

Olive Fuller Shorey was born Jnuary 31 1820

Abel Shorey Jr was born Sunday July 8th 1821 died Oct 4, 1893

Lucy Shorey was born Friday January 7th 1825 died January 8th 1833

Patience Shorey was born Sept 26th 1827



Abel Shorey was married to Mary A Risley daughter of John and Mary Risley of providence RI Oct 29 1843


There is a handwritten note stuck in the bible. Based on the content, it appears to have been written in the mid 1800s. It says:

Abel Shorey

Mary Ann Risley his wife

Nancy Fuller his mother

Abel Shorey 1766 his father

Olive Fuller Shorey (Lake now) his sister

Patience Shorey (Colwell now) his sister


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