Abel E. Work. - James Work, the great grandfather of Capt. Abel E. Work, of Bath, was born in the City of Cork,
near Dublin; his great grandmother was Elizabeth Work, but no relation of her husband. They came to America about
1722; resided thirteen years on Birch Island; in 1735 they moved to Topsham and settled on a farm of one hundred
acres, bought of the Pejepscot Proprietors, on the Bay road; both died about 1760. They had two sons and three
The grandfather, Ebenezer Work, was born on the passage from Europe, in 1722. He married Olive Sullivan, of Scituate,
Mass., born in 1724. They lived and died on the old farm, he in December, 1826, and she in December, 1827. Their
children were: John, James, David, William, Margaret, Jane, Mary, Elizabeth, Lydia, and Mary.
The father, David Work, the third son of the above, was born in Topsham, in 1777; married Mary Eaton, of Topsham,
1801 or 1802; she was born in 1784 and died in 1876; he died in 1861, when nearly 84 years of age. They lived and
died on the homestead farm. Their children were fifteen, of whom eleven lived to grow up: Oliver, Lucy, David,
Joseph, Benjamin, Catharine, Charles, Susan, Lewis M., Harriet, Humphrey, Statira, Abel E. Those living are David,
Susan, and Abel E. David lives on the homestead, and married Mrs. Hannah Griffin, of Topsham, in 1882.
Abel E. was brought up on his father's farm, and commenced going to sea in 185o, when sixteen years old, and became
captain in 1862, commanding, successively, the brig, President Benson of Baltimore; bark, Halcyon, and ships, Bombay,
Oregon, and Thomas M. Reed of Bath; never met with an accident in twenty six years; only lost one man by sickness,
and one lost overboard. On June 13, 1874, he married Augusta Fisher, who was born in Arrowsic, September 11, 1843,
daughter of A. D. Fisher; has one child, Ruth Pearl, born in Bath, April 1, 1877.
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894
Sagadahoc County, ME
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