Molly Ensign (1770-1860) and Abraham Bushnell (1744-1824)

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Lois Bushnell Campbell's mother was Molly Ensign. Molly Ensign, b. 23 Dec 1770, d. 15 Jan 1860, was said to have been less than 5 feet tall, with a slight form, perfectly erect, elastic step and black eyes and a very decided Methodist. After their log house was built, she instituted regular services calling on various young men to read the service and offer prayers. One young man in who she took a special interest was induced to think seriously of making the Christian ministry his life's work, the renowned Bishop Hedding of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She married Abraham Bushnell b. Saybrook, Conn 27 Dec 1744, d Starksboro, Vt. 24 Dec 1824) in Canaan CT 9 Jan 1770. Abraham Bushnell while at Canaan Falls had a carding mill, the first of its kind in the state. Before wool can be spun into yarn for knitting or weaving into cloth, it first must be brushed, or carded. This tedious task was successfully mechanized in the second half of the 18th century.

In 1794 the entire family removed to Starksboro, where at the first town meeting abt 1796 he was chosen Selectman.

ANCESTORY:1 William Bushnell b: 1434

+ Joan b: 1438

2 William Bushnell b: 1466 d: 31 AUG 1564

+ Unknown

3 John Bushnell b: 1492

+ Alice

4 Nicholas Bushnell b: 1524

+ Elizabeth b: 1525

5 Francis Bushnell b: 1550 d: 15 AUG 1625

6 Francis Bushnell b: 1580 d: 1646

+ Ferris Quenell

7 William Bushnell , Sr. b: 1612 d: 12 DEC 1683

+ Rebecca Chapman

8 William Bushnell , Jr. b: 15 FEB 1656

+ Rebecca

9 William Bushnell III b: 3 APR 1683 d: 30 MAY 1733

+ Catherine Jordan b: 1677

10 Stephen Bushnell

+ Temperance Warren

Abraham BUSHNELL
Born: 27 Dec 1744 at: Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Married: 9 Jan 1770 at: Canaan, Litchfield, Connecticut
Died: 27 Sep 1825 at: Starksboro, Addison, Vermont
Father: Stephen BUSHNELL
Mother: Temperance WARREN
Spouses: Mary ENSIGN
Wife: Mary ENSIGN
Born: ABT 7 Jul 1751 at: West Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Died: 19 Nov 1832 at: Starksboro, Addison, Vermont
Father: John ENSIGN , Jr
Mother: Mary SEDGWICK
Spouses: Abraham BUSHNELL
CHILDREN
Name: Mary BUSHNELL
Name: Samuel BUSHNELL
Name: Ensign BUSHNELL
Name: John BUSHNELL
Name: James BUSHNELL
Name: Laura BUSHNELL
Name: Almira BUSHNELL
Name: Lois BUSHNELL
Name: Sedgewick BUSHNELL
Name: Electa BUSHNELL
Name: Myron BUSHNELL
Name: Elizabeth BUSHNELL
Born: 24 Jul 1793 at: Canaan Falls, Litchfield, \
Died: 28 Aug 1793 at: Canaan Falls, Litchfield, \
Name: Harley Nelson BUSHNELL

Women and children generally operated these machines.

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CARDING MILL