Birth: June 1, 1793, Bristol, Hartford County, Connecticut
Death: May 7, 1884, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio
At his death, Abel Truesdell was noted for his long life and for having voted in every presidential election since the election of James Monroe in 1817. (He voted for Monroe.) He served Vienna Township in several capacities. His uncle, James Jonathan Truesdell (1774-1851), had settled in Vienna in 1805 and served as the Township's justice of the peace for eighteen years.
Truesdell married twice. He and Lydia Tuttle (1794-1838) wed in November, 1811, in Connecticut. The marriage produced four children. On November 26, 1838, he married Mary (Polly) Price (1807-1900 ), in Trumbull County, with whom he had two children. Two of his grandsons fought in the Civil War (1861-1865).
Obituaries and Notices
From Western Reserve Democrat (Warren, Ohio), May 9, 1884:
Vienna, OH--Again we are called upon to announce a death, that of Uncle Abel Truesdell, who died at 4 p.m. [sic] this morning. Uncle Abel was about 91 years of age, and his friends have been watching for death to deliver him from his sufferings for several weeks; rest has come at last to the aged one. The funeral will take place next Friday at 2 o.m.
From Western Reserve Chronicle (Warren, Ohio), May 14, 1884:
Abel Truesdell--The hardy pioneers who, early in the present century, settled the Western Reserve, are rapidly passing away, and as their remains are placed in their last resting place, it is but fitting that a happy and prosperous people pause and pay a tribute to the memory of the men who had the courage and energy to leave their native firesides and make for themselves and their children, new homes in what was then almost a wilderness.
The death which has called forth these lines, was that of Abel Truesdell, on Wednesday morning last, at his home in Vienna, this county. he was born in Bristol, CT, June 1st, 1793, and removed from that place to Vienna, in 1829, at which place he has ever since lived. he was one of the earliest settlers, and at the time of his death was the oldest citizen in Vienna. Upright and honest in all his business affairs; sympathetic and kindly in disposition, Uncle Abel, as people called him, enjoyed the friendship and esteem of all whom knew him. He has lived during the administration of every President of the United States, casting his first ballot in 1817 for James Monroe. A persistent reader of the newspapers, his retentive memory and clear judgment made him a ready conversationalist, and during his latter years, it is a remarkable fact, that his memory was entirely unimpaired. He was conscious and recognized his friends until within a few hours of his death, which resulted rather from extreme age than any pronounced disease. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and his faith in the redeeming power of the Son of God sustained him at the close of life.
He was twice married, and leaves a wife and two sons, Ambrose, of Vienna, and Alonzo, of Warren, to mourn his death.
The funeral took place on Friday afternoon, from the Presbyterian Church, of Vienna, Rev. Hyde officiating, and a large concourse of relatives and friends followed the remains to the last resting-place.