Tombstone of the Month

Abial Frost

      Abial Frost was born to a farming family in Athol, NY, on October 25, 1809.  He first came to Jefferson County, PA, about 1834, then settled here permanently in 1838.  Records show that on November 5, 1844, he bought 70 acres of land in Snyder Township from J. W. Guthrie for $175. Abial's wife, Mary A. Wilson, was born on July 16, 1819.  They were married prior to his establishing permanent residence here in 1838.  Eight children were born to this family.  The Frost homestead was known as a place for holding county elections, church services, town meetings, and social events in general.  About 1881, Abial fell from a loft in his barn, severely injuring his spine.  He was unable to care for himself physically or mentally for the rest of his life, due to the fall.  He died near Brockway at the home of his son, John Frost, on February 12, 1889. Mary A. Wilson Frost died April 1, 1860. They are buried in the Wildwood cemetery in Brockway with an impressive stone marking their graves.  (information from the obituary of Abial Frost and other public records).

 This is a close-up of the inscription.

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