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Abigail Smith Adams Abigail Smith Adams was born on November 11 1744 in Weymouth Massachusetts She grew up in a farm community about 15 miles southeast of Boston Her family on both sides had lived in the colony for many generations and was well established in the more influential circles of society Her father William Smith was a Harvard graduate who served as a minister in Weymouth Her mother Elisabeth Quincy Smith descended from a long line of prosperous educated and well-reputed New Englander Abigail with her two sisters Mary and Betsy and one brother Billy enjoyed growing up in the Weymouth personage The Smith home was busy and active visitors came often and relatives lived nearby As a child Abigail was shy and quiet and throughout her years she suffered from one minor sickness after another Her parents especially her mother worried about her daughters weak constitution fearing that some disease would kill her in her early days as so often happened to children of this time Because of the security and guidance of a loving family she developed the strict sense of values and strong moral fiber that would serve as a foundation or her later life At that time girls received no formal education and neither did Abigail Girls were thought how to read and write primarily so that they could read the bible and write letters They also learned basic arithmetic to help prepare them for their role as housewives when they could balance budgets and settle accounts So therefore most families took responsibility for the education of their daughters at home Abigail was lucky to have a father who loved learning and reading and who encouraged his children to share his passion As she became older she became increasingly determined to educate herself and by the time she was an adult she had become one of the best-read women of her time Her interest in her education was a
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