Portrait of Abigail Oldham Churchill



Portrait of Abigail Oldham Churchill


Abigail Oldham Churchill came from a lineage of wealthy and prominent early Louisvillian settlers. She was just two years old when her father, Colonel William Oldham, died in the Battle of Wabash. Her mother, Penelope Pope, a twenty-two-year-old widow with four children, remarried into the Churchill family. In 1802, two weeks after her fourteenth birthday, Abigail married Samuel Churchill, her step-father's twenty-four-year-old brother. She gave birth to their first child when she was fifteen and had a child almost every other year over a span of thirty years. She had her last of fifteen children when she was forty-four years of age.


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Campbell, Thomas, “Portrait of Abigail Oldham Churchill,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed June 3, 2023, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/5809.