Daniel Aborn
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Daniel Aborn (1749 - 1783)

Daniel Aborn
Born in Newport, Newport, Rhode Islandmap
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Profile last modified | Created 27 Feb 2017 | Last significant change: 21 Dec 2021
04:07: Britton (Watts) Bell added Mary Aborn (1776-1806) as child of Daniel Aborn (1749-1783). [Thank Britton for this]
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Daniel was born in 1749, the Son of Capt Joseph Aborn and Elizabeth Scranton[1]. Daniel Aborn married Mary Arnold in Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island 9 January 1769.[2] Children include:

Jonathan Aborn 1772–1820
Mary Aborn Rhodes 1776–1806
Peleg Aborn 1779–1859[3]
Elizabeth Aborn Greene 1783–1863

In the family tradition, Daniel was a master mariner. An early patriot, he and several of the Rhode Island Aborns are rumored to have taken part in planning and conduct of the raid on the Gaspee in 1772. His uncle Col Samuel (or possibly grandfather Samuel) definitely profited from the salvage.[4]. Daniel, along with Samuel, Anthony and James of the Aborn clan were also charter members of the Pawtucket Rangers formed in 1774. [5]

During the American Revolution, he was a privateer Captain of the new 12 gun sloop Chance. It sailed from Providence on May 11, 1782 with a crew of 65 but within a few days was captured by the 26 gun British ship Belisarius. The captured crew were brought to Brooklyn New York and imprisoned on the British prison ship Jersey in deplorable conditions. His master‘s mate Thomas Dring wrote a manuscpit 25 years later detailing the ordeal. Daniel eventually was paroled to arrange a prisoner exchange for the remaining 35 members of his crew, appealing directly to British General Clinton and General George Washington.[6] Daniel’s post-war life was short. He soon fathered another child, put to sea again, and was bound for the West Indies where during a gale it is believed the ship foundered and all hands were lost. He is recorded lost at sea in 1783.[7]


  1. DAR Ancestor #: A000258 ABORN, DANIEL
  2. 1769 "Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F8KK-RQV : 11 February 2018), Daniel Aborn and Mary Arnold, 09 Jan 1769; citing Cranston,Providence,Rhode Island, reference ; FHL microfilm 931,513.
  3. 1779 "Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F8DS-P5V : 10 March 2018), Daniel Abram in entry for Peleg Abram, 08 Dec 1859; citing Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, reference ; FHL microfilm 2,022,704.
  4. 1772 Suspected participants in the Gaspee affair
  5. 1774 Pawtucket Rangers Charter
  6. 1782 Recollections of the Jersey Prison-ship: Taken, and Prepared for Publication from the Original Manuscript of the Late Captain Thomas Dring One of the Prisoners
  7. 1783 Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 03 October 2018), memorial page for Capt Daniel Aborn (1 Jul 1749–Dec 1783), Find A Grave: Memorial #24978955, citing Pawtuxet Burial Yard, Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Matthew Fatale (contributor 242) .

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