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Bethiah's signature from her husband's probate papers

.....Bethiah was raised in Fairhaven, MA. Her parents are not known to have been Friends (Quakers), and it is likely she converted by the time she married Humphry Russell. She was active in the affairs of the New Bedford Women's Monthly Meeting of Friends, serving as an Overseer of the Poor and perhaps other activities. She lived at 13 So. Sixth St., New Bedford, for about 46 years and died there of old age and is buried next to Humphry in the Friends section of Rural Cemetery, New Bedford.

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children of Bethiah Eldredge and Humphry Russell:

i. John Wady b. 22 July 1781
ii. Sarah E., b. 28 February 1785
iii. Rebecca b. 22 May 1787
iv. Gilbert E. b. 14 February 1789

vital records sources: Bethia's birth and death are recorded in the Dartmouth, MA, published vital records. Her marriage is in the New Bedford, MA, published vital records. Her death date is from her gravestone and is in the Massachusetts State Health Dept. death records.

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