ELIZABETH MCFARLAND (1780 - 1838)
Elizabeth McFarland was born in Boston, in March of 1780, and moved to Concord, New Hampshire, in 1803, after she married the Rev. Asa McFarland, pastor of the First Congregational Church. During her husband’s ministry in Concord and following his death in 1827, she taught Sabbath school and participated in several charitable societies. She became ill during the winter of 1837 and died in November, 1838.
The Rev. Nathaniel Bouton, her husband’s successor at the First Congregational Church, published Mrs. McFarland’s memoir a year after her death. In it he details her involvement in the various local benevolent societies and her popularity among the poorer classes: