Ethan Allen Greenwood (Massachusetts, 1779-1856)
Portrait of Zillah Chenery Abbott. Signed and dated "Greenwood pinxt 1818." Oil on wood panel, 26 x 21 in., in a period molded giltwood frame. Condition: Panel bowed, scattered retouch.
Literature: See Vital Records of Holden, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1904, p. 9. Zillah M. Chenery was born on July 12, 1771 in Holden, Worcester County, Massachusetts. She married Captain Lemuel Abbott (b. November 3, 1763),also of Holden, on July 3, 1791. They had four children, including three sons and a daughter. One son, Chenery Abbott, succeeded his father as a proprietor of the Abbott Tavern, which was built in 1763 and kept by the Abbots for three successive generations. Zillah died at the age of 72 in 1843.