Member Biography

Abel McFarland Sr.


07/27/1765 - 09/23/1831

Abel McFarland, Sr. (Democratic-Republican18) Greene and Washington Counties 1811-1818

Early Life:

Abel McFarland, Sr., born July 27, 1765, Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey, British Colonial America; son of Colonel Daniel McFarland and Sarah “Sally” Barber McFarland; Revolutionary War veteran; unsuccessful campaign, Coroner, Washington County, 1805; elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1806-1809; elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1811-1818; married, Sarah Lindley McFarland, children, Daniel McFarland; Demas Lindley McFarland; Sarah McFarland; James McFarland; Jacob McFarland; Abel McFarland, Jr.; John Witherspoon McFarland; Thaddeus Dodd McFarland; Clarissa McFarland; Joel Barber McFarland and Joanna McFarland; died, September 23, 1831 (age 66), West Bethlehem, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Unsuccessful campaign, Coroner, Washington County, 1805.

Elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Washington County, 1806-1809.

Elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 18th district, Greene and Washington Counties, 1811-1818.

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Biography:

Not currently available. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members M"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Abel McFarland (1765-1831) - Find a Grave Memorial