Abram Quary was born in 1768 and died on November 25, 1854 at the age of 82. His last name is an abbreviation of a name that is documented in several forms: Skootequary, Skuotquaty, and Skutquade, among others. According to Benjamin Franklin Folger, a 19th-cenury Nantucket historian, Abrams’ grandfather was Joseph Quary, whose home was a wigwam (wetu) on the west side of Sesachacha Pond, and Abram’s mother, Sarah Quary, was an expert basket maker. Abram also became a master basket maker.
As a young boy Abram was placed in the home of Nantucket resident Stephen Chase for several years. Then, like most Nantucket boys, he went whaling. At age twenty-five he married the young widow Abigail Dingle, and years later, as a widower himself, he married a woman named Fanny Hall.
In later years he was well known for his clam bakes. A Nantucket resident, George Worth recalled Abram as "the prince of Nantucket caterers" without whom "no evening entertainment was deemed complete." He was also noted for another ability, a Nantucket woman told Benjamin Franklin Folger that Abram Quary had preternatural powers of observation: "He was never seen to look at any of us, yet he took note of everyone there..."
In his final years he became basically a hermit and finally moved to the Nantucket Asylum which was used primarily as an "old folks" home and it is there that he died.