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Family: James Isaac Abbott/Phoebe A Mitchell (F545)

m. 24 Dec 1874


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  • James Isaac AbbottFather | Male
    James Isaac Abbott

    Born  8 Feb 1853  , Marshall, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  5 Feb 1929  Brandon, Buchanan, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  1929  Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Buchanan, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  24 Dec 1874  Independence, Buchanan, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Emma Olds | F3485 
    Married  2 Jul 1928  Millard, , Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Loyal Chauncey Abbott | F583 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Elizabeth Cooper | F583 Group Sheet 

    Phoebe A MitchellMother | Female
    Phoebe A Mitchell

    Born  2 Sep 1852  Tioga, Tioga, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  25 Jan 1927  Brandon, Buchanan, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  1927  Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Buchanan, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Conrad Mitchell | F584 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Susan Lapp | F584 Group Sheet 

    James Andrew AbbottChild 1 | Male
    + James Andrew Abbott

    Born  5 Oct 1875  Brandon, Buchanan, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  13 Oct 1922  Leavenworth, Chelan, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  24 Oct 1922  Leavenworth Cemetery, Leavenworth, Chelan, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Buella Martha Robbins | F585 
    Married  12 Apr 1906  Leavenworth, Chelan, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location

    Clara Matilda AbbottChild 2 | Female
    + Clara Matilda Abbott

    Born  3 Nov 1877  Mount Auburn, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  13 Oct 1899  Mount Auburn, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  1899  Mount Auburn Cemetery, Mount Auburn, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Christian Martin Petersen | F587 
    Married  30 Dec 1894  Mount Auburn, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location

    Lewis Elmer AbbottChild 3 | Male
    + Lewis Elmer Abbott

    Born  28 Sep 1879  Mount Auburn, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  28 Sep 1908  Leavenworth, Chelan, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  1908  Leavenworth Cemetery, Leavenworth, Chelan, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Lucy Pratt | F590 
    Married  3 Nov 1905  Leavenworth, Chelan, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location

    Dora May AbbottChild 4 | Female
    + Dora May Abbott

    Born  19 Apr 1882  Mount Auburn, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  14 Sep 1962  Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  17 Sep 1962  Rose Hill Cemetery, Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  John Albert Love | F372 
    Married  7 Nov 1906  Peshastin, Chelan, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location

    Frank C. AbbottChild 5 | Male
    Frank C. Abbott

    Born  13 Mar 1884  Mount Auburn, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  4 May 1933  Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  1933  Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Buchanan, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location

    Arthur Otis AbbottChild 6 | Male
    + Arthur Otis Abbott

    Born  10 Aug 1886  Mount Auburn, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  14 Nov 1929  Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  18 Nov 1929  Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland Multnomah, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Mary Genevieve Grills | F592 
    Married  14 Nov 1912  Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location

    Charlie AbbottChild 7 | Male
    Charlie Abbott

    Born  25 Oct 1888  Mount Auburn, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  30 May 1963  Beaverton, Washington, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  2 Jun 1963  Fir Lawn Cemetery , Hillsboro, Washington, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Edna May Bailey | F594 
    Married  31 Aug 1947  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location

    Della Lavesta AbbottChild 8 | Female
    + Della Lavesta Abbott

    Born  27 Dec 1890  Mount Auburn, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  27 Nov 1960  Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  1 Dec 1960  Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Arthur D. Hills | F596 
    Married  26 Jun 1907  Vinton, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location

    Leonard F. AbbottChild 9 | Male
    Leonard F. Abbott

    Born  6 Feb 1894  Mount Auburn, Benton, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  20 May 1909  Glenwood, Mills, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  1909  Glenwood Cemetery, Glenwood, Mills, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location

    Jane Elma AbbottChild 10 | Female
    + Jane Elma Abbott

    Born  4 Sep 1907  Leavenworth, Chelan, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  14 Aug 1975  Fremont, Alameda, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  16 Aug 1975  Kiron Cemetery, Kiron, Crawford, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Raymond Edward Clauson | F1583 
    Married  15 Nov 1928  Kiron, Crawford, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Notes  Residence Family:
    • 1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: Jas I Abbott
      Age: 47
      Birth Date: Feb 1853
      Birthplace: Illinois
      Home in 1900: Cedar, Benton, Iowa
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: Phoebe Abbott
      Marriage Year: 1875
      Years Married: 25
      Father's Birthplace: New York
      Mother's Birthplace: Illinois
      Occupation:
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Jas I Abbott 47
      Phoebe Abbott 47
      Dora Abbott 18
      Frank Abbott 16
      Arthur Abbott 13
      Chas Abbott 11
      Della Abbott 9
      Leonard Abbott 6 [1]

    Histories or Articles Family:
    • James Isaac Abbott 1853-1929 Biographical Sketch by Elbert Howard Love

      For more than a century common people of the nation turned their hope to the west. Out beyond the fence posts and wagon roads of settle communities was a land of legends, rich in promises, where the earth was good and opportunity walked with every man.

      This was the era in which whole families or sons and daughters of the older generation took leave of friends and disappeared into the broad expanse of western landscapes. From some came back stories of opportunities won or lost and of boom towns from the mineral laden Rockies to the giant time regions of the Pacific. From other there was nothing, only the silence of empty spaces.

      There was also a legend of the price required of those who would reap the opportunities of the west. To men the legend spoke of strength, courage, and foresight; to women it spoke of these things and added many qualities of the spirit. The woman was expected to endure drudgery, isolation, and hardships; to rear the children, to sustain her husband, and to stand at the family head at her husband's passing.

      Grandfather (James Isaac Abbott) knew the meaning of the western legend, because he as a boy had crossed the Mississippi with his parent to new lands of Iowa. Here his frugal management and the labor of his sons became a prosperous farmer. He believed that his sons would some day more west to the frontiers of opportunity, but he hoped that his daughter could be spared the life of western women.

      As was the custom of his Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, Grandfather insisted that his sons remain on the farm until they reached maturity and as long afterward as he could effectively persuade them.

      From childhood his three sons had heard the western legend, because Iowa during their early years, was rutted deep with many roads leading straight to the west. By the time the sons reached maturity, the roads were improved and railroads spanned the continent. Grandfather?s sons saw the tide of .. rush into California and spread quietly up the Pacific coast. (Gold Rush?)

      Out in the remote Pacific Northwest there was no great lunis of vary wealth. ((??)) There were minerals, timber and land. But the mineral had to be drilled from rock by hand labor; the timber was so large it required rugged men and strong steam driven machinery to harvest it; and the land, to be productive had to cleared of enormous stumps and vegetation in the lowlands, or clear of scattered sage brush and pine and irrigated in the arid inland regions. Only in the Walla Walla area of Marcus Whitman was the land production mainly for the taking and ploughing.

      By the turn of the century Grandfather?s sons know that Seattle was established as a gateway to Alaska; that Spokane was spreading over land covered valley to become the hub of an inland empire; and that Washington had been carved out of the Oregon Territory as the ???..gate of the Union. All of these facts were presented to many towns and villages by Jim Hill the empire builder, ?. who pushed his Great Northern Railroad across the northern rim of the United States and then convinced many western minded people of the remarkable advantage of building homes along his chosen route.

      If Grandfather?s sons were unconvinced by the persuasive propaganda of the railroad agencies, the enactment of the Homestead Act was conclusive. The three sons were ready and willing to go west, but they were not financially able. The train fare and lodging money would have to come from Grandfather; the sons had received nothing for their work on his farm since it was an ancient family tradition that children should work without compensation until their marriage or until they left home. Grandfather had been quite willing to continue the tradition of donated labor by his offspring. He saw in it the elements of a practical social security program for himself and a means of requiring a reasonable return from ?..

      Although Grandfather was frugal, he was not selfish. He was willing to provide the money for the trip west on condition that the opportunity for good free land really existed. Grandfather wasn't evading the issue; he had no faith flowery phraseology ?..of his ? and believed very little of what he heard. Since he would finance the exodus, he believed he should apply his ? standard to the investment. He would act when he could find reliable authority.

      Grandfather?s brother in Iowa, he became known in the family as the Great Uncle Abe, didn't require so much proof. In the early spring following the enactment of Homestead Act, great uncle Abe sold his small farm to a young fellow from the East who believed he was buying a part of the Garden of Eden or a modern facsimile thereof. Great Uncle Abe had decided to take his wife west to the upper Wentachee Valley in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains of Washington. He was convinced that the new railroad had tapped a virgin country and that he was qualified to win it by his methods. He promised Grandfather he would give a prompt report of what he saw there.

      The three sons waited impatiently for the promised report. The harvest passed and the business still down to the routine of working in the wood lot and tending the ? sows, They found it hard to concentrate on sawing wood in the woodlot or the chores which were interrupted frequently with long discussions of the latest rumors of the west.

      Andrew, the oldest, carried on in a quiet routine with the least interruption but Charles and Arthur doubted whether Uncle Abe would ever send a letter. Arthur the younger decided he would try to persuade his father by getting reliable facts. ?? He had been the friend of the boys to work ??? a pamphlet came in due time; it spoke of the opportunities for work in ?.. In the .. expanding lumber industries the new city??? .. and .. shipping contacts with the orient, and it deep river harbors on the Willamette River near the mouth of the Columbia river. Grandfather considered this information to be in the same category as the patent medicine ads and he would take no final action until great uncle Able reported.
      He (Andrew) loved the rolling black soil ?. the warm smell of hay, the livestock, and the excitement of the hogs at feeding time. Iowa was good country and the west would have to be proved before he would want to leave. Of course, he would like to have his own farm; this was his reason for looking to the west.

      It was early winter when the tardy report came from the great uncle Abe. He explains in convincing and flowery language that this delay in writing was unavoidable. Grandfather


      (this is all that was written. called Ransom Love (son) to see if there are any papers in Elbert s files that has stories of his parents and grandparents. This was an extremely rough draft and hard to read in pencil. Not sure about the Homestead Act (1862). The Abbott sons were born in 1875-1886. It should be noted here that, Andrew, Lewis, Arthur and Charlie all made it out West. It is my understanding that Dora came west with her Uncle Abe (Abraham Lincoln Mitchell and Etta Culver Mitchell) this would be James Isaac Abbott?s brother in law. The Mitchell?s arrived in Leavenworth in 1902 (according to the obituary of Etta). In 1910 Abraham family was living next door to John Albert and Dora May Abbott Love and Arthur and Della Abbott Hill. Dora and Della?s brother Frank Abbott was living with Abraham?s family in the Wenatchee National Forest.

  • Sources 
    1. [S61] Ancestry.Com, Generations Network, Inc, (Ancestry.com.[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.), 1900; Census Place: Cedar, Benton, Iowa; Roll: 417; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0006; FHL microfilm: 1240417. (Reliability: 3), 13 Apr 2014.