My great-great-great grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Abbott, b. 12-28-1812, I have NC. according to 1880 census, both parents of GA. He is listed as a farmer. He is also listed of AL by researcher from LDS. Benjamin m. Caroline Pickett Willis, m. date: abt. 1836 AL. Caroline b. 5-17-1817.
He died 8-29-1841, and she died, 5-27-1892. She married second, Joshua Bennett.
William Augusta Abbott b. 9-16-1837, AL, died 4-2-1901, Williamson Co., TX. He is buried at Lawrence Chapel cemetery. This is close to Austin. I live in Houston. I just finished entering almost all of the people from several lists into my database. I probably have the most complete record of it. It was vandalized a few years ago, and some info was lsot, but I am just about to send it to the last compiler to update and merge. It is an old family cemetery and I buried my brother and sister there not long ago, so such is my interest in helping keep the list up.
I have never heard if Benjamin and Caroline had other children, as Ben died so young, but there may be other children. In ten years of looking for other related Abbotts, I have only come across one, the generation after William.
I have done a lot of gathering of cluster families, and so, if there are groups of my other surnames popping up with Abbotts, I can tell it is a cluster family, but can't get any information on my last Abbotts. Nobody else has them ANYWHERE! It looks like there are a couple of generations with no data, no relatives, then a few very, very collaterally tie in, but offer no help. Through a long route my Abbotts connect to the Custis family. Also through Caroline Willis to the Willis family of VA, but I cannot locate the book that tells exactly how, only that the Johnston/Willis line connects to the VA Willises.
As soon as I start to get info, from the older distant cousins, they die or get senile, and forget who I am. It is so frustrating. Through a 2nd cousin, Virginia Lawrence, I heard bits of her stories and research. She was a college professor in CA, and she gave me a lot of openings from the Lawrence lines. They are also related to the VA Willis family, i.e. Mildred Washington/Augustine Washington (father of George Washington) is where my mother's line, and my father's lines connect firmly.
About William Augusta Abbott: b. 9-16-1837, Al, d. 4-2-1901. He married Nancy Jane Weems, b. 7-22-1842. Her mother is Mary Ann Oliver, and her father is John Russom Weems.
William Augusta Abbott served in the Civil War as a medic in the
Confederate Army. He paid special attention to cleanliness after his
experience in the war. Often, he would build a fire under the old iron
washpot filled with water and plenty of lye soap. He would removed
every item from the house and scrub them thoroughly.
When his wife, Nancy became ill, he hung sheets around her bed to give
her privacy, and gave her special care.
Caroline told the children how fond she was of her mother-in-law. She
said Nancy was such a fine, good woman who helped her in many ways.
Blanche says in a letter to Faye, "Now isn't that a compliment, and so
Marker: W. A. A.: A sinner saved by grace. Bottom: Abbott
William and Nancy had: Silas Alexander Abbott (I was told by Virginia Lawrence that Benjamin's father is Alexander Abbott) The only one of them that could come close to fitting is an illegitimate child that I ran across on the Net. Supposedly, Alexander was from NY.
Silias is my great-grandfather. His siblings: John Franklin Abbott
James Cannon Abbott, William Pickett Abbott, Robert E. Lee Abbott, Charles Walton Abbott, Samuel Randall Abbott, Mary Alena Abbott, and Gordon Fletcher Abbott.
Silas m. Martha Ann Layne "Mattie". Their children:
Vernon (Verner?) Henry Abbott, Ralph William Abbott (my grandfather), Horace Bishop Abbott, Nan Layne Abbott, Clara Mae Abbott, Mamie Lee Abbott, Maude Mary Abbott, and Blanche Edna Abbott.
I once saw a list of second, and third wave of settlers that came to TX in an Austin movement and the Abbotts and Laynes were mentioned. The Lawrence and Miller families were in the original 300 Austin settlement.
Silas Alexander Abbott b. 1-18-1862, AL or TN, d. 3-5-1950, Salyton, TX.
Martha Ann Layne is the daughter of Henry Inlo (Inlough) Layne and Lucinda Lawrence. Lucinda's parents are Adam Lawrence and Sarah Lucinda Miller. Capt. Simon Miller and Sarah Lucinda Rucker are her parents. Capt. Simon Miller was holder of a Spanish land grant. His father, also a Simon Miller m. Lucinda Rucker. Simon Miller's father, is also a Capt. Simon Miller who m. Elizabeth Reade. Elizabeth's father is William Reade, mother is Mary Johanna Jones. This Reade line also connects at Washington family. Mary Johanna Jones's father, Thomas, married Sarah Hancock. That is the only connection that might go to that illegitimate Alexander Abbott in a Hancock lline.
Sorry to babble, but I keep hoping someone has some of these people some place and can help me connect to one of those darned George Abbott families that EVERYONE else is connected to. I have saved and photocopied bits of those lines, and the Lovejoy/Abbott line in OK, but nothing jibes there, except that in the OK line, there is a cluster of TRIPLETTs, and I have those in my mother's line near Reade/Willis/Washington/Terrill.
My grandfather, Ralph William Abbott was a Woodsmen of the World mason. He married Birdie B. Briggs in Beaukiss, TX (about a bllock long) next to Lawrence Chapel. I have two Briggs lines. One is Scottish and one is British. Absolutely nobody believes these families are related, but I think it is too coincidental that I have two, and guess who they connect with eventually....Washington line. My grandmtoher, Birdie's Briggs line goes through McWhirter/Balch line. Balch worked with G. Washington. Then on my mother's side, her Terrills are cousins to Washington.
If you have any of these surnames, please keep me in mind.
Since I have all of these Lawrence folks, and they connect to Willis/Washington, I noticed a Custis/Justice/Abbott line that also has one Lawrence connection in the 1600s. That line filters down to Mary Randolph Custis (niece or granddaughter to Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, who m. Robert E. Lee. I do know that Robert E. Lee Abbott is named after the general, and that Robert E. Lee visited the Abbott and Layne homes at one time. That my Adam Lawrence was present at the surrender of Santa Anna, as was Robert E. Lee.
The Terrills are a descention of Edward III, and so are my father's LAYNES.
Virginia Lawrence (Laurence) also said that we are realted to the Archbishop of Canterbury, George Abbot. But how, I do not know.
I am not concerned whether they are connect to famous people, only that opens doors to gain some Abbott connection somewhere on the planet.
Also that Custis/Justice/Abbott line has Bennetts.
It is so odd that I have at present day cousins with most of these surnames, still marriages with same old names. My mother's and father's lines connect for over 26 generations, back and forth. Surely someone has these same unusual connections.
ABBOTT/BRIGGS/WILLIS/WASHINGTON/READE/REID/TERRILL/LAYNE/LANE/OLIVER/OLIVE/MC WHIRTER/MC CORMICK/ST. CYR/MARCOVICH/TODD/BROWNE/WROE/ROWE/BUTLER/LAWRENCE/MILLER/LEWIS/SMITH etc.
PS...My father's second wife was Lynn Abbott. They lived in TN, whre there is another big Abbott group that I know very little about.
My Abbotts also have Todds with first name Perry, and Perry Enos. who are first cousins to my father, Robert Layne Abbott.
AND I noted that Mary Abbott m. James Bridges. This Mary is the dau. of Abagail Lovejoy and Neihmiah Abbott. Interestingly enough, the English name Bridges is what the Scottish name Briggs means.
That Justice line....Ralph Justice , son of William Justice and Mary Fraeme...William b. 1625...marries Mary Abbott, dau. of a John Abbott b. 1630 who m. Mary Lawrence (first m. to James Lawrence).
I really hope we connect. I have given up on the Abbotts.