Joseph Henry Abbott

Male10 August 1849–17 January 1902

Brief Life History of Joseph Henry

When Joseph Henry Abbott was born on 10 August 1849, in Newark Township, Licking, Ohio, United States, his father, Abijah Abbott, was 43 and his mother, Eleanor Weakley, was 42. He married Elizabeth Sarah Hempleman on 19 December 1875, in Clinton, DeWitt, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons. He lived in Towanda Township, McLean, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Illinois, United States in 1870. He died on 17 January 1902, in Towanda, McLean, Illinois, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Towanda, McLean, Illinois, United States.

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Joseph Henry Abbott
Elizabeth Sarah Hempleman
Marriage: 19 December 1875
John William Abbott
Albert Daniel Abbott
Charles Parson Abbott
Asa Earnest Abbott
Lawrence Roy Abbott

Sources (29)

  • Joseph Abbott, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Joseph H Abbott, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Joseph H. Abbott, "Find A Grave Index"

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  • Marriage
    19 December 1875Clinton, DeWitt, Illinois, United States
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

    Age 7

    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.


    Age 14

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.


    Age 16

    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    Name Meaning

    English: nickname from Middle English abbod, abbot(t), abbat ‘abbot’ (Old English abbod) or Old French abet ‘priest’. Both the Old English and the Old French term are derived from Late Latin abbas (genitive abbatis) ‘priest’, from Greek abbas, from Aramaic aba ‘father’. The nickname was presumably a joking reference to a person's behaviour. In the US, the English name is also sometimes a translation of a cognate or equivalent European name, e.g. Italian Abate , Spanish Abad , or German Abt .

    History: George Abbot from Yorkshire, England, settled in Andover, MA, in 1640; he had numerous prominent descendants. George Abbott (probably not the same man) died in Rowley, MA, in 1647. Another early migrant was James Abbott, who came from Somerset, England, to Long Island, NY, in the 17th century.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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