Sampson Kelly Abshire

Brief Life History of Sampson Kelly

When Sampson Kelly Abshire was born on 9 January 1852, in Illinois, United States, his father, Andrew Abshire Sr, was 55 and his mother, Anna Kelly, was 35. He married Isabel Ida Dare on 24 November 1874, in Fulton, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Putman Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Canton Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. He died on 24 June 1910, in Canton, Fulton, Illinois, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton, Fulton, Illinois, United States.

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Sampson Kelly Abshire
Isabel Ida Dare
Marriage: 24 November 1874
Alta May Abshire
Iva B. Abshire
Harry Abshire
Rachel J *Williams Abshire
Donald E. Abshire

Sources (8)

  • Simpson Alshin in household of Andrew Alshin, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Samson Abshire in the Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-192
  • Samuel Abshire, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

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.


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

1868 · Impeach the President!

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

Name Meaning

Probably an altered form of English Upsher .

Possibly also an Americanized form of German Ibscher: from Middle High German überscher ‘surplus’, applied as a nickname for someone who lived on surplus land that had not been allotted during the establishment of a settlement. The surname Abshire is found mainly in LA and TX. Compare Abshear , Absher , and Abshier .

History: Lewis Abshire bought land in VA in 1637, but it is not known where he came from. — Peter Ipsher or Abshire is recorded in Augusta County, VA, in 1723. — John (Jacob) Abshire alias Jean Jacques Abcher, believed to have been born in Germany, was listed as one of Irish and German Catholic refugees who arrived in LA from PA in 1780. — Mentioned in a taxation list for Franklin County, VA, for 1786 are William, Abraham, Christian, Jacob, and Lodowick Abshire.

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

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