14 August 2017

Lovick Askew Abel Dies at Home in Macon

(Part of the Descendants of Henry Abel series.)

Rose Hill Cemetery landscape 2009.  Image by Stephanie Lincecum.Lovick A. Abel, born in Georgia about 1874, was the son of John Henry and Laura Elizabeth Brooks Abel.  Lovick was also a grandson of Henry Abel.

When in his mid-twenties, L. A. became a machinist for the railroad.  He made a career of this occupation that took him to the neighboring states of Alabama (1900 census) and North Carolina (1910 census), before returning him to Macon, Bibb County, Georgia by 1918.

On 17 February 1896, in Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama, L. A. married Kentucky native Callie Mae Taylor.  The couple had at least three daughters:

  • Etna Margaret Abel Melton (b. 1899-1900 Alabama; d. 1964 Bibb County, Georgia)
  • Myrtle Abel Moreland (b. 1903-4; d. 1977 Bibb County, Georgia)
  • Mildred Elizabeth Abel (b. 1907 Rowan County, North Carolina; d. 1989 Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina)

laabelnewsofdeathLovick was just 51 when he died on 11 August 1925 at his home on Walnut Street in Macon.  Following from 12 August 1925 edition of the Macon Daily Telegraph (via GenealogyBank):

APOPLEXY KILLS L. A. ABEL HERE

Machinist Is Stricken at Home After Hearty Meal

After eating a hearty supper last night and declaring that he hadn't ever felt better, Lovick A. Abel, 51, a machinist employed by the J. S. Schofield's Sons Company, became suddenly ill and died in a few minutes.

Mr. Abel was stricken ill at his home, 506 Walnut Street.  He worked as usual yesterday and after supper sat down on the front porch and was reading a paper.  He uttered an outcry and fell over on the porch, while trying to get inside the house.  Doctors who were quickly summoned and who reached him just as the end came, said that apoplexy caused death.

Mr. Abel was born and reared here.  He is survived by his wife who was Miss Callie Taylor, and three daughters, Mrs. J. B. Melton, Mrs. Paul Moland and Miss Mildred Abel; also two brothers, T. G. Abel and F. W. Abel, and two sisters, Mrs. J. M. Smith and Mrs. W. M. Stevens.

Mr. Abel was a member of the International Association of Machinists Lodge No. 8.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

A funeral notice published the next day stated Mr. L. A. Abel was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery.

11 August 2017

Burial of Gardner Lemuel Davis: Rose Hill or Riverside?

(Part of the Descendants of Henry Abel series.)

I communicated yesterday about the possibility of an obituary confusing two cemeteries that are located within less than a mile of each other in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia – Rose Hill Cemetery and Riverside Cemetery.  I saw an example of this in the news article about the 1914 death of Gardner Lemuel Davis…or so I thought.

First, a little background.  Gardner Davis was born 6 August 1868 in Bibb County, Georgia to Abraham Josephus and Mary Jane Elizabeth Parker Davis.  On 30 April 1907, Gardner married Ethel Kate Abel, who was eighteen years his junior.  She was a daughter of William and Martha Jane Jones Abel, and a granddaughter of Henry Abel.

Rose Hill Cemetery Gate 2011. Image by Stephanie Lincecum.Gardner and Ethel had at least two daughters:  Martha Abel Davis Harp (1908-1982) and Lemuel Anne Elizabeth Davis Dawsey (1914-1991).  Lemuel Annie was only 10 months old when her father suddenly died on a street in downtown Macon.  Following from 17 December 1914 edition of the Macon Telegraph (via GenealogyBank) --

STRICKEN WITH APOPLEXY POLICEMAN DIES ON BEAT

Gardner Davis Died Suddenly on Cherry Street Yesterday.

TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE

Veteran Officer Was in Apparent Good Health Half Hour Before Death -- Appeared as Witness in Recorder's Court Yesterday Morning -- Had Good Record.

While at his post of duty on Cherry, near Fifth street, yesterday at noon, Patrolman Gardner L. Davis sustained a stroke of apoplexy, which resulted in instant death.  Bystanders rushed to him and the ambulance was summoned, but it was found that he had breathed his last.

One of the first persons to reach Patrolman Davis was his brother, Thomas F. Davis, of the Merritt Hardware company.  Only twenty minutes before his death Patrolman Davis had made his report to the city hall through the call box at the rear of the hardware store and in passing spoke to his brother.

The sudden death of the officer was a distinct shock to his relatives and friends.  He had been under treatment of a physician for several months, but was not thought to be in a serious condition.

Yesterday morning, Patrolman Davis appeared in recorder's court to testify in a case against a negro charged with violating the license ordinance.  He appeared to be in good health and went about his duties as usual.

At an inquest held over the body by Coroner T. E. Young the jury rendered a verdict to the effect that death resulted from apoplexy.

Twenty Years a Patrolman.
No man on the Macon police force was held in higher esteem than Gardner Davis.  He had served about twenty years as a patrolman and was regarded as one of the most efficient and painstaking officers in the department.  Those who knew him intimately said that his word was his bond.

Mr. Davis was born forty-seven years ago in the Warrior district of Bibb county and had resided in the county all of his life.  He was a son of the late Abe J. Davis, one of the best known men of Bibb.

Besides his widow, who was Miss Ethel Abel, Patrolman Davis is survived by two small daughters, Martha Abel Davis and Mary Elizabeth Davis.  His is survived by four brothers, William H. Davis, A. J. Davis, Jr., Thomas F. Davis and John A. Davis, another veteran member of the police department.

Among other surviving relatives are a first cousin, Sheriff J. R. Hicks, Jr., and three uncles, Henry C., S. A. and W. J. Parker, all of Bibb county.

Mr. Davis was a member of the Knights of Pythias and was a past chancellor commander of M. R. Rogers lodge, K. of P.

The funeral will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from his late residence, 401 Napier avenue.  The services will be conducted by Elder W. W. Childs, of the Primitive Baptist church, of Yatesville, assisted by Rev. Loy Warwick, pastor of the Centenary Methodist church.

The active pallbearers will be four brothers and four brothers-in-law of Mr. Davis, who are as follows:  John A., Thomas F., William H. and A. J. Davis, Jr., James Abel, William Jones, Archie Smith and Clarence Jenkins.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill cemetery.

So.  Gardner was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery the day after his death.  Case closed, right?

I thought so, too, until further search into this family revealed Ethel Abel Davis (upon her death in 1971) was buried in Riverside Cemetery.  Her granite ledger marker is in the Dahlia Section, Row C18, Lot 4.  And to Ethel's right is her husband Gardner.  Cemetery records show Gardner was interred there 19 May 1915, five months after his death.

The Davis – Dawsey lot also holds the remains of daughter Lemuel Davis and her husband James Richard Dawsey.

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10 August 2017

Does Mamie Abel McKay Really Rest at Rose Hill?

(Descendants of Henry Abel series.)

To my knowledge, there is no listing of individuals buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia that is complete.  James Allen's more than 10,000 tombstone photos is not a complete listing.  FindAGrave's almost 13,000 entries is not.  And even Rose Hill's own online database containing more than 17,000 records is not a complete listing of burials.

So we sometimes have to look elsewhere for confirmation if there's a possibility a person might be buried at Rose Hill (newspapers and later death certificates are a couple of obvious go-to places).  Here is what I know about Mamie L. Abel McKay.

Mamie, who I've also seen noted as Minnie and Mary, was born about 1873 in Georgia to Fred T. and Camilla S. Brooks Abel.  She was a granddaughter of Henry Abel.

jdmckay-mlabelMamie married Jefferson Davis McKay, son of George F. and Susan A. Finney McKay, on 25 October 1893 in Macon.  The couple had at least one child, Susan, who was born 14 August 1894.  Mamie died twenty years later, on 2 July 1914, at the age of 41.  Her death and funeral were remarked upon in the 5 July 1914 edition of the Macon Telegraph -

MRS. J. D. M'KAY
The funeral of Mrs. J. D. McKay, whose death occurred Thursday night was held Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock from her late residence, 595 Carling avenue, Rev. Loy Warwick, pastor of the Centenary Methodist church, officiating. Interment followed at Rose Hill cemetery.

Members of the family served as active pall-bearers, and were the following: F. T., W. W., L. R., Sidney and Theodore Abel and W. McKay.

Even though that was pretty clear – Interment followed at Rose Hill cemetery – my skepticism meter became slightly elevated when I found out her husband and daughter were later buried at Riverside cemetery.  Though I cannot call it an occurrence that happened often, I have seen the two cemeteries confused in obituaries before.  Not surprising, since less than a mile separates the two.  Hopefully, you can see that in the map below.

jdmckaydcI should mention how Jefferson died.

According to a news article published in the Macon Telegraph on 5 April 1932, a couple of days after his death,

Jefferson D. McKay, 65-year-old traveling salesman who was killed Sunday afternoon when his car plunged off Houston road into a creek at Seven bridges, met death as a result of an unavoidable accident…

Evidence introduced at the inquest showed that Mr. McKay's small coupe was in a line of cars when it plunged into the southernmost of the Seven Bridges creek…

My view of an "85-years-later" map of the area indicates Mr. McKay possibly drowned in Tobesofkee Creek.  The article partially quoted above mimics, in part, what is found on Jefferson's death certificate:

He came to his death in automobile accident.  His car driven by himself went over an embankment which is known as the 7 Bridges Road.  His car turning over as it went down the embankment in water 10 or 12 ft deep and in our opinion it was an unavoidable accident.

Susan, daughter of Jefferson and Mamie, married Walter R. Rogers (whose 1928 murder will require a whole other post) about 1914.  The couple had at least three children, one of them being Mary Lucy, who died June 1922 at the age of just two months.  Susan died 23 June 1963.

Based on the information I have at this time, it's likely Mamie is buried at Rose Hill.  Her father purchased a lot there a day before the death of an infant of his and Camilla's in 1873 – Eglantine Square block 4, lot 21.  Thinking Jefferson decided to place Mamie there is not a stretch, though I have no evidence to suggest where within Rose Hill she was actually laid.

And it's quite possible Walter and Susan McKay Rogers purchased a lot in Riverside to hold the remains of their infant daughter.  Maybe, upon the death of her father, Susan decided she wanted him there.

But, healthy skepticism is a good thing.  Right?

Some Additional Sources:

  1. 1880 census of United States, population schedule, Fourth Fire Ward, Macon, Bibb, Georgia, E. D. No. 16, Page No. 58, dwelling 427, family 573, Frederick T. Abel household, accessed May 2017. Includes wife Bessie; daughters Carrie and Mamie; and son Frederick; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com).
  2. "Georgia County Marriages, 1785 - 1950", database, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch, (http://www.familysearch.org), image, Jefferson McKay m. Minnie L. Abel 25 October 1893 at Bibb County.
  3. 1900 census of United States, population schedule, 716 District, Macon City, Bibb, Georgia, E. D. No. 31, sheet no. 8A, dwelling 152, family 196, Jefferson D. McKay household, accessed 2 June 2017. Includes wife Mary L.; and daughter Susie L.; digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org).
  4. "Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940", database, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch, (http://www.familysearch.org), Image of death certificate for Jefferson D. McKay, d. 3 April 1932.
  5. Riverside Cemetery & Conservancy, Genealogy Data; Riverside Cemetery, Inc., Macon, Georgia, USA, 2017. http://www.riversidecemetery.com/.
  6. 1930 census of United States, population schedule, City of Macon, Bibb, Georgia, E. D. No. 11-39, sheet no. 16A, family 369, Susan Rogers household, accessed 9 June 2017. Includes sons Roy and Henry; and father Jefferson McKay; digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org).
  7. "Walter R. Rogers Found Murdered / Walter Rogers is Found Dead," issued 15 September 1928, accessed 9 June 2017, name of interest: Walter R. Rogers, Macon Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, online image (http://www.genealogybank.com).

09 August 2017

1892 Death of Mr. John Henry Abel

(Descendants of Henry Abel series.)

John Henry Abel was born 1845-7 in Bibb County, Georgia to German immigrant parents Henry and Elizabeth Follendore Abel.  By the age of fifteen, young Henry was working as a clerk in the butcher business with his father.

John Henry married Laura Elizabeth Brooks 3 December 1872.  Laura's sister, Camilla, had married John Henry's brother Fred about five years prior.  The Brooks sisters were the daughters of James M. and Mary J. Brooks.  A brother of Camilla and Laura, James P., would marry a sister of John Henry and Fred:  Louisa Abel.

John Henry and Laura had two children – Lovick Askew Abel (1874-1925) and Laura Elizabeth Abel (1876-1939) – before the elder Laura's death 25 May 1877.

A little over a year later, on 12 September 1878, John Henry was wed to Sarah Catherine Murfee.  She was a daughter of Thomas Washington Henry and Mary Lary Murphee / Murfee.  Within a couple of years of his second marriage, John Henry joined the police force.  He and Sarah had at least five children:

  • Martha E. Abel Massengale (b. 1880 Georgia; d. 1912 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia)
  • Mary Bessie Abel Smith (b. 1884-5 Georgia; d. 1952)
  • infant daughter Abel (b. 1886; d. 1887)
  • Theodore Garfield Abel (b. 1888 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia; d. 1950 Bibb County, Georgia)
  • Sidney Wiley Abel (b. 1891 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia; d. 1944 Bibb County, Georgia)

deathofmrhenryabelBefore his youngest son turned two years old, John Henry was dead.  Following obituary from 23 November 1892 edition of the Macon Telegraph (via GenealogyBank):

DEATH OF MR. HENRY ABEL.

He Died Suddenly at His Home Yesterday Afternoon.
A shadow of gloom and sorrow was thrown around the city hall and police station last night when a messenger arrived bearing the sad news that Officer Henry Abel of the police force had been found dead in his bed.

Mr. Abel, accompanied by several of his brother officers left early Monday morning for a point on the Macon and Dublin railroad on an extended hunt, but feeling badly after hunting all day Monday, decided to come home, which he did, arriving here yesterday morning.  He told his wife that he was suffering from heart trouble, and went to bed about 1 o'clock.

As he had been complaining lately a good deal of heart trouble, nothing unusual was thought of his complaint…  [He asked that his wife] wake him at 9 o'clock that he might prepare to go on duty at 12 last night.

About 3 o'clock his little girl come home from school and started in the room to see her father, but Mrs. Abel forbade her, saying that he was resting, and that it would not be well to disturb him.

At 6 o'clock, however, Mrs. Abel upon going into the room noticed that her husband was very quiet and seemed not to be breathing.  She went up to the bed and discovered that he really was not breathing, and that his hands and face were perfecly [sic] cold.

Incredulous of these infallible signs of death, she called her son to the bedside, who told her that his father was indeed dead.

The wife was completely overcome by the terrible shock, and the children, of which there are six, three boys and three girls, were prostrated with grief at their father's unforewarned death.

Mr. Abel had been a member of the police force for about twelve years, during which time he has gained the high esteem of all who knew him.  No member of the force was more generally popular and none have gained a better reputation for efficiency, and it is needless to say that his place on the force is one not easy to be filled.

Mr. Abel, before going on the police force, was engaged in the butcher business with his father, Mr. Henry Abel, Sr., at which he made a decided success.

He was nearing his 46th birthday when he received the summons of death and has always been a resident of Macon.

His sad death is greatly lamented by all, especially by his brother officers on the police force, for as one of them remarked last night, Henry Abel was an officer who could always be relied on.

Owing to the suddenness of his death it was thought best to hold no inquest over his remains, and Coroner Knight empanelled a jury, which, after examining a number of witnesses, decided that he came to his death from natural causes.

The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock from Centenary Methodist church, and the last sad rites will be performed over the body of one of Macon's most beloved citizens.

The next day, a recap of the funeral was published.

FUNERAL OF MR. ABEL.

A Large Concourse of Friends Follow The Remains to the Grave.
A large number of sympathizing and grief-stricken friends of the late Mr. Henry Abel attended his funeral on Wednesday.

The dwelling, as well as the cemetery and church, was crowded.  The services at the church were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Chester, and they were filled with tender and feeling remarks addressed to the grieved and distressed relatives and friends.  The Knights of Pythias and also the Odd Fellows of Franklin Lodge were present in large bodies…

The following order, issued by Chief of Police Kenan, concerning the death of Mr. Abel will go into effect at once:

Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God to remove from us and to assign to another "beat" that efficient and faithful officer, Patrolman Henry Abel, it is deemed right and proper that we who have served with him so long should show fitting tribute to his memory.

Therefore, it is ordered that the entire force wear the usual badge of mourning for the period of fifteen days, and that a committee, composed of Lieut. F. P. Y[ea?]ger, Sergt. C. E. Long and Patrolman W. N. Clarke, be apointed [sic] to draft suitable resolutions expressive of our sorrow at the loss to us, and sympathy for the bereaved family of our departed comrade.

John Henry Abel was laid to rest alongside his first wife and infant daughter in the Eglantine Square section of Rose Hill Cemetery.  Sarah Catherine would join them upon her death in 1945.  To my knowledge, they are without headstones.

Some Additional Sources:

  1. "Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927", database, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch, (http://www.familysearch.org), death certificate image for Lovick Askew Abel, d. 11 August 1925 at Bibb County.
  2. 1850 census of United States, population schedule, 716th Dist G. M., City Macon, Bibb, Georgia, Dwelling & Family 53, Henry Abel household, accessed 18 May 2017. Includes Elizabeth (age 24); Frederick (age 6); William (age 5); Henry (age 3); E. A. (female, age 2); and C. E. (male, age 8/12); digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org).
  3. Friends of Rose Hill, "Historic Rose Hill Cemetery Directory", database, Historic Rose Hill (http://www.rosehillcemetery.org).
  4. "Georgia County Marriages, 1785 - 1950", database, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch, (http://www.familysearch.org).
  5. "Mrs. Sarah C. Abel Funeral Set Today," issued 28 November 1945, accessed 31 May 2017, name of interest: Mrs. Sarah C. Abel, Macon Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, online image (http://www.genealogybank.com).
  6. Rose Hill Cemetery (Macon, Bibb County, Georgia), Grave Marker Transcription by Stephanie Lincecum, Acquired between 2003 - 2013.
  7. "Illness Is Fatal To Mrs. Stephan," issued 16 September 1939, accessed 3 June 2017, name of interest: Mrs. Laura Elizabeth Abel Stephan, Macon Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, online image (http://www.genealogybank.com).
  8. "Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940", database, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch, (http://www.familysearch.org), Image of death certificate for Mrs. Laura Stephan, d. 15 September 1939 at Bibb County.
  9. 1910 census of United States, population schedule, Macon City, Bibb, Georgia, E. D. No. 49, sheet no. 2A, dwelling 32, family 37, Sarah C. Abel household, accessed 18 June 2017. Includes daughters Martha E. Massengale and Mary B. Smith; sons Theodore G. and Sidney W.; son-in-law James N. Smith; granddaughters Mary L. Massengale, Catherine E. Massengale, and Bessie L. Smith; and grandsons William A. Massengale, and Chas. E. Smith; digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org).
  10. 1880 census of United States, population schedule, Fourth Fire Ward, Macon, Bibb, Georgia, E. D. No. 16, page no. 30, dwelling 220, family 265, Abel Henry household, accessed 30 May 2017. Includes wife Sarah; son Lovick; daughters Laura and Mattie E.; and mother-in-law Martha Murphy; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com).
  11. "Mrs. Massengale Dies Early this Morning," issued 30 May 1912, accessed 17 June 2017, name of interest: Mrs. Martha E. Massengale, Macon Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, online image (http://www.genealogybank.com).
  12. "Funeral is Today for Mrs. Stephan," issued 17 September 1939, accessed May 2017, name of interest: Mrs. Laura Abel Stephan, Macon Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, online image (http://www.genealogybank.com).
  13. 1900 census of United States, population schedule, 716 District, Macon City, Bibb, Georgia, E. D. No. 31, sheet no. 4A, dwelling 66, family 79, Sarah C. Abel household, accessed 18 May 2017. Includes daughters Marth E. and Mary B.; sons Theodore G. and Sydney W.; step-daughter Laura E. Lightfoot; step-granddaughter Katie L.; and step-grandson Henry G.; digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org).
  14. "Death of an Infant," issued 4 June 1887, accessed 19 May 2017, names of interest: Mr. Henry Abel, Macon Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, online image (http://www.genealogybank.com).
  15. "Brief Illness Fatal To Sidney W. Abel," issued 17 September 1944, accessed 29 May 2017, name of interest: Sidney W. Abel, Macon Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, online image (http://www.genealogybank.com).
  16. 1930 census of United States, population schedule, Macon City, Bibb, Georgia, E. D. No. 11-36, sheet no. 13B, dwelling 233, family 245, Sydney Abel household, accessed June 2017. Includes wife Ethel; daughters Annie and Bessie; sons Sydney Jr., James, and John; mother Sarah; brother Theodore; and nephew William Massengale; digital image, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org).

07 August 2017

Martha Estella & Willie Mae: Sisters Abel Wed Smith

(Descendants of Henry Abel series.)

In the most recent post for this series, I wrote about a grandson of Henry Abel.  Named Oscar, he was a son of William Abel and Susan Reid.  Susan died before Oscar was a year old, and William took a second wife about 1873.  She was Martha "Mattie" Jane Jones, daughter of William and Julia F. Bailey Jones.

William Abel and Mattie Jones had at least seven children:

  • Elizabeth Villa Abel Jones (b. 1873 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia; d. 1941 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia)
  • Julia F. Abel Jenkins (b. 1876 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia; d. 1941 Newport News, Virginia)
  • Willie Mae Abel Smith (b. 1878 Georgia; d. 1918 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia)
  • Martha Estella Abel Smith (b. 1881 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia; d. 1943 Bibb County, Georgia)
  • Ethel Kate Abel Davis (b. 1886 Bibb County, Georgia; d. 1971 Monroe County, Georgia)
  • James Benjamin Abel (b. 1889 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia; d. 1950 Bibb County, Georgia)
  • Lula Ruth Abel (b. 1893 Georgia; d. 1979 Bibb County, Georgia)

Willie Mae Abel married Archibald Jordan Smith about 1903.  He was a son of Archibald J. and Caroline R. Hicks Smith.  The young couple had two sons – Arch J. Smith, Jr. and William Abel Smith – before Willie Mae died on 8 April 1918.  She was laid to rest in Macon's Riverside Cemetery, located in the same neighborhood as Rose Hill Cemetery.

Four months after Willie Mae's death, Archibald married her sister Martha Estella.  The union didn't last forever, though.  By the taking of the April 1930 Bibb County, Georgia Federal census, Martha was noted as divorced.  It doesn't appear the couple had any children.  In fact, Stella seemed to be a career girl.  She was employed as a stenographer before and after her marriage to Archibald.  A November 1943 obituary in the Macon Telegraph (Georgia) stated Stella was "for a number of years…with the government agriculture laboratory at Fort Valley."

Stella Abel Smith was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery.

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Archibald Jordan Smith married for a third time prior to his death in 1936.  He was laid to rest with first wife Willie Mae in the Honeysuckle section (row R, lot 4) of Riverside Cemetery.

Some Additional Sources:

  1. "Illness Fatal To Mrs. Jones," issued 11 May 1941, accessed 29 May 2017, name of interest: Mrs. Elizabeth Abel Jones, Macon Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, online image (http://www.genealogybank.com).
  2. 1900 census of United States, population schedule, Macon Ward 4, Bibb, Georgia, E. D. No. 32, sheet 7B, dwelling 109, family 129, William Abel household, accessed 11 December 2016, National Archives and Records Administration credited. Includes wife Martha Jane; daughters Lizzie, Willie May, Mattie Estelle, Ethel Kate, & Lula Ruth; and son James B.; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com).
  3. 1880 census of United States, population schedule, Fourth Fire Ward, Macon, Bibb, Georgia, E. D. No. 16, Page No. 58, dwelling 428, family 574, William Abel household, accessed May 2017. Includes wife Mattie; son Oscar; daughters Lizzie and Julia; and Willie (listed as both male and a daughter); digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com).
  4. Riverside Cemetery & Conservancy, Genealogy Data; Riverside Cemetery, Inc., Macon, Georgia, USA, 2017. http://www.riversidecemetery.com/.
  5. "Deaths and Funerals: Mrs. Willie Mae Abel Smith," issued 9 April 1918, accessed 19 May 2017, name of interest: Mrs. Willie Mae Abel Smith, Macon Telegraph, Macon, Georgia, online image (http://www.genealogybank.com).
  6. Rose Hill Cemetery (Macon, Bibb County, Georgia), Grave Marker Transcription by Stephanie Lincecum, Acquired between 2003 - 2013.

05 August 2017

Burial Place of Oscar Abel, d. 1909

(Descendants of Henry Abel series.)

Oscar S. Abel, born 1871-2 in Georgia, was the son of William and Susan Reid Abel.  Henry Abel was his grandfather.  Oscar's mother died 24 May 1872 and was laid to rest in the Eglantine Square section of Rose Hill Cemetery, in a lot purchased by her husband a week before her death (block 4, lot 12).  In all likelihood, this took place before Oscar turned one year old.

William and Oscar would not be alone for long, however.  William soon married Martha Jane Jones (1851-1933), daughter of William and Julia F. Bailey Jones.  This couple would give Oscar at least seven half-siblings, one being James Benjamin Abel.

When Oscar was about sixteen years old, he had an accident on the job.  Following from the 28 September 1887 edition of the Macon Telegraph (via GenealogyBank).

A Finger Cut Off.
Mr. Oscar Abel, son of Mr. Wm. Abel, had a finger cut off by a lathe at Reynold's foundry yesterday morning.

Oscar married Dora Bullock at Bibb County, Georgia 2 November 1892. The couple moved to Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama within a few years of their union, where Oscar continued his work as an iron moulder.  Though I have no proof of any children being born to Oscar and Dora, I wonder if little Earnest Abel (1900-1902) resting at Decatur City Cemetery was theirs.

Oscar and Dora returned to Macon in Bibb County, Georgia about 1905.  A city directory entry showed Oscar was a molder at Mallary & Taylor Iron Wks.  A short time after, certainly by 1908, Oscar joined the police force.  Then something horrible happened.  Following from the 18 June 1909 edition of Alabama's Montgomery Advertiser (also via GenealogyBank).

policemankillswomanandhimselfPOLICEMAN KILLS WOMAN AND HIMSELF

Macon, Ga., June 18. -- About 1 o'clock this morning Officer Oscar Abel of the Macon police force, shot and killed Emma Raymond, in the red light district here, and then committed suicide.  Whether a quarrel occurred before the crime or not cannot be ascertained.  The whole affair is shrouded in mystery.  The officer was dressed in his uniform at the time, and was wearing his badge.

The woman was shot three times in the breast.  Abel lived only a short time after shooting himself twice in the head.

I found nothing in the local newspaper regarding Oscar's funeral or final resting place, but I did come across a scan of a page titled "Interments for Rose Hill and Oak Ridge Cemeteries." There was an entry for Oscar --

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Unfortunately, I have yet to determine the source of this scan.  It makes sense, though.  It also makes sense Oscar rests near his mother in Eglantine Square block 4, lot 12.  Neither have a tombstone.  Oscar's father was also placed there upon his death in March 1920.

A sad side note is that William had to attend the funeral of his brother Fred just three months after burying Oscar.

Oscar's wife Dora did not marry again, and eventually left Georgia to land in Columbus, Ohio.  She died and was buried at Union Cemetery there in 1938.

04 August 2017

Will of Fred T. Abel, d. 1909 Bibb County, Georgia

(Descendants of Henry Abel series.)

2014-03-20Frederick "Fred" T. Abel was born 15 April 1844 to German immigrant parents Henry and Elizabeth Follendor Abel.  Fred spent most, if not all, of his life in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia.  Four years before his death in September 1909, Fred made out his last will and testament.  The solemn form was typed and recorded in Bibb County Will Book E, page 451.

Last Will and Testament of Fred. T. Abel, Deceased.
GEORGIA, BIBB COUNTY.

I, F. T. Abel of said County and State being of sound & disposing mind, make this my last Will and Testament.

Item 1st.  I desire my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner.

Item 2nd.  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Rebecca G. Abel, my house and lot in the Columbus Road whereon I now reside, to be hers during her life, and at herdeath [sic] to go to my son Louis R. Abel:  I also bequeath to my beloved wife Rebecca G. Abel my Store house and lot situated on the corner of Harris Street and Columbus Road, to be hers during her life and at her death, to go to my son William W. Abel, I also bequeath to my wife Rebecca G. Abel my household and kitchen furniture.

Item 3rd.  I give and bequeath to my beloved Children, Mamie L. Mc.kay, F. T. Abel, Jr., Louis R. Abel, and William W. Abel, the remainder of the real estate owned by me or the proceeds of the same, to be equally divided between them share and share alike.

Item 4th.  I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Carrie G. Bonner $100.00 One hundred dollars to be realized out of my personal property.

Item 5th.  I give and bequeath the remainder of my personal property or the proceeds of the same, after my debts have been paid to be equally divided between my Children, Mamie L. Mc. Kay, F. T. Abel, Jr., Louis R. Abel and William W. Abel, share and share alike,. [sic]

Item 6th.  I hereby constitute my wife Rebecca G. Abel, and Jeff. D. Mc.Kay Executors of this my last Will and Testament.  F. T. Abel. (L.S.)

Signed and sealed as the last Will and Testament of F. T. Abel, he signing in our presence, and we in his presence, and in the presence of each other.
This the 14th of July, 1905.  H. A. Mc.Kay / Henry L. Slocumb / J. W. Jones

In the matter of Rebecca G. Abel, and Jeff. D. McKay.  } Petition for Probate in Solemn Form of Will of Fred T. Abel, deceased In Bibb Court of Ordinary, December Term, 1909.

Fred's first wife was Camilla Brooks.  She was the mother of Mamie L. McKay, F. T. Abel Jr., and Carrie G. Bonner, mentioned in the will.

[Source:  "Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. County probate courthouses, Georgia.]

An obituary for Fred appeared on page 3 of the 12 September 1909 edition of the Macon Telegraph (via GenealogyBank):

DEATHS AND FUNERALS

ABEL.
Mr. Fred T. Abel, aged 65, died yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at his residence on Log Cabin Heights.

Mr. Abel was one of the prominent, older citizens of the city, a veteran having served in the Civil War as a member of Massenburg's battery and the Jackson artillery.  He was also a member of Central City Lodge Knights of Pythias.

The deceased is survived by an immediate family of six, a wife, three sons, F. T., Jr., L. W. and W. W. Abel, of this city; two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Bonner, of Valdosta, and Mrs. J. D. McKay, of this city.  There are also four brothers Messrs. Charles, Milo and William, of Macon and Louis Abel, of St. Louis, Mo.

The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Monday morning, from the residence on Log Cabin Heights.  Rev. J. M. Bass, of Centenary church, will officiate, and interment will be made in Rose Hill cemetery.

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