An Abbott Chronology

Spencer Johnson Abbott was my great-grandfather. We did not know his ancestry until I started doing genealogical research. I still cannot find my Abbotts before the Revolution, cannot put the Evans line together, cannot take Phillips further back. So much yet to find! But finding the Merrill line led to the Smiths and Stouts, and all the long history now known of them.

ca 1740William Hudgens born.
ca 1750Benjamin Abbott born.
1751-1755Benjamin and Jemima Smith Merrill, with two young sons, move from NJ to Rowan Co, NC with other Baptists in this period.
ca 1760Mary Hudgens born to Wm & --- Hudgens.
16 Mar 1781Benjamin Abbott and Mary Hudgens marry in Rowan Co NC.
1790Benjamin & Mary Hudgens Abbott are living in Salisbury, Rowan Co NC and raising a family. Their household has 4 children and 2 slaves.
1795Sterling Abbott born to Benj & Mary in Salisbury: one of 6 kids.
1795Wm Hudgens dies in Rowan Co; will leaves 11 slaves.
1813Benjamin Abbott dies in Rowan Co; will
7 Sep 1816Sterling Abbott, age 21, marries Nancy Merrill in Rowan Co, NC.
1817James Madison Abbott born to Sterling and Nancy Merrill Abbott in Rowan Co NC
Sterling sells 130 acres on the NE side of the Yadkin (land left him by his father) to Jos Pearson for $5401
1819Mary Evans born to Ellit & Elizabeth Speck Evans (names not proven)
1819/1820 Sterling and Nancy move their family to Lincoln Co TN district #1, and homestead near Lynchburg (now in Moore Co).
1820-30'sJames Madison Abbott becomes a blacksmith
Jun 1836James Madison Abbott volunteers as a mounted horseman and goes to fight in the Seminole War in Florida for 6 months
Jan 1837James is discharged in New Orleans after serving his tour
Jun 1838James marries Mary Evans in Lincoln Co TN
1840James & Mary, in Lincoln Co dist#1, have 2 baby boys now.
1848James and Mary Abbott move their family to Golconda, Pope Co IL
1850Nancy Merrill Abbott has died; her husband, Sterling, age 55, remains in Lincoln Co TN with a second wife, Frances (surname unknown, no marriage record found)
James claims bounty land from his military service.
1859Spencer Johnson Abbott is born to James and Mary in Golconda.
1861War starts, and 2 of Spencer's older brothers join the 6th IL Cavalry. Both will come home; one disabled by a bullet through the chest.
1863Fannie Phillips is born in Paducah, McCracken Co KY.
1864James Madison Abbott, abt 47, volunteers with Union forces. Assigned to guard stores, he becomes ill from exposure. He dies at Benton Barracks and is buried in St. Louis. Mary applies for a widow's pension.
1860'sSterling dies at his homestead in now Moore Co TN.
1870Mary has 6 kids at home, plus 4 others, in the census.
Son Thomas is their neighbor.
1880Mary is now living with son John and his wife and 5 kids.
12 Sep 1880Spencer, 21 this year, marries Fannie Phillips at his brother Starlin's house in Golconda.
1884/6Fred is born to Spencer and Fannie.
1889Mary Evans Abbott dies in Golconda, Pope Co.
Spencer and Fannie settle in Oran, Scott Co. (date unsure)
1 Jul 1908Fred Abbott marries Virgie Hawkins in Scott Co, MO. They live for a while in Illmo.
1911Fred and Virgie are living in Pitman, Arkansas, and move to Maynard, AR at the end of September.
1912-1915Sometime in this period, Fred and Virgie settle back in Commerce, MO.
Oct 1937Spencer comes under a doctor's care for interstitial nephritis.
25 Mar 1938Spencer dies in Scott Co MO.