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Charles Washington Abbey




Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey was born August 10, 1861, in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI, and died March 5, 1926, near the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 64. Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. He is the son of Charles Oliver Abbey of Hope Twp., Durham Co., Upper Canada, and Phoebe Elizabeth Searle of Bodmin, County Cornwall, England.

Cora Adella Armstrong was born September 30, 1866, in a log house on the Baraboo River in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, and died July 21, 1955, at 1209 Lake Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 88. Buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co.,  CA. She is the daughter of Samuel Bolton Armstrong of Edwardsburgh, Canada West (Ontario), and Delilah Matilda Jones of New York.

Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey and Cora Adella Armstrong were married April 17, 1883, at the rectory of the Church of the Intercession, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI.

Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey and Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey had seven children:

  1. Helen Maude Abbey: Born June 29, 1885, in South Byron, Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI; Died May 20, 1980, in Pomona, Los Angeles Co., CA (age 94). Buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co.,  CA. Married December 30, 1906, in Glen Ullin, Mercer Co., ND, to Orel Herbert Sovereign: Born April 28, 1884, in Maryville, Nodaway Co., MO; Died April 14, 1968, in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA (age 83). Buried in Fairmont Memorial Park, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA.
  2. Clarissa Belle Abbey: Born August 14, 1887, in South Byron, Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI; Died October 24, 1966, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, Wood Co., WI (age 79). Buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery (Baraboo Cemetery), Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Married August 9, 1911, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Bump, Mound Street, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, to Berton Jenkins Higgins: Born March 22, 1887, in Fairfield Twp., Sauk Co., WI; Died December 23, 1978, at Jefferson Meadows Nursing Home, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI (age 91). Buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery (Baraboo Cemetery), Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.
  3. Samuel Benton Abbey: Born August 16, 1892, in South Byron, Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI; Died February 4, 1951, in Galen, Deer Lodge Co., MT (age 58). Buried in Missoula Cemetery, Missoula, Missoula Co., MT. Married November 26, 1914, in Ovando, Powell Co., MT, to Edna May Morgan: Born April 22, 1895, in Philipsburg, Granite Co., MT; Died January 28, 1951, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT (age 55). Buried in Missoula Cemetery, Missoula, Missoula Co., MT.
  4. Phoebe Elizabeth Abbey: Born August 20, 1894, in Milladore, Wood Co., WI; Died December 20, 1918, in Washington, DC (age 24). Buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery (Baraboo Cemetery), Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Never married.
  5. Ida Delilah Abbey: Born January 12, 1897, in Milladore Twp., Wood Co., WI; Died November 25, 1975, in Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co., WI (age 78). Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co., WI. Married July 20, 1916, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, to Ira Eluster Miller: Born September 19, 1895, in Leoti Twp., Wichita Co., KS; Died March 28, 1967, at his home, Route 1, Pulaski, Brown Co., WI (age 71). Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc, Manitowoc Co., WI.
  6. Oran Ralph Abbey: Born October 13, 1899, in Milladore Twp., Wood Co., WI; Died November 12, 1943, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND (age 44). Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. Married September 25, 1926, in Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, to Alice Frances Herman: Born July 5, 1901, in Glen Ullin, Morton Co., ND; Died March 27, 1982, in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND (age 80). Buried in Saint Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.
  7. Unknown Child Abbey: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.

Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey and Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey separated, and were divorced between 1916 and 1923, with Charles staying in North Dakota, while Cora moved to Montana.

Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey may have had a child out of wedlock, as deduced from the 1920 U. S. Census entry, shown below. Cora apparently chose not to mention this child in a 1936 W.P.A. interview.

  1. Twilight Abbey: Born about April, 1919, in North Dakota; Died after January 22, 1920, in Unknown. He is the son of Unknown of Montana, and Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey of Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. The State of Wisconsin has no record of a Twilight Abbey being born or dying in Wisconsin around this time period.

Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey then married Ben Thompson.

William B. Kelsay was born February 23, 1858, in Albany Co., KY. His parents are listed as J. H. Kelsay and Jane S. Taylor.

William Benjamin Thompson "Ben" Kelsay was born February 23, 1858, in Gap Creek, Albany, Wayne Co., KY, and died May 14, 1954, in San Bernardino, CA, at age 96. He is the son of John Harrison Kelsay (born December 15, 1826 - died October 10, 1893) of Steubenville, Wayne Co., KY, and Susan Jane Taylor of Cumberland, KY, who were living in Clinton, KY, at the time of his birth. His sister, Alena R. Kelsay, was born June 24, 1875, in Adair, Adair Co., KY.

William Benjamin Thompson "Ben" Kelsay and Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey were married September 30, 1923, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT.

William Benjamin Thompson "Ben" Kelsay and Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson had no children.

William Benjamin Thompson "Ben" Kelsay and Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson were divorced 1924 - 1929, probably in California.




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Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from December 26, 1791, to February 10, 1841; "Canada West" from February 10, 1841, to July 1, 1867; and "Ontario" after July 1, 1867.


Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available. Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey donated the land for the cemetery, and it was originally called Wetzel Cemetery. Some time after the death of Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey, Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel saw that Charles Washington Abbey did not have a gravestone. Since he was not especially artistic, he made it out of concrete. It could be that Lenore Shirley (Abbey) Wetzel helped making the gravestone, bbecause she was very artistic. Thanks to Kay Koslan for this anecdote.


Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co.,  CA. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


William Benjamin "Ben" Kelsay was born February 23, 1858, in Clinton, Albany Co., KY. His parents are listed as J. H. Kelsay and Jane S. Taylor. Years later he would change his name to Ben Thompson.


William Benjamin Kelsay Birth Record.


The 1860 U. S. Census taken on July 19, 1860, shows Jams Kelsey (age 45) born in Kentucky, and who cannot read or write, and with real estate of $800 and personal estate of $800 is a Farmer, and is living in Clinton Co., KY. Living with him are: George A. C. Kelsey (age 14) born in Kentucky; John Kelsey (age 12) born in Kentucky; Angeletta Kelsey (age 9) born in Kentucky; Mary Kelsey (age 7) born in Kentucky; Perry Kelsey (age 2) born in Kentucky; and William Kelsey (age 5-12) born in Kentucky.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on July 30, 1860, shows John H. Kelsay (age 31) born in Kentucky, and with personal estate of $100 is a Jailer, and is living in Albany Twp., Clinton Co., KY. Living with him are: Susan J. Kelsay (age 32) born in Kentucky, and who cannot read or write, who does House Work; Otho M. Kelsay (age 7) born in Kentucky; Nancy E. Kelsay (age 4) born in Kentucky; Eugene B. Kelsay (age 2) born in Kentucky; and Nancy C. Huff (age 18) born in Kentucky, a Seamstress.

Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey was born August 10, 1861, in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI.


   

As a Civil War widow applying for survivor benefits for her minor children, Phoebe Elizabeth (Searle) Abbey needed to provide birth certificates. Since none existed, she needed to provide affidavits from those who attended the birth. This one is for Charles Washington Abbey.

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Cora Adella Armstrong was born September 30, 1866, in a log house on the Baraboo River, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 13, 1870, shows John Kelsey (age 42) born in Kentucky, and with real estate of $1,200 and personal estate of $500 is a Farmer, and is living in Stickford District, Wayne Co., KY. Living with him are: Susan J. Kelsey (age 42) born in Kentucky, who is Keeping House; Otho M. Kelsey (age 17) born in Kentucky, a Farm Laborer; Nancy E. Kelsey (age 13) born in Kentucky; Eugene B. Kelsey (age 11) born in Kentucky; Mary C. Kelsey (age 8) born in Kentucky; Thomas B. Kelsey (age 5) born in Kentucky; Malvina Kelsey (age 3) born in Kentucky; and John G. Kelsey (age 1-12) born in Kentucky.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on June 7, 1870, shows Phebe Abbie (age 44) born in Canada West to foreign-born parents with real estate of $600 is Keeping House and is living in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. Also living there are the following: Lucinda Abbie (age 22) born in Canada West, who is Keeping House; Isaac Abbie (age 20) born in Canada West, a Farm Laborer; William Abbie (age 17) born in Canada West, a Farm Laborer; Mary Jane Abbie (age 10) born in Canada West, At School; and Chas. Washington Abbie (age 8) born in Wisconsin, At School.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 26, 1870, shows Luther Griswold (age 41) born in New York with real estate of $3,000 and personal property of $600 is a Farmer and is living in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living with him are: Clarissa Griswold (age 33) born in New York, who is Keeping House; children, Josephine Griswold (age 11) born in Wisconsin; Ethlion Griswold (age 10) born in Wisconsin; Laura Griswold (age 8) born in Wisconsin; and Stephen Griswold (age 3) born in Wisconsin. Also living there are: Samuel Armstrong (age 47) born in Canada to Foreign-born parents, a Wood Farmer; Cora Armstrong (age 4) born in Wisconsin to a Foreign-born father; Clarissa Armstrong (age 2), born in Wisconsin to a Foreign-born father. Also living there is: Mary Houghton (age 18) born in New York to a Foreign-born father, a House Servant. A few houses away live Dellia Armstrong (age 29) born in New York; and Mary Armstrong (age 7) born in Wisconsin.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 26, 1870, shows Andrew Patrick (age 35) born in Canada to Foreign-born parents is a Laborer and is living in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living with him are: Eliza Patrick (age 32) born in New York, who is Keeping House; Bertha Patrick (age 11) born in New York; Harry Patrick (age 4) born in New York; Kitty Patrick (age 2) born in New York; and Walter Patrick (age 8/12 Oct.) born in Wisconsin. Also living there are: Dililas Armstrong (age 29) born in New York, At Home; and Mary Armstrong (age 7) born in Wisconsin.

The 1875 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1875, shows Samuel Armstrong is the Head of Household, and is living in Glendale Twp., Monroe Co., WI. There are 2 Males and 3 Females living in the household.

About 1875, When Cora Armstrong was nine years old, her family moved away from Wisconsin. Cora went to Lyons school in Baraboo, WI, and also attended Free Methodist Church and Sunday School.

Lyons School, 10-1984A [R34-A], W. Baraboo, Hwy 12, section 34, built 1901, 1848-1969, photo c. early 1940s, torn down


The Abbey siblings, left to right: William Searle Abbey, Mary Jane Abbey, Lucinda Matilda Abbey, Charles Washington Abbey, and Isaac Abbey, Fond du Lac Co., WI, about 1880.


The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 18, 1880, shows John H. Kelsey (age 51) born in Kentucky to Virginia-born parents, is a married Leather Tanner, and is living in the Village of Glenville, Adair Co., KY. Living with him are: his wife of 12 years, Susan J. Kelsey (age 53) born in Kentucky to Virginia and Tennessee-born parents, who is Keeping House; his unmarried daughter, Mary C. Kelsey (age 17) born in Kentucky to Kentucky-born parents; his son, Benjamin T. Kelsey (age 13) born in Kentucky to Kentucky-born parents, who works in Tannyard; his daughter, Melvina Kelsey (age 11) born in Kentucky to Kentucky-born parents; and his son, John G. Kelsey (age 9) born in Kentucky to Kentucky-born parents.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 2, 1880, shows Charles Abbey (age 19) born in Wisconsin to Canadian-born parents is an unmarried Servant and Farmer and is living at the Batchelder household in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. Also living there are Mr. and Mrs. Batchelder and one more servant farmer.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 3, 1880, shows Samuel Armstrong (age 57) born in Canada to New York-born parents who has been disabled for 6 months with liver problems is a Farmer and is living in Rudolph Twp., Wood Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Lois Armstrong (age 49) born in Michigan to Ohio and New York-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living there are his step-daughter Floy Wiser (age 12) and step-son Fred Wiser (age 10), both born in Wisconsin to New York and Michigan-born parents. Also at home are his children: Richard Armstrong (age 31) born in New York to New York-born parents, who is a Farmer; Cora Armstrong (age 13), Harry Armstrong (age 11), and Ira Armstrong (age 9), all born in Wisconsin to New York-born parents.

Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey and Cora Adella Armstrong were married April 17, 1883, at the rectory of the Church of the Intercession, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI.


Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey and Cora Adella Armstrong Marriage Record. Charles claimed he was born in Ripon (Dodge Co.), WI. He was actually born in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI.


The Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, April 21, 1883

MARRIED.

ABBEY --- ARMSTRONG --- At the rectory of the Church of the Intercession, April 17th, 1883, Charles W. Abbey and Cora A. Armstrong, both of Milladore, by the Rev. W. H. Watts.


               

The Episcopal Church of the Intercession, the first church in the city, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, was built in 1852 - 1853. This is how it appeared about 1890.


On November 26, 1883, Charles W. Abbey received a Homestead Land Grant for 7.8 acres of land in Minnesota, Document No. 2787.


The Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Five or six weekly notices, March/April 1885. First Publication March 8 --- W4.

Notice.

Cora Abbey, wife of Chas. W. Abbey, has left my bed and board without just cause or provocation, and everyone trusting her must do so on their own responsibility.

Chas. W. Abbey

Milladore, Wood County, Wis.


The 1895 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 20, 1895, shows C. Abey is the Head of Household, and is living in Carson Twp., Portage Co., WI. There are a total of 3 Males and 4 Females living there, all born in the United States.


The 1895 Plat Map for Carson Twp., Portage Co., WI, shows Phoebe Abbey is the owner of 40 acres in the SE 1/4 Qtr. of the SE Qtr. of Section 8. Living nearby are Jacob Scheidel, F. C. Scheidel, and some Krubsack families.


The Stevens Point Gazette, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI; February 19, 1896

MILLADORE.

B. Smith, who for the past number of years has been pursuing the show business, has of late disposed of all his truck and concluded to lead a more pious and christian life. He is now an ardent worker of religion, and by faith he will be looked upon as the father of the new Union church of Milladore. His efforts are rewarded by the following subscriptions, a total of $260:

C. W. Abbey.........$1


The Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI; Thursday, June 4, 1896

CITY BRIEFS.

Dr. Carl von Neupert was at Junction City today in attendance upon the 3 year old daughter of C. W. Abbey, who lives north of that village. She is suffering from the effects of a swelling on the right side, and to save the child's life an operation will be necessary. The operation will be performed to-morrow in Dr. von Neupert's office.


The Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI; Saturday, June 13, 1896

CITY BRIEFS.

MONDAY

A successful operation was performed by Dr. Carl von Neupert yesterday on the 3 year old daughter of C. W. Abbey of Junction City. The child's side was opened and a quantity of pus removed.

Leigh Larson note: Junction City is a small village in Carson Twp., Portage Co., WI. It is located 4-1/2 miles east of the Village of Milladore, Wood Co., WI. The family lived to the north of the village.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 6, 1900, shows C. W. Abbey (age 38) born August, 1861, in Wisconsin to English Canada and England-born parents, is a married Laborer, and who is renting his home, and is living in Milladore Twp., Wood Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife of 17 years, Cora Abbey (age 33) born September, 1866, in Wisconsin to English Canada and New York-born parents, with all six of the children born to her still alive; his daughter, Maud Abbey (age 14) born June, 1885, in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; his son, Samual Abbey (age 7) born August, 1892, in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; his daughter, Phebe Abbey (age 5) born August, 1894, in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; his daughter, Ida Abbey (age 3) born January, 1897, in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; and his son, Orin Abbey (age 9/12) born October, 1899, in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 5, 1900, shows James P. Barber (age 41) born June 1858 in Wisconsin to Ohio and English Canada-born parents is a Farmer owning his farm with a mortgage and is living in Eau Pleine Twp., Portage Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of 14 years, Mathilda Barber (age 31) born August 1868 in Wisconsin to German-born parents, with one of the two children born to her still alive. Also living is his son, Evin Barber (age 12) born February 1888 in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. Also living there: a Boarder, John Norton (age 56) born August 1843 in New York to English Canada-born parents, an unmarried Day Laborer; and a Servant, Clara Abba (age 12) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents, a House Keeper.


Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, WI, December 1, 1900

First publication Oct. 20-00-w7

Notice for Publication.

Department of the Interior. Land Office at Wausau, Wis., Oct. 16, 1900.

Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before the clerk of the circuit court at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, on December 8, 1900. viz: Colman F Cotesworth, who made H. E. No. 7,723, for the N E 1/4 N E. 1/4 sec. 20, T 24 N, R 6 E.

He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: Chas. W. Abbey, of Milladore, Wis. John Cisler, of Junction City, Wis. John Harndena, of Junction City, Wis. Matthias Jacobson, of Stevens Point, Wis. EDGAR T. WHEELOCK, Register.


The Marshfield Times, Marshfield, WI, June 20, 1902

Sherry.

Mrs. C. W. Abby and children left Tuesday for Baraboo, where they will reside in the future.


The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Chas. Abbey (age 45) born in Wisconsin to England-born parents, is a married Drayman, and who rents his home, and living in the 1st Ward, City of Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Cora Abbey (age 38) born in Wisconsin to New York-born parents; his son, Sammy Abbey (age 12) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; his son, Oran Abbey (age 5) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; his unmarried daughter, Maude Abbey (age 19) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; his unmarried daughter, Clara Abbey (age 17) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; his daughter, Phoebe Abbey (age 10) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; and his daughter, Ida Abbey (age 7) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents.

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows S. B. Armstrong (age 82) born in New York to Canada and Connecticut-born parents is a Retired Farmer owning his own home free of a mortgage and is living in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Lois Armstrong (age 74) born in Michigan to Ohio-born parents, who is a House Keeper.


The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI, Tuesday, August 15, 1905

NEWS OF MENASHA.

The new arrivals at the Langaff hotel are: Chas. Hemseler, Milwaukee; Paul Yoergers, Escanaba, Mich.; H. Awe, Oshkosh; H. Nelson, Milwaukee; S. C. W. Warrin, Grand Rapids; W. E. Gannon, Detroit, Mich.; R. E. Malady, Fond du Lac; C. W. Abby, Fond du Lac and C. M. Ricker, Chicago.


In 1906, Charles removed near Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, and farmed south of the city. He was one of the pioneer settlers of Beulah.


The Evening News, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, January 15, 1907

AT THE ALTER OF HYMEN

Miss Clara Abbey of this city, has received a letter from Glen Ullin, N. D., announcing the marriage of her sister Maude, to Orin Sovereign on Dec. 30. The Abbey family went to Dakota some months ago where the bride took up a claim. Her husband also has a claim in that state.


Alvin Wanamaker and Rosa Rachel Morgan were married March 31, 1907, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT.


Alvin Wanamaker and Rosa Rachel Morgan Marriage Documents.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 4, 1910, shows Charles Abbey (age 48) born in Wisconsin to England-born parents, is a married Farmer of a Farm, and in his first marriage, and who owns his farm free of a mortgage, and is living in Twp. 142, Range 88, Mercer Co., ND. Living with are: his wife of 26 years, Cora Abbey (age 42) born in Wisconsin to New York and Canada-born parents, and in her first marriage, and with all 6 of her children still alive his unmarried daughter, Clara Belle Abbey (age 22) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents, who works in a Woolen Factory;  his unmarried son, Samuel Abbey (age 17) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents, who Works at Farm Labor at Home; his daughter, Phoebe Abbey (age 15) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; his daughter, Ida Abbey (age 12) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; and his son, Oran Abbey (age 10) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. Leigh Larson note: His daughter, Hellen Maude, was crossed off the census entry, since she had moved away and married H. Oriel Sovereign. Clara B. Abbey (age 22) is a duplicate entry shown living in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, on April 20, 1910, as a Lodger in the Charles Burdick household. She is a Drawer in a Woolen Mill.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 20, 1910, shows Clara B. Abbey (age 22) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents is an unmarried Lodger and is living at 533 Third Avenue, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, a Drawer in a Woolen Mill. There are five others in the Charles Burdick household.


The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Dane Co., WI, December 17, 1910

Mrs. Charles W. Abbey of Aplin, N. D., who has been taking treatment at the sanitarium, is improving.

Leigh Larson note: Aplin was a rural post office in Section 20-143-87, Springvale Township, Oliver Co., ND, about five miles southeast of Beulah. It was established October 5, 1906 with Harry C. Aplin as Postmaster, and closed August 31, 1916 with mail to Evans. The name officially honored Henry Clay Aplin and Lillian Kraus Aplin, who came here in March 1906 from Knob Noster, MO.


Phoebe, Oran, Charles, Cora and Ida Abbey, about 1912, near Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.


Oran Abbey, Sam Abbey and Charles Washington Abbey about 1912. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


On July 2, 1914, Charles W. Abbey received a Homestead Land Grant for 160 acres of land in North Dakota, Document No. 0011464.

The 1915 North Dakota State Census taken on April 1, 1915, shows C. W. Abbey (age 54) is living in Township 141, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him are: Cora Abbey (age 49); Ida Abbey (age 17); and Oran Abbey (age 15).


Charles Washington Abbey home, south of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, about 1920. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Samuel Bolton Armstrong (about age 97) and Charles Washington Abbey (about age 59), North Dakota, about July, 1919. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey and Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey separated, and were divorced between 1916 and 1923, with Charles staying in North Dakota while Cora moved to Wisconsin.


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Friday, October 25, 1918

MAKES TRIP FROM BUELAH, N. D.

S. B. Armstrong and Mrs. Cora Abbey Take Long Ride

Mrs. Cora Abbey and S. B. Armstrong of Buelah, N. D., spent Wednesday in the city, visiting at the home of William Weinholt, 516 Strongs avenue. They are on their way from Buelah to Packwaukee, where they will spend the winter. Mr. Armstrong is 96 years of age and has made the 800-mile trip from Buelah without inconvenience. Mr. Armstrong is well and strong considering his great age. Both Mr. Armstrong and Mrs. Abbey were former residents of this county, having lived at Junction City 25 years ago. They are still familiar with the city, having visited here several times recently.  


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Wednesday, May 7, 1919

NEARING CENTURY MARK

S. B. Armstrong and daughter, Mrs. Chas. Abbey, former residents of Milladore, were guests at J. L. Roy's home the first of the week while enroute from Packwaukee to Superior at which latter place they will make their future home. Mr. Armstrong has reached the advanced age of 97 years but he is still active both mentally and physically. His brother at Packwaukee, with whom he spent the winter, is 85 years old.


The Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, WI, July 18, 1919

VISITS IN NORTH DAKOTA

Despite Advanced Age of 97, S. B. Armstrong Travels Extensively

Mrs. Cora Abbey and her father, S. B. Armstrong, spent a short time in the city today at the home of J. L. Roy. Mrs. Abbey and Mr. Armstrong are on their way to their home at Packwaukee from Beulah, N. D., where they visited with relatives. Mr. Armstrong is almost 97 years of age, but despite his advanced age, still travels extensively. He is healthy and robust and looks years younger than he really is.

Leigh Larson note: This newspaper account of Cora's trip to North Dakota helps to shed a little more light on the Twilight Abbey mystery child that appears in Wisconsin in the 1920 U. S. Census.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 7, 1920, shows C. W. Abby (age 58) born in Wisconsin to English and Canada-born parents, is a widower General Farm Farmer, and is rooming at 104 Maine Street, Bismarck, Lincoln Twp., Burleigh Co., ND.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 22, 1920, shows Cora A. Abbey (age 53) born in Wisconsin to English and Canada-born parents is a widow who owns her own home free of a mortgage and is living in Packwaukee Twp., Marquette Co., WI. Living with her are: her son, Twilight Abbey (age 9/12) born in North Dakota to Montana and Wisconsin-born parents; and her Widowed father, Samuel B. Armstrong (age 97) born in English Canada to England-born parents.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 9, 1920, shows Berton J. Higgins (age 32) born in Wisconsin to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents, is a married Barn Equipment Traveling Salesman, and who rents his home, and is living at 327 8th Avenue, 1st Ward, City of Baraboo, Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Clarissa Higgins (age 31) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; his son, Lloyd Higgins (age 1-2/12) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents; and his unmarried brother-in-law: Oran Abbey (age 20) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents.

Samuel Bolton Armstrong died August 20, 1921, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, at age 99.


Samuel Bolton Armstrong Death Certificate.


The Baraboo Daily News, Baraboo,  Sauk Co., WI, August, 1921

Obituary

S. B. Armstrong

Samuel Bolton Armstrong was born in Quebeck, Canada, April 19, 1822. He was a carpenter by trade. At the age of 20 he was married to Mary Travel and to them were born three children, two sons and one daughters, Richard, George and Caroline. Years after his wife's death he was married to Delilah M. Jones of Oswego, N. Y. of them were born five children, three sons and two girls, Henry, Mary, Cora, Harrison and Ira. Of these children four are living. George of Staltese, Montana, Cora of Packawan, Harrison of Superior, Wis., and Ira of Winnebago, Ill. His second wife died in 1903, some years later he went to live at the home of his sister, Mrs. Luther Griswould of this city. Shortly before her death he went to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Cora Abbey, of Packwankee, Wis. Last January he went with his daughter to visit his son Harrison of Superior. They were there until July 5th at that time they came to Baraboo to visit at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Ellis at whose home he passed away Sunday morning at half past ten. For years Mr. Armstrong had been a faithful member of the Seven Day Advent church. 

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank Rev. Savage for his kind and comforting words, also the singers and organist and those who gave the floral offerings and the kind friends and relatives who assisted us in our sad bereavement and those who acted as pallbearers.

Mrs. Cora Abby, George Armstrong, Harry Armstrong, Ira Armstrong, A. B. Ellis, Mrs. A. B. Ellis..................


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, WI, Thursday, December 15, 1921

TO RESIDE IN THE WEST.

Mrs. Cora Abbey of Packwaukee came up Monday evening and visited until this morning at J. L. Roy's home on Fremont street. Mrs. Abbey has gone to Warner, N. Dak., for a several week's visit with her children, after which she will continue westward to Idaho and live with her oldest daughter. For a long period of years Mrs. Abbey served as housekeeper for her father, Samuel Armstrong, a pioneer resident of Baraboo, who died there in August last at the advanced age of 99 years and 4 months.

Leigh Larson note: Cora's estranged husband, Charles Washington Abbey, is the brother-in-law of Adam William Shidell. Adam William Scheidel is the nephew of Jacob Shidel. Mrs. J. L. Roy is Mary Emma (Shidel) (Ellis) (Martin) Roy, the daughter of Jacob Scheidel.  


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, ND; Wednesday, May 2, 1923

CITY NEWS

Bismarck Hospital.

Morits Pollock of Wing, William Rathjen of Zup, and C. W. Abbey of Beulah have entered the Bismarck hospital for treatment.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, ND; Thursday, May 8, 1923

CITY NEWS

Bismarck Hospital.

C. W. Abbey of Beulah has been discharged from the hospital.


Ben Thompson and Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey, both of Potomac, Missoula Co., MT,  were married September 30, 1923, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT.


Ben Thompson and Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey Marriage Documents.

Leigh Larson note: Both were living in Potomac, Missoula Co., MT. One witness was G. W. Armstrong, likely George Washington Armstrong, Cora's half-brother. The other witness was Rosa Rachel (Morgan) Wanamaker, a daughter of Harry Norton Morgan and Ophia Ufrates Rider, and the sister of Edna May Morgan, who married Samuel Benton Abbey. The marriage certificate indicated that Ben is the son of J. H. Kelsay and Susan J. Taylor. It is probable that Ben Thompson was born William Benjamin Thompson Kelsay, but changed his name to an alias. In any event, this marriage did not last, and Cora (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson soon resumed to using her previously-married name of Mrs. Cora Abbey. Both Ben and Cora would eventually live in the general vicinity of each other in the Los Angeles area.


The Missoulian, Missoula, Missoula Co., MT, Friday, October 12, 1923

MRS. CORA ABBEY WEDS BEN THOMPSON, SUNSET

Son of Bride Gives Supper in Honor of Event.

Sunset, Oct. 10. - Special. - A delightful wedding supper was served last Sunday evening at the home of Sam Abbey in honor of Cora Abbey, who was Mrs. Cora Abbey until Sunday morning, when she and Ben Thompson, also of this vicinity, were married in Missoula. Friends from Missoula, Potomac, Cottonwood and this vicinity made up a large number of people present. Many beautiful as well as useful presents were showered upon her, most of which were pieces of linen. After the delicious supper served by Mrs. Sam Abbey, games were enjoyed until midnight, when the friends separated to go to their homes. Mr. Thompson is a representative of the Sloan-Potter Seed company and has been overseeing garden work for that company this summer at the Abbey home. As soon as the fall work is finished, he and Mrs. Thompson will probably go to California, where they will make their home.


The 1925 North Dakota State Census taken on April 1, 1925, shows Ira Miller (age 29) is living in Township 142, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him are: Eda Miller (age 27); male Babe Miller (age 7); female Babe Miller (age 4); Ira Miller (age 3); and Chas. Abby (age 63). All were born in the United States and are U. S. citizens.


Ida Delilah Abbey and Oran Ralph Abbey, North Dakota, about 1926. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey died March 5, 1926, near the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 64. Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.


Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey Death Certificate.


Charles Washington "Charlie" Abbey Funeral Bill. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The Beulah Independent, Vol. 14 No. 3, Thursday, March 11, 1926

FATAL ACCIDENT.

Pioneer Farmer Killed in Auto Accident Last Friday.

C. A. Abbey, one of the pioneer farmers of the community south of Beulah, was fatally injured in an auto accident on the road 1 mile east of the Sam Murray place four miles south of town last Friday afternoon about 4:30 o'clock. Mr. Abbey had been town and was on his way home when the accident occurred. It is thought that in making the turn to go south the car skidded or was going a little too fast so that he could not keep it on the road and that it ran against the bank on the east side of the road tipping the car up on its side. There was nothing to show that the car had turned over. Mr. Ralph Shirley who was coming to town saw the up turned car and discovered the unfortunate man lying on the side next to the road with one foot still remaining on the car. His head was badly lacerated and smashed but he was still alive. Help was summoned at once and he was brought to Dr. Rasmussons office in this city where he passed away about 7 o'clock the same evening. There were no injuries on his body but the skull was broken in several places and the nose and cheek bones were also broken. Death resulted from loss of blood and concussion of the brain. He never regained consciousness.

Charles W. Abbey was born in south Byron, Wis. August 10th, 1862, and grew to manhood in that community. He was united in marriage to Miss Cora Armstrong of that place in the year 1884. To this union seven children were born, five of whom survive. He came to this community with his family in the year 1908 and has since resided here. Besides a host of friends he leaves to mourn his death, three daughters and two sons. They are Mrs. O. H. Sovereign, Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Berton J. Higgins, Baraboo, Wisc., Mrs. Ira Miller, Beulah, N. Dak.; Mr. Samuel B. Abbey, Superior, Mont.; and Oran Abbey, of Beulah. All of the children except Samuel were present at the funeral.

Funeral services were conducted form the Congregational church in this city Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in the Rosehill cemetery. T. L. Jones paster of that church delivered the funeral sermon and the choir rendered some very pretty songs. The floral tributes were beautiful. The remains were accompanied to their last resting place by one of the largest funeral processions ever witnessed in this community, as a fitting tribute to this good friend and neighbor.

During this sad hour the Independent wishes to extend to those who are left to mourn, the heartfelt sympathy of this community.


The Woodland Democrat, Woodland, CA, Wednesday, March 31, 1926

Mrs. Shidell Dies In East

Mrs. George W. Hollingshead of this city today received news of the death of her mother, Mrs. L. M. Shidell, who passed away at Militor, Wisconsin on February 6th. News was also received of the death of her two uncles, Ike and Charles Abbey, the former passing away during January and the latter on March 5th. The two men are brothers of Mrs. Shidell who is the mother of 11 children, the oldest whom is Mrs. Hollingshead. Charles Abbey was killed in an automobile accident.


William Benjamin Thompson "Ben" Kelsay and Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson were divorced 1924 - 1929.

Otha Miller Kelsay died July 17, 1927, in Elkhorn Pct., Taylor Co., KY, at age 73. Buried in Brooklyn Cemetery. His parents are John Kelsay of Monticello, KY, and Susan Taylor of Unknown.


Otha Miller Kelsay Death Record.


Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson, 1928. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The Montana Standard, Butte, MT, October 20, 1929

Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Abbey accompanied Mr. Abbey's mother, Mrs. Cora Abbey, as far as Butte Tuesday, where Mrs. Abbey boarded the evening train for Pomona. Cal., where she expects to spend the winter.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 7, 1930, shows Cora B. Thompson (age 65) born in Wisconsin to English Canada and New York-born parents, is a divorced Maid in a Private Home, and is living in the Charles Barlow home, 444 South Kenoak Drive, City of Pomona, Los Angeles Co., CA.


Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey with David and Terry Miller, North Dakota, about 1930. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Click on the following image for the PDF version of the 1936 WPA file from Cora (Armstrong) Abbey.

WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION,
HISTORICAL DATA PROJECT: PIONEER BIOGRAPHY FILES

COLLECTION: OGL #1119

DATES: 1936-1940

SIZE: 34 rolls microfilm

INTRODUCTION

ACQUISITION: The microfilmed Works Progress Administration Historical Data Project Pioneer Biography Files were purchased from the North Dakota State Historical Society, holder of the originals, in March 1989 (Acc #89-1643).

ACCESS: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Department of Special Collections.

RELATED COLLECTIONS: Works Progress Administration North Dakota Writer’s Project Ethnic Group Files, (OGL #1380)

HISTORICAL SKETCH

The Historical Data Project was established under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration in 1936. Its work ceased in 1940 having gathered together valuable biographical and historical data for each state. In North Dakota, the Project was administered by the North Dakota State Historical Society. One focus of the Project was to gather biographical data on North Dakota pioneers as defined by any person born before 1870 and who lived in the Territory before statehood of North and South Dakota, or who was the first settler in a township.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The Pioneer Biography Files, W. P. A Historical Data Project, for the State of North Dakota are housed at the North Dakota State Historical Society. The Department of Special Collections purchased a microfilmed set of the Files in March 1989. The set consists of thirty-four microfilm rolls of over 5000 files which were filmed alphabetically by county, and within each county, alphabetically by name. The last roll is an alphabetical name index which includes the following information: pioneer's name, city or town, county, occupation, nationality, date and place of birth, whether still living or date and place of death, and marital status. If married, the above information is included for the spouse.

The files themselves consist of a Pioneer Data Form or Old Settler Questionnaire filled out by either a Project survey worker or the pioneer himself. The Data Forms provide the following information: pioneer's name, birth and death dates, nationality, occupation, name of spouse, parents, and children, marital status, dates of immigration to the United States and arrival in Dakota Territory, education, religion, political affiliation, and family and community historical sketches. Also frequently included are small township maps which locate the family farmstead and other significant community buildings; Archaeological and Historical Survey Forms which locate prehistoric and historic sites and landmarks; pioneer biographical sketches or reminisces; and newspaper clippings.


The 1932 California Voter Registration dated 1932 shows Orel H. Sovereign is a Democrat and is living at 3236-1/4 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA.

The 1932 California Voter Registration dated 1932, shows Mrs. Helen M. Sovereign is a Progressive and is living at 3826 Homer Street, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA.

The 1932 California Voter Registration dated 1932, shows Dale and Ida Sovereign are now living in the former residence of Orel and Helen at 2726 Cunard St., Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA.

The 1934 California Voter Registration dated 1934, shows Mrs. Helen M. Sovereign is a Didn't Say and is living at 738 S. Union Avenue, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA.

By 1935, Ben Thompson was living in Pomona, Los Angeles Co., CA.

Andrew W. Miller and Rosa Rachel (Morgan) Wanamaker were married August 7, 1937, in Hamilton, Ravalli Co., MT.


Andrew W. Miller and Rosa Rachel (Morgan) Wanamaker Marriage Documents.


The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1940, shows Cora Abbey (age 73) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 3 years of School, is a widow, and is living in the Fred Huber household, Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 23, 1940, shows Ben Thompson (age 80) born in Kentucky, and 5 years ago was living in Pomona, Los Angeles Co., CA, and with 0 years of School, is unmarried and Pensioned, and is renting his home for $10/month, and is living on Eucalyptus, Cucamonga Judicial Twp., San Bernardino Co., CA.


   

Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson, about 1940. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Mrs. Cora Abbey was living in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, in October, 1941.


The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI, Monday, October 20, 1941

SMITH GUESTS

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith, Sherman park, have had as their guests during the past week Mr. and Mrs. George D. Veitch of Devil's island. Mr. Veitch, a son of Mrs. Smith, is in service with the United States coast guard. Mrs. Cora Abbey, Bulah, N. D., a cousin of Mrs. Smith, also has been visiting at the Smith home. She stopped in Madison on her return trip from New York City.


The 1942 California Voter Registration dated August 25, 1942, shows Mrs. Helen M. Sovereign is a Democrat and a Housewife and is living at 4143 MacArthur Blvd., Alameda Co., CA.

Cora Armstrong Abbey was living in Beulah, ND, on November 13, 1943.


Clarissa Belle (Abbey) Higgins, Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey and Ida Delilah (Abbey) Miller, probably at the Higgins residence, Marshfield, Wood Co., WI, about 1949. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The Marshfield News-Herald, Marshfield, Wood Co., WI, Thursday, June 23, 1949

FROM CALIFORNIA

Mrs. Cora T. Abbey, Pomona, Calif., is a guest at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Higgins, S. Ash street. Mrs. Abbey, who is 83 years old, made the journey alone from California, and is making an extended trip, visiting in Minnesota and North Dakota and other points in Wisconsin. She will also visit at the home of another son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Miller, Granton. The Millers recently took up their residence in Granton, having lived in New York until a short time ago.


Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson, about 1942. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson and Unknown, possibly an Abbey, about 1945. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


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Abbey Picnic at the Anderson's Lake Cottage, Eau Claire, WI, about 1951

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Abbey Picnic at the Anderson's Lake Cottage, Eau Claire, WI, about 1951

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Abbey Picnic at the Anderson's Lake Cottage, Eau Claire, WI, about 1951


The 1946 California Voter Registration dated 1946, shows Mrs. Helen M. Sovereign is a Democrat and is living at 1224 S. Lake Street, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA.


Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson, about 1954. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Cora Adella (Armstrong) Abbey eventually moved to California.

In 1948, Mrs. Cora Abbey is listed in the 1948 Pomona, CA, City Directory as Rooming at 610 E. 6th Street.

The 1950 California Voter Registration dated 1950, shows Mrs. Helen M. Sovereign is a Democrat and is living at 1338 12th Avenue, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA.

In 1951, Mrs. Cora Abbey (wid Chas) is listed in the 1951 Pomona, CA, City Directory as H1010 E 5th av.

Edward George Haugh and Rosa Rachel (Morgan) (Wanamaker) Miller were married December 15, 1951, in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT.

In 1951-1952 Cora (Armstrong) Abbey lived in Pomona, CA. She was a Holy Roller who went to a variety of churches, including a Baptist church. She owned a home in Los Angeles at 1209 Lake Street. She died from acute circulatory failure. Her divorced daughter, Helen Maude (Abbey) Sovereign, lived with her in Pomona, CA.  

The 1952 California Voter Registration dated 1952 shows Mrs. Helen M. Sovereign is a Democrat and is living at 1224 S. Lake Street, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA.

The 1954 California Voter Registration dated 1954 shows Mrs. Helen M. Sovereign is a Didn't Say and is living at 1209 S. Lake Street, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA.

Benjamin Thompson "Ben" Kelsay/Thompson died May 14, 1954, in San Bernardino Co., CA, at age 96.

Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey ) Thompson died July 21, 1955, at 1209 Lake Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 88. Buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co.,  CA.


Cora Adella (Armstrong) (Abbey) Thompson death certificate. Buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co.,  CA.


The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, Monday, July 25, 1955

Deaths, Funeral Announcements

ABBEY, Cora Adella, beloved mother of Helen M. Sovereign, Clarissa Higgins and Ida Miller, sister of Harrison and Ira Armstrong, also survived by 20 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Services Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Little Church of the Flowers. Directed by Forest Lawn Mortuary.


Helen Maude (Abbey) Sovereign died May 20, 1980, in Pomona, Riverside Co., CA, at age 94.


Beulah, ND . . . . . . . . Golden Anniversary, 1914-1964 . . . . . . . . . .

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THE HISTORY OF CHARLES G. HERMAN

Charles G. Herman was born in Saarbrucken, Germany, on Sept. 29, 1876, to Peter and Rose, nee Klier, Herman. The Peter Herman family came to the United States in 1883. They first settled in the Pennsylvania coal mining area, where the family; Minnie, Charles, August, and Rose lived for a time. Later they moved to Michigan, but did not stay long; for like so many of our early settlers, they followed the "Westward Movement."

The Herman Family arrived in Glen Ullin in 1890 and took up a homestead about four miles north of what is now Glen Ullin. It was rough going for the Hermans.  In those early years, what with sod houses without floors, and only one room. The whole family had to work hard to make a living. They plowed the land with a hand plow and Oxen.

At the age of fourteen Charlie decided to make some extra money for the family by working for the railroad for $15.00 a month. When he was about eighteen Charlie realized that "hiring out" was not for him, and made the decision to start a sheep ranch. He took up a homestead about twelve miles south of Beulah, built a small house and bought some sheep. He was now a full-fledged rancher. But things did not go as smoothly as he had hoped for; trips to Glen Ullin for groceries took two days, though later on, when the Evans and Farrington Post Offices were built, it was handier for their mail, at least.

In 1900 Charlie was married to Frances Tavis of Glen Ullin. As a girl Frances had come with her parents, John and Theresa Rolfe Tavis, from West Virginia. It had been necessary for Frances to miss some schooling in order for her to take her turn, with her seven sisters and two brothers, at sheep herding. Thanks to the size of the family, her turn did not come too often.

To this union of Frances and Charles five children were born: Alice, Mrs. Oran Abbey; Theodore, Carl, Wilfred, and Cleo, Mrs. Thure Orefalk. For two years the Herman family lived in Glen Ullin. In 1908 they moved back to the homestead, where the number of sheep Charlie owned sometimes reached 2,000. He was the first man in the area to own a Ford Car. During this time the railroad was being built, and the crews would winter their horses at Charlie's. He then bought land in the Aplin area where he established and operated the Charlie Herman Cattle Ranch until 1943, when the youngest son, Wilfred, took over.

In 1912 he was elected sheriff of Oliver County and the family moved to Center where he served in this capacity for two terms. While in Center he also operated the Ford Garage. On Armistice Day, 1918, the family moved back to the ranch. At that time the Hermans got their mail at the Aplin Post Office. They built a new home in 1922 and it was at this time that Charlie started as a cattle buyer. In the early 1930's he served in the North Dakota House of Representatives for two terms. In 1943 he moved to Beulah, where he continued in the cattle buying business.

In 1947 Mrs. Herman passed away after a lingering illness of four years. Charlie continued to live in Beulah until his death on Christmas Eve, 1956.

History submitted by Alice, Mrs. Oran Abbey.

Oran Abbey          Alice Abbey

THE HISTORY OF ALICE HERMAN ABBEY

Alice Herman was born at Glen Ullin, N. Dak. in 1901. She attended her first two years of school in Glen Ullin, and later went to country school in the
Aplin area, where her family was then residing. She was graduated from Glen Ullin High School in 1920, and then began teaching. For six years she taught
the lower grades in Beulah, while getting her College education in Valley City during the summer terms. In 1926 she married Oran Abbey, son of C. W. and Cora Armstrong Abbey, who homesteaded south of Beulah.

In the late 1920's they started farming three miles south of Beulah on what was then known as the Sam Murray homestead. In addition to farming, Oran Abbey was also employed as a mule skinner in the Knife River Coal Mine. Oran also operated a small coal mine on his own farm, and did veterinary work for the surrounding area for many years.

Oran Abbey was killed in a car accident about one half mile from his farm, in the year 1943. His wife, Alice, was left to raise nine children who were now fatherless.

Alice Abbey continued living and working on the farm for four years. Eventually, however, she decided it was too difficult to get her children through school, continue as organist at St. Joseph's Church--a job which she held from the early 1920's through 1956, and which she holds once more--and still manage to keep up the farm work. So in 1947 Alice rented the farm out on shares, bought the house in Beulah that is still her home, and moved her family into town. And it was here that her nine children went through High School.

Her daughter Lois graduated from St. Alexius School of Nursing and later married Loren Lang, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lang. The Loren Lang's now reside in Sidney, Montana, where he is employed by Montana-Dakota Utilities. They are the parents of five children.

June attended college at Fargo, North Dakota and then became a stenographer. While working in Denver, Colorado she met and married Michael Dolce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Dolce. The Mike Dolce's are presently living in Billings, Montana, and have a family of four children.

Lenore married Donald Wetzel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wetzel. Don and Lenore live in Beulah, where Donald is the District Manager of Montana-Dakota Utilities Office. They have four children.

Marilyn was employed as a Nurse's Aide in the Hazen Hospital until her marriage to Arvid Gustafson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gustafson. Marilyn and Arvid, with their three children, are presently living on a farm near Stanton, North Dakota.

The eldest son, Gale, married Kathy Gillon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gillon of Red Lodge, Montana. They are now living in Sidney, where Gale is employed by Montana-Dakota Utilities.

Donna Abbey married Stanley Stasel, son of the late A. G. and Mrs. Florence Stasel. Stanley Stasel is in the Law and Accounting business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stanley and Donna are the parents of one daughter.

James Abbey is currently doing construction work in Renton, Washington.

Colleen, the youngest daughter, married Delmer Flemmer, son of the late Edward and Mrs. Hella Flemmer. Delmer is now employed by the company of Lange Electric. Mr. and Mrs. Delmer Flemmer have four children.

Alan, youngest of the nine children, is presently living with his mother, and is employed by Knife River Coal Mining Company. He is engaged to be married in the Spring of 1964.

Left to right: Lois, June, Lenore, Marilyn, Donna, Colleen.

Left to right: Gail, James, Alan


Contributed by Volunteer Barb Brady
Shawano Evening Leader

Mrs. Ira E (Ida) D. Miller, 77, Rt. 1, Pulaski, died Tuesday, at Holy Family Hospital, Manitowoc. (1975)

She was the daughter of the late Charles Abby, and was born on January 12, 1898, in Mildore, Wis. She was raised in Beulah, North Dakota and since 1964 she resided in Pulaski. In 1916 she was married to Ire E. Miller in Beulah, North Dakota. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary of Shawano. Her husband preceded her in death in 1967.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Everett (Beverly) Meek, Nashua, Montana; four sons, David and Douglas of Milwaukee; Ira, Jr. of Portland, Oregon, and Richard O. of Miami, Florida; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Helen Sovereign of Los Angeles, California. One son and one daughter preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Urbanek-Schlei Funeral Home in Manitowoc. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc. Rev. Lowe of Zachow and Angelica Church will officiate.

Friends may call at the Urbanek-Schlei Funeral Home in Manitowoc, 818 State Street after 4:00 p.m. Friday, and Saturday until the time of services.

Memorial services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday by the VFW No. 659, of which she was a member.


Name:

Jean Sweeney

E-mail address:

jean_sweeney@juno.com

Homepage URL:

http://

Comments:

I have the following answers for a couple of 1997 queries.
Neither of the email works so I am not sure how to contact
these probable cousins.
Jean Sweeney
--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jean S Sweeney
To: roops@dream.mv.com
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2004 01:20:53 -0800
Subject: Mary Jane Armstrong

I wonder, I wonder I wonder.
My husband's gggrandfather Samuel Bolton Armstrong
b. 19 Apr 1822 in Quebec Canada and Mary Favel b.
abt. 1828 in New York had 9 children. I
know the whereabouts of 5 of them but I have always
wondered about Mary born between 1848 and 1870
Do you have any more information? I have quite a
lot but I am not sure if this is the family you are looking
for.
Jean

--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jean S Sweeney
To: eyedunno@computron.net
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2004 01:12:49 -0800
Subject: Samuel Bolton Armstrong b. 19 apr 1822 Quebec Canada

My husband's great great grandfather is Samuel
Bolton Armstrong b. 19 Apr 1822 in Quebec, Canada
and died in Baraboo WI 28 aug 1921 as a result of
a head and shoulder injury when he fell.
He is son of John Armstrong and Mary Wood
They lived in Hannibal Oswego New York
Samuel Bolton Armstrong married 1/ 1842-7 Mary Favel
2/ 1876 Lois Coan Wiser and 3/ Delilah Jones
Children with Mary Favel:
1. Richard L b. 28 Jan 1848 Edwardsburg, Ontario Canada
d. 24 Aug 1920 Retsil Washington (my husband's gggrandfather
2. George Washington B. 28 April 1850 Hounsfield, Jefferson New York
d. Aug 1927 Palouse, Whitman Washington. (I have corresponded with
a descendent in this family and my husband has photos of them)
3. Caroline
4. Henry
5. Mary
6. Harrison
7. Clarissa b. abt. May 1868 d. bef 1870
8. Cora b. abt. May 1869 in Wisconsin. Mar. 1884 in Wisconsin,
Fred S. Miller b. Mar 1871 in Wisconsin. Lived in Eau Claire, WI
in 1900 and in Beulah Mercer North Dakota in 1918
Children:
a. Wallace V. Miller bl June 1878 in Wisconsin
b. Vess Robin Miller b. abt 1919 Beulah Mercer North Dakota
(my husband has a photo of Samuel B. Armstrong holding Vess Robin
in his lap and it was taken in Beulah according to what he wrote on
the back of the picture.)
9. Ira b. Sep 1870 in Wisconsin mar. 1899 to Olive born Feb 1867 in
New York. Lived in Delton town Sauk Wisc. in 1900 and in 1919
they lived at 618 Ham ave. Superior Wisconsin. (my husband has a
postcard written by Samuel B. when he was living with Ira)
Children by Olive and Griswold:
a. Ruby C. Griswold b. 1888 Wisconsin
b. Pearl J. Griswold b. 1892 Wisconsin
I have more info about Samuel's family and forebears but I
want to see if you get this.
Jean Sweeney
212 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
510 522 1579
jean_sweeney@juno.com


Name

Country

Date

Papers

County

 Herman, Charles 

 Germany 

 October 24, 1898 

 2nd 

 Morton 

 Herman, Charles 

 Russia 

 February 23, 1904 

 2nd 

 Stutsman