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Francis "Frank" Abbey was born January 1, 1848, in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West, and died March 6, 1929, at his home, 1001 Lindell Street, Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE, at age 81. Buried in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE. He is the son of Nathaniel Abner Abbey of Dutchess County, Province of New York, and Mary Louisa "Polly" Nugent of County Cavan, Ireland.

Mary Jane Murphy was born October 27, 1855, in Jerseyville, Jersey Co., IL, and died July 12, 1934, at the home of her daughter, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE, at age 78. Buried in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE. She is the daughter of Robert Murphy of Scott, Harrison Co., IN, and Mary Ann Walter of London, England.

Francis "Frank" Abbey and Mary Jane Murphy received a marriage license on September 18, 1877, in Clay Co., NE, and were married September 23, 1877, in Clay Co., NE. See Book 1, Page 195, of Clay Co., NE, marriages.

Francis "Frank" Abbey and Mary Jane (Murphy) Abbey had five children:

  1. Nellie Eugenia Abbey: Born July 12, 1878, in Logan Pct., Clay Co., NE; Died July 16, 1915, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE (age 37). Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Superior, Nuckolls Co., NE. Married about December 4, 1895, in Nuckolls Co., NE, to Daniel Leroy Edenburn: Born August 3, 1872, in Little Rock Twp., Kendall Co., IL; Died November 24, 1922, in the City of Superior, Nuckolls Co., NE (age 50). Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Superior, Nuckolls Co., NE.
  2. Orrin Robert Abbey: Born December 17, 1880, in Logan Precinct, Clay Co., NE; Died 1939 in Wyoming (about age 58). Buried in Block 5, Horseshoe Cemetery, Glendo, Platte Co., WY. Married (1) May 19, 1921, in Hastings, Adams Co., NE, to Gertrude Lillie "Gertie" Dance: Born February 9, 1878, in Lewistown, Lewis Co., MO; Died December 23, 1955, in Sullivan County Memorial Hospital, Milan, Sullivan Co., MO (age 77). Buried in Shatto Cemetery, Sullivan Co., MO. Divorced about 1925 in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE. Married (2) about 1927 in Unknown to Ida Alice Tullis: Born May, 1895, in Hebron, Thayer Co. NE; Died August 6, 1968, in Wheatland, Platte Co., WY (age 73). Buried in Block 5, Horseshoe Cemetery, Glendo, Platte Co., WY.
  3. John Francis Abbey: Born August 18, 1884, in Logan Precinct, Clay Co., NE; Died Died August 23, 1971, in North Platte, Lincoln Co., NE (age 87). Buried in Sutherland Riverview Cemetery, Sutherland, Lincoln Co., NE. Married about 1932 in Unknown to Edna Marie Tullis: Born October 31, 1906, in Hebron, Thayer Co., NE; Died January 15, 1998, in Thornton, Adams Co., CO (age 91). Buried in Riverside Cemetery, Hershey, Lincoln Co., NE.
  4. Bessie Mae Abbey: Born August 21, 1890, in Edgar, Logan Precinct, Clay Co., NE; Died October 19, 1971, at a hospital, Beatrice, Gage Co., NE (age 81). Buried in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE. Married (1) October 12, 1915, in Grand Island, NE, to Alexander Nephews Jr.: Born May 14, 1882, in Nebraska; Died after 1944. Buried in Kenesaw Cemetery, Kenesaw, Adams Co., NE. Divorced about 1934 in Nebraska. Married (2) 1934 to Oliver Lawrence Babcock: Born July 26, 1895, in Hollenberg, Franklin Twp., Washington Co., KS; Died August, 1979, in Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE (age 84). Buried in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE.
  5. Walter Lee Abbey: Born June 6, 1895, in Superior Twp., Beaver Pct., Nuckolls Co., NE; Died September 18, 1966, in Hastings, Adams Co, NE (age 71). Buried in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Adams Co., NE. Married September 3, 1919, in Cowles, Webster Co., NE, to Myrel G. Chaffin: Born August 24, 1901, in Inavale Twp., Webster Co., NE; Died December 8, 1997, at Community Care of Blue Hill, Blue Hill, Webster Co., NE (age 96). Buried in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Adams Co., NE.



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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.


Francis "Frank" Abbey and Mary Jane (Murphy) Abbey are buried in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


   

Robert Murphy and Mary Ann (Walter) Murphy are buried in Edgar Cemetery, Edgar Twp., Clay Co., NE. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making these images available.


Francis "Frank" Abbey was born January 1, 1848, in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West.

Mary Jane Murphy was born October 27, 1855, in Jerseyville, Jersey Co., IL.

After the death of Frank's father in 1849 in Canada, Frank's mother, Mary (Nugent) Abbey, became a resident of Wisconsin, locating in Sheboygan Co. with her children, where she purchased a claim. For two years she made her home on the farm, then in 1851 his mother sold her interests and returned to Canada with all of her children except Wellington, where she spent the remainder of her days. She died at her home in Millbrook, Ontario, Canada, in 1888, and is buried beside her husband.

In 1859 Francis "Frank" Abbey (about age 11) returned to the United States and settled in Wisconsin.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on July 24, 1860 shows Francis Abbey (age 11) born in Canada was living in the Henry Harris household, Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI . His sister, Sarah Harris (age 16) born in Canada, was already married to John B. Harris (age 30) born in New York, who was the son of Henry Harris.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on July 13, 1860 shows Charles Nugent (age 45) born in Ireland with personal estate of $200 is a Farm Laborer and is living in Dayton Twp., Iowa Co., IA. Living with him are: Sarah Nugent (age 37) born in New York; Mary Nugent (age 17) born in Canada; Lewis Nugent (age 15) born in Wisconsin; Hannah Nugent (age 14) born in Wisconsin; Adeline Nugent (age 12) born in Wisconsin; Wm. Nugent (age 10) born in Wisconsin; John Nugent (age 8) born in Wisconsin; Sarah J. Nugent (age 6) born in Wisconsin; Fernando Nugent (age 4) born in Wisconsin; and Viola Nugent (age 4/12) born in Wisconsin.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on August 11, 1860, shows Robert Murphy (age 33) born in Indiana, and with Personal Estate worth $100 is a Farmer, and is living in Otter Creek Twp., Jersey Co., IL. Living with him are: a female, Mary Murphy (age 33) born in England; a male, Wm. Murphy (age 9) born in Missouri; a male, John Murphy (age 6) born in Illinois; a female, Mary J. Murphy (age 5) born in Illinois; and a male, Robert M. Murphy (age 2) born in Illinois.

On March 11, 1864, Francis "Frank" Abbey was living in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI, when he enlisted in the War of the Rebellion (Civil War) in Company E., 38th Regiment Infantry, Wisconsin Volunteers. He was mustered out at the end of the war on July 26, 1865, in Washington, DC.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on June 23, 1870, shows Frank Abbey (age 21) born in Wisconsin is a Soldier and with an address of the Omaha Post Office, Douglas Co., NE.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 12, 1870, shows Robert Murphy (age 42) born in Indiana, and with Real Estate worth $550 and who cannot write, is a Farmer, and is living in Twp. 7, Range 12, PO of Otter Creek, Jersey Co., IL. Living with him are: a female, Mary A. Murphy (age 43) born in England, who is Keeping House; a male, William Murphy (age 18) born in Missouri, a Farm Hand; a male, John T. Murphy (age 16) born in Illinois, a Farm Hand; a female, Mary L. Murphy (age 15) born in Illinois; a male, R. Milton Murphy (age 10) born in Illinois; and a male, Walter H. Murphy (age 8) born in Illinois.

On February 12, 1874, Francis Abbey, a single man, entered and paid his fee for Land Patent Application for 159-15/100 Acres of land in the NE Fractional Qtr., Section 6, Town. 5N, Range 5W, State of Nebraska.

Francis "Frank" Abbey and Mary Jane Murphy received a marriage license on September 18, 1877, in Clay Co., NE, and were married September 23, 1877, in Clay Co., NE.


Francis "Frank" Abbey and Mary Jane Murphy Marriage Record.


The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 14, 1880 shows Frank Abbey (age 33) born in Canada to Canadian-born parents is a Farmer living in Logan Precinct, Clay Co., NE. Living with him is his wife, Mary J. Abbey (age 24) born in Illinois to Indiana and English-born parents. Also there is his daughter, Nellie E. Abbey (age 1) born in Nebraska to Canadian and Illinois-born parents.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on July 25, 1880 shows Charles Nugent (age 78) born in Ireland to Irish-born parents is a Farmer and is living in Grant Twp., Sioux Co., IA. Living with him is his wife: Sarah Nugent (age 57) born in New York to Canadian and New York-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living there are his four unmarried children, all born to Irish and New York-born parents: Jane Nugent (age 25) born in Wisconsin; Viola Nugent (age 20) born in Wisconsin; Leonard Nugent (age 18) born in Iowa; and Frances Nugent (age 16) born in Iowa.

In 1883, the Veteran Soldiers Association of Clay Co., NE, was organized which included F. Abbey as a member.

The 1885 Nebraska State Census taken on June 1, 1885, shows Frances Abbey (age 44) born in Canada West to Canadian-born parents is a Farmer and is living near the Locality of Midway Borough, in Logan Twp., Clay Co., NE. Living with him is his wife, Mary J. Abbey (age 29) born in Illinois to Indiana and English-born parents, who Keeps House, Also living there are his children, all born in Nebraska to Canada West and Illinois-born parents: Nellie E. Abbey (age 6); Orrin R. Abbey (age 4); and John F. Abbey (age 8/12, Sept.).  Also living in the household is a Servant, Henry Dyer.

In the elections of November, 1886, Francis Abbey received the most votes for School Commissioner of Clay Co.


1886 Plat Map for Logan Pct., Clay Co., NE. Frank Abbey is listed as a Farmer and lives on the northwestern border


In April, 1888, Commissioner Abbey resigned.

In 1889, Frank Abbey was believed to be living in Beaver Crossing, Seward Co., NE.


The listing of soldiers residing in Logan Twp., Clay Co., NE, in June, 1890, included Frank Abbey, 28th Wis.


Nebraska State Gazetteer,
Business Directory and Farmers List
for 1890-1891

CLAY COUNTY

Farmers list.

Abbey Frank, Edgar                

Nebraska Resident Military Roster on June 1, 1891

Frank Abbey, Private, E, 38 Infantry, Ong, Wisconsin

Ong is a small village in Clay Co., NE. This may be Frank's postal address.


History and Reminiscence and Biography of Western Nebraska containing a History of Nebraska, 1909

Logan County History

From the Logan County Through the Years 1885-1985 the following information is given by an early settler, for how Logan County was created.

Logan County was organized in 1885 by a soldier's colony of about 300 members who settled upon government lands under the homestead and timber culture acts of Congress. The colony was organized in 1883 at the office of J. S. Hoagland, then a practicing lawyer in Lincoln, Nebraska. Several veterans of the Civil War designing to enter upon government land consulted with Mr. Hoagland as to where such land could be found. They were advised that such information could be obtained by organized effort at much less expense than if each one attempted to ascertain such information for himself.

A date for a meeting was sized and the Lincoln papers printed a notice that there was to be a soldier's colony organized at Mr. Hoagland's office at a certain time. At this appointed time there were 220 ex-soldiers on hand who joined the organization. Each paid in one dollar and a committee of 5 members was selected to go out and find a good location where government land could be obtained. All railroads offered free transportation to the members of the committee and half fare and half the regular freight rates for members of the colony. The committee, after having carefully examined the country in the northwest, southwest and central western portions, made its report to a meeting of the colony called to act upon such report and it was decided almost unanimously to locate in the un-organized territory where Logan County is now situated. The South Loup River, a beautiful little stream, runs through the center of the county. The valleys and table lands are very productive, and the prosperity of many members of the colony is shown by the comfortable houses, barns, splendid stock, fertile fields and growing trees. The people have prospered without the aid of a railroad as no railroad company has as yet constructed any line through this county. Land there is selling from ten to thirty dollars per acre because of its great productiveness. The farmers ship but little grain because of the long haul necessitated in the marketing of their product. Mr. Hoagland, the organizer of the colony went with his comrades to their new home, procured a patent from the government for his quarter section of land in 1885 and is now one of the leading lawyers in North Platte. Logan County will probably have a railroad in the near future and so lands will rapidly increase in value. A daily mail runs between North Platte and Gandy, the county seat of the county, and nearly every resident of the county has his telephone service. The raising of the best breeds of cattle, horses, hogs and sheep is the principal industry. They have good schools and churches and the people are happy even though they do not hear the whistle of the locomotive and the rumble of the railroad trains.


LOGAN COUNTY by an Early Settler

Logan county lies just west of Custer and north of Lincoln counties and organized in 1885 by a soldier’s colony of about three hundred members who settled up on government lands under the homestead and timber culture act of Congress.  The colony was organized in 1883 at the office of J. S. Hoagland, then a practicing lawyer in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Several veterans of the Civil war designing to enter upon government consulted with Mr. Hoagland as to where such land could be found.  They were advised that such information could be obtained by organized effort at much less expense than if each one attempted to ascertain such information for himself.  A date for a meeting was fixed and the Lincoln papers printed a notice that there was to be a soldier’s colony organized at Mr. Hoagland’s office at a certain time.  At this appointed time there were  two hundred and twenty ex-soldiers on hand and joined the organization, each paid in one dollar and a committee of five members was selected to go out and find a good location where government land could be obtained. 
All railroads offered free  transportation to the members of the committee and one-half fare and on-half the regular freight rates for members of the colony.  The committee after having carefully examined the country in the northwest, southwest and central western portions made its report to a meeting of the colony called to act upon such report and it was decided almost unanimously to locate in the unorganized territory where Logan county is now situated.  The south Loup river, a beautiful little stream, runs through the center of the county.  The valleys and table lands are very productive, and the prosperity of many members of the colony is shown by the comfortable houses, barns, splendid stock, fertile fields and growing trees.  The people have prospered without the  aid of a railroad as no railroad company has as yet constructed any line through this county.  Land there is selling from ten to thirty dollars per acre because of its great productiveness.  The farmers ship but little grain because of the long haul necessitated in the marketing of their product.  Mr. Hoagland, the organizer of the colony, went with his comrades to their new home. procured a patent from the government for his quarter section of land in 1885 and is now one of the leading lawyers in North Platte.  Logan County will probably have a railroad in the near future and so lands will rapidly increase in value.  A daily mail runs between North Platte and Gandy, the county seat of the county, and nearly every resident of the county has his telephone service.  The raising of the best breeds of cattle, horses, hogs, and sheep is the principal industry.  They have good schools and churches and the people are happy even though they do not hear the whistle of the locomotive and the rumble of the railroad trains.

Taken from History and Reminiscence and Biography of Western Nebraska containing a History of Nebraska published in 1909.  This book belonged to Judge F. R. Hogeboom.  Submitted by Mr. & Mrs. M. Moore.


Nebraska State Gazetteer,
Business Directory and Farmers List
for 1890-1891

CLAY COUNTY

Farmers list.

Frank Abbey, Edgar


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 16, 1900, shows Frank Abbey (age 52) born January 1848 in French Canada to New York and Irish-born parents and having immigrated in 1851 and a Naturalized citizen is a Farmer renting his farm and is living in Red Cloud Twp., Webster Co., NE. Living with him is his wife of 23 years, Mary J. Abbey (age 44) born October 1855 in Illinois to Indiana and English-born parents, with all five of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are his four unmarried children, all born in Nebraska to French Canadian and Illinois-born parents: Orrin R. Abbey (age 19) born December 1880, a Farm Laborer; John F. Abbey (age 15) born August 1884; Bessie M. Abbey (age 9) born August 1890; and Walter L. Abbey (age 4) born June 1895.


The Red Cloud Chief, Red Cloud, Webster Co., NE, June 13, 1902

CROOKED CREEK.

John Abbey is over south in Kansas working the corn on his father's farm.


The Red Cloud Chief, Red Cloud, Webster Co., NE, Friday, November 17, 1905

LOCALETTES

Mrs. Frank Abbey, who has been seriously sick for three weeks, is recovering.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 15, 1910, shows Francis Abby (age 62) born in Canada to New York and Irish-born parents is a Farmer owing his own farm and living in Elm Creek Twp., Webster Co., NE. Living with him is his wife of 32 years, Mary J. Abby (age 54) born in Illinois to Indiana and England-born parents, who has all 5 of the children born to her still living. Also living there are his three unmarried children, all born in Nebraska to Canada and Illinois-born parents: Orin R. Abby (age 29) a Farmer; Bessie M. Abby (age 19); and Walter L. Abby (age 14).

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 5, 1920, shows Frank Abbey (age 71) born in Canada to French and English-born parents and having immigrated in 1860 is a Farmer and is living in Elm Creek Twp., Webster Co., NE. Living with him is his wife, Mary J. Abbey (age 64) born in Illinois to Indiana and English-born parents.

Francis "Frank" Abbey died March 6, 1929, at his home, 1001 Lindell Street, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE, at age 81. Buried in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE.


The Fairbury Journal, Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE, Thursday, March 7, 1929

Sick and Injured

Francis Abbey is seriously ill at his home on Lindell street, as the result of a paralytic stroke suffered several days ago.


The Fairbury Journal, Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE, Thursday, March 7, 1929

Death of Frank Abbey

Frank Abbey died at his home at 1001 Lindell street in Fairbury, Wednesday, March 6, 1929 at the age of 81 years, 1 month and 6 days. He was a retired farmer and a G. A. R. veteran. Funeral services will be held at the Richardson funeral parlors Friday, with Rev. R. C. Shupe of the Presbyterian church as minister. Interment will be made in the Fairbury cemetery.


The Fairbury Journal, Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE, Thursday, March 14, 1929

Death of Frank Abbey

Frank Abbey died at his home in Fairbury, Nebr., March 6, 1928 at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 5 days. He had been in his usual health until a few days before his death, when he suffered a stroke of appoplexy. Francis Abbey was born in the province of Quebec, Canada, January 1, 1848. While a small boy his parents located at Fond du Lae, Wisconsin. He enlisted in Company E of the 38thWisconsin Infantry in May, 1864, serving in the army during the Civil War. After a few years residence in Wisconsin following his service in the army, he came to Clay County, Nebr., taking a homestead near the present town of Edgar in 1873. Here he was married to Miss Mary Jean Murphy on September 23, 1877. Mr. Abbey with his family left their home near Edgar in 1893 and located on a farm in Nuckolls county, Nebraska. In 1900 they moved to Cowels, Nebr., where they remained until 1921 when they came to Fairbury where they have made their home since. He was a member of the G. A. R. and also the Congregational church of Cowels, Nebr. Besides his wife he leaves  three sons, Orin Robert Abbey of Glenco, Wyo., John F. Abbey of Fairbury and Walter Lee Abbey of Cowles, Nebr., and oone daughter, Mrs. Alex Nephews of Fairbury. Another daughter, Nellie Eugenia Edenburn, died at Superior, Nebr., in July, 1915. Funeral services were held at the Richardson funeral parlors in Fairbury Friday with Rev. Robert C. Shupe of the Presbyterian church as minister. Burial was in the Fairbury cemetery.



The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 11, 1930, shows Alex Nephews (age 47) born in Nebraska to French Canadian and Missouri-born parents and first married at age 21, and who owns his own home worth $5,000 is a Dry Cleaning Shop Owner, and is living at 915 J Street, 4th Ward, City of Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE. Living with him is his wife; Bessie Nephews (age 36) born in Nebraska to English Canadian and Illinois-born parents, and first married at age 21, a Presser in a Dry Cleaning Shop. Also living there is Alex's widowed mother-in-law, Mary J. Abbey (age 74) born in Illinois to Indiana and English-born parents.

Mary Jane (Murphy) Abbey died July 12, 1934, in Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE, at age 78. Buried in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE.


The Fairbury Journal, Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE, Thursday, July 19, 1934

Death of Mrs. Francis Abbey

Mrs. Mary Jane Abbey died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Lawrence Babcock in Fairbury, Nebr., July 12, 1934, at the age of 79 years, 8 months and 15 days. Mary Jane Murphy was born in Jerseyville, Ill., Oct. 27, 1855. When a child she came with her parents to Edgar, Nebr. She was united in marriage with Francis Abbey September 23, 1877, and for many years they lived on a homestead near Edgar. In 1900 they moved to Webster county near Red Cloud, where they lived until 1920 when they came to Fairbury. Mr. Abbey died March 7, 1929, Mrs. Abbey since that time making her home with her daughter. Mrs. Abbey is survived by four children, O. R. and J. F. Abbey of Glendo, Wyo., Mrs. O. L. Babcock of Fairbury, Walter L. Abbey of Ong, Nebr. One other daughter passed away a number of years ago. She also leaves three grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one brother Milton Murphy of Lincoln, Nebr. She was a member of the Congregational church since childhood. Funeral services were held at the Richardson chapel Sunday morning at 9:30, Rev. R. C. Shupe of the Presbyterian church officiating. Interment in the Fairbury cemetery.