Phoebe Elizabeth Abbey

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Phoebe Elizabeth Abbey was born August 20, 1894, in Milladore, Wood Co., WI, and died December 20, 1918, at Providence Hospital, Washington, DC, at age 24. Buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery (Baraboo Cemetery), Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. She is the daughter of Charles Washington Abbey of South Byron, Fond du Lac Co., WI, and Cora Adella Armstrong of Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.

Phoebe Elizabeth Abbey was a Government Clerk in Washington, DC, when she died December 20, 1918. Never married.


Phoebe Elizabeth Abbey was born August 20, 1894, in Milladore, Wood Co., WI.

Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, WI; Thursday, June 4, 1896


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 tomorrow in Dr. von Neupert's office.

The Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, WI; Saturday, June 13, 1896



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.

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

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

In 1908 Charles removed to Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, and farmed south of the city. He was one of the pioneer settlers of Beulah.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 4, 1910, shows Charles Abbey (age 48) was a farmer living in Twp. 142, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him were his wife Cora Abbey (age 42). Also there are five of their six living children: Clara Belle (age 22), who worked in a woolen factory (in Wisconsin); Samuel (age 17); Phoebe (age 15); Ida (age 12); and Oran (age 10). Their daughter Helen had moved away and married H. Oriel Sovereign. Clara B. Abbey (age 22) is also listed as 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.

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

The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI; Thursday, April 4, 1918


BARABOO, April 4. - The members of the Priscilla club were entertained Monday night by Phoebe Abbey. The time was spent in doing fancy work, followed by the serving of refreshments.

Phoebe Elizabeth Abbey died December 20, 1918, in Washington, DC, at age 24. Phoebe was buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Also buried there is Phoebe's sister, Clarissa Bolton (Abbey) Higgins, and Clarissa's husband, Berton J. Higgins, as well as other Higgins family members. Her death announcement was published on page 3 of the Washington Post, Saturday, December 21, 1918.

The Washington Post, Washington, DC, Saturday, December 21, 1918


ABBY - On Friday, December 20, 1918, at Providence Hospital, PHOEBE ABBY, aged twenty-two years. Remains may be seen at the funeral parlors of Ryan & McClelland, 317 Pennsylvania avenue southeast. Interment at Baraboo, Wis.

The Baraboo Daily News, Baraboo,  Sauk Co., WI, Thursday, January 9, 1919


Phoebe Abbey

The funeral of Phoebe Abbey, who died December 20 at Washington, D. C., where she was in government service, occurred at the chapel of the Baraboo cemetery at 2:30 p. m., December 26, Rev. E. C. Henke officiating, giving the text of Job 23:10; also using the first three verses of  the fourteenth chapter of St. John. Mrs. Mead Simonds and Miss Florence Bates rendered the songs, "My Heavenly Father Knows," also "The Pearly Gates Ajar." The pallbearers were T. B. Towle, Lee Cleveland, Ben Schubring, J. E. Johnson, Orville Veitch and George Higgins. Phoebe Abbey was born August 20, 1894, in Wood county, Wis. She leaves to mourn her loss a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Abbey, of Beulah, N. D.; three sisters, Mrs. Orel Sovereign of Caldwell, Idaho, Mrs. B. J. Higgins of Baraboo, Wis., and Mrs. Ira Miller of Beulah, N. D.; two brothers, Samuel Abbey of Phillipsburg, Mont., and Oran Abbey of Beulah, N. D., also many friends by whom she will be greatly missed.

Card of Thanks

To the many friends, the pastor for his comforting words; to the sisters and the bearers, for the many beautiful floral offerings, and to all who in any way assisted us in our late bereavement, we wish to express our sincere thanks. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Abbey, Beulah, N. D., Mr. and Mrs. Orel Sovereign, Caldwell, Idaho, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Higgins, Baraboo, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Ira Miller, Beulah, N. D., Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Abbey, Phillipsburg, Mont., Mr. Oran Abbey, Beulah N. D.

"'Tis hard to break the tender cord When love has bound the heart; 'Tis hard, so hard, to speak the words, We must from this life part, Dearest loved one, we must lay thee In the peaceful grave's embrace, But thy memory will be cherished "Till we see thy heavenly face.

Phoebe's death place is mentioned Charles W. Abbey's WPA "Old Settlers Questionnaire" as being in Washington, DC, while serving the government in the Postal Service.


Leigh Larson visited Walnut Hill Cemetery on September 17, 2008. Both sides of the same gravestone are shown.

Walnut Hill Cemetery (Baraboo Cemetery)
Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin

Abbey, Phoebe E., b. Aug 20, 1896, d. Dec 20, 1918, s/w Berton Higgins, Section K

Higgins, Berton J., b. Mar 22, 1887, d. Dec 23, 1978, s/w Phoebe E. Abbey, Section K
Higgins, Clarissa B., b. Aug 14, 1887, d. oct 24, 1966, s/w Berton Higgins, Section K
Higgins, Evelyn A., b. Nov 22, 1915, May 16, 1916, s/w Berton Higgins, Section K
Higgins, Lloyd E., b. Oct/Nov 18, 1918, d. Mar 2, 1963, Wis. Sgt., Inf, WWII, s/w Berton Higgins, Section K