Sep. 29, 1836 Gravelly Run Atlantic County New Jersey, USA
May 27, 1925 Asbury Park Monmouth County New Jersey, USA
Civil War Union Army Chaplain. He was mustered in as Chaplain of the 23rd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on September 19, 1862. He served the spiritual needs of the regiment through its service during the December 1862 Fredericksburg Campaign and the May 1863 Chancellorsville Campaign. He was honorably mustered out on June 27, 1863. (Paragraph contributed by Russ Dodge.)
Rev. Abbott was educated at the Chester Seminary, joined the New Jersey Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1859, and was assigned to the Columbus Circuit. He retired in 1901 and was one of the two oldest members of the conference at the time of his death. In addition to his Civil War chaplaincy, he served as Chaplain of the New Jersey Department of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a prominent Mason.
Rev. Abbott was the son of John C. and Ann G. Abbott of Gravelly Run, Atlantic County, NJ. In 1864 he married Rebecca Gilbert of Burlington, NJ. They had two daughters, Kate Morrow and Stella Abbott, and a son, William G. Abbott.
Rev. Abbott was the brother of Sgt. John G. Abbott, Company D, 48th New York State Volunteers, who died of wounds sustained during the assault on Fort Wagner, Morris Island, SC, in 1863. Rev. Abbott was the grandson of John Abbit (Abbott) who served with the Pittsgrove Company of the Salem County, NJ, Militia in the American Revolution.