|Birth: ||Apr. 26, 1845|
|Death: ||Aug., 1909|
Decatur Daily Review Aug 9, 1909
William R. Abbott
William R. Abbott died at 3:30 Sunday afternoon at the home of Mrs. H.J. Carder, 332 West William street. His death was caused by hardening of the blood vessels.
Mr. Abbott had been suffering with nervous trouble, caused by overwork while engaged in business. His health began failing in 1902. He disposed of his business and traveled considerably in the hope of regaining his health, and for awhile he seemed to improve. For the last two years he had been under the constant care of a physician, and for the past three months he had been confined to his bed. His age was sixty-four years, three months and twelve days.
William R. Abbott was born in London, Ontario, April 26, 1845. He remained there until he was nineteen years old and then came with an older brother to Decatur. He opened a jewelry store here and continued in that business until Aug. 25, 1902, when he sold his stock and fixtures to H. Post and Son, and retired, after being in business in Decatur for thirty-eight years. For thirty-one years he had a store on East Main street, on a part of the present site of the Morehouse and Wells store. Then he moved to Water street and was there for seven years, when he sold out. He never engaged in active business after that.
Mr. Abbott and Miss Hattie Greet, daughter of the late Judge Greer, were married in the Methodist church Oct. 5, 1869. That was the old church on Water street that occupied the site of the present Wait building. The ceremony was performed by Elder Hiram Buck in the lower part of the church. The main auditorium of the church had not been finished then. They were the first couple to be married in that church.
From 1881 to 1904 Mr. and Mrs. Abbott lived at the corner of Church street and Prairie avenue. When the old Presbyterian church, which occupied the adjoining lot, was offered for sale Mr. Abbott bid it in. Then in 1904 he sold the home property and the church site to the Y.M.C.A., whose building now occupies the site.
Mr. Abbott was kind and generous and of a pleasant disposition, and always a gentleman. He was a member of Macon lodge No. 8, A.F. and A.M.
He is survived by his wife, four brothers and two sisters: Samuel Abbott, Hodson Abbott, Henry R. Abbott and Mrs. Tulley, all of London, Ontario, Alexander Abbott of Charleston, Ill., and Mrs. J.G. Bireley of Oshkosh, Wis. Alexander Abbott was here at the time of his brother's death.
The Abbott funeral will be held at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon from the residence, conducted by Rev. W.H. Penhallegon of the First Presbyterian church. Friends may call from 1 to 3 o'clock. The interment will be at Greenwood.
Harriet Greer Abbott (1846 - 1936)*
Freddie Greer Abbott (1871 - 1881)*
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Record added: Jul 14, 2008
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