Friday, November 12, 2010


FRANK L. ABBEY, M. D., long a resident of Newton and formerly a druggist but for twenty years a successful physician, has during the greater part of his professional career been identified with the Axtell Hospital as a member of its staff of physicians.
Doctor Abbey was born at Kingsbury, Illinois, February 1, 1861. He is of English ancestry, his grandfather, Luke Abbey, having been born in Yorkshire, England, in 1787. When about twenty-four years of age he came to America with his second wife and two children, and settled first in New Jersey, then in Ohio and finally, as a pioneer farmer, at Kingsbury, Illinois, in 1837. He died there in 1869. He married for his third wife Miss Hannah Mills, who was a native of New Jersey and died at Kingsbury, Illinois. She was the grandmother of Doctor Abbey. Charles W. Abbey, father of Doctor Abbey, was born at Trenton, New Jersey, in 1830 and when seven years of age accompanied his parents to Kingsbury, Illinois. He grew up and married there and spent his active career as a farmer. In 1864 he enlisted in Company B of the One Hundred and Fortieth Illinois Infantry and was in active service until the close of the war. In 1871 he came to Kansas, locating on a farm near Abilene for nine years, and then for seventeen years farmed in Coffey County near Burlington. He finally retired and came to Newton, where he died in 1909. Charles W. Abbey was a strict republican in politics and a member of the Masonic fraternity. The maiden name of his wife was Emily C. King. She was born in 1837 at Petersburg, New York, and is now living, at the age of eighty, in Newton, Kansas. Doctor Abbey was the oldest of her three children. William S. became a railroad engineer and died in San Antonio, Texas. L. B. Abbey, the youngest, is now assistant superintendent of terminals for the Kansas City Southern Railway Company and lives at Port Arthur, Texas.

Service of Charles W. Abbey.

Rank Sergeant Company B Unit 140 ILL., U. S. Infantry, Residence NEWTON, WHITESIDE CO, ILL., Age 34, Height 6', Hair LIGHT, Eyes LIGHT, Complexion LIGHT, Marital Status MARRIED, Occupation FARMER, Nativity TRENTON, N. J., Joined When MAY 4, 1864, Joined Where MORRISON, ILL., Period 100 DAYS, Muster In JUN 18, 1864, Muster In Where CAMP BUTLER, ILL., Muster Out OCT 29, 1864, Muster Out Where CHICAGO, ILL.

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