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James Thomas Abbott
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Birth: Oct. 2, 1844
Maryland, USA
Death: May 6, 1919
Lancaster County
Virginia, USA

James Thomas was called Jim Tom by all his family and friends.

In the record book of deeds, Lancaster County, 1 Apr 1887, John A. Palmer, commissioner, sold to E.J.T. Abbott 4 acres of land former part of the Corrotoman Estate for $150.00. The land was described as being at the head of Holly Bush Cove on Carters Creek, bound on the north by Joseph Kellum, bound on the south and west by the lands of the Corrotoman Estate. This is the same land that Jim Tom built a small house on. Jim Tom's sons, Tom and Gus, later purchased the land and built homes next to each other.

Jim Tom tore down his house, which my father referred to as just a shack, and moved in with his son Tom. Jim Tom and Jane both lived here until they died. Prior to living here they rented a house next to Fred Sadler near the end of John Neck Road.

One of Jane's favorite sayings was "Tarn a fetch it". Once her grandson Earl Abbott lost his gum boots overboard wading in mud, Jane fished them out of the mud with a crabnet and told him, "Tarn a fetch it, take them to the house and dry them." She slept in a feather bed and used a pole the width of the bed to beat the feathers everyday. If any of the children jumped in the bed after she had fluffed it up she would use the pole on them. She loved to go barefoot in the summer.

She was living with her son Tom when she got sick and became bedridden and never recovered.

Jane's grandson, Earl Abbott, said he saw her token (ghost) standing at the corner of his father's house the night she died. She was standing on a washtub that was turned upside down wearing a white gown. The next moring Earl found out she had died that night in her sleep.

Jane's granddaughter, Genevieve Abey, said she told her about her (Jane) mother, Polly, being a redhead and living on a farm on Deal Island. The family home burned and was never rebuilt.

Many members of the family always had a story about Jim Tom being a Webster by birth and the name Abbott was his adopted family. His mother was Lucinda Webster and he could possibly have been adopted but there is no record to support that. He must have told some of his children for so many grandchildren to tell the same story.

In the Civil War Service Records I have found three James T. Abbotts: first in Unit 4 Michigan Infantry Company K of the Union Army, second Unit 6 Virginia Infantry Colston's Regiment Company W. of the Confederate Army, third Unit 26 Regiment Virginia Infantry Company I Weisigers, Co., Va. of the Confererate Army. There are no dates of enlistment or birth dates to confirm if either are my descendants.

Somewhere around 1866 Jim Tom and Jane moved to Weems, Lancaster County, Va. with all their children, except Walter Lee, who was born in Weems. They left Deal Island, which was an island off the coast of Maryland between the Chesapeake Bay and Tangier Sound and Hooper Strait. It was recorded as being in Somerset County. They moved here by boat, which Jim Tom used to work on the water. All his sons worked with him at one time and they all became waterman. At that time in Lancaster County you were either a waterman, farmer or a general store owner with all the wives being homemakers

Wife ~ Jane Virginia Taylor

Children ~ Edward J., Ida May, Levern, Daniel W., Llewellyn, William J., Albert Thomas, Lillie Mae, Walter Lee

Family links: 
  Jane Virginia Taylor Abbott (1850 - 1929)*
  Edward James Thomas Abbott (1867 - 1954)*
  Ida May Abbott Ashburn (1874 - 1962)*
  Daniel W Abbott (1876 - ____)*
  Levern Abbott (1876 - ____)*
  Llewellyn Augustus Abbott (1879 - 1929)*
  William Abbott (1880 - ____)*
  Albert Thomas Abbott (1883 - 1957)*
  Lillie Mae Abbott Brown (1886 - 1956)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Tina
Record added: Apr 12, 2009
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