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John Abel
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Birth: May 22, 1855
Death: Apr. 5, 1910

John A. Abel owned a large mercantile establishment which was one of the most successful and prosperous in Rhea county. He was also engaged in lumber and timber business. He spent his entire life in Dayton, Tennessee, and was a member of the F & AM Lodge and Odd Fellows. At the time of his death, he was Mayor of Dayton. As Mayor, he devoted much time and effort to the upbuilding and material advancement of the city and was always ready to assist in any enterprise for the city's welfare.

John and Emma Abel owned and operated the old "Dayton Hotel" located immediately east and across the tracks from the South Dayton railway depot until it was destroyed by fire on July 8, 1896. John Abel then entered the mercantile business in the building which served as his business location until his death in 1910. The building was later purchased by Fred Robinson and was the original
location for what is now the Robinson Mfg. Co. in South Dayton. The original building has been added onto, but part of the old brick building is still in existence.

John Abel passed away at French Lick Springs, Indiana, where he had gone for his health. The news came over the wire, and soon spread throughout the city. Mayor Abel had left a few days earlier for a trip through the northern states in the interest of his business, and planned to stop and recuperate at French Lick Springs on his return. When he arrived at French Lick, he was too ill to recover. His daughter Louella rushed to his bedside, and his wife and brother R.P. Abel left on Tuesday but did not arrive before he expired.

As one of Dayton's leading businessmen, John brought many thousands of dollars into the county. He was made Mayor of Dayton about six months before his death.

Bio info from George Norcross (#47293318)

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  James Jackson Abel (1815 - 1902)
  Elizabeth A McFarland Abel (1826 - 1910)
 
 Spouse:
  Emma Letha Igou Abel (1868 - 1949)*
 
 Children:
  Ida Louella Abel Norcross (1892 - 1985)*
  James Anderson Abel (1899 - 1981)*
  Fulton Hercules Abel (1903 - 1977)*
 
 Siblings:
  Margaret Abel (1838 - 1928)**
  Myra J. Abel Hodges (1840 - 1916)**
  Masoury A Abel (1842 - 1848)**
  John Abel (1855 - 1910)
  James Floyd Abel (1857 - 1932)*
  Mary Florence Abel (1859 - 1941)*
  Thomas B Abel (1861 - 1864)*
  Ella U Abel (1864 - 1865)**
  Robert P Abel (1867 - 1948)*
  William Lee Abel (1869 - 1931)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
FATHER
 
Burial:
Buttram Cemetery
Dayton
Rhea County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Marvin & Samme Templin
Record added: Sep 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76889830
John Abel
Added by: Marvin & Samme Templin
 
John Abel
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Added by: Dean Wilson
 
 
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Gone but never forgotten. ...... His wife, Emma Letha (Igou) Abel, was my 3rd cousin twice removed, as well as other relationships, through the Skillern and Anderson families of Scott County, VA and Bledsoe County, TN.
- Sammy Boyd, Genealogist
 Added: Aug. 26, 2014
 
 
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