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Margaret "May" Abel
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Birth: Sep. 1, 1838
Rhea County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 1928
Dayton
Rhea County
Tennessee, USA

Margaret Abel, or "Aunt May" as she was called, was the oldest daughter of James Jackson and Lewcretia McFarland Abel. After the death of her father and stepmother Elizabeth (who was also her aunt), she and her sister Florence continued the operation of "The Abel House". At the age of 90, she fell and broker her hip, and later developed pneumonia which resulted in her death. Margaret had high principles, a keen mind, "carried the pocketbook", and kept up with business and current events until her death. She was keenly interested in books, newspapers, and her church - being a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South since childhood.

In 1925, Margaret was the oldest native citizen in Dayton. She was surprised with a birthday party at the age of 87. The party took place at "The Abel House", where her nephew, Rev. George Norcross, expressed the admiration and best wishes of all in attendance. Rev. C.R. Jones led in prayer, and R.P. Abel introduced the speakers. 
 
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 Parents:
  James Jackson Abel (1815 - 1902)
  Lewcretia McFarland Abel (1812 - 1851)
 
 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)**
  Robert P Abel (1867 - 1948)**
  William Lee Abel (1869 - 1931)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Abel Cemetery
Dayton
Rhea County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: George Norcross
Record added: Nov 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80955963
Margaret May Abel
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Margaret May Abel
Added by: Lisa Sligh Evitt
 
 
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