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Lot William Abraham
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Birth: Nov. 18, 1865
Mount Pleasant
Henry County
Iowa, USA
Death: Feb. 19, 1902
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA

Our sincere appreciation to Kimberly Guthmann for being so generous to take her time to go to the Elk City Cemetery to take photos of the Abraham headstones. THANK YOU, our family is truly grateful.


Lot William ABRAHAM was born about four miles southeast of Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa on November 18, 1865 to John McCue ABRAHAM and Catharine Margaret BARTLETT. His parents had married February 5, 1865 in Mount Pleasant and he was the first child of seven children born to John and Catharine. His younger siblings were: Margaret, James, Charles, John, Arthur, and Roy. Family and friends often referred to Lot as "Lottie", especially during his childhood and teenage years.

Following the Long Depression of 1873-1879, Lot's father was in debt. During 1880, John decided to start fresh by selling out, paying his debts, and moving his family from Iowa to territory opening in Nebraska for homesteaders. As the family prepared for the move, Lot, age 15, wrote the following entry in his 1st cousin Sally ABRAHAM's Memory Book: "Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. There is a flower that blooms, Sometimes in [the] loneliest spot, Upon its leaves this language, Bears forget me not. Your Cousin, Lottie W. ABRAHAM, February 20th, 1881. REMEMBER ME."

During March 1881, Lot's father and mother moved their family from Iowa to the Elkhorn River Valley in Section 16 of Douglas County, Nebraska. Their homestead was about five miles northeast of Valley, Nebraska (the town where their Post Office was located). Valley is located in the western part of Douglas County. The town was laid out in 1864 at the junction of the main line and Republican Valley branch of the Union Pacific Railway; its population was approximately sixty people during the early 1880s.

Through the years the family's 160 acre homestead grew with additional purchases of land (as income and opportunity allowed) into at least 400 acres. Working with his father and siblings, Lot shared in the hard work necessary for their family homestead to grow into a successful cattle ranch.

In 1893, Lot and his brother James attempted their own homesteads in Oklahoma Territory near land that would eventually be developed into the town of Enid. Their attempt failed due to an extended drought and they returned home to the ABRAHAM ranch in Nebraska.

Throughout his life, Lot loved his family dearly, assisted his father with the successful operation of the family ranch, and enjoyed being a bachelor.

He loved going fishing, and on Wednesday, February 19, 1902, Lot left the house in the morning to fish for a few hours with the anticipation he would be bringing fresh fish home for supper. As the afternoon drew on, the family started wondering why Lot hadn't returned so some of his brothers decided to check on him before nightfall. Upon arriving at his favorite fishing spot, they discovered his boat upside down in the water. Lot's body was found near the boat and it was later determined that he had drowned during the morning hours. It was a heartbreaking loss for the family.

Lot William ABRAHAM was laid to rest near his mother's grave and his younger brother John E.'s in the Elk City Cemetery.


Death Notice, published in a local Nebraska newspaper on Friday, February 21, 1902 (name of newspaper unknown):

Lot ABRAHAM died suddenly on Wednesday morning.

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Obituary, published in a local Nebraska newspaper on February 28, 1902 (name of newspaper unknown):

Lot William ABRAHAM born 18 November 1865 at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, died 19 February 1902, age 36 years, 3 months, 1 day. He moved with his parents to Douglas County, Nebraska in March 1881. Leaves father, four brothers, and one sister. Member of MWA [Modern Woodmen of America] at Elk City.

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PLEASE NOTE: The MWA is a fraternal life insurance company, originally founded in Lyons, Iowa in 1883 as a death benefit society. Per a contemporary booklet about the group, their name "honors the pioneering woodmen who cleared the forests to build homes, communities and security for their families". Their emblem is two crossed axes, and the initials MWA within a shield containing five stars on top.

The founder of the MWA, Joseph C. Root, believed in wholesome activities for its members, and so local lodges known as camps were established across the United States. There were weekly meetings, annual picnics, parades, baseball games, drill teams, and other activities for the entire family. Several other programs were added during the 20th century, and today the MWA is involved in civic activities and educational programs, as well as selling insurance, annuities, retirement plans, etc.

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Family links: 
  John McCue Abraham (1840 - 1913)
  Catharine Margaret Bartlett Abraham (1842 - 1901)
  Lot William Abraham (1865 - 1902)
  Margaret Abraham Renard (1867 - 1921)*
  James Willard Abraham (1871 - 1954)*
  John E. Abraham (1875 - 1882)*
  Arthur Abraham (1877 - 1959)*
  Roy Clair Abraham (1883 - 1963)*
*Calculated relationship
DIED FEB. 19, 1902
AGED 36 Ys. 3 Ms. 1 Da.

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Elk City Cemetery
Elk City
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
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Record added: Aug 18, 2011
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In remembrance of my great-uncle Lot William ABRAHAM,
- Lamana Abraham
 Added: Sep. 24, 2011

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