|Birth: ||Feb. 7, 1791|
|Death: ||May 3, 1892|
NEARLY A CENTURY OLD.
Mrs. Hannah C. Abbott of this City Passes Peacefully Away After a Long, Exemplary and Useful Life.
Yesterday morning about 5 o'clock occurred the death of Mrs. Hannah Courtright Abbott at her home on Union street, at the age of 94 yeas and 3 months, one of the oldest persons in Luzerne County. She was born in Plains Township February 7, 1798, and was a daughter of Cornelius Courtright, who was born in 1764 and was one of the prominent men of his day. He was a commissioner of Luzerne County in 1813, 1814, 1815, 1830, 1831 and 1832 and in 1816 was a candidate for State senator in the district composed of the counties of Northumberland, Columbia, Union, Luzerne and Susquehanna, but was defeated by John Frazer. In 1806 he became a justice of the peace and held the office until 1840. In 1820, 1821 and 1823 he was a member of the legislature of Pennsylvania. He was also an extensive landholder in this county and died at his home in Plains township, May 25, 1848. His wife, Mother of the deceased was Catherine Kennedy, a daughter of John Kennedy, a native of Dublin, Ireland.
Mrs. Abbott was the widow of John Abbott, to whom she was married in 1830. He was born in Wilkes-Barre township April 18 1800. He was the son of Stephen Abbott and a grandson of John Abbott, who came to this valley in 1796 and built the first dwelling house in the old borough of Wilkes-Barre. The latter, after the battle of Wyoming, in 1778, removed to his previous home in Plains and while engaged in gathering his crops was attacked and shot by a party of Indians.
John Abbott the husband of the deceased, remained with his father until 21 years of age, when he went to Mauch Chunk and entered the employ of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Co., with which he remained about nine years. In 1829, on year befor his marriage, he returned to his farm in Plains, and there remained a successful farmer until the time of his death on November 23, 1861. Two of his brothers, John and William, married daughters of Squire Cornelius Courtright. William's family removed to Ohio. Stephen was the father of Rev. William P. Abbott, a distinguished Methodist clergyman, who delivered the oration at the Wyoming Centennial in 1878. The mother of Hon. Charles A. Miner was a sister of the Abbott brothers, mentioned above.
Mrs. Abbott leaves three children - Misses Lucy and Catherine Abbott, who lived with their mother at the corner of Franklin and Jackson streets, and Robert Miner Abbott of Davenport, Iowa, who with his wife and son arrived in this city last night. Mrs. Abbott had been failing for some time, although her ailments occasioned no alarm until a short time before death. She lived until the machinery of life was worn out and sank int eternal rest as pecefully as a babe on its mother's breast. Men were born, became old and died while she lived, cities and towns sprung up from a wilderness of forests in her sight. She stretched her years far beyond man's allotted time and lived a good life. She was a consistent member of the First M. E. Church.
The funeral will take place from her late residence at 3 o'clock on Thursday afternoon. Interment in Hollenback Cemetery
On the occasion of her birth last Febrary the RECORD tprinted an extended notice, giving reminicenses of Mrs. Abbot's life and some of the extracts are here republished:
Mrs. Abbott has been a woman of rugged constitution and wonderful energy. As late as six months ago she was able to be about the house, and as recently as a month ago she was sewing. She had her sight unimpaired up to two years ago, but sinde that time had been unable to read.
She is full of recollections of the past, though it is an effort for her to recall names and dates. "There are some many generations since I was born," she says, "that I cannot easily separate them. Time has mingled theim so much that grand fathers and grand mothers, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts are not easily distinguished."
Mrs. Abbott cannot realize the changes since the old days - the telegraph, the telephone, the electric cars and many other modern improvements. When speaking of the electric cars she said that they remind her of lins that are running through her mind, where taken from she does not know -
The arm of omnipotent power they assume -
And ride in chariots of fire -
Certainly not an unpophetic description.
When she was born, Wilkes-Barre was only a little hamlet in a great wilderness, she says, and she recalls many a horseback ride to Wilkes-Barre either alone or on the same horse with her father. It was a time of great hardship and she says the people of today have no idea of what had to be suffered in those pioneer times. A soruce of great inconvenience was the lack of money. The only way any money was had at all was by hauling a load of wheat over the mountains to Easton and turning it into cash. There was no bankin Wilkes-Barre and many stelement of accounts had to be made with promissory notes. These had to be secured by endorsement and many a man lost heavily by endorsing for his neighbor.
Mrs. Abbott remembers well hearing the survivors of the Wyoming Massacre of 1778 tell about that bloody events, for many of them were alive during her recollection. The terrors inspired by the presence of the savages - the eager hanging of the women and children upon the gospel minister to shield them - the merciless attack of the British and Indians - the flight across the mountains through the "Shades of Death" to the Minisink settlements on the Delaware, or to Connecticut - the sufferings of the barefooted, almost naked children - the birth of a baby during this mad stampede and the tender efforts of the fugitives to provide for the mother and carry her on blankets fastened to two horses - these and many other incidents were familiar tales to the now aged lady, and she tells them when drawn out in conversation.
She has been a member of the methodist Church ever since she was a girl of fourteen, and she is cheered and comforted and sustained by a faith which has never wavered. She says that existence at so advanced an age is not desirable, but with all her bodily weaknesses she is patient and uncomplaining, ready to depart whenever it may please the Master to call.
"I had such an impressive dream," she said. "I thought the skies were illuminated as with a continued flash of lightning. I got a glimpse of the new heavens and the new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. There was a burst of music and there was a multitude of angels in beautiful white robes, there was no sickness and no death there, but all was joy and peace, and I longed so much for one of the robes. Just as I was about to have it offered to me, the strain was too much and I awoke. O, it was a beautiful dream.
(Wilkes-Barre Record, 4 May 1892)
Cornelius Courtright (1764 - 1848)
Catherine Kennedy Courtright (1766 - 1846)
John Abbott (1800 - 1861)*
Robert M Abbott (1831 - 1836)*
Lucy Wyatt Abbott (1833 - 1914)*
Robert Miner Abbott (1836 - 1922)*
Catherine C. Abbott (1838 - 1894)*
Lucinda Courtright (____ - 1823)*
John Courtright (1790 - 1830)*
Hannah Courtright Abbott (1791 - 1892)
John Cortright (1791 - 1830)*
Elizabeth Cortright (1795 - 1804)**
Milton Courtright (1810 - 1883)*
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Record added: Feb 07, 2013
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