An American author from the Deep South, whose only published novel, "Leah Mordecai", was published in 1875. She was the daughter of S. S. Kendrick who was born ca 1814.
A native of Atlanta, Belle Kendrick married her husband, Benjamin Franklin Abbott, and lived for many years on Peachtree Street, between Cain Street (subsequently renamed International Boulevard) and Harris Street. She and Benjamin had the following children:
1. Charles A. Abbott b. ca 1868 2. Benjamin Franklin Abbott Jr. b. 1871 3. Isabella Abbott Dickson b. 1874 4. Samuel Abbott b. circa 1877 5. Lucia Abbott b. 1879 6. Grace Abbott b 1886
Leah Mordecai Author Belle K. Abbott Publisher Baker, Pratt & Company Publication date 1875 Pages 238 pp ISBN 1-42640-331-3, 9781426403316
"Leah Mordecai", published at Christmastime 1875, when she was 33, is a coming of age story set in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the 1850s, shortly before the Civil War. The title character, who is Jewish, finds herself subjected to scorn and abuse by the jealous and grasping woman who marries her widowed father, a wealthy banker. Seeking relief from her unhappiness, Leah only engenders further distress when, upon entering into marriage with a gentile, incurs the violent wrath of her father.