|Birth: ||Oct. 9, 1854|
|Death: ||May 29, 1933|
Son of Alexander Hamilton Abney and Martha M. Camp.
The following obituary was copied just as it was published in the Thursday, June 1, 1933 edition of The Lampasas Record. Contributed by FAG member Sue Lilley.
"J. H. Abney Passed Away Mon. Afternoon"
"J. H. Abney, for thirty years editor of the Lampasas Leader, died at the family home in the city Monday afternoon, May 29, after a few days illness. Mr. Abney was stricken with a heart attack Tuesday afternoon of last week and since that time had been confined to his bed, and was thought to be getting along very well till a sinking spell came on Monday afternoon from which he was unable to rally. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 3:30, conducted by the Rev. A. F. Avant, assisted by Rev. J. Virgil Davis, D. H. Kirkpatrick, and Lawrence Williams. Interment was in Oak Hill cemetery. A large crowd of sorrowing friends attended the last sad rites of one whom the had known long and well. A large floral offering spoke in silent words the esteem in which he was held by many.
Mr. Abney was a native Texan. He was born October 9, 1854 in Gilmer. When a boy of five years he was taken by his parents to Pittsburg and the family lived there till 1869, moving then to southwest Texas and to Rockport in 1872 and to Floresville in 1878. For a time he was engaged in the mercantile business with his father at Lodi, a small town near Floresville. Later he went to Dryden where he operated a commissary for a ranch for a time. He married Miss Eliza Johnson of Floresville December 26, 1889 and the young couple lived for a time at Dryden, and then moved back to Floresville.
In 1900 they came to Lampasas and for two years he was engaged in farming two miles north of town. In 1902 he became associated with J. E. Vernor as publisher of the Lampasas Leader and when Mr. Vernor's health failed a few years later, Mr. Abney purchased the business. Since that time he and his son, Herbert J. Abney, have been in charge of the business. Mr. Abney had worked on newspapers before coming to Lampasas. As a youth in 1870 he worked on the Falls County Pioneer at Marlin for a time. Later he worked in Austin, then on the Rockport Transport, and the Frolesville Chronicle. He was also interested in cattle and at one time went up the trail to Kansas.
Mr. Abney was a good man. He was unassuming and cared little for publicity. He was a friend to any who needed him as such and was liked by all who knew him. He was devoted to his family and had the interest of his loved ones at heart all the time. He was kind and considerate of all who came his way, and was always on the right side of every moral question. He had been a member of the Baptist church for a number of years and was a regular attendant at the servics. He was ready to help any worthy cause at any time he was approached, but never made any publicity of his contributions or assistance. Men of his type are assets to any community.
Besides his widow, the deceased is survived by one son, Herbert J. Abney, of this city, by one brother, Judge W. B. Abney of this place, one sister, Mrs. J. S. Clearman of Belton, and two grandchildren, Herbert Abney, Jr., and George Abney."
The following information provided by FAG member Sue Lilley:
"Siblings: A.C., W.B., Samuel L., Mary V.
Spouse: Eliza W. Johnson Abney.
Children: Herbert J., William H.
1870: Living in Marlin, Falls, Texas with parents and three siblings.
1880: Living in Wilson County, Texas with parents and three siblings.
1900: From here on the information is the same as for Eliza."
Alexander H. Abney (1822 - 1882)
Martha Miranda Camp Abney (1832 - 1912)
Eliza Johnson Abney (1863 - 1937)
Herbert J. Abney (1891 - 1970)*
Will H. Abney (1894 - 1918)*
Alexander C. Abney (1852 - 1896)*
John Herbert Abney (1854 - 1933)
William Berry Abney (1856 - 1934)*
Jennie Abney Clearman (1861 - 1942)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section: Old Block: 8 Lot: 56 Site: 3
Maintained by: Sue Lilley
Originally Created by: Kathy Adams
Record added: Jan 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32683818