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Abel Bott
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Birth: Apr. 17, 1817
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 17, 1900
Van Buren County
Iowa, USA

83y 8m Inscription on south face of marker.

Married Susan Parker November 4, 1841, Van Buren Co., Iowa


Son of Henry and Margaret Bott. Brother to Adam Bott and Mary A. Bott Keplinger. 1856 VB, Iowa State Census index listing on Iowa gen websit Margaret-65, Abel-39, and Adam-33 in Union township.

From History of Birmingham, Iowa
In the year 1851 Abel Bott and John Gwinn built a saw mill on the northwest corner at the present junction of Main Street and Highway No. 1. A huge chimney eighty-five feet high and containing 85,000 brick was built adjoining the saw mill. The brick for the chimney were burned at a kiln on the Glotfelty farm, just northwest of town. The chimney was built by a man named Berry, and it is said that on the day he finished the chimney, he stood on top of it on one leg and drank a pint of whiskey.

In 1853 C. L. Moss and E. Pitkin bought Mr. Bott's share in the mill. In 1854 a grist mill was built in addition to the saw mill and in 1855 they were both burned to the ground. Within twenty-four hours the owners had men hired to rebuild both the saw mill and grist mill. It was a comparatively short time until both mills were running day and night and doing a better business than before the fire. In the new grist mill a carding machine was placed for the making of rolls and it was operated in connection with the other business from 1855 to 1860. In 1857-1858 a large addition was built to the grist mill and in 1860 C. L. Moss became the proprietor of all the mill property. In 1862, D. C. Cramer, a clothier, was taken into partnership by Mr. Moss, and they used the new addition to the mill for a woolen factory. The second floor was used for the work with the looms, jack and 350 spindles being used. Mr. Cramer did the spinning and making of fine woolen blankets and other articles out of the raw wool. He was assisted by Roswell Beach of Fairfield from 1857 to 1861. Mr. Beach did all the carding of the wool. The woolen factory was not a success and Mr. Cramer sold out to Mr. Moss.

The addition to the mills was now used for various purposes by Mr. Moss and finally it was converted into a sort of wagon factory



Adams County Free Press (Corning Iowa) June 19, 1920

One of the oldest landmarks in southern Iowa was torn down recently, an old mill chimney, owned by Samuel Arbaugh of Birmingham. It was built in 1851 by Abel Bott and John Gwinn and was eighty-five feet high and contained 85,000 brick. In 1875 the chimney began to len and twenty feet were revomoved for public safety. Last year more of it was removed, as it appeared to lean too uch and this year it the fear of it tumbling down, it was entirely removed. It is said that it was built by a man by the anem of Berry and that the day it was completed he stood on one leg on the top[ of the chimney and drank a pint of whisky to show his steady nerve.

Children of Abel and Susan Bott:
Martha J (Jan 1846-July 1846)
Charles H (1842-1846)
Wm H (1848- ) md Kate__?___
James B (1850- )
Albert (1853- )
Isaac N (1861-1863)
Ida May (1865-) md Edward J. Rutledge

Abel lived with his son Wm H and his wife Kate in the 1900 census. Listed as 83 years old.


 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Susan Parker Bott (1820 - 1895)*
 
 Children:
  Charles H Bott (1842 - 1846)*
  Martha J Bott (1846 - 1846)*
  William Harison Bott (1847 - 1927)*
  Isaac N Bott (1861 - 1863)*
  Ida May Bott Rutledge (1865 - 1942)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Maple Hill Cemetery
Birmingham
Van Buren County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Sect 6 - Row 2 going north
 
Created by: Marcia Habijanac
Record added: Aug 13, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 115366099
Abel Bott
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