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Capt Joseph Campbell Abbott
Birth: Jun. 5, 1851
Henderson County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Mar. 5, 1895
Jefferson County
Indiana, USA

(Information submitted by Karen Phillips #46884884)

Son of John Morgan Abbott and Mildred R. Garriott
Married Elizabeth C. Williams 29 March 1876, Jefferson Co., IN.
Jefferson County: Biographical & Historical Souvenir

Capt. Joseph C. Abbott is a native of Henry county, Ky., was born June 5, 1881 [sic]. Came to Milton Ky., with his parents at five years of age. He was raised in Milton, Trimble county, Ky., attending the city schools of Madison, Ind. Afterward he went to college at Carrollton, Ky. After finishing his education he engaged as clerk on the steamboat "Leonora," packet between Carrollton, Madison and Louisville, and continued as pilot clerk for about two years. Then he took a trip down South on a flatboat. In 1874 he built the steamer "St. Francis Belle" at Cattlettsburg, Ky., and ran her in the St. Francis river, Ark., and afterward ran her in the White rive, Ark., from Memphis, Tenn., to Jacksonport, Ark. In 1876 he brought her up and ran her from Louisville, Ky., to Leavenworth, Ind. In 1877 he took her to New Orleans and sold her.

He came home in 1877, and his father retired from the ferry business, and turned it over to him; he has continued in that business ever since. Mr. Abbott's parents were John M. and Mildred (Garriot) Abbott. His father was a native of Culpepper county, Va., born September 11, 1803, and came to Kentucky in 1816. Is now living in Milton, and is very active for one of his age. His mother was a native of Trimble county, Ky. She died in 1875, at the age of 63.

Capt. Abbott was married in 1876 to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Capt. Nat. Williams, of Madison, Ind. He removed to Madison in 1876, and has resided there ever since. Capt. Abbott is a member of the Second Presbyterian church. He belongs to Masonic Order, and has taken the Thirty-second Degree in Masonry, is a member of Union Lodge, No. 2, in Madison, and belongs to the Consistory at Indianapolis. The Captain is also a member of the I. O. O. F., Madison Lodge, No. 72; also of Madison Lodge, No. 21, K. of P.; also of Red Men and Knights of Labor. Was chairman of the Democratic committee for eight years.
The Madison Courier
6 March 1895



Captain Joseph C. Abbott, of this city, died on Tuesday evening, the 5th instant, at twenty-two minutes after six o'clock. The announcement will carry sorrow to a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, though his death does not come with the shock of a surprise. He had passed through a long, lingering illness and, for sometime, his physicians and friends had despaired of his recovery. During the last few weeks it became evident that his life was slowly but surely ebbing to its close; and on yesterday, as the shadows of the evening began to fall, his spirit silently and peacefully took its flight.

Captain Abbott was the son of the late J. M. Abbott, well-known to all our older citizens, and was born in Trimble County, Ky., June 5th, 1851. His father removed to Milton in 1855, to take charge of the ferryboat plying between that point and Madison, and which he had purchased some years before. Joseph C. Abbott, the subject of this sketch, was with his father on the boat much of the time during his boyhood, so that he early became familiar with the management of the boat and all the details of the business. In the year 1874 or /75 he had the steamer Francis Belle built here in Madison, and was for a time in command of her in the cotton trade South, carrying cotton and other freight from points on the Red river to Louisville. On the death of his father, some years ago, he and his brother, Walter, became the owners of the ferry between Madison and Milton. For twenty years he had been in full charge of the boat and was familiar with the Ohio river above and below. In 1890 he bought out his brother's interest and since then has been sole owner and manager of the ferry at this city, conducting the business with uniform satisfaction to the traveling public. He was for several years President of the Bedford Pike. He was connected with a number of Orders and Benevolent Associations of the day. He was married March 29th, 1876 to Elizabeth Williams, who survives him. Three brothers and three sisters are still living.

Captain Abbott's business of necessity, brought him in constant contact with the general public and gave him a wide acquaintance with men and, at the same time, gave the public an opportunity to know him well. His whole public career was indicative of a stirring, active spirit, of a genial generous soul. He was a man of quick intelligence and fine business ability. He was public-spirited, taking an active interest in all the affairs of the city, its trade, its public institutions, its schools, its churches. He took an active and leading part in politics, though he was never offensive or partisan in spirit. He was frank and fair-minded, open and manly. He had a good knowledge of human nature and was full of tact and resource. He was one of the most genial men in Madison and had hosts of friends among all classes. He was uniformly cheerful and pleasant, always ready to do a kindness, and without any desire for notoriety or public recognition. He was a large-hearted benevolent man. Many of the deserving poor will long remember him. A good cause never went away from him empty-handed. His home was one of the brightest and most cheerful among the homes in our city. It was the scene of frequent gathering of friends to spend the evening hours in the midst of happy social intercourse, innocent mirth, and music, of which he was passionately fond.

Captain Abbott was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church of Madison. While he was in health, he was a consistent and faithful attendant on its services, a liberal supporter of it and a valuable helper to it in many ways. He will be greatly missed by the whole church, especially by the pastor, to whom he was a devoted friend. Underneath his cheerful temper and fondness for social life there lay sober and solid religious convictions. These disclosed themselves more clearly during the long and trying illness through which he passed. Of this it is not in place to speak here, save to say it was a season of prolonged and painful suffering, heroic patience and endurance, and unfaltering trust in God on his part, and tearful watching, tender care, and loving devotion on the part of his faithful wife and sympathizing friends.

The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at two o'clock, from the Second Church, and Dr. Barnard will preach the sermon. The body will be laid to rest in Springdale Cemetery.
The Madison Courier
8 March 1895

The Burial of Capt. Abbott

At two o'clock this afternoon the Second Presbyterian Church was crowded with citizens, relatives and friends assembled to pay a last tribute to the late Capt. Joseph C. Abbott, Rev. J. H. Barnard, D.D., officiated, assisted by other ministers of the city, and the Second Church choir--Mesdames Goold and Snyder, Misses Rogers and Lewis, and Mr. Drake--rendered three selections--namely: "He's Gone to the Silent Land," "Jesus, Lover of My Soul," and "Waiting and Watching." The latter was the Captain's favorite, while "Jesus, Lover of My South," was the hymn most loved by his mother. The services were touchingly appropriate and beautiful and the floral offerings were profuse and elegant. After the services at the church the remains were born to Springdale Cemetery, where they were laid to rest in hope of the Resurrection.

Those who served as pallbearers were Samuel M. Strader, representing the Masons; Ed. A. Marks, friend; James Barton, I.O.O.F.; A.S. Champamn, M & M Club, John McGregor, K. of P.; Simeon E. Leland, Odd Fellows; Charles Blair and John A. Zuck, Red Men; Capt. D.S. Barmore, river; Thomas Graham, Royal Aroatium; Clay Walton, Master of Ceremonies.

The relatives present from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Hisel, Clarence and Motie Hisel, Carrollton, Ky., Mr. and Mrs. John Abbott, Sulphur, Ky; Mr. and Mrs. King, Campbellsburg, Ky.; Mrs. McCain, Mr. and Mrs. Love Abbott, Bedford, Ky.; Howard King, Campbellsburg, Ky.; Mrs. Pecar and Mrs. Agnes Abbott, Milton, Ky.

 (bio by: Karen Phillips) 
Family links: 
  John Morgan Abbott (1803 - 1891)
  Mildred R. Garriott Abbott (1811 - 1875)
  Elizabeth C. Williams Abbott (1849 - 1927)
  Loving Garriott Abbott (1834 - 1927)*
  John M. Abbott (1842 - 1930)*
  Katheryn Helen Abbott Hisle (1848 - 1924)*
  Joseph Campbell Abbott (1851 - 1895)
*Calculated relationship
Springdale Cemetery
Jefferson County
Indiana, USA
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