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James Willard Abraham
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Birth: Jan. 23, 1871
Mount Pleasant
Henry County
Iowa, USA
Death: Oct. 13, 1954
North Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA


James Willard ABRAHAM was born January 23, 1871 near Mount Pleasant in Henry County, Iowa. His parents were John McCue and Catharine Margaret (née BARTLETT) ABRAHAM; they were married February 5, 1865 in Mount Pleasant. James was the third child of seven children born to John and Catharine. His siblings were: Lot William, Margaret "Maggie", Charles, John E., Arthur, and Roy Clair.

The John and Catharine ABRAHAM family lived in Henry County until March 1881 when they moved to the Elkhorn River Valley in Douglas County, Nebraska. Their homestead was about four to five miles northeast of the town of Valley. John had raised and sold stock in Iowa, and he successfully continued that vocation in Nebraska with the help of his wife, children, and a few ranch hands. Their family ranch prospered, and with the purchase of additional acres of land through the years, it grew to 400 acres.

In 1893, James Willard and his older brother Lot William attempted their own homesteads in Oklahoma Territory near land that would eventually be developed into the town of Enid. Their attempt failed due to an extended drought and they returned home to the ABRAHAM ranch in Nebraska. James eventually had a successful 160 acre homestead in the Dakota Territory near the Black Hills, but when his father became ill and unable to manage his ranch, James sold his property in the Black Hills and returned to Nebraska to oversee the management of the ABRAHAM ranch and continue its joint operation with his siblings.

James was a veteran of the Spanish-American War. Prior to his father becoming ill, he had volunteered during 1898 and served as a Private in Company H, 3rd Nebraska Infantry Regiment. In 1964, James W. ABRAHAM was posthumously cited by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson for his devoted and selfless consecration to the service of his country during the Spanish-American War.

Per his eldest child, Ila May McNAIR, née ABRAHAM, James was paid three $1 gold pieces per month during his service in the war. Upon receiving his first gold piece, he put it into his pocket to save it while he spent the remaining two gold pieces on items he needed. After returning home from the war, he took the saved gold piece and hung it from his watch chain. That $1 gold piece, the first one earned by James for his service during the Spanish-American War, remains in the ABRAHAM family as of 2011.

On March 18, 1903, James Willard ABRAHAM married Maud Evelyn SUMNER of Waterloo, Douglas County, Nebraska. They were married at Waterloo by the Reverend Aston, a Presbyterian Minister. Maud's father and mother, Samuel and Sophronia (née GILMORE) SUMNER, served as their witnesses.

Six of James and Maud's nine children were born in Douglas County: Ila May, Mary Leona, Ralph Sumner, James Howard, Margaret Elise, and Alice Marie. They lived on the ABRAHAM ranch until March 1916 when they sold their share of the ranch and moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas with their children. The move was due to Nebraska's harsh winters adversely affecting James' health. He had contracted typhoid fever while serving in the Spanish American War and he never fully recovered from health problems caused by the illness.

In Siloam Springs, three more children were born to James and Maud: Willard Earl "Bill", Catherine Jean, and Donna Lee. Arkansas became their permanent home where they raised their family and where Maud, a former school teacher, made sure that each of their children received an education in the Siloam Springs public schools.

Contributed to Find A Grave by: Lamana ABRAHAM, granddaughter of James Willard ABRAHAM.
Family links: 
  John McCue Abraham (1840 - 1913)
  Catharine Bartlett Abraham (1842 - 1901)
  Maud Evelyn Sumner Abraham (1881 - 1974)*
  Ila May Abraham McNair (1904 - 2002)*
  Mary Leona Abraham Martin (1906 - 1994)*
  Ralph Sumner Abraham (1909 - 1994)*
  James Howard Abraham (1911 - 1993)*
  Margaret Elise Abraham Jameson (1913 - 1985)*
  Alice Marie Abraham Daniels (1916 - 2016)*
  Willard Earl Abraham (1918 - 2015)*
  Catherine Jean Abraham Canon (1923 - 1990)*
  Lot William Abraham (1865 - 1902)*
  Margaret Abraham Renard (1867 - 1921)*
  James Willard Abraham (1871 - 1954)
  Charles Abraham (1873 - 1958)*
  John E. Abraham (1875 - 1882)*
  Arthur Abraham (1877 - 1959)*
  Roy Clair Abraham (1883 - 1963)*
*Calculated relationship

First Headstone:

1881 - 1974

1871 - 1954

Second Headstone - Military:

JAN 23 1871 - OCT 13 1954

Oak Hill Cemetery
Siloam Springs
Benton County
Arkansas, USA
Plot: Block 26 Lot 30 Space 1
Maintained by: L. Abraham
Originally Created by: Devin Houston
Record added: Aug 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57945492
James Willard Abraham
Added by: L. Abraham
James Willard Abraham
Added by: L. Abraham
James Willard Abraham
Added by: L. Abraham
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For my grandfather,
- Lamana Abraham
 Added: Sep. 23, 2011

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