|Death: ||Feb. 7, 1893|
Rebecca J. Bradley, daughter of Elijah Bradley and Nancy Waddle.
First wife of Thomas Willard Abell, married on 21 Aug 1874 in Dubois County, Indiana.
Confirmed by Dubois County Marriage records Book 3 page 104.
There is a substantial conflict on Rebecca's birth and death dates. According to census returns and other documents we know that Rebecca was not born in 1858. Also, with information on the death notice, birth and death records and the headstone dates, it is not certain if Rebecca died in 1892 or in early 1893 with the birth of Thomas Jr. There are two conflicting death notices for the month of February 1893 for two Mrs. Thomas Abells. One is for Rebecca J. Bradley and another with a death date of February 2 mentioning a "companion" and a death record for Mary J. Bradley, wife of Thomas Abell died Feb 7, 1893, after giving birth to Thomas Abell Jr.
Family history claims Rebecca died in childbirth of Charles Grover Abell, 2 Sep 1892 but it has now been proven that Charles Grover was born in 1889 and was Rebecca's eighth documented child.
Headstone reading: Rebecca Abell 1858-1892, buried next to her husband Thomas, daughter Dora and sons Gilbert and Sampson. 5 empty spaces.
Rebecca was the mother of Sarah Cassinda (birth father not proven; her documented birth date is before the wedding), Albert, Sampson, Gilbert, Andrew Chester, Ida Katherine, Dora, Charles Grover and possibly Thomas Abell Jr.
It is possible that Rebecca and Mary were the same person however, Mary's obituary claims she was the companion of Thomas Sr. which creates confusion. The marriage affidavit for Thomas and his next wife Sarah states he was married twice before marrying Sarah Ingle.
Dubois Co Birth Record
________, Abel, male 9th child, born 4 Feb 1893
Father Thomas Abel, age 42, farmer, born in Dubois Co. IN
Mother Mary J. Bradley, age 41, born in Dubois Co. IN
Huntingburg Argus 17 Feb 1893
"Mrs. Thomas Abel died 2 Feb 1893*. Pioneer resident of this section, she leaves a companion and several children to mourn her departure. Birdseye IN"
* NOTE: this death date is BEFORE the documented birth date of the child Thomas Abell Jr. The date in the paper is subject to error.
Dubois Co Death Record
Mary J. Abel, female, 41 yrs old, born in Dubois Co IN. Died 7 Feb 1893.
Husband Thomas Abell
cause of death LaGrippe and inflammation of Womb.
Thomas Willard Abell (1854 - 1932)
Sarah Cassinda Abell Howard (1874 - 1956)*
Sampson Abell (1878 - 1885)*
Andrew Chester Abell (1883 - 1966)*
Gilbert Abell (1886 - 1903)*
Dora Abell (1887 - 1901)*
Charles Grover Abell (1889 - 1990)*
Created by: Carole St Clair Grant
Record added: Dec 11, 2009
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