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Mary "Polly" Hobbs Abbey
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Birth: 1804
Lee County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1883
Brown County
Indiana, USA

Mary "Polly" Hobbs-Abbey was the daughter of Absolom Hobbs and Susan Helvey.

She was born 1804 in Lee Co Virginina. She married James Pearl Abbey on 3 Jan 1832 in Lee Co Virginia.

Mary Hobbs' father, Absolom Hobbs, was said to disapprove of the marriage because James Pearl Abbey was a "foreigner." I'm not sure if this refers to him being from a different country or just from another area other than Lee County, Virginia.

From Virginia, Mary and James Pearl Abbey traveled to Kentucky and then on to Tipton Co., Indiana. As the story is told (and I'm not 100% sure of the stories), they were not particularly fond of the terrain in Tipton County and decided to move south to Jackson Township in Brown County about 1843.

James Pearl Abbey's occupation was primarily farming, but also owned a huckster wagon that he would take to Louisville, Kentucky to pick up supplies and return them to sell to settlers.

He filed for divorce from Mary Hobbs on July 6, 1854, charging her with failure to carry out her marital duties and neglecting his personal welfare. Their children were ages 21 years to 6 years. The suit was dismissed by mutual agreement on November 3, 1854, with Mary agreeing to "go hence without way."

James Pearl Abbey died in (believed)Shawneetown, Illinois in 1854, but I suspect that was his destination. He was supposedly traveling on business and Shawneetown was the site of many business dealings in Southern Illinois during the 1850s.

James Pearl Abbey and Mary Hobbs had the following children:

Amelia Abbey
Aramanta Abbey
Adella Abbey
Amanda Abbey
Cyrus Abbey (my great great great grandfather)
Levi Abbey
Martin Van Buren Abbey
Almenia Abbey
Anna Eliza Abbey

It is said that Mary was 1st buried in Fleener Cemetery in Brown Co Indiana but later moved to Morgan Co Indiana. I have not been able to prove this one way or the other as of yet.

Family links: 
  Adella Abbey Neidigh (1832 - 1914)*
  Araminta Abbey Stump (1833 - 1924)*
  Levi Abbey (1838 - 1891)*
  Almenia Hudinal Abbey Davis (1845 - 1889)*
*Calculated relationship
Fleener Cemetery
Brown County
Indiana, USA
Maintained by: michellerenee68
Originally Created by: Darlina Shaw
Record added: Jan 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47246874
Mary Polly <i>Hobbs</i> Abbey
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- Nancy
 Added: Sep. 3, 2012
My great great great great grandmother.
- michellerenee68
 Added: Oct. 19, 2010

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