|Birth: ||Sep. 4, 1823|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 1901|
Rufus was the son of Rufus Abbott, Sr. 1784-1879 & Anna Owen Abbott 1787-1851, one of seven children. Rufus was a pioneer in Pawnee Co., Neb., became a lawyer and was elected to one term as state senator. He married Helen Lenora Benadom Feb. 1850 in Iowa before moving to Neb. In 1877 he & his entire family moved to Hanford, CA, where he served as an attorney & a Justice of Peace.
Obituary from the Hanford Journal, 23/24 October 1901
PASSING OF A PIONEER
Rufus Abbott, Pioneer Lawyer and Justice of the Peace, Died Suddenly Last Evening
Rufus Abbott, a pioneer resident of this county, died very suddenly, at his home in the southern part of this city yesterday evening, about 7 o'clock. The old gentleman has been in ill health for a long time, but was able to be about. Yesterday he was about town and even went out to the Fair grounds. He returned home, where he has lived almost alone for several years, partially undressed himself and went to the back door, where he talked for several minutes with George Martin. He then went back into the house and to bed, apparently to take a much needed rest, and there he must almost instantly have passed away. Paralysis of the heart was no doubt the cause of death.
Charles Talbot, who roomed at the house, with the deceased, was called and reached the house in a few moments. The sons of the deceased were also called--William Abbott of Hanford and Ed Abbott of Fresno.
Deceased was born in Illinois in 1823, where he spent his earlier days, studied law, and was finally married. He moved to Pawnee County, Nebraska, in 1869, where he was elected State Senator by the Grangers. He moved to California in the early seventies and settled in Hanford in 1876, where he practiced as an attorney-at-law and for a time served as Justice of the Peace of this township, then part of Tulare County. His wife, a most estimable lady, died several years ago.
Deceased was the father of four children, William, Edward and Louis Abbott and Mrs. Polly Sherwin, who with a brother of deceased, Norman Abbott, live to mourn the loss of a kind parent.
PERSONAL NOTE: There are several mistakes in the obituary including names of family members.
Rufus Abbott (1784 - 1879)
Helen Lenora Benadom Abbott (1829 - 1888)*
Rosealtha Adelade Abbott (1853 - 1870)*
Alonzo Benadom Abbott (1855 - 1909)*
George E. Abbott (1858 - 1860)*
Belzora Adella Abbott Pegg (1859 - 1881)*
Lenora Helen Abbott Sherwin (1862 - 1920)*
Charley G. Abbott (1863 - 1863)*
William Harry Abbott (1865 - 1940)*
Rufus Edward Abbott (1867 - 1934)*
Hiram Abbott (1813 - 1838)*
Safrona Abbott Jacobs (1816 - 1899)*
Parinth Abbott Crandall (1817 - 1885)*
Ruby Ann Abbott Biddlecome (1821 - 1887)*
Rufus Abbott (1823 - 1901)
Norman Abbott (1825 - 1917)*
Created by: Karla Waller
Record added: Aug 27, 2009
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