CDR Joel Abbot

CDR Joel Abbot

Westford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 14 Dec 1855 (aged 62)
Hong Kong
Burial Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA
Plot Abbot Tomb
Memorial ID 185108911 · View Source
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Commodore Joel Abbot for whom two destroyers were named:
(1) The USS Abbot (DD-184), a Wickes-class destroyer traded to the United Kingdom during World War II; launched on 4 July 1918, sponsored by Miss Louise Abbot, great granddaughter of Cdre. Abbot, and commissioned on 19 July 1919.

(2) "His remains were returned to the United States where he was buried in the Abbot family tomb in Warren, Rhode Island."

The Miller-Abbot House, at 33 Miller Street, Warren, R.I., was built in 1789 by General Nathan Miller of Revolutionary War fame, enlarged in 1803 and passed into the possession of Commodore Joel Abbot in 1847. Commodore Joel Abbot was Admiral Perry’s second-in-command on the historic trip to
‘open" Japan. His son, Charles W. Abbot, accompanied his father and later saw service in the Civil War, retiring in 1891 with the rank of Rear Admiral. Charles W. Abbot, Jr. served in the Spanish-American War in 1898 as a Lieutenant in the 12th Infantry and later was appointed Colonel
of the 1st Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry.

Abbot, Joel.
Midshipman, 18 June, 1812. Lieutenant, 1 April, 1818. Commander, 8 December, 1838. Captain, 3 October, 1850. Died 14 December, 1855.

Officers of the Continental and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-1900:
Name: Joel Abbot
Rank Information: Midshipman, Lieutenant, Commander, Captain
Service Dates: 18 Jun 1812, 1 Apr 1818, 8 Dec 1838
Military Branch: US Navy Officers (1798-1900)
Death Date: 14 Dec 1855

ABBOT, Joel, naval officer, born in Westford, Massachusetts, 18 January, 1793; died in Hong Kong, China, 14 December, 1855. He was appointed midshipman at the outbreak of the second war with England, and was ordered to the frigate "President" as aid and signal officer to Commodore Rodgers, who, impressed by his zeal and efficiency, recommended him to Commodore Thomas Macdonough, then in command of the naval forces on Lake Champlain.

Learning that the British had accumulated a large supply of spars at Sorel, Quebec, Macdonough sent for Midshipman Abbot and asked him if he was willing to die for his country. "Certainly, sir; that is what I came into the service for," was the answer. Macdonough then told him what he wished done, and young Abbot, disguised as a British officer, entered the enemy's lines, taking the risk of being hanged as a spy in case of capture, discovered where the spars were stored, and destroyed them.

Such were the hardships and dangers encountered during this expedition that when he reported to his commanding officer he was in a state of prostration, from the effects of which he was long in recovering. For this exploit and for gallantry in action off Cumberland Head in the Battle of Plattsburgh, 11 September 1814, he was promoted lieutenant, and congress voted him a handsome sword. During the remainder of the war he had no further opportunity for distinction, though at one time he quelled a formidable mutiny.

In December 1818, he was placed in charge of a 30-gun pirate craft, the "Mariana," captured by Com. Stockton off the African coast. On the voyage to Boston part of his crew mutinied, and the piratical prisoners succeeded in wrenching off their irons, during a terrible gale. Notwithstanding this seemingly hopeless state of affairs, Lieutenant Abbot regained command of his crew, kept the mutineers at bay, and brought his ship safely into port.

In 1838 he was promoted commander, serving on the various foreign squadrons, and from 1839 to 1842 was in command at the Boston navy yard. In 1852 he commanded the "Macedonian" in the Japan expedition, succeeding Commodore Perry as flag officer of the squadron. During this critical period of our relations with China he was often called upon to perform delicate diplomatic duties, discharging them to the complete satisfaction of the government.

He probably shortened his life by devotion to the interests of commerce in personally superintending the placing of buoys and a lightship in the harbor of Shanghai, which for the first time then had its channels and sailing courses properly defined.

William Abbot 1470-aft 1532
John Abbot 1495-aft 1545
Wm Abbot 1525-Mar 1569
+Margaret Elliot
George Abbot 1550-
+Bridget Wylie
George Abbot 1587-
George Abbot 1615-1681
+Hannah Chandler
Benjamin Abbot 1662-1703
+Sarah Farnum
Benjamin Abbot 1686-1748
+Mary Carlton
Benjamin Abbot 1723-1770
+Elizabeth Abbot (cousin)
Joel Abbot 1757-1804
+Lydia Cummings d.1813
Commodore Joel Abbot 1793-1855

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  • Added: 10 Nov 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 185108911
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for CDR Joel Abbot (18 Jan 1793–14 Dec 1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 185108911, citing South Burial Ground, Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Ray Isbell (contributor 47188697) .