William H Abbott

William H Abbott

Death 5 Feb 1917 (aged 86)
Burial Dry Creek, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 187119332 · View Source
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He was a member of the WV 7th Calvary Company H serving for the Union army during the Civil War. He was a 1st Sargent. He served 5 November 1861 to 1 Aug 1865. After the Civil War and on 25 Sept 1866, he married my great great grandmother Evaline Workman Ballard and they setteld in Dry Creek, WV. Evaline was the widow of James Blackburn Ballard who also was a member of the WV 7th Cavalary and a 1st Sargent. William Abbott and James Blackburn Ballard were friends during the war.

Evaline and William raised my grandmother Eva Ballard and her sister Daff and brother Bob because their mother and father died when they were very young. Their mother Amanda Ballard had died in 1904 and then the father James Albert Ballard, died in 1907.

William H Abbott was the son of Wilson and Mary Keatley Abbott. His father Wilson Abbott owned over 800 acres at the mouth of Dry Creek, WV where the present day Ballard Family Cemetary is located. William was the first postmaster at Dry Creek. The former name of the town of Dry Creek was called Jupiter.

William Abbott has two markers in this cemetery. One marker, that is presently erected, matches his wife's marker. The other marker is his Civil War marker. The Civil War marker had been kept in storage for many years at the home of his step great grandson Robert Burnside. His Civil War marker had NEVER been erected. It's leaning against a Hemlock tree waiting until his present marker falls. Because the marker that is presently standing has not fallen, it was decided by the step-great grandson Robert to keep the present marker in place. Its like the saying, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Mr. Burnside brought the Civil War marker to the cemetery and placed it by the hemlock tree next to the grave of Mr. Abbott to erect at a later date. The reason Mr. Burnside brought the tombstone to the cemetery rather than keep it in safe-keeping is unknown. We can only speculate but he too has passed. I do know that the Civil War marker was NEVER erected and it was ordered AFTER the original marker was placed. No Abbott ancestors can be found to make the decision to erect the Civil War stone.

His father and mother Wilson and Mary Abbott, lived with William and Evaline during the last years of their lives due to the loss of their farm.

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  • Created by: Robin Bradford
  • Added: 5 Feb 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial 187119332
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William H Abbott (24 Dec 1830–5 Feb 1917), Find a Grave Memorial no. 187119332, citing Ballard Family Cemetery, Dry Creek, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Robin Bradford (contributor 48044745) .