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William Hawkins Abbott

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William Hawkins Abbott

Birth
Middlebury, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Death
8 Jan 1901 (aged 81)
Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA Add to Map
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husband of 1)Jane Wheeler
- married Sept, 1845
in Connecticut,
2)Mrs Lucy S Clark
- married Jan 19, 1864
in Trumbull Co, OH,
and 3)Amanda Georgiana "Anna" Conover
- married Sept 9, 1869

"DEATH OF W H ABBOTT - Oil Region Pioneer and Respected Citizen Passes Away - The news of the death of William H Abbott, while not totally unexpected, will come as a surprise and shock to the community. The dissolution of this esteemed citizen of Titusville took place at the family home on West Main street last evening at 8:30 o'clock. Mr Abbott's last illness dates from September 17, when he went to Ohio to visit relatives. There he was taken seriously ill, but recovered sufficiently, however, after his return home to get about again. On Nov 2 a recurrence of the attack again confined him to his bed from which he never rose. His disease originally was hemorrhage of the bowels, but this was checked effectually, when kidney trouble set in, causing death. William Hawkins Abbott was born October 27, 1819, in Middlebury, New Haven county, Conn, and was therefore in his 82nd year. When Colonel Drake made his discovery of oil Mr Abbott was engaged in a large mercantile trade at Newton Falls, Trumbull county, O. Early in the year 1860 he came to Titusville and immediately entered the oil business. He purchased one-half of the one-quarter interest which William Barnsdall owned in the James Parker farm, also a like interest in the Crossley well, then being drilled, and an interest in Mr Barnsdall's lease of 100 acres at Shreve Rock, near Titusville, for $10,000. He returned to Newton Falls and in a few days received word that the Barnsdall well, the next well drilled after the Drake well, was producing fifty barrels a day. Mr Abbott immediately went to New York and opened a market with Schieffelin Bro[ther]s. He was also successful in enlisting George W Mowbray, a practical chemist, to apply his art to refining oil. Mr Abbott built the first oil refinery in the oil regions and successfully overcame many of the difficulties incident to the beginning of so important an industry. He was the pioneer in establishing petroleum as a marketbale commodity, and the trade was otherwise heavily indebted to his indomitable will and perseverance. In 1860 Mr Abbott purchased the Van Syckel pipe line from Pithole to Miller Farm, and laid the foundation for the Pennsylvania Transportation company. To him also was due the construction of the Union and Titusville railroad, which was afterwards sold to the Oil Creek railroad. Mr Abbott offered Jay Gould $10,000 as a bonus if the latter would keep and operate the road as an independent line. In 1865 Mr Abbott helped to build the plank road from Titusville through Pleasantville to Pithole. In the building of St James' Memorial church, and in his maintenance for many years, Mr Abbott was a large contributor. At a cost of about $1,000, he built the mission chapel connected with St James' church. He was a member of the vestry and its ---. Mr Abbott was one of Tituville's most public-spirited citizens, a fact to which many monuments bear silent testimony. No movement for the upbuilding of the citybut what commanded his hearty support. At one time very wealthy, he gave lavishly to both public and private enterprises. He loved Titusville and its growth and progress were his hope and his delight. No man enjoyed more thoroughly the esteem and respect of his fellow citizens, and not without good reason. Mr Abbott was a man of the strictest integrity and keenest sense of honor. His name will long be cherished in loving remembrance by the people of Titusville. Mr Abbott was twice married, and was a widower for a number of years prior to his demise. Death also robbed him of several children just at the threshhold of young man and womanhood. He is survived by two sons, Francis W Abbott, of Titusville; W H Abbott, Jr, of Lima, W Va, and one daughter, Mrs Sarah J Shipman, now of Mingo Junction, O. Francis and Sarah were at his bedside when the end came. Three brothers and one sister also survive him, John Abbott, of Bayonne, NJ; T P Abbott, of Olean, NY; Lucius Abbott and Mrs Caroline Bradley, both of Bridgeport, Conn. The funeral arrangements have not yet been perfected."
(Titusville Morning Herald, Jan 9, 1901, p.3)
husband of 1)Jane Wheeler
- married Sept, 1845
in Connecticut,
2)Mrs Lucy S Clark
- married Jan 19, 1864
in Trumbull Co, OH,
and 3)Amanda Georgiana "Anna" Conover
- married Sept 9, 1869

"DEATH OF W H ABBOTT - Oil Region Pioneer and Respected Citizen Passes Away - The news of the death of William H Abbott, while not totally unexpected, will come as a surprise and shock to the community. The dissolution of this esteemed citizen of Titusville took place at the family home on West Main street last evening at 8:30 o'clock. Mr Abbott's last illness dates from September 17, when he went to Ohio to visit relatives. There he was taken seriously ill, but recovered sufficiently, however, after his return home to get about again. On Nov 2 a recurrence of the attack again confined him to his bed from which he never rose. His disease originally was hemorrhage of the bowels, but this was checked effectually, when kidney trouble set in, causing death. William Hawkins Abbott was born October 27, 1819, in Middlebury, New Haven county, Conn, and was therefore in his 82nd year. When Colonel Drake made his discovery of oil Mr Abbott was engaged in a large mercantile trade at Newton Falls, Trumbull county, O. Early in the year 1860 he came to Titusville and immediately entered the oil business. He purchased one-half of the one-quarter interest which William Barnsdall owned in the James Parker farm, also a like interest in the Crossley well, then being drilled, and an interest in Mr Barnsdall's lease of 100 acres at Shreve Rock, near Titusville, for $10,000. He returned to Newton Falls and in a few days received word that the Barnsdall well, the next well drilled after the Drake well, was producing fifty barrels a day. Mr Abbott immediately went to New York and opened a market with Schieffelin Bro[ther]s. He was also successful in enlisting George W Mowbray, a practical chemist, to apply his art to refining oil. Mr Abbott built the first oil refinery in the oil regions and successfully overcame many of the difficulties incident to the beginning of so important an industry. He was the pioneer in establishing petroleum as a marketbale commodity, and the trade was otherwise heavily indebted to his indomitable will and perseverance. In 1860 Mr Abbott purchased the Van Syckel pipe line from Pithole to Miller Farm, and laid the foundation for the Pennsylvania Transportation company. To him also was due the construction of the Union and Titusville railroad, which was afterwards sold to the Oil Creek railroad. Mr Abbott offered Jay Gould $10,000 as a bonus if the latter would keep and operate the road as an independent line. In 1865 Mr Abbott helped to build the plank road from Titusville through Pleasantville to Pithole. In the building of St James' Memorial church, and in his maintenance for many years, Mr Abbott was a large contributor. At a cost of about $1,000, he built the mission chapel connected with St James' church. He was a member of the vestry and its ---. Mr Abbott was one of Tituville's most public-spirited citizens, a fact to which many monuments bear silent testimony. No movement for the upbuilding of the citybut what commanded his hearty support. At one time very wealthy, he gave lavishly to both public and private enterprises. He loved Titusville and its growth and progress were his hope and his delight. No man enjoyed more thoroughly the esteem and respect of his fellow citizens, and not without good reason. Mr Abbott was a man of the strictest integrity and keenest sense of honor. His name will long be cherished in loving remembrance by the people of Titusville. Mr Abbott was twice married, and was a widower for a number of years prior to his demise. Death also robbed him of several children just at the threshhold of young man and womanhood. He is survived by two sons, Francis W Abbott, of Titusville; W H Abbott, Jr, of Lima, W Va, and one daughter, Mrs Sarah J Shipman, now of Mingo Junction, O. Francis and Sarah were at his bedside when the end came. Three brothers and one sister also survive him, John Abbott, of Bayonne, NJ; T P Abbott, of Olean, NY; Lucius Abbott and Mrs Caroline Bradley, both of Bridgeport, Conn. The funeral arrangements have not yet been perfected."
(Titusville Morning Herald, Jan 9, 1901, p.3)


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