Abraham Cohen LaBatt

Abraham Cohen LaBatt

Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 16 Aug 1898 (aged 96)
Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA
Burial Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 34985838 · View Source
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Obituary from
Dallas (TX) Morning News
17 August 1899
pg 8

Second Oldest Mason in America, Last Original Member of the Firemen's Charitable Association, a Leader in Israel, He Took the First Steamship to Galveston.
Galveston, Aug. 16--Abraham Cohen Labatt, one of the oldest citizens of Texas, died this morning at the residence of his son, Hon. Henry J. Labatt. The immediate cause of his death was gastritis and old age. Mr. Labatt was born in Charleston, S. C. on 2 July 1802, and was therefore, well along in his ninety-eight year at the time of his death. When a young man he went to North Carolina and settled at Charlotte. He was married to Caroline Hyams of Charleston in 1825, and in 1830 he removed to New Orleans. He remained there til 1849, when he went to California. Mr. Labatt stayed in the far West till 1858, and then returned to Louisiana. After the war he came to Texas and settled, first in Waco. There he lived till 1879, when his wife died, and he came to Galveston to live with his son, whose home he made his own till to-day. The immediate survivors are give children, as follows: Mrs. Marion (sic Miriam) Smith of New Orleans; H. J., Eliza and Louise Labatt of this city, and Jackson Labatt of Fort Worth. There are also living sixteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Labatt was the survivor of the founders of the Firemen's Charitable Association of New Orleans, which was established in 1832. He was secretary of that body. He is also the last survivor of the first Jewish congregation which was formed at Charleston in 1820.
In 1836 he brought the steamship Columbia to Galveston, which was the first steam vessel to enter this port. There was no pilots here then, and a man had to be sent to Houston by rowing up Buffalo Bayou to notify the people that the Columbia had arrived here. Gen. H. B. Bee was a passenger on that occasion.
Mr. Labatt was intimately acquainted with all the old Texans, and entertained Crockett and Sam Houston at his home many times. Mr. Labatt was made a Mason in May, 1823, at Cheraw, S. C. He was postmaster of David Crockett Lodge, San Francisco, and was the second oldest Mason in the United States. The interment will occur to-morrow evening under Masonic auspices.

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