Thomas Jefferson Abel

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Thomas Jefferson Abel

  • Birth 12 Dec 1872
  • Death 27 May 1922
  • Burial Silver Lake, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
  • Plot Plot 7, Section C
  • Memorial ID 39061744

Thomas Jefferson Abel was the son of Cynthia Hereford McComas b. 6 Oct 1842 d. 29 Jan 1905 and Archibald D. Abel b. 31 Mar 1844 d. 2 May 1905 who married 24 Oct 1867. Both buried in Circleville Cemetery, Jackson Co. KS. Thomas Jefferson Abel married 10 Sept 1901 Sarah Maude Wilson, the daughter of Joshua North Wilson and Emily Alphonsine Noble.

In his early years Thomas was a schoolteacher. He and Maude had 7 children:
Finnis Thomas Abel b. 11 Nov 1903
Emily Maude Abel b. 9 Oct 1906
Orval Jack Abel b. 21 Apr 1909
Francis Eugene Abel b. 19 June 1914
Raymond Lee Abel b. 9 Feb 1917
Sarah Maud Abel b. 11 Nov 1919

Extract of Westmoreland Recorder 5 Sept. 1901,
T. J. Abel & Sarah Wilson to be married Sept. 10
Westmoreland Recorder 12 Sep 1901
Thomas Abel and Sarah Wilson married Tuesday

Extract of Onaga, Ks Newspapers
4 May 1905 T. J. Abel's father died Tues at Circleville
28 Sep 1901: Wheaton: married Tuesday, Maud Wilson daughter of J. N. to Thomas Abel

THE ONAGA HERALD 28 Sept.. 1905
Hurt in Runaway
Last Saturday night while Tom Abel was coming home from Emmett he met with an accident which shook him up considerable. In the morning of the same day B. T. Conaway had driven to St. Marys and while going down a hill the holdback gave way and let the buggy run upon the horse which frightened it so it ran away. That evening, Mr. Abel was driving the same horse, and when near the Henry Schwarz farm he overtook a couple of young men from town who were walking home from the steam shovel and who asked permission to ride. As he pulled up on the lines to stop the horse, the buggy ran forward a little which again frightened the horse and it ran away throwing Tom out of the buggy, dislocating one of his arms and other wise bruising him up. He is able to be about, but has remained at home this week.

T. J. Abel of Silver Lake, one of our towns layal boosters, died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday after an illness beginning Saturday morning. Mrs. Abel had left only the night previous for a visit with relatives at Iola and returned home about an hour before he died. Mr. Abel was in charge of the Farmers Elevator at Silver Lake, and a member of the school board. The funeral as held Tuesday afternoon, in charge of the Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges.

The Onaga Herald June 8, 1922
Thomas J. Abel died Saturday, May 27th, at his home in Silver Lake of embolus in the caraway artery. He was in his usual health until the morning when he died. he awakened the family telling them he was sick Medical aid was summoned but he died that evening. The deceased was formerly cashier of the banks at Wheaton, Onaga and Emmett, and ten years ago moved to near Silver Lake, where he had a farm. At the time of his death he was manager of the Farmers Union elevators at Silver Lake and Grove. He was forty years of age and leaves a wife and five children.

His parents:

Cynthia Hereford McComas, daughter of Sanders W. McComas formed the acquaintance of Archibald D. Abel while he was a farm laborer in Jefferson Township, Jackson Co. KS. They married 24 Oct 1867. Mr. Archibald D. Abel was born in Pulaski County, KY 31 March 1844 to Thomas Abel b. 5 Nov 1823 from North Carolina. Archibald was raised in Missouri and came to Jefferson Township, Jackson Co. KS with his parents around 1864. He acquired a very good education in the common schools and during the second year of the Civil War, when a youth of 18 yrs, enlisted in the (Union) 18th Missouri Infantry, Company K, and served until its close. He participated in the battle of Pittsburg Landing and in all the battles of the Atlanta campaign. He also accompanied Sherman on the famous ‘march to the sea' and later was at the Grand Review in Washington, after which he received his honorable discharge 18 July 1865, being mustered out with the rank of Corporal.

Cynthia H. McComas and Archibald D. Abel removed immediately after the wedding to a farm, which they owned and occupied. They labored with a mutual purpose of building up a comfortable home, and prospered. The farm property of the union embraced 234 acres in Jefferson Township, besides an additional 160 acres in Gove County. Eight children were born to Cynthia H. McComas and Archibald Abel. Louarie, Ella who became a proficient music teacher and married Henry Elliott of Jefferson Township, Thomas a schoolteacher, Sanders L., Millie, Nannie and Jesse, David S. their 2nd child died when only two years 10 mos old. Cynthia McComas and Archibald Abel were favorably known to the citizens of the region, prominently connected with the First Baptist Church at Holton KS. Mr. Abel officiated as a Trustee and takes an active part in church work. He was politically with the Republican party and served as Township Trustee for two years. His farming operations were carried on ‘in that systematic manner which seldom fails of success.'

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