James Lloyd Abbot, Jr

James Lloyd Abbot, Jr

Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 13 Feb 1905 (aged 52)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 44872054 · View Source
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Harvard Class of 1874

Ninth Report of the Class Secretary, Harvard College Class of 1874 (1909), pp. 7-8:
"James Lloyd Abbot, son of James Lloyd and Anna Lewis (Blake) Abbot, was born in Roxbury (now Boston), Mass., August 19, 1852, and died in Little Rock, Ark., February 13,1905, after a long, wasting fever, which the physicians were unable to understand or check.

"On his father's side he descended from Captain Samuel Abbot, who came to this country about 1760, and on his mother's side from Edward Blake, also a prominent citizen of old Boston. His early youth was full of change, and he grew up amid ever-varying surroundings, in Roxbury, Mobile, and Baltimore. At the breaking out of the Civil War he was living in Baltimore with his father, but the disturbed condition of the city at that time necessitated the removal of his father's business to New York, and he came at the same time to reside with his grandfather, S. Parkman Blake, Esq., in Roxbury, in order that he might prepare for Harvard at the Roxbury Latin School. He remained in the Latin School seven years, and was so well fitted for college that he was given in his Freshman year a detur for his year's work, his being one of the last four deturs that were ever given.

"In college he roomed throughout the course with his schoolmate, Amory G. Hodges, living in Holworthy 1 the Freshman year, and the other years in Holworthy 6. His mind was keen and quick, and his memory tenacious, so that he was easily able to take good rank in his college work.

"Although not a competitor in athletic contests, he took an active interest in all sports and in all the other events of college life. He was a general favorite with all who knew him, and his bright, genial, sympathetic nature endeared him to his friends. In looking back over our college life it is hard to recall any one of our classmates whose manner and bearing towards every one were more courteous, sunny, and cheerful, or who met reverses and trials with better grace and more unfailing good nature. He was a member of the Institute of 1770, the Harvard Natural History Society, the German Club, and the Hasty Pudding Club.

"After graduation he entered his father's office, J. L. Abbot & Co., cotton brokers, in New York City, where he remained a few months. He then went South to learn the cotton business at closer range, and returned to his early home in Mobile, Ala., where he entered the office of Lyman C. Dorgan, a cotton buyer. His industry and keen intelligence enabled him to become a partner with Mr. Dorgan, September 1,1878, under the firm name of Dorgan & Abbot, and this business relation continued until September 1,1890, when a dissolution of the firm was necessitated by the changed condition in the cotton trade, which diminished to a large extent the business transacted at Mobile. He stayed on, however, in Mobile until October, 1892, retaining during these two years the accounts of some of the best Northern connections of the firm. In October, 1892, he moved to St. Louis, Mo., to accept the position of Secretary and Treasurer of the Lesser Cotton Company. In 1894 he moved his residence and family to Little Bock, Ark., and resided there until his death, being associated with R. E. Morris & Company for the last three years. As his judgment in buying cotton was unusually good, he was obliged, after leaving Mobile, to devote himself largely to this branch of the business, which necessitated his spending much of his time in the cotton-growing country at some distance from St. Louis and Little Rock, an arrangement which must have been a very trying one for him, as it kept him away from his home and in the "swamp," as he goodnaturedly called it. To a man so devotedly attached to his family, this kind of life must have been especially trying, and it may, therefore, well be imagined that his life work did not afford him as much pleasure and satisfaction as his abilities deserved.

"While living in Mobile he was married March 10, 1881, to Amelia Lyon Ross, of that city. His first son, Parkman Blake, was born April 4, 1882, and died July 29,1882; a daughter, Serena Lyon, born November 10,1885, is now living in Mobile with her mother; and the third child, James Lloyd, is a member of the first-year class at the Naval Academy at Annapolis.

"In August, 1904, he seemed to be in perfect health. Suddenly, without warning or apparent cause, a fever developed, which could not be checked, and symptoms of chronic pneumonia appeared. His strength ebbed, and, though he rallied in December, so that he made an effort to resume business, he was soon obliged to give it up, and from then until the end it was a steady failure of strength and vitality, but happily without physical pain or suffering. Throughout his long illness he showed the same brave, cheerful, unselfish spirit which so endeared him to all who knew him throughout life.

"It is a sad privilege to say the last word about our friend. And no mere words are enough. His was a nature so gentle, generous, and tender that intimate knowledge and acquaintance, and that alone, could enable one to understand and appreciate it. His death leaves vacant a place in the rapidly narrowing circle of the class which never can be filled. The memory he leaves behind for his friends to cherish is that of one who, near or far, was lovable, loving, and loyal to the end. H. L. H."

Genealogical trivia: His stepmother Caroline Desha Barney Abbot was an aunt of Alva Vanderbilt.
His grandfather, Samuel Parkman Blake, was a seventh cousin of Darius Blake Holbrook, the grandfather of Florence Chandler Maybrick from Mobile.

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