History of Knox County Illinois 1912
J. F. Abdill, who owns and occupies a beautiful place of six acres just outside of Abingdon, was born in Henderson county, Illinois, on the 12th of January, 1861. He is the only child born of the marriage of David T. and Sarah (Fryrear) Abdill. In his early manhood David T. Abdill, who was a native of Kentucky, came to Henderson county, Illinois, where he lived until the outbreak of the Civil war. Responding to the call of the nation's chief, he went to the front in defense of his country, and when mustered located at Fort Worth, Texas, where he was later married and has ever since resided.
J. F. Abdill was reared by his grandparents with whom he remained until their death, obtaining his education in the common schools. Having spent his boyhood and youth on a farm, he, when ready to begin his independent career, naturally turned to the vocation for which he was best adapted, and for some time devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits in his native county. In 1889 he became imbued with the western fever and went to Nebraska, purchasing a section of land that he cultivated for twelve years. At the expiration of that period he removed to Iowa, buying land near Washington, that state. After operating this for seven years he came to Knox county, purchasing his present place near Abingdon in addition to which he also owns forty acres in Cedar township. Mr. Abdill's homestead is one of the show places of that vicinity. He has a beautiful residence surrounded by tastefully arranged and well kept grounds, presenting a most charming and home-like appearance.
In 1885, while still a resident of Henderson county, Mr. Abdill was married to Miss Malissa A. Carr, a native of Warren county, this state. Six children have been born of this union, as follows: Glen, who is deceased; one who died in infancy; and Flossie May; Bessie, at home; Hiram Lester, deceased; and Blanch Freda, also at home.
Fraternally Mr. Abdill is a member of the United Workmen of America, while his political support he accords to the republican party. He is one of the substantial citizens of Abingdon, whose well and capably directed energies during this early manhood has enabled him to acquire the means to assure him ease and comfort during his latter years, while yet he is in his prime.
Malissa Alice Carr Abdill
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