John Abercrombie

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John Abercrombie

  • Birth 3 Jan 1843 Bannockburn, Stirling, Scotland
  • Death 1 Dec 1921 Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota, USA
  • Burial Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota, USA
  • Plot Add'n O-Div M-Blk 1-Lot N-grave 7; Interment #1348
  • Memorial ID 97789367

ABERCROMBIE, JOHN, surveyor, b. in Bannockburn, Scotland, July 7,
1844; came to the United States in 1871, and settled in Alexandria,
Minn., 1875; engaged in railroad surveying.

(Source: Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Vol. 14, Minnesota Biographies, 1655-1912; Warren Upham and Rose B. Dunlap, June, 1912, St. Paul, Minn., p. 3.)


John Abercrombie Biography (Douglas County 1902)
Page: 222
Source: Compendium of History and Biography of Northern Minnesota
Published 1902 Geo. A. Ogle & Co. Chicago, Illinois.
“Containing Biographical Sketches of Hundreds of Prominent Old Settlers and Representative Citizens of NORTHERN MINNESOTA with a review of their life work, their identity with the growth and development of the region; . . . “
John Abercrombie, the proficient and popular county surveyor of Douglas county, Minnesota, is a cultured gentleman and one of the leading citizens of the community in which he lives. He has a fine farm and comfortable home at Alexandria, where he has spent many years of his life.
Mr. Abercrombie was born at Bannockburn, Stirlingshire, Scotland, July 7, 1844. His parents were Archibald and Ann (McAlley) Abercrombie. His father was a descendant of the historic family of that name who were heroes in many a hard fought battle for the British crown. He was engaged in mining in Scotland. Our subject had the benefit of a good education, and with the love of knowledge, for which his countrymen are famous, he early acquired the rudiments of an education, and after mastering the studies of the local schools he was sent to Andersonian College, near Glasgow, and afterward to the schools of design in that city, and there became master of technical drawing. He soon afterward found employment with J. & G. Thompson, the extensive marine engineers of Glasgow, and then worked several months at the Hyde Park Locomotive Works, also in Glasgow, to gain practical ideas and qualify for his life work. His desire was to become thoroughly proficient as a civil engineer, which naturally embraced surveying and mechanical drawing, and in this he fully succeeded. At this time Great Britain was having an ordinance survey made throughout the country, and our subject tendered his services, which were accepted, after he had qualified himself by a studious attendance at the Governmental School of Military Engineering at Chatham, England. For eleven years thereafter he was employed in these duties, in the pursuit of which he traveled considerably over England and the northern part of Ireland. In 1871 he came to America, landing at New York, and upon crossing the North river he at once found employment at a salary of one hundred and fifty dollars per month, with Mr. McComb, at Newark, New Jersey, who was making surveys of the beautiful towns of East and West Orange, New Jersey, and he continued with this firm nearly five years. He came to Alexandria in 1875 and continued the line of work in which he was so proficient, making surveys for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, which occupied him for a year and a half, and he also made surveys for the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railroad, and the Little Falls & Dakota Railroad. He was elected county surveyor of Douglas county in 1868, and has filled that position in a most satisfactory manner to the present time, having been re-elected every successive term. He is the owner of sixty five acres of highly improved and valuable land within the city limits and has provided himself and his family a home of more than usual comfort.
Mr. Abercrombie was married at Windsor, England, within sight of the grand old palace, in 1866, to Delitia Sarah Bedman. Mrs. Abercrombie was a native of Hampshire, England, where our subject made her acquaintance, while traveling in the capacity of government surveyor in the "New Forest" in that country. Mr. and Mrs. Abercrombie are the parents of four children, as follows: Charles B., Wallace V., James A. D. and Delitia Ann, all of whom reside with their parents. Mr. and Mrs. Abercrombie and family are members of the Episcopal church.

Bulletin - Minnesota Federation of Engineering Societies, Volume 7
page 40, and 41, In Memorium, John Abercrombie, Life Member of Minnesota Surveyors and Engineers Society, Died December 1, 1921.
John Abercrombie was born in the village of Bannockburn, Parish of ST. Niniaus, Sterlingshire, Scotland, on January 3, 1843. He was educated at the local school and at Andersonian College near Glasgow.
He served his apprenticeship to J. G. Thompson Marine Engineers, and to the Hyde Park Locomotive works of Glasgow. Later he studied at the Governmental School of Military Engineering at Chatham, England. Following this he joined the Royal Engineers, serving for eleven years on an ordinance survey of the British Isles.
On December 7, 1867, he was married to Sarah Delitia Bedman, in the parish church at Clewer, near Windsor, in Berkshire, England. Four years later he and his wife came to America, settling in 1871 in Newark, N.J., where he followed his practice of Civil Engineering and surveying in Newark, and the vicinity for about five years. They came to Douglas County, Minnesota in 1875, settling in Ida Township, and later moving to Alexandria, where he resided ever since.
During his forty-seven years residence in aforesaid county, he practiced his profession continuously up to within almost two years of his death.
He served many terms as County Surveyor and located and constructed many miles of railway for the Northern Pacific, the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic, and the Little Falls and Dakota Railway Companies.
He is survived by his widow, and the following children: Charles B. and Wallace V. of Alexandria, James A. D. of Stillwater and Mrs. C. A. (Delitia) Peterson of Alexandria. On sister in Scotland is also known to survive Mr. Abercrombie.
He was a life member of the Minnesota Surveyors and Engineers Society, having joined this society in 1898. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, which he served at one time as Worshipful Master, and belonged to the Clan Campbell of St. Paul.
Mr. Abercrombie was a conscientious Scotchman, who was revered by all who knew him. He was one of those early study pioneers whose lives and influence meant so much for the development of this section of the country.

John Abercrombie
Minnesota State Census, 1885
Name John Abercrombie
Event Place Alexandria, Douglas, Minnesota
Age (Expanded) 39 years
Birth Year (Estimated) 1846
Birthplace Scotland
Race White
Gender Male
Volume Douglas
Page 21

John Abercrombie M 39y Scotland
S D Abercrombie F 34y England
Chas B Abercrombie M 10y New Jersey
Bruce Abercrombie M 5y Minnesota
Wallace Abercrombie M 3y Minnesota



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  • Added: 25 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97789367
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Abercrombie (3 Jan 1843–1 Dec 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97789367, citing Kinkead Cemetery, Alexandria, Douglas County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Peggy (contributor 47220891) .