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Nancy (May) Abbott, son John May and Drusilla (Collins) Abbott, Yuma


One post said Nancy Matilda May was dau. of John May, Jr. 3, and Elizabeth (Hanson) May (Eiler)

John May 1781-1849 is buried in Tower Hill, Illinois # 54837233, and Elizabeth (Hanson) May 1792-1830 is buried in Shelbyville, Illinois 3 151266540.

Miles H. Abbott married Nancy Malinda May on January 4, 1841 in Shelby County, Illiniois.

In 1870 Morgan County, Illinois, Miles Abbott is 23, boarding with Elizabeth Scribner 45. Jennie Scribner is 22.
In 1880 Thayer County, Nebraska, M.J. Abbott 32 is an editor, Jane P. 31 born in Kentucky, Charles 9, Eva 6, and Bessie 4.
In 1885 Hayes Center, Nebraska, M.J. Abbott is an editor, 38, married but no spouse.

Eva Abbott, age 19, married Archie D. Lane on February 25, 1893 in Hayes County. He was 23, born in Keokuk County, Iowa.
Ruth Elizabeth Lane was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on November 10 1895, as Losey in 1941 and as Stangl in 1959.
In 1925 Yonkers, New York, Ruth is 29, Ray R. Losey 33, Franklin Ray 9, and Herschel L. 6.
Ray Robinson Losey, 1892-1932 died in New York City, (per AMA records. # 115607013)

She's buried in Flemington, New Jersey # 28789001. Her son Herschel Lane Losey 1918-1997 is buried in Bay Pines, Florida 3 929328.

Archie and Evelyn are in Omaha in 1900, Archibald 32, Evelyn 26, with Greta 6, Bessie 4, and Margaret 1.

Bessie C. Abbott married Edwin L. Stanfield on March 28, 1897. He was 31 born i Iowa, Bessie C. 20.

In 1900 Hayes Center, Nebraska, Miles J. Abbott is widowed, born November 1847 in Illinois, widowed, boarding with the Snee family.

Miles' mother-in-law Elizabeth Gunels Scribner Haisley died in 1913
"Mrs. Elizabeth HAISLEY, who formerly resided in Waverly, died at her home in Franklin, of old age, Friday July 25, 1913, at the age of 87 years, 4 months and 6 days.
Elizabeth H. GUNELS was born March 19, 1826 in the state of Kentucky; her parents being of the hardy pioneers of that state. She grew to young womanhood in her native state, sharing the hardships and privations of that early period. At the age of 19 years she was married to William H. SCRIBNER in Kentucky on Jan. 16, 1846. The young couple shortly thereafter moved to Waverly, Ill.
There were born to them four children: Jennie, Tennessee H., Malveny, and Wesley L.
In the latter part of June, 1855 a family passing through Waverly by wagon stopped at their home and sought assistance, a child of the family having died. They were received without hesitation into the home, and it immediately developed that the child had died of cholera. Within a few days Mr. and Mrs. SCRIBNER and all of the children except the four months old infant Wesley were stricken with the dreadful disease, and on July 4, 5, and 6, Mr. SCRIBNER and the daughters Tennessee and Malveny died. The widow barely escaped death, and was left with Wesley and the daughter Jennie, then seven years of age. Those two children she raised to manhood and womanhood and educated by her individual efforts and with great sacrifice and hardship. Then she sustained further great sorrow of the loss of her son Wesley who died at the age of 19 years.
On April 8, 1873, Mrs. SCRIBNER was married at Waverly to John HAISLEY, where they continued to reside until 1889 when they removed to Franklin. Mr. HAISLEY died July 1, 1901
Mrs. HAISLEY'S daughter Jennie married Miles J. ABBOTT at Waverly in 1871, and she died in 1898. Her children Mrs. A. D. LANE of Omaha, Neb., Mrs. E. L. STANFIELD of Norfolk, Neb., and Charles E. ABBOTT of Fremont, Neb., are the surviving relatives.
At the early age of 17 years Mrs. HAISLEY was converted and for 70 years led an earnest Christian life. At the time of her death she was a member of the Congregational church of Waverly.
Brief services were held at the residence in Franklin at 1 o'clock Tuesday, July 29, Rev. Peter KITTEL of the Franklin M. E. church officiating. Music was furnished by the choir of the M. E. church, which sang several of Mrs. HAISLEY'S favorite hymns. The body was then brought to Waverly and funeral services conducted in the Congregational church by the pastor, Rev. L. A. HOLP. Music was furnished by the Congregational choir. The pall bearers were F. H. WEMPLE, J. C. DEATHERAGE and I. H. COE of Waverly, Thomas MILLER, Lee CALDWELL and J. B. BURCH of Franklin. Interment was in East cemetery.

Jane P. Scribner married Edward W. Deatheridge 1838-1866.

A large number of friends were in attendance at the funeral, many being present from both Franklin and Waverly. "

1906 Norfolk Nebraska "Mrs. Stanfield is still quite seriously ill with heart trouble. Mrs. A. G. Lane of Omaha, her sister, and George Abbott of Fremont, her brother, are in the city, having come because of illness."

Charles E. Abbott was graduated as member of the class of 1897 in the law department of the University of Nebraska, and on the 1st of January of the following year he established his residence at Fremont, judicial center of Dodge County. Within the intervening period of nearly a quarter of a century he has here clearly demonstrated his ability as a lawyer and counselor, and he has long controlled a substantial and representative law business, as one of the leading members of the Dodge County bar. He gave about twelve years of effective service as city attorney of Fremont and is now president of the Fremont Commercial Club, an organization of state-wide reputation for business ideals and progressive policies. Mr. Abbott is deeply appreciative of the advan- tages and attractions of his home city and county, and aside from the activities of his profession he has become closely assocated with agricul- tural industry of the county, as the owner of 600 acres of valuable and well-improved farm land. He is a stanch advocate of the principles and policies for which the republican party stands sponsor and is affil- iated with the Masonic fraternity, the Independent Order of Odd Fel- lows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Mr. Abbott was born at Taylorville. Illinois, on December 1, 1871, and is a son of Miles J. and Jennie (Scribner) Abbott. Miles J. Abbott had been a newspaper publisher in Illinois and in 1879 he came with his family to Nebraska and settled near Hastings, Adams County. In 1885 he moved to western Nebraska and was prominently concerned with the organization of Hayes County, and published a weekly newspaper at Hayes Center, the county seat, for twenty years. He engaged also in the practice of law and was for many years one of the most prominent and influential citizens of Hayes County, where his protracted incumbency of public office included service as county attorney and county judge.
November 28, 1900, at Fremont, was recorded the marriage of Charles E. Abbott to Miss Gertrude Sexton, daughter of Dr. Thomas C. and Emma (Peters) Sexton, her father having been a pioneer physician in Washington County, where he established his home in 1865, about two years prior to the admission of Nebraska to statehood. Dr. and Mrs. Sexton are now venerable and revered pioneer citizens of Fremont, and it is practically assured that Mrs. Sexton is now the oldest native-born citizen still residing in Dodge County. Mr. and Mrs. Abbott have two children — Katherine and Charles Wade.

Nancy Matilda May Abbott 1818-1909 is buried in Yuma # 48353933.

July 2, 1909

Their son Rev. Joseph Albert Abbott 1856-1909 is buried in Chillicothe, Missouri # 64480649.

Another son Jared, per one tree, married a Neil and died in Nebraska in 1878. His wife Elizabeth (Neil) Askins 1852-1897 is buried in Shelby County, Illinois 3 41261905.

March 15, 1900
Jared's son Harry C. Abbott was in Weld County in 1900, a minister born Feb 1877 in Illinois, married five years to Gertrude M. (Barton, married in Illinois in 1894), wtih Harry C. Sept 1895 in kansas, Mildred L. Aug 1897 in Illinois, and harlan P. Dec 1899 Colorado.

In 1850 Christian County, Illinois, Miles H. Abbott is a Baptist clergyman, 34, with Nancy M. 32, John M. 8, Miles 9, and James C 1.

1894 Lincoln, Nebraska
Miles J. Abbott of Hayes Center, Nebraska attended the Shriners convention in Lincoln Nebraska in January 1895.
Miles J. Abbott 1847-1908 is buried in Fremont, Nebraska # 137072176.

John and Drusilla married in Christian County, Illinois on November 22, 1862.

In 1870 Morgan County, Illinois, John M. is a preacher, with Drusilla 26. Viola is 7, Letitia 3, and Myra seven months.

In 1872 Nebraska the Hastings Town Company was formed "J. M. Abbott, Esq., President, and R. A. Battey, Secretary, are engaged in the practice of law"

JOHN M. ABBOTT, attorney at law, was born in Shelby County, Ill., December 28, 1842. He came to Nebraska in March, 1873. He homesteaded eighty acres in Denver Precinct, Adams County, and resided on the same for some five years, practicing law at the same time, after which he removed into Hastings. Mr. Abbott opened a law office in Hastings in June, 1873, and the following month was joined by R. A. Batty. They practiced law together until the latter part of December, 1876. Since then he has practiced alone, with the exception of six months in 1879, when he was associated with J. J. Lewis. Mr. Abbott visited Salt Lake City, Utah, in June, 1877, and in June, 1879, he went to California, and made speeches in Sonoma County, Cal., for the State Republican ticket, in behalf of George E. Perkins, who was elected Governor of the State. Was prominent in moving the county seat from Juniata to Hastings in 1877, and City Attorney of Hastings in 1881 and 1882. Leading speaker for Adams County Farmers' Ticket, which was elected in 1881.

John spoke at the first Fourth of July celebration in Hasting, Nebraska in 1873.

In 1880 Christian County, Illinois, Nancy M. is 62, Joseph 23,and Nancy J.2 1.

In 1880 Hastings, Nebraska, J. M. Abbott is a lawyer, 37, Drusie 36, Viola 15, Leta 12, Myra 10, Clarence 5, and John M. Jr. three months.
Clarence and John, Jr. were born in Nebraska, the others in Illinois.

Hazel M. Bloom was born July 8, 1888 in Christian County to Ben E. Bloom and Josie Abbott Bloom.

In 1900 Springfield, Illinois, Hazel is 8, Chester and Kenneth 15, Kenneth 16, Clifton 8, and Ben 5, living with widowed female J.W. Holmes born May 1863 in Illions - so Josie must have died or separated.
Hazel married Luthur Roy Frame, who died in 1922 in La Salle County, a newspaper
In 1885 Adams County, Nebraska, John is 43 an attorney "Priscilla" 44, Viola 21, "Lucrecia" 17, Myra 15, Clarence 10, Tob 5, and a two--year-old son.

John M. Abbott was appointed a judge in Washington County, Colorado March 5, 1887 by governor Alva Adams - (son Alva named for the governor).

He ran for Colorado Attorney General in 1888, as a Democrat.

1891 Holyoke, Colorado "Judge J.M. Abbott of Denver was in attendance upon the District Court this week as attorney for B.F. Anderson. "

J.M. Abbott filed for placer claims in April 1892 in Cripple Creek, Colorado.

October 1892 "A meeting of the people's free silver club at Colorado City, Col., was held the other evening and was addressed by James H. Cater, of Denver, and Judge John M. Abbott, of Cripple Creek. The hall was too small, and ladders were used by the eager people to reach a place in the windows where they could listen to the new ... of reform as it fell from the lips of the inspired advocates of free silver."

December 30, 1898 "J. M. Abbott and son Clarence, who have been working near Denver, are at home spending the holidays."

1899 Yuma "John Abbott, one of Yuma's brightest young men, is visiting his father at Cripple Creek."
February 1899 "J. M. Abbott and son Clarance, who have been visiting at home during the past two months, returned to Cripple Creek Monday."

In 1900 Yuma County, Drusilla is the head, born January 1844 in Illinois, with Viola October 1863 Illinois, John G. March 1880 Nebraska, David B. Feb 1883 Nebraska, and Alva January 1886 Colorado.

1902 Mining Journal

This one is probably not the Yuma one, but J.M. Abbott of Segurio, Texas.

October 14, 1904 Yuma " Alva Abbott and Willis Buel each had a horse bitten by a rattlesnake Sunday.
Judge Abbott and son, Alva returned frcm their Denver and Cripple Creek visit Sunday."

October 26, 1906 Yuma
In 1900 Eckley, Leta D. Abbott is a servant in the Ida Griffin boarding house in Eckley, born August 1868 in Illinois, single.
January 1908.

In 1910 Yuma, living on Wesley Avenue, John M. is 67, a lawyer, with Drusilla 66. Viola is teaching school 46, Leta 42 is a servant for a private family, and Alva 23 is in real estate.
October 16, 1913

October 17, 1913

1987 Yuma Pioneer

In 1920 Yuma, John G. is the head, a lawyer, 41. Drusilla is 75, widowed, Viola 56 and Letitia D 52 no occupations.

In 1930 Yuma, John G. is 50, Durcilla 86, Viola 65, Letitia 60, and Alva 44.
Only John has an occupation.

Drusilla 1844-1934 is buried in Yuma # 48353932, with John 1842-1913 # 26662330.

Decenber 20, 1934


In 1910 Pueblo, Clarence S. Abot is a printer in the state hospital, 34, born in Nebraska.

Clarence Abbott registered for WWI with an address of Teller County, Colorado, age 43, no occupation "Mentally disqualified.", His nearest relative was John M. Abbott of Yuma.

In 1920 Pueblo, Clarence Abbott is 44, a laundry helper in the state hospital - born in Nebraska.

He's still in the hospital in 1930 and 1940, dying there in June 1940.

June 3, 1940

Thanks to the Pueblo Library for the clipping.


May 23, 1902


November 1890 "Miss Viola Abbott accepted a position in the Fort Morgan schools."

Viola M. Abbott proved up a quarter in 29, 2N 47W in 1895, half-way between Yuma and Schramm.

July 16, 1898

October 1898 Yuma

November 29, 1912 "Miss Viola Abbott closed her school at Bryant last Friday for Thanksgiving week, which she is spending at home."

January 15, 1914 Wray Rattler

Hubert Work was paid for the care of Viola at the same time.

In 1940 Yuma, Viola 74, Leta 70, and John M. 60, are living together on Birch Street, none with occupations.
December 11, 1941


John provd up a quarter in 30, 1N 47W in 1913 - next to Alva's 1912 cash claim.

Thanks to Doris Mekelburg and the Yuma Pioneer.

July 7, 1955
July 14, 1955

February 1901 "Miss Letta Abbott of Eckley visited at home one day this week.

In January 1915, Leta D. Abbott filed fo r homestead in 24, 1N 48W, witnesses George W. Clark, John W. Cochrane, Allen Bickel, and John H. Smith, all of Yuma.

April 30, 1953
May 7, 1953
In 1900 Brush, Colorado, William Fick is farming, born October 1856 in New York, married four years to Myra Nov 1870 Nebraska. Allie 2 and Grace 1 were born in Colorado.

In 1910 George W. Fick is 53, Myra S. 40, Alice M. 12, Grace E. 11, and Harold W. 7.

Myra 1869-1920 is buried in Brush.

Myra Abbott Fick, wife of William Fick of Brush, died Saturday morning at Eben Ezer Hospital after an illness of a week. Mrs. Fick, whose maiden name was Myra Abbott, was born November 13, 1869 at Murryville, Ill. and moved to Hastings, Neb. When a child she later moved to Yuma. She was married to William Fick at Brush, twenty-two years ago. For many years she lived with her husband on a ranch southwest of Brush.
Her father, John M. Abbott, was a Colorado pioneer and her mother yet survives her.
She leaves a husband, mother, a brother, John G. Abbott of Yuma, two sisters, Viola and Leta, a son Harold and two daughters, Alice Fick and Mrs. Kimball of Loveland, Colorado.
During her many years' residence in Brush, Mrs. Fick had made countless friends.
She took an active interest in church work and did many acts of charity. Her neighbors always found her ready and willing in their hour of need.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the local M.E. church where the sorrowing friends and relatives gathered to pay their last respects to the departed.

December 11, 1941
Alice McDowell 1897-1941 is buried in Fort Morgan # 72434848, with John 1892-1952.

Grace E. Fick married George W. Kimble on March 25, 1917, recorded in Morgan County.

In 1920 Loveland, Colorado, George is a laborer, 29, Grace 21, and Robert 2, all born in Colorado.

In 1940 Tucson, Arizona, Grace is divorced, 41, with William 14, both born in Colorado.
On the same page are Robert Kimble 49 born in Arizona, a marker for a cleaning company, with Claudine 24 Illinois. Robert W. 2 and Elizabeth six months old were born in Arizona. Ruth Chazse, Claudine's siter 20 is with them.

February 28, 1974 "KIMBLE, Grace E., 75, of Tucson, passed away February 26, 1974. Survived by sons, William E. Kimble of Tucson, Robert A. Kimble of Denver, Colo.; ten grandchildren. Rev. Edgar B. Smith will conduct services Friday, March 1, at 9 a.m. in the Arizona Mortuary Eastside Chapel, 4601 E. 1st St. (one block west of Swan Rd.). Friends may call at the Mortuary Thursday afternoon and evening."

Robert A. Kimble 1917-2005 is buried in Jefferson County, Colorado 3 19583265.
So is M. Claudine Kimble 1915-1980 # 60521302. When her father died in 1959 her mother Caroline was alive, Claudine was in Denver, and brother Max W. Chazse was stationed at Beeville, Texs.

The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, 12 April 2012 William E. Kimble 85, a longtime Tucsonan and prominent retired attorney and judge, passed away peacefully at his home in Tucson on April 6, 2012 surrounded by his family.
Bill was born on May 4, 1926 in Denver, Colo., the son of George and Grace Ellen Kimble (nee Fick). As a boy, he moved with his parents and brother Robert to Arizona, eventually settling in Tucson. After graduating from Tucson High School in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a sonarman aboard the destroyer U.S.S. J.C. Owens in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946. He was in Okinawa when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and was among those American servicemen spared from fighting a protracted war with Japan.
Upon returning to civilian life, Bill enrolled at the University of Arizona, where he met the love of his life, Jean Margaret Cayia. They wedded SS. Peter & Paul Church on December 27, 1950, beginning a marriage that would last more than 61 years and produce seven sons. Bill received his degree from the UA College of Law in 1951 and accepted a job as special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation that took him and Jean to International Falls, Minn. After enduring a northern Minnesota winter, they eagerly returned to Arizona, where Bill and Jean lived for the remainder of his life.
In 1952, now with a wife and infant son, Bill settled in Bisbee, as a partner in the law firm of Gentry, McNulty & Kimble. In 1956, Bill ventured into political life - running as the Republican nominee for Arizona attorney general. In 1958, he was appointed to the Arizona Oil & Gas Commission. In 1960, Bill was appointed Superior Court judge for Cochise County. He ran for and was elected to the office later that year. However, his love of the law was greater than his love for politicking for the position. He recounted a low point in his campaign when in a Tombstone bar, one citizen approached him, "So you're a politician, are you? How about buying me a drink?" When Bill declined, the man glared at him and replied, "You won't buy me a drink? What kind of a politician are you?"
Two years later, with a growing family to support, Bill returned to private law practice and moved his family to Tucson. Bill was a partner with the law firm Lesher & Kimble from 1962 to 1982. In 1964, he ran on the Republican ticket against freshman Congressman Morris Udall - making campaign appearances across the district with Barry Goldwater, his party's candidate for president. Although he lost that election, he developed a friendship with Udall and - although steadfastly Republican throughout his life - served as Udall's honorary campaign co-chair near the end of the congressman's tenure, contending that southern Arizona had been well served by Mo Udall.
From 1982 until his retirement in 1991, Bill was the senior partner in his own firm. He tried more than 500 jury cases, while teaching for over 20 years at the UA College of Law. He was a recognized legal authority in the area of products liability. He authored the legal treatise "Federal Consumer Products Safety Act" and co-authored, with his law partner Robert O. Lesher, "Products Liability," both published by West Publishing Co. He was senior editor of "Products Liability Alert," newsletter published by Harcourt, Brace, Javonovich; and editor/publisher of "IDEA: In Defense of Electrical Accidents," a national quarterly newsletter for electric utilities and their counsel.
Bill was a founding member of the American Bar Association Foundation, the U.S. Navy War College Foundation, the UA College of Law Alumni Association, the McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs and the local organization F.A.M.E. - a small group of prominent local citizens, headed by William R. Mathews, publisher of the Arizona Daily Star, which recognized the need for an Arizona medical school, and undertook to raise seed money to establish that school at the UA. The group was successful in raising a substantial amount of money and convincing the Legislature of the need for a medical college, and the desirability of locating it in Tucson. Bill also was a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a diplomat in the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Along with his family, Arizona, and the law, Bill was passionate in his love for Shakespeare and travel. His personal library was filled with works by and about William Shakespeare, along with etchings and busts of the writer. With Jean, he traveled to every corner or the world - from Italy to Guatemala, from China to Chile, and from New Zealand to Scotland's Outer Hebrides - developing an appreciation for other lands, cultures, and cuisines.
He is predeceased by his youngest son, Michael.


Alva cash-claimed a quarter in 30, 1N 47W in 1912.

He was in the Pueblo hospital in 1920, back in Yuma with his brother in 1930, and in the Pueblo hospital in 1940.

Alva died December 11, 1942



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