Benjamin Franklin Abbott
b. 3 July 1839, d. 5 April 1911
- Benjamin Franklin Abbott was born on 3 July 1839 in Cherokee County, Georgia.
- Noah Abbott and Nancy Seago appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Cherokee County, Georgia. Other members of the household included Benjamin Franklin Abbott, Albert Abbott, Emily Abbott, Lewis L. Abbott, William Abbott and Louisa C. Abbott.
- He married Isabella Kendrick, daughter of S. S. Kendrick, circa 1863.
- Benjamin Franklin Abbott and Isabella Kendrick appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, and one female domestic servant.. Other members of the household included Charles A. Abbott.
- He was a lawyer, according to the 1870 census.
- Benjamin Franklin Abbott and Isabella Kendrick appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, at 225 White Hall Street. Other members of the household included Charles A. Abbott, Benjamin Franklin Abbott Jr., Belle Abbott, Samuel Abbott and Lucia Abbott.
- He was a lawyer, according to the 1880 census.
- Benjamin Franklin Abbott became a widower at the 1893 death of his wife Isabella Kendrick.
- Benjamin Franklin Abbott died on 5 April 1911 at age 71 in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.
- The following appeared on 6 April 1911 in The Macon Daily Telegraph: Atlanta, April 5. Colonel Benjamin F. Abbott, one of the best-known men in the legal profession in the South, died here this morning at the advanced age of 72 years, following an illness of several weeks. /P/ Mrs. Josephine Abbott, his second wife, died only two months ago, leaving a large estate. Since her death Colonel Abbott has failed rapidly and his death came as no surprise. /P/ The funeral will occur from the First Baptist Church Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, with prominent Atlantans as active pallbearers. An honorary escort will be composed of supreme, appellate and inferior court judges, leading members of the local bar and well-known citizens. Interment will be in Westview cemetery by the side of his wife. /P/ Colonel Abbott was born in Cherokee County July 3, 1836, [sic] and he received a common school and academic education. He came to Atlanta in 1860 and up to his retirement was known as one of the ablest members of the Atlanta bar. He served through the war in the Twentieth Georgia regiment and saw active service for the first three years. He was then forced to retire from active service on account of ill health and completed his war record in the quartermaster''s department. /P/ He served twice in the legislature from this county, and was a member of the finance committee that built the present state capitol building. He twice declined appointment to a judgeship. /P/ He was married twice, his first wife being Miss Isabelle Hendricks [sic]. His second wife was Mrs. Josephine Richards, generally reputed as the wealthiest woman in Atlanta. Colonel Abbott is survived by two sons, Charles A. Abbott, of New York, and B. F. Abbott, Jr., of Atlanta; also two daughters, Mrs. Belle Dickson, of Panama, and Mrs. George Perrigo, of Chicago.
- He A biographical sketch appears in Cyclopedia of Georgia (1906).
- Last Edited: 23 May 2009