Mary Lee Abercrombie
b. 15 February 1861, d. 23 November 1949
- Father: Leonard Anderson Abercrombie b. 1 December 1832, d. 23 December 1891
- Mother: Lavinia Afton Chilton b. 13 August 1836, d. circa 6 May 1919
- Mary Lee Abercrombie was born on 15 February 1861 in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas.
- Leonard Anderson Abercrombie and Lavinia Afton Chilton appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas. Other members of the household included Mary Lee Abercrombie, James Buford Abercrombie, Lavinia Chilton Abercrombie, Ella Hadyn Abercrombie and Frances Amelia Abercrombie. Also in the household were three domestic servants.
- She married Henry Finch, son of Thomas Henry Finch and Amelia Ann Hill, on 18 May 1880 in Walker County, Texas.
- Thomas Henry Finch and Amelia Ann Hill appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Washington, Franklin County, Tennessee, Also in the household was Hattie Marks, age 12, born in Kentucky and listed as "Other.". Other members of the household included Mary Lee Abercrombie, Henry Finch and Grace Finch.
- The following appeared on 26 July 1886 in The Dallas Morning News: (Fort Worth) Miss Vinnie Abercrombie, of Huntsville, is in the city visiting her sister, Mrs. Henry Finch.
- The following appeared on 16 December 1889 in The Dallas Morning News: (Fort Worth) Miss Vinnie Abercrombie of Huntsville is visiting her sister, Mrs. Henry Finch.
- Mary Lee Abercrombie became a widow at the 10 May 1892 death of her husband Henry Finch.
- Mary Lee Abercrombie appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas. Other members of the household included Ruth Lovett Finch, Henry Abercrombie Finch, H. Donald Finch, Baxter C. Finch, Thomas C. Finch, Judith S. Finch, Amelia Ann Finch and Lavinia Afton Chilton.
- She was a music teacher, according to the 1900 census.
- The following appeared on 18 November 1909 in The Brownsville Daily Herald: (Huntsville, Texas, Nov. 18) In this city, on Wednesday afternoon at 5 o'clock, at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. Mary A. Finch, was solemnized the marriage of Miss Ruth Lovett Finch to Mr. Ralph Eskye Hollland of Brownsville, Texas. The beautiful ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Elbert P. Poole of the Baptist Church.
The Event is of unusual interest here as both parties by a residence of years are well known to the community. The young ladyis granddaughter of Col. and Mrs. L. A. Abercrombie, and this descent is a priceless legacy. No name in the history of this city has ever been more highly honored as standing for all the qualities that characterize the true gentlemen, the trusted citizen, the loyal patriot than the name of Col. L. A. Abercrombie.
The young lady, besides her inheritance of gifts, has her own peculiar graces of mind and person. By training and by choice she is eminently suited to be the gracious presiding genius of a home. Mr. Holland is known and respected among us as a young man of education, energy and talent, and of much promise in his chosen profession of law, in which he has already attained rapid success.
The wedding was private, there being present a few of the immediate relatives: Lieut. Henry A. Finch, Mr. F. B. Holland of Gainesville, Texas, Mr. Baxter Finch, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Abercrombie of Houston, and Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Parker and Miss Zoe Blount also of Houston.
Mr. and Mrs. Holland are expected to arrive in Brownsville tonight. They will go tomorrow to Santa Maria where they will spend a brief honeymoon at the plantation of C. E. Lewis.
Mr. and Mrs. Holland will be at home in Borwnsville after December 10.
[A similar article appeared in The Galveston Daily News on the 21st.]
- Mary Lee Abercrombie appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas. Other members of the household included H. Donald Finch, Baxter C. Finch, Thomas C. Finch, Judith S. Finch and Lavinia Afton Chilton.
- She was a music teacher, according to the 1910 census.
- Ralph Eskye Holland and Ruth Lovett Finch appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Cameron County, Texas. Other members of the household included Mary Lee Abercrombie, Ralph Eskye Holland Jr. and Henry Finch Holland.
- The following appeared on 20 December 1937 in the El Paso Herald-Post: Mrs. Haydn Abercrombie Lewis died today at a local hospital. She was 73 and had lived in El Paso 13 years.
Mrs. Lewis is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Hannnon Cook; another daughter, Mrs. George W. Morrel and a son Leonard Lewis.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at St. Clement's Church, Rev. DuBose Murphy officiating. Arrangements have not been fully completed. The body is at Peak-Hagedon Mortuary.
Surviving Mrs. Lewis also are three sisters: Mrs. Mary Finch, of Pasadena; Mrs. Gentry Waldo of Houston; and Mrs. Robert Lovett, whose husband is chairman of the board of the Union Pacific railroad.
- Mary Lee Abercrombie died on 23 November 1949 at age 88 in Los Angeles County, California.
- She was interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.
- Last Edited: 1 Jun 2013
Family: Henry Finch b. 5 October 1855, d. 10 May 1892
- Ruth Lovett Finch+ b. 6 June 1881, d. 27 August 1961
- Henry Abercrombie Finch b. 1 May 1882, d. 16 March 1968
- Mary A. Finch b. 5 August 1883, d. 21 February 1884
- H. Donald Finch b. 23 January 1885, d. 4 November 1918
- Baxter C. Finch b. July 1886, d. 24 August 1926
- Thomas C. Finch b. July 1888
- Judith S. Finch b. 19 December 1891, d. 21 July 1976