John F. Abel (1828 - 1915)

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Birthplace: Schwerin, Mecklenburg-West Pommerania, Germany
Death: Died in CA, USA
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JOHN F. ABEL - The thrift and frugality of the Germans usually bring them a fair degree of success in whatever locality their industrious efforts centralize; and especially is this the case when they settle in a climate where Nature proves a kindly friend. In the list of settlers in Colusa County perhaps none met with a greater degree of success than the late John F. Abel, a pioneer of the county, of 1869. He was born in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, a son of John Frederick and Mary (Prosch) Abel, both natives of that same grand duchy and members of Lutheran families. During the year 1852, the family sought the greater opportunities afforded by the United States. They crossed the ocean in a sailing vessel, and after debarking at New York proceeded to Chicago, and from there to Wisconsin, settling on a farm at Fond du Lac, where the parents remained until their deaths. They had six sons and four daughters, but only three came west of the Rocky Mountains: Charles, who settled in the vicinity of Spokane, Wash. ; George H., who located near Maxwell, Colusa County; and John F., of this review.

John F. Abel was the oldest son in the family. He was born on May 1, 1828, and was educated in the schools of his native land. With his parents, he experienced the monotony of the long voyage from Hamburg to New York in 1852, and with them remained one winter in Chicago, before they settled in Fond du Lac, Wis. Later he had charge of the land owned by his father. The year 1859 found Mr. Abel eager to try his luck in the gold mines of Pike's Peak; and with three others he started on the journey. They took provisions sufficient for a year, and had with them two wagons, with eight oxen and two cows. On reaching Omaha, they encountered many discouraged miners returning from the supposed Eldorado ; and the reports these gave decided the trio to change their plans and come overland to California as fast as they could. After a weary journey of six months, they landed in the state, where they mined a short time in Siskiyou County. The results, however, did not justify the effort, and they became satisfied that other lines of endeavor were surer means of bringing them the desired fortune. Mr. Abel then secured work by the month, and in the spring of 1861 returned to Wisconsin, via Panama and New York, landing in the latter city the day Fort Sumter was fired upon.

On reaching home, Mr. Abel took up farming; and in this occupation he continued, in the same locality, until May, 1867, when he brought his wife and children to California, over the same route he had traversed on returning East. After his arrival he spent a short time in Napa County, and later bought a quarter section of land in Solano County. In 1869, he sold out to move to Colusa County, where he bought a half section northwest from Williams. Here he made a specialty of raising grain; and as he was able he added to his holdings from time to time, until he owned some three thousand acres. For some of his property he paid as high as forty-seven dollars per acre; but the larger portion he got for lower prices. A neat residence was occupied by the family up to the time of their removal to Williams, in the fall of 1903. All the improvements on his place were made by Mr. Abel, with the assistance of his family; and a well-improved and productive ranch was the result.

The marriage of Mr. Abel with Miss Christine M. Herman was celebrated on July 27, 1856. She was a daughter of Bartel and Effie (Pfaff) Herman, natives of Saxony, where she also was born. During 1849, Mr. Herman brought his family to America and settled in Wisconsin, where he improved a farm in Dodge County. Here both he and his wife passed away. In their family of ten children, Christine was the youngest. She was born on May 28, 1837. After the family settled in Wisconsin, she continued to reside there until she came to the Golden State. Her death occurred on June 18, 1905. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Abel, ten children were born: Franklin H., who resides in Oakland; Mrs. Laura M. Galloway, of Healdsburg, Sonoma County; George L., who is mentioned on another page of this work; Mary S., who became the wife of George Kaerth, of Williams; Mrs. Hattie C. Rathbun, who resides in Los Angeles; Henry H. and John F.. both farmers in Colusa County; Dorothea A., who resides in Williams ; and William E. and Melvin D., both farmers in the home neighborhood.

From 1869 until his removal to Williams, Mr. Abel served as a school trustee of his district, and did much to advance the cause of education in the county. In politics he was a Republican. At the reunion of the family, to celebrate the eighty-third birthday of this successful pioneer, he divided the stock of the John P. Abel Co. among his children, thus giving them their interest in the property. His death occurred soon after his return from a visit to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, in San Francisco, in August, 1915. At his passing, the state, and particularly Colusa County, sustained an irreparable loss; and in his community he was mourned by a large concourse of friends and neighbors.

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1828
May 1, 1828
Schwerin, Mecklenburg-West Pommerania, Germany

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Pedigree Resource File

name: Johann Frederick Abel
gender: Male
birth: 6 Jan 1798
Boizenburg, Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany
death: 2 Nov 1878
, Fond du lac, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
burial: , Fond du lac, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
AFN: 57RK-S85
Marriages (1)
spouse: Anna Maria Kathrina Prosch (AFN: 57RK-XZ6 )
marriage: ABT 1822
Prague,, Austria

child 1: Sophia Abel (AFN: 57X7-1W8 )
gender: Female
birth: 26 Oct 1823
Boizenburg, Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany
death: DECEASED

child 2: Doris Abel (AFN: 57X7-66R )
gender: Female
birth: 2 Oct 1825
Boizenburg, Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany
death: DECEASED
of Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

child 3: George Henry Abel (AFN: 57WL-D3L )
gender: Male
birth: 12 May 1843
, Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany
death: 17 Mar 1935
, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
burial: Mar 1935
Maxwell, Colusa, California, U.S.A.

child 4: Heinrich or Henry Joachim Abell (AFN: 57X7-F76 )
gender: Male
birth: 20 May 1834
Boizenburg, Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany
death: 28 Apr 1904
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
burial: 29 Apr 1904
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

child 5: Charles or Carl Heinrich Theodor Abel (AFN: 57X7-KNK )
gender: Male
birth: 12 Sep 1838
of Boizenburg, Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany
death: 20 Dec 1916
Spokane, Spokane, Washington
burial: Greenwood P #1088

child 6: Anna Wilhelmina. Abel (AFN: 57X7-VC8 )
gender: Female
birth: 1 Jul 1845
Boizenburg, Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany
death: 18 Jul 1911
Spokane, Spokane, Washington

child 7: Caroline or Lena Abel (AFN: 57X7-QM7 )
gender: Female
birth: 2 Feb 1841
of Grand Dukedon, Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany
death: DECEASED

child 8: Johann Frederick Abel (AFN: 57L9-H80 )
gender: Male
birth: 1 May 1828
Boizenburg, Mecklenburg, Germany
death: 26 Aug 1915
Freshwater Dist., Colusa, California, U.S.A.
burial: 26 Aug 1915
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.

child 9: Frederick Abel (AFN: 57X7-9XT )
gender: Male
birth: 4 Jun 1830
Boizenburg, Mecklenburg, Germany
death: DECEASED
of Fond Du Lac County, Wisconsinn

Submission
submitter: mabel2764307
submission date: 03 May 2003
submission id: MM9T-S85
person count: 5,850
Notes

John Frederick Abel emigrated to America in the Spring of 1852 (port of HAMBURG) via New York. Arrived in Sep. Had relatives in Chicago, Michigan. Made investments in government lands in Will Co., Ill. 40 mi North of Chicago. In Spring of 1853, found themselves in the city of Fond du Lac, WI. Parents members of Lutheran Faith. Both parents died in Fond du Lac, WI. (Film 1,312,783 Item 2, p. 41) Charles Abel went to Spokan Falls, Wash. George H. Abel went to Maxwell, CA. John F. Abel settled in Colusa Co., CA. BIRTH: Johann Frederick Abel (Abell) married in Prague (former Czechoslovakia) Throughout the years there seems to have been some question as to whether the name if Abel or Abell. In an old family bible originally belonging to Anna Dorothea Abell or Botzien, Mecklenburg, Schwerin signed by her and dated 1837 by her the name is spelled Abell. This then, must be the proper spelling of the name. However, Most of the Abell family went to spelling their name with just 1 l, (Abel). The Abell family came to America in the early 1840's. settled in chicago, then moved to Fond Du Lac after a short time. (need to check and confirm date of arrival in America.) Johann Frederick Abel received his certificate of Naturalization on the 6, April 1860, Fond Du Lac, WI.

Source Citation

"Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/9CZJ-BML : accessed 17 November 2011), entry for Johann Frederick Abel.

1856
July 27, 1856
Age 28
Chester, Dodge, WI, USA

http://cagenweb.com/colusa/bios/Col-Glenn.806-955.htm

The marriage of Mr. Abel with Miss Christine M. Herman was celebrated on July 27, 1856. She was a daughter of Bartel and Effie (Pfaff) Herman, natives of Saxony, where she also was born. During 1849, Mr. Herman brought his family to America and settled in Wisconsin, where he improved a farm in Dodge County. Here both he and his wife passed away. In their family of ten children, Christine was the youngest. She was born on May 28, 1837. After the family settled in Wisconsin, she continued to reside there until she came to the Golden State. Her death occurred on June 18, 1905. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Abel, ten children were born: Franklin H., who resides in Oakland; Mrs. Laura M. Galloway, of Healdsburg, Sonoma County; George L., who is mentioned on another page of this work; Mary S., who became the wife of George Kaerth, of Williams; Mrs. Hattie C. Rathbun, who resides in Los Angeles; Henry H. and John F.. both farmers in Colusa County; Dorothea A., who resides in Williams ; and William E. and Melvin D., both farmers in the home neighborhood.

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Name: Christiana Abel
Titles:
Residence: Williams Township, Colusa, California
Birth Date: May 1837
Birthplace: Germany
Relationship to Head-of-Household: Wife
Father Birthplace: Germany
Mother Birthplace: Germany
Race or Color (expanded): White
Head-of-household Name: John F Abel
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 43
Estimated Marriage Year: 1857
Mother How Many Children: 4
Number Living Children: 4
Immigration Year: 1849
Enumeration District: 0008
Sheet Number and Letter: 8A
Household ID: 155
Reference Number: 24
GSU Film Number: 1240085
Image Number: 00452
Household Gender Age
Spouse John F Abel M
Christiana Abel F

Spouse Name: John F Abel
Spouse Birth Place: Germany
Birth Date: May 1828
Father Birthplace: Germany
Mother Birthplace: Germany

Child Dorthia Abel F [**]
Birth Date: Mar 1866
Birthplace: Wisconsin

Child Mary Abel F [**]
Birth Date: Dec 1875
Birthplace: California

Child William Abel M
Birth Date: Aug 1877
Birthplace: California

Child Melvin Abel M
Birth Date: Jan 1882
Birthplace: California

[**] (note: ages for Mary & Dorthia are switched compared to pedigree submitted by Abel family genealogical researcher)

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Pedigree Resource File

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name: Johann Frederick Abel
gender: Male
birth: 1 May 1828
Boizenburg, Mecklenburg, Germany
death: 26 Aug 1915
Freshwater Dist., Colusa, California, U.S.A.
burial: 26 Aug 1915
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
AFN: 57L9-H80
Parents
father: Johann Frederick Abel (AFN: 57RK-S85 )
mother: Anna Maria Kathrina Prosch (AFN: 57RK-XZ6 )
Marriages (1)
spouse: Christine M. Hermann (AFN: 57L9-N8T )
marriage: 27 Jul 1856
Chester, Dodge, Wisconsin, USA
Hide children (10)

child 1: Dorothea Annette "Tennie" Abel (AFN: 57LB-VX5 )
gender: Female
birth: 25 Dec 1874
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
death: Feb 1958
, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
burial: Feb 1958
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.

child 2: Mary L. Abel (AFN: 57LB-69R )
gender: Female
birth: 14 Mar 1867
Fond du lac, Fond du lac, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
death: 2 Oct 1956
Sacramento, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
burial: Oct 1956
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.

child 3: Franklin Henry Abel (AFN: 57L9-TXT )
gender: Male
birth: 23 May 1857
Fond du lac, Fond du lac, Wisconsin, USA
death: 28 Apr 1937
, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
burial: Apr 1937
Williams, Colusa, California, USA

child 4: Henry Herman Abel (AFN: 57LB-J9H )
gender: Male
birth: 13 Jan 1871
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
death: 12 Apr 1947
Maxwell, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
burial: Apr 1947
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.

child 5: Hattie C. Abel (AFN: 57LB-D2C )
gender: Female
birth: 27 Sep 1869
Williams, Colusa, California, USA
death: 10 Aug 1939

child 6: William Edwin Abel (AFN: 57LC-281 )
gender: Male
birth: 22 Aug 1876
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
death: 22 Feb 1964
, , California, U.S.A.
burial: Colusa, Colusa, California, U.S.A.

child 7: George Lambert Abel (AFN: 57L8-673 )
gender: Male
birth: 17 Sep 1863
Fond du lac, Fond du lac, Wisconsin
death: 29 Dec 1953
Sacramento, Sacramento, California
burial: Williams, Colusa, California

child 8: Laura M. Abel (AFN: 57LB-1DJ )
gender: Female
birth: 8 Jan 1862
Fond-Du-Lac, Fond-Du-Lac, Wisconsin, USA
death: 27 Mar 1922

child 9: Melvin D. Abel (AFN: 57LC-7G4 )
gender: Male
birth: 17 Jan 1882
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
death: 3 Jun 1942
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
burial: 1942
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.

child 10: John Frederick Abel JR. (AFN: 57LB-PNM )
gender: Male
birth: 27 Oct 1872
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
death: 9 Feb 1966
, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
burial: Feb 1966
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.

Submission
submitter: mabel2764307
submission date: 03 May 2003
submission id: MM9T-S85
person count: 5,850

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1863
September 17, 1863
Age 35
Fond du Lac

George Lambert Abel (AFN: 57L8-673 )
gender: Male
birth: 17 Sep 1863
Fond du lac, Fond du lac, Wisconsin
death: 29 Dec 1953
Sacramento, Sacramento, California
burial: Williams, Colusa, California

1876
January 10, 1876
Age 47
CA, USA

Pedigree Resource File

name: Mary L. Abel
gender: Female
birth: 14 Mar 1867
Fond du lac, Fond du lac, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
death: 2 Oct 1956
Sacramento, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
burial: Oct 1956
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
AFN: 57LB-69R
Parents
father: Johann Frederick Abel (AFN: 57L9-H80 )
mother: Christine M. Hermann (AFN: 57L9-N8T )
Marriages (1)
spouse: George W. Kaerth (AFN: 57LL-0WK )
marriage: 12 Sep 1900
Freshwater, Colusa, California, USA

child 1: Erwin Abel Kaerth (AFN: 57LL-5C4 )
gender: Male
birth: 25 Nov 1906
Freshwater, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
death: 4 Jan 1962
Sacramento, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
burial: Jan 1962
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.

Submission
submitter: mabel2764307
submission date: 03 May 2003
submission id: MM9T-S85
person count: 5,850
Notes

Film # 1,293,945: Item #5 Marriage Index of Colusa Co., CA.Book 4 - p.108 Mary Abel Kaerth died at age 89y. Bur. in Williams, Colusa, CA. Cemetery lot # 40. MARRIED GEORGE W. KAERTH 20 DEC 1924.

Source Citation

"Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/9CZK-4HS : accessed 17 November 2011), entry for Mary L. Abel.

1882
January 17, 1882
Age 53
CA, USA

child 9: Melvin D. Abel (AFN: 57LC-7G4 )
gender: Male
birth: 17 Jan 1882
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
death: 3 Jun 1942
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.
burial: 1942
Williams, Colusa, California, U.S.A.

1915
August 26, 1915
Age 87
CA, USA

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Birth: May 1, 1828
Death: Aug. 26, 1915


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Spouse:
Christiana Hermann Abel (1837 - 1905)

Inscription:
Abel

Note: Abel Plot

Burial:
Williams Cemetery
Williams (Colusa County)
Colusa County
California, USA