October 10, 2010

Webster Abbott

Webster Abbott was born in Hopkinton, St. Lawrence Co., NY on Nov. 18, 1821 and died on Dec. 31, 1878 in Clark Co., WA.  He married Mary Louisa Coffey, a daughter of Joel and Sarah Mackey Coffey,

Joel was a descendant of Chesley Coffey, Jr.

He and Sarah were married on Apr. 9, 1818 in Maury Co., TN.  The first four of their 8 children were born in TN; the last four in Booneville, Cooper Co., MO, which includes Mary Louisa, born Aug. 9 1833.

Although I have not yet found a marriage record for Mary Louisa and Webster Abbott, they very likely married in MO before the families headed west to the Oregon Territory.  Their first child was Alice Ella, born Oct. 16, 1856 in Colorado* and died Nov. 21, 1863 in Camas, Clark Co., WA.

The remainder of their children were born in Washington Territory/Washington State and upon death are thought to have been buried at Fern Prairie Cemetery in Camas:

Malinda C., born 1858, died young
Lucetta Caroline, born May 15, 1858, died Nov. 19, 1863
Flora May, born Sep 1, 1861, died Nov. 18, 1863
Mary Alabama "Minnie", born 1864, died Jul. 22, 1880
Robert Edward, born 1867, died 1868
Henrietta Mackay, born Jan. 24, 1869, died Nov. 18, 1940 at Portland, Multnomah Co., OR.
Webster G., born Oct. 2, 1871, died Aug. 20, 1942 at Steilacoom, Pierce Co., WA
Mary Louisa Coffey Abbott died on Aug. 19, 1922.
Mrs. Mary L. Abbott

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary L. Abbott were held this afternoon at the St. Luke's Episcopal church at 2 o'clock, Rev. Charles Powell, officiating. Interment was made in the Fern Prairie Cemetery.Mrs. Abbott, aged 89 years, was born in Boonesville, MO., in 1833, and came West with her husband in 1858. In 1859 the family homesteaded a tract of land in the Mill Plain district. She went to the Blanchett home for the Aged about two weeks ago and she died here Saturday afternoon.The surviving relatives include a daughter, Miss Henrietta Abbott of Portland and a son, Webster Abbott living on the home farm in the Mill Plain district.

Vancouver Evening Columbian (Vancouver, WA), Monday 21 Aug 1922 Page 6**
I haven't yet found any descendants of Henrietta or Webster.  The line may have ended with their deaths. And, I am not certain that all of the Abbotts are buried at Fern Prairie.  Alice has her own headstone while Lucetta and Flora share one.  Malinda does not have a headstone.  The remainder of the family appear on a single stone, which may indicate their actual burial site within the cemetery is unknown.

Photos by Bonnie at Find-A-Grave 
*1860 Wash Terr Census

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