The Abbott Story

Martin and Mary (Roach) Abbott

Our branch of the Abbotts established roots in the United States when Martin Abbott, born about 1830, immigrated from Ireland and landed most likely in Manhattan in the late 1840s. Martin was the son of Martin Abbott, about whom research in Ireland remains to be done. Probably in 1849 or 1850, Martin Abbott and Mary Roach married and subsequently raised six children, all of whom were born in Manhattan.

John Joseph Abbott, b. 1851
Sarah Abbott, b. 1853
Mary E. Abbott, b. 1859
Edward F. Abbott, b. 16 January 1861
Martin Abbott, b. 1863
Emily Abbott, b. 1866

Throughout his life Martin Abbott's occupation was that of coachman, according to the U.S. Census returns for 1860, 1870 and 1880, as well as his death certificate. The family appears to have lived for the better part of fifty years on the west side of Manhattan, and primarily on West 19th Street. We find Martin and his family occupying quarters at 104 West 28th Street in the 1861 New York City directory. By 1870, however, the family is firmly planted at 138 West 19th Street, where some members will remain until the late1880s, well after Martin's death in 1883.2 Today, the area in which they lived is known as Chelsea.

The census of 1860, taken on the eighth of June, indicates that the family consisted of Martin, Mary and three children. Martin, who is 34 years of age, is employed as a coachman. His wife, Mary, is 26. The oldest child, John Abbott, is 8 years of age and his sister, Sarah, is 6. The youngest child, Mary, age one, is incorrectly enumerated as Maude. Mary and John had attended school during the previous year, and the family's personal estate is valued at $200.3

According to the1870 census, five of the six children are residing in the household, with Sarah's whereabouts unknown. By this time she would have been about 17 years old and may have been married. The Calvary Cemetery interment list doesn't point to an early death. The other children are at school, with the exception of Mary who is only four years old.

Martin dies on 27 May 1883 from disease of the kidneys and heart, and is laid to rest two days later in Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens, New York.4 A death notice in the New York Times indicates that Martin was from Rathmore, Tipperary County, Ireland.5

Mary, born in Ireland on 22 February 1833, was the daughter of John and Mary ( ____ ) Roach. After her husband's death in 1883, Mary continues to live for several years at 138 West 19th Street, but by the early 1890s she has moved one block west, residing at 256 West 19th in 1890, and then at 228 West 19th in 1895, where she remains until her death at age 63 years, 6 months and 9 days on 16 August 1896. According to the death certificate, the direct cause of death was "effects of intense heat and shock." Interment took place on 13 August 1896 at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, New York, in the same plot as her husband and two of her children who preceeded her in death.6

Our branch of the Abbott family derives from the couples' first child, John Joseph Abbott.

1 Trow's New York City Directory for the year ending May 1, 1861.
2 1870 U.S. Census, M593, Roll 995, Page 203. Trow's New York City Directory for the year ending May 1, 1880, and for 1885-1886.
3 1860 U.S. Census, M653, Roll 817, Page 483, 20th Ward.
4 New York Times, __________
5 Death Certificate #453323. Calvary Cemetery interment list (May 22, 2003) for Section 3, Range 20, Plot Q, Grave 8, recorded in the name of Martin Abbott.
6 Death Certificate #27625. Calvary Cemetery interment list (May 22, 2003) for Section 3, Range 20, Plot Q, Grave 8, recorded in the name of Martin Abbott. The interment list incorrectly lists the month as May instead of August.

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