Jameson Francis Abbott
Jameson was the sixth and last child of John and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Abbott, born on 12 June 1886.1 He was baptized by Reverand William B. Daly on 04 July 1886 in St. Patrick's Cathedral, located on 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in Midtown Manhattan. Sponsors were Thomas F. Rogan and Anna J.F. Reddy. The relationship of these sponsors to the family has not yet been established.
In 1907, Jameson marries Antoinette Schreiber,2 who is the daughter of Barbara and Edward Schreiber.3 In early 1908 the first of their eleven children is born. James Francis Abbott was born on 3 February 1908 in Emergency Hospital.4 James' birth certificate indicates that the couple was living at 345 East 41st Street and that Jameson, age 21, worked as a driver. The mother, age 18, is listed as Nettie, which is the nickname that Jameson used for Antoinette.5
The eleven children of Jameson and Antoinette:
James Francis Abbott
By the time their second child was born, the family had moved to the west side of Manhattan, the area of NYC in which the Abbott clan had traditionally lived since the mid-1800s. They were residing at 345 West 41st Street when Florence Elizabeth Abbott was born there on 1 November 1909.6 Jameson, age 23, is still listed as being a driver. Antoinette is now 20 years old.
The city directory for 1909 does not contain a a Jameson Abbott, but there is a listing for a James Abbott who is working as a janitor at 563 9th Avenue in Manhattan.7 Since that address is only about one block from the Abbott family's known residence in November of 1909, it is possible that the individual listed in the directory is Jameson.
When the Thirteenth Census of the United States was taken in April of 1910, the Abbotts are still living at 345 West 41st.8 Jameson, who was enumerated as James, is working as a driver for a "rug co." Antoinette is listed as the mother of two children, both of whom are living. The couple has been married for three years and they are renters. Richard Abbott, Jameson's brother, is also living with the family. Richard, whose father -- John Joseph Abbott -- died the previous year, is now 25 years old and works as a property manager for a "theatre co." Richard's early association with the theater trade is interesting because by the 1920s, along with his brother "Harry" (Henry Abbott), he is in a theater-related business known as Abbott's Scrim and Profile Company.9
Lillian M. Abbott, the couple's third child is born in 1911,10 followed by John Joseph Abbott, who quite likely was named after his grandfather, on 23 April 1914.11 Cecelia Abbott follows, born most likely in 1916.12
( To Be Continued - This Is A Working Draft )
1 Baptismal certificate obtained by Dorothy (Abbott) Delaney in August 2000. Searches for Jameson's birth certificate at the NYC Municipal Archives have been unsuccessful.