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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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F. W. Abbot, agent of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad Line at Lebanon, was born in New York City March 4, 1851, and is the son of F. A. and Mary A. (Carrigan) Abbot, natives of New York City and Nottinghampshire, England. F. A. Abbot, the father, is a noted newspaper man, and has been connected with the New York papers and United States press for forty-five years. He furnished news for the English papers before the Atlantic cable was put in. This was done by sealed cans thrown off the Irish coast and picked up by row-boats waiting for that purpose. He is now correspondent for the New Orleans Picayune; Galveston News, Baltimore Sun, and a number of other large daily papers, besides holding a large private correspondence on financial and commercial business. He is one of the most noted correspondents in New York City. His son, F. W. Abbot, attained his growth and received his education in the above mentioned State. In 1871 he went south to New Orleans, and was reporter for the Picayune; was also connected with the Sugar Bowl, edited by the famous Col. Gilmore, of New Iberia, La. He had charge of the post-office at that place for one quarter as deputy, and was deputy tax collector; also was afterward appointed supervisor of registration, during the Greeley campaign, by Gov. Warmouth, Iberia Parish, and later appointed by Gov. McHenry tax collector of Iberia Parish. Mr. Abbot then, drifted back home and went to railroading, first being employed by the Manhattan Elevated Railroad Company, where he remained about two years. He was then induced to come to St. Louis and take a position on the ‘Frisco, and was employed in St. Louis for four years. In 1883 he came to Lebanon, Mo., and has since been the general agent of this place. Soon after coming to Lebanon Mr. Abbot was given charge of the Adams Express agency. He was married, in St. Louis, to Miss Helen A., daughter of Prof. Shackford, November 16, 1881, and to this union have been born three children, two now living: Edward H. and Charles S. Mr. Abbot is a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge, and is one of the representative citizens of the county. Since living in Lebanon he has erected a commodious brick residence, and he has also the finest garden, fruits and vegetables to be found in Southwest Missouri. In November, 1888, he was appointed United States commissioner for the Western District of Missouri.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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