John Henry Abbey, Sr

Male 1850 - 1921  (71 years)


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  • Name John Henry Abbey, Sr 
    Suffix Sr 
    Born 27 Apr 1850  Canton of Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Aug 1921  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I272008481829  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2014 

    Father Johannes Aebi or Abbey,   b. 1816, Heimsiwil, Emmental, Bern, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1873  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Magdalena Gasser,   b. 1825,   d. 1880  (Age 55 years) 
    Family ID F246729425517  Group Sheet

    Family Eleanor Jane Ostrander,   b. Aug 1856, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1926  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married Abt 1873 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Per 1900 Census
    Children 
     1. Edward W Abbey,   b. May 1879, Forward, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Stella Abbey,   b. Dec 1880, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Emma Abbey,   b. Jan 1883, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John Henry Abbey, Jr,   b. 9 Apr 1885, Washington, Indiana County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Anna M Abbey,   b. Apr 1887, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Shirley Dire Abbey,   b. 31 May 1889, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1966, San Bernardino County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     7. Lenora Abbey,   b. Apr 1891, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    +8. Howard Abbey, Sr,   b. 10 Jan 1893, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1990, Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     9. Ida Abbey,   b. Nov 1896, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Eleanor Abbey,   b. Jan 1899, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    +11. Paul Revere Abbey,   b. 11 Feb 1901, Indiana County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1992, Indiana County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F246729425511  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Apr 1850 - Canton of Bern, Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Aug 1921 - Indiana Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 1880 Census Forward, Allegheny, Pennsylvania as John ABBEY
      Immigrated to US in 1871
      1900 Census Carroll, Washington, Pennsylvania as John ABBEY
      1910 Census Washington, Indiana, Pennsylvania as John ABBEY
      1920 Census Washington, Indiana, Pennsylvania as John ABBEY
      1930 Census Armstrong, Indiana, Pennsylvania as John H ABBEY; widowed
    • From http://www.abbeyweb.net Edward ABBEY Biography

      On 6 September, 1869 the ship Westphalia arrived in New Jersey. On board was a Johannes Aebi, born in Heimiswil, Bern, Switzerland about May 3, 1850. In the ship's log he was listed as "Johann Aebby" and the dock records lists him as "Jean Aebbi". He anglicized his name to John Abbey, settled near Ohiopyle, Fayette County, Pennsylvania and then sent for the rest of the family.

      Johann and Magda Aebi arrived with their other 10 children to New York on 7 October, 1871 with the German ship Helsatia. Everyone in the family had their names anglicized to Abbey except Friedrich who kept the Aebi name.

      The father Johann died of smallpox in 1873, two years after arriving in America. This left the family to fend for themselves, and they had a hard time of it. The youngest son Siegfried also died. It must have been somewhat of a "come-down" for this family; in Switzerland Johann Aebi had been a town official in their hometown Heimiswil and the family was quite wealthy. It is unclear what made them move to America, maybe Johannes spoke well about the endless possibilities in the New World.

      A book of Aebi genealogy exists and it traces the Aebi family back to Peter Aebi born in 1562. Many of the brothers and sisters who arrived in America married and some remained single. I don't know if any other branches of the family than that of the oldest son John have ever been traced.


      On 2 September 1877 John Abbey (the oldest son) married Eleanor Jane. They raised 11 children, where the youngest was Paul, Ed's father, born in 1901.

      There's not much information available on the Ostranders. They were Hollanders of French descent, Huguenot. Eleanors father William Ostrander was born in New Jersey, but there must have been many Ostranders in Washington County, Pennsylvania, since two of Eleanor's cousins also married Abbey's.

      Paul Revere Abbey married Mildred Postlewaite 5 July 1925. They raised 5 children where Edward was the oldest. At the time of Ed's birth the family lived in the town of Indiana but soon moved close to Home, Pennsylvania where there is now a state historical marker.

    • Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 about John Henry Abbey
      Name: John Henry Abbey
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Age: 81
      Birth Date: 27 Apr 1850
      Birth Place: Switzerland
      Death Date: 26 Aug 1931
      Death Place: Indiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA
      Father Name: Henry Abbey
      Father Birth Place: Switzerland
      Mother Name: Madaline Gasser
      Mother Birth Place: Switzerland
      Certificate Number: 78906


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