Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago County, IL, C. A. Church. Chicago: Clarke Publishing Company, 1905, p 601
Peter ABRAM, deceased, who was a mason contractor and became a resident of Winnebago Coounty about 1880, was born in Southport, England, 11 Jan 1844. His parents always resided in England and both died there. The educational privileges afforded the sone were limited, and he had no special advantage of any kind to aid him as he started out upon his business career. While a young man he began to learn the trade of a brick mason, which he followed while still in England.
Mr. ABRAM was also married in England on 16 Jun 1864. He wedded Mis Jane BALL, who died in Southport [England], 27 Mar 1866, leaving a daughter, Alice, who now resides in IA. On 31 Dec 1866 Mr. ABRAM was married in England to Miss Hannah PRICE, who died in Rockford. They were the parents of eight children: (1) Samuel, who married Ann CROUCHER and resides in Chicago; (2) John, deceased; (3) John, the second of the name, who was born 28 Aug 1872, and resides in IA; (4) Elizabeth, who was born 05 Feb 1873, and is the wife of Henry MAXINER, a resident of Rockford [Winnebago County, IL]; (5) Mary Anna, deceased; (6) and (7) Mary and Annie, twins, who were born 18 Jun 1878, the latter now deceased, while the former resides in Rockford; and (8) William Henry, who was born 07 Nov 1880, and makes his home in Chicago.
Peter ABRAM, after his second marriage, resided for some time in England, working at his trade, and then came to America, making his way into the interior of the country. He settled at Latham Park, Winnebago County, IL, where he lived for a short period and then removed to Rockford. It was subsequent to this time that his second wife died, and on 07 Nov 1893 he married Mrs. Martha Mary Ann (STANBURY) TUCKFIELD, who was born in England and is a daughter of Benjamin STANBURY, who died in England during her early girlhood. There she became the wife of John F. TUCKFIELD, also a native of England, in which country he learned the miller's trade. On coming to the new world he settled in Rockford, and worked at the miller's trade until his death. He left one son, Henry Francis Stanbury TUCKFIELD, who married Burdella PHILLIPS and resides in Beloit [Rock County], WI. He is a machinist by trade.
Mr. ABRAM worked at the mason's trade in Rockford for a number of years, and then began contracting along that line. He wa accorded liberal and important patronage. After following that business for several years, he went to the west on account of his health, but only remained for three months, after which he returned to Rockford. Here he was taken ill and died 03 May 1903. He was a republican in his political views, and fraternally was connected with the Modern Woodmen and also the Mason's Union. Both he and his wife were members of the Rebekah Lodge, and he belonged to the Court Street Methodist Episcopal church, while his wife is a member of the Episcopalian church.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.