William C. Abrahams


WILLIAM C. ABRAHAMS, an honored pioneer citizen of Steubenville, Ohio was born in that city, January 17, 1810. He has lived all his life in Steubenville, and he is therefore one of the oldest living native born citizens of the city. He was the son of Daniel C. and Mary (Walker) Abrahams, the former of whom was born in western Pennsylvania, July 19, 1783 and the latter was born in Brooke county, W. Va., April 6, 1785. His father was the son of William Abrahams, and his mother was the daughter of Jacob Walker. His father and mother became the parents of ten children, of whom, he was the thirs, of whom seven sons and of whom three, himself and one brother and one sister, are now living. His father, who by occupation was a farmer, died December 21, 1857. His mother died May 26, 1863. The subject of this sketch learned the carpenter's trade in early manhood, and his attention was given to it for a number of years. In about 1849 he engaged in the lumber business and he has given it his entire attention ever since. He has been very successful at this pursuit and he has accumulated considerable property. Mr. Abrahams was married at the age of twenty-three to Eliza Jane Myers, daughter of Col. John Myers. Fourterrn years after their marriage, Mrs. Abrahams died, leaving a family of six children, whose ages ranged from two years to twelve years. Their names are ALice Ann, who married John B. Davis; Sarah D., who married Dr. Francis Milligan; Eliza Jane, who married Daniel Potter; Matilda, who married John Ervin; Dorcas, who married Daniel Stone and William F., who served throughout the war, on the Union side, and whose home is in Cincinnati. Mr. Abraham has been a member of the FIrst Presbyterian church ever since he was a little boy large enough to attend Sabbath school. In politics he is a republican. He has served three terms, or six years, as a member of the city council. Mr. Abrahams has led a life of great usefulness and he has not only provided comfortably for his children, but has also given liberally to the poor, to the church and to public enterprises. His life has been a pure one, well worthy of emulation. He is probably the oldest living native born citizen in Steubenville, and no one of her citizens is more universally respected and esteemed.

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