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Obituary of a Pioneer Oklahoman

From Oklahoma Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. 16 No. 1; January 1971

Transcribed to Electronic form by Jo White



The obituary of Martha Jane (Bell) Abbott was submitted for publication by Mrs. Jacob Layten, Newark, California.



Death Claims City Pioneer of North Side


McAlester has lost another of its Pioneer Citizens, for death came into the Abbott home at North McAlester early Friday and claimed the soul of the city’s best beloved mother.


Mrs. Martha Jane Abbott, wife of William E. Abbott, answered the call from the Great beyond and a weary body that had known much pain is all that is left for the loving family and friends, for the Christ whom this devoted woman had loved from infancy has welcomed her on her Journey Heavenward.


Mrs. Abbott was born (Martha Jane Bell) March 26, 1851 in Golconda, Illinois, was many years a resident of Arkansas and moved here with her husband and children in 1890, being one of the very first settlers in McAlester.  There was then what is now “Old Town,” and it consisted of but a handful of people.


Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Abbott and the entire family was reared here, for nearly all were born after coming to Indian Territory.  Surviving their mother are Mrs. Mary Dill, Mrs. Anna Bell, Mrs. Clara Hopkins, Tom Abbott and Gus Abbott, all of North Town.  Sons and daughters residing away from the City are:  Mrs. Minnie Dougherty of Kansas City, Mrs. Etta Allison of Phoenix, Arizona, William Oscar Abbott of Trinidad, Colorado, Walter L. Abbott of Hanna, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Bertha Brow of Muskogee, Oklahoma.


Added to this list of grieved ones are the Husband and life time companion and scores of others related to Mrs. Abbott.  There are friends without number who are sad hearted because of the death.  Mrs. Abbott had been ill most of the time since early 1918.


Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, the body being taken to St. John’s Catholic Church for 10 o’clock mass and burial immediately afterward in Calvary Cemetery.


McAlester News-Capital

Saturday January 7, 1922



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