New York Family Group Sheet for the Harry W ABBOTT Family

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Husband: Harry W ABBOTT (1,2)
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   Birthdate: Dec 1860 - , , Pennsylvania, USA (3)
  Death date: After 1919
      Buried:
      Father: William ABBOTT (1836-          )
      Mother: Rebecca ??? (1838-          )
    Marriage: 1889 (4)                       Place:
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Events
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      1. He worked as an advance man for Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1895.

      2. He appeared on the Census in 1900 in New York, New York, New York, USA, ED 603,
      pg 27B. District 3, Ward 23, Manhattan, 542 - 125th Street
      Harry Abbott            Head    M       39   Dec 1860   Pennsylvania  m. 11 yrs.
      Ray Abbott              Wife    F       35   Jan 1865   Maryland      4/4 children
      Harry Abbott            Son     M        6   Mar 1894   New York
      Olive V Abbott          Dau     F        4   Apr 1896   Pennsylvania
      Alexander W Abbott      Son     M        2   Oct 1897   New Jersey
      Flora Abbott            Dau     F     11/12  Jun 1899   New Jersey
      Harry is an advanced show agent. Ray's parents are born in Germany.

      3. He appeared on the Census in 1910 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA, ED 1040, pg
      3A. Ward 31, #3 Kister? Court
      Harry Abbott            Head    M       49      Pennsylvania  m. 20 yrs.
      Ray Abbott              Wife    F       42      Maryland      5/4 children
      Harry Abbott Jr.        Son     M       16      New York
      Olive Abbott            Dau     F       13      Pennsylvania
      Alexander Abbott        Son     M       12      New Jersey
      Florence Abbott         Dau     F       10      New Jersey
      Harry Sr is a theatrical agent on the road and Harry Jr is a theatrical agent in a
      theater. Ray is a furrier in a store. Harry and Olive are students.

      4. He worked as an employee of the Columbia Burlesque Wheel in 1911 in New York,
      New York, New York, USA.

      5. He appeared on the Census in 1920 in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, ED
      1327, pg 6B. District 19, West 126 Street
      Thomas Gaxley   Head    M       57      England
      Harry Gaxley    Brother M       49      England
      Hazel Mchowell  Roomer  F       19      New York
      John Rodgers    Roomer  M       30      Canada
      Harry Abbott    Roomer  M       60      United States
      Ray Fisher      Roomer  F       56      Maryland
      Harry is an actor and Ray is an actress.

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   Wife: Elizabeth Ray FISHER (5,6)
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   Birthdate: Jan 1865 - , , Maryland, USA (7)
  Death date: After 1919
      Buried:
      Father: Alexander FISHER (1834-          ) (8)
      Mother: Fredericka ??? (1833-          ) (9)
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Events
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      1. She appeared on the Census in 1870 in Baltimore, Baltimore (city), Maryland,
      USA, pg 351. 6th Ward
      Alexander Fisher        M       36      Russia
      Fredricka Fisher        F       37      Beine [France?]
      Rachel Fisher           F       12      Maryland
      Cecelia Fisher          F       11      Maryland
      Fanny Fisher            F        9      Maryland
      Elizebeth Fisher        F        4      Maryland
      Joseph Fisher           M        2      Maryland
      Alexander is a tailor.

      2. She appeared on the Census in 1880 in New York, New York, New York, USA, ED 250,
      pg 31C (250C). Orchard? Street (Richard?)
      Alexander Fisher Self   M       48      Prussia   Germany Germany
      Frederica Fisher Wife   F       49      Bavaria   Germany Germany
      Rachel Fisher   Dau     F       20      Baltimore Germany Germany
      Telley Fisher   Dau     F       19      Baltimore Germany Germany
      Lizzie Fisher   Dau     F       14      Baltimore Germany Germany
      Joseph Fisher   Son     M       12      Baltimore Germany Germany
      Bernard Cohn    Other   M       40      Polen     Germany Germany
      J Th Knittel    Other   M       61      Bavaria   Germany Germany
      Alexander is still a tailor.

      3. She worked as a bareback rider for Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1895.

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Children
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1  M  Harry ABBOTT Jr (1)
   Birthdate: 12 Mar 1894 - New York, New York, New York, USA (10,11)
  Death date: 19 Sep 1944 - , Los Angeles, California, USA (12)
      Buried:
      Spouse: Minnie E STRATTON (1892-          ) (13)
  Marr. Date: 4 Dec 1916 - Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, USA (14)
      Spouse: Elsie ??? (1910-          ) (15)
  Marr. Date:
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2  F  Olive Victoria ABBOTT (16)
   Birthdate: Apr 1896 - , , Pennsylvania, USA (17)
  Death date: 9 Aug 1997 - , Los Angeles, California, USA (18)
      Buried:
      Spouse: Lee KRAUS (Abt 1892-          ) (19)
  Marr. Date:
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3  M  William Alexander "Bud" ABBOTT (20)
   Birthdate: 6 Oct 1897 - Asbury Park, Monmouth, New Jersey, USA (21,22)
  Death date: 24 Apr 1974 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (23,24)
    Cremated:
      Spouse: Jennie Mae PRATT aka "Betty Smith" (1898-1981)
  Marr. Date: Abt 1919
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4  F  Flora ABBOTT (25)
   Birthdate: Jun 1899 - , , New Jersey, USA (26)
  Death date: Deceased
      Buried:
      Spouse:
  Marr. Date:
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General Notes: Husband - Harry W ABBOTT
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Child number 3 is "Bud" Abbott, the straight man of the vaudeville act of Abbot and
Costello.

Abbott and Costello were one of the highest paid acts in the world during World War II.

I don't know the names of Harry's parents but William and Rebecca seem to be right. If
they are his parents, this is Harry:
1930 , Columbia, Pennsylvania
ED 41, pg 4B Scott Township
C F Abbott      Head    M       53      Pennsylvania
Erma L Abbott   Wife    F       43      Pennsylvania
Harry W Abbott  Brother M       69      Pennsylvania

I couldn't find Flora/Florence after the 1910 Cesnsus.

Harry married at least twice and I couldn't find death information on either wife.
However, Minnie remarried in Michigan, 1925, to Henry C Schliess and then divorced.

Bud and Betty had no children of their own but adopted two children. Bud Abbott, Jr
worked in show business as well.

Lee Kraus deserted Olive and his children. Bud had the children's names changed to Abbott
and helped raise them.


Last Modified: 27 Aug 2014

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Sources
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    1. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  Harry Abbott.
    2. New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1980 (FamilySearch.org), Abbott.  Harry W
         Abbott.  There is no given name for the child on this record.
    3. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  age 39, Dec 1860,
         Pennsylvania.
    4. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  married 11 years.
    5. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  Ray Abbott.
    6. New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1980 (FamilySearch.org), Abbott.  Ray
         Fisher.  There is no given name for the child on this record.
    7. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  age 35, Jan 1865,
         Maryland.
    8. 1870 Federal Census, Maryland, Baltimore, pg 351.  Alexander Fisher.
    9. 1870 Federal Census, Maryland, Baltimore, pg 351.  Fredricka Fisher.
    10. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  age 6, Mar 1894, New
         York.
    11. United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (FamilySearch.org),
         Abbott, Harry Jr.
    12. California Death Index, Abbott, Harry.
    13. Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, Abbott, Harry Jr.  to Minnie E Stratton Haydon.
    14. Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, Abbott, Harry Jr.  to Minnie E Stratton Haydon, 4
         Dec 1916, Grand Rapids, Kent County.
    15. 1940 Federal Census, New York, Suffolk, ED 52-47, pg 8B.  Elsie Abbott.
    16. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  Olive V Abbott.
    17. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  age 4, Apr 1896,
         Pennsylvania.
    18. California Death Index, Kraus, Olive Abbott.
    19. California County Marriages, 1850-1952 (FamilySearch.org), Abbott, Norman.  Lee
         Kraus.
    20. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  Alexander W Abbott.
    21. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  age 2, Oct 1897, New
         Jersey.
    22. New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1980 (FamilySearch.org), Abbott.  6 Oct
         1897, N. Monmouth, New Jersey.  There is no given name for the child on this
         record.
    23. California Death Index, Abbott, William A.  24 Apr 1974, Los Angeles County.
    24. California Death Index, Abbott, William A.  2 Oct 1898, New Jersey.
    25. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  Flora Abbott.
    26. 1900 Federal Census, New York, New York, ED 603, pg 27B.  age 11/12, Jun 1899,
         New Jersey.

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My Notes
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If there is no SOURCE, I have no PROOF!

I am less certain of the information on this report than of any other famous group sheet I
have compiled.

One site states that Bud and Olive are twins. Since their parents indicate different birth
years and places for them on two census records, I don't believe it to be true.

Most of the groups I looked at on Ancestry.com either showed no parents for Harry Sr or
showed the wrong family.

 

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