ABRAHAM MOTT, a well known citizen of Fort Recovery and owner of 240 acres of farm land in Gibson township,
was born in Darke County, Ohio, November 1, 1838, and is a son of Abraham and Abigail (Coates) Mott.
Abraham Mott, Sr., a son of Zachariah Mott, was born in Pennsylvania, where he was reared and educated. Upon coming
to Ohio, he lived for a time in Warren County and also in Miami County, subsequently settling in what is now Gibson
township, Mercer County, but at that time included in Darken County, where he entered 8o acres of land, and later
bought 23 acres of land in the same township. The farm on which he located is now owned by his son Abraham. He
was married to Abigail Coates, a native of Virginia, who came to Ohio when a young girl with her father, James
Coates, who was also a native of Virginia. Abraham Mott, Sr., was the father of 12 children, of whom our subject
was the fifth.
Abraham Mott was reared and educated in what is now Gibson township, Mercer County. His father was one of the earliest
settlers of the township, locating here in 1835. Mr. Mott remembers the time when the land was all a wilderness
and when deer and other wild animals were often seen. Mr. Mott was educated in the district schools but never had
more than three months schooling in any one year, being obliged to assist his father in clearing the land and in
attending to other necessary farm work during the summer months. In 1863 Mr. Mott enlisted in Company D, 134th
Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., and served one year in the army under General Butler, taking active part in all the regiment's
small engagements and skirmishes in Virginia. After returning home from the war, he taught school for 27 years
during the winter months and farming during .the summer. He also engaged in the threshing business with George
Sigler and John Wagoner; .together they owned three threshing machines. Mr. Mott moved to his present home in August,
1905, where he has a large frame house situated on a two acre lot.
Mr. Mott was (first) married to Delilah Wagoner, a sister of one of his partners in the threshing business. She
died in 1874, leaving one child, Allen, who lives in Joliet, Illinois, and is a railroad engineer. Mr. Mott was
married (second) to Sarah Mahala Travis, who died in 1899, leaving four children: Russell Tilde; who owns and resides
on a farm of 164 acres in Darke County; Delphos Elra, who is married and lives on his father's farm; Minnie Ola,
who married Daniel Trieschman and lives in Gibson township; Arlie Walter, who is married and lives in Fort Recovery,
where he is engaged as a rural mail carrier. Mr. Mott's third marriage was with Mrs. Sarah A. (Moyer) Bobb, widow
of John Bobby. Their marriage occurred in April, 1903. Mr. Mott has served his township as clerk and also as trustee.
He was for three years county commissioner, his term expiring in 1894. He is a member of the German Baptist Church.
Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Mott accompany this sketch.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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