Biography of Wilbur Abell
Crawford County, PA Biographies

WILBUR ABELL, farmer and produce shipper, P. O. Linesville, was born in Springfield Township, Erie Co., Penn., November 26, 1852, son of Alexander and Maria (Hurlburt) Abell, former a farmer, and a native of the neighborhood of Saratoga, N. Y., latter a native of Erie County, Penn. His paternal ancestors at one time were owners of the land where the city of Saratoga now stands. Alexander Abell and his wife were parents of six children, four now living. Their son Harlow R. was a member of the Fourteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, was wounded and taken prisoner, and died in a Rebel prison at Salisbury, N. C. They are now living in Springfield Township, Erie Co., Penn., members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Our subject, who is third in the family, received an academic education, was thoroughly instructed in German, and taught school several terms in his younger days. Naturally he has a literary turn of mind, and has written several essays on farming, which were published in some of the leading magazines. He purchased his present farm of sixty acres in Conneaut Township, this county, in 1873, moved on it February 22, 1876, and has built a new residence. Mr. Abell put in the first wagon scales in his neighborhood, and laid the first mile of underground draining in his section. He makes a specialty of raising potatoes and onions, having at present seven acres of the former and threequarters of an acre of the latter. He never sows timothy, but invariably seeds with clover. In the fall and winter of 1863 Mr. Abell handled over. $18,000 worth of potatoes, besides much other produce, and same time fed and fattened twenty one head of heavy cattle. Our subject married, November 23, 1875, Edith B. Philips, a native of Girard Township, Erie Co., Penn., educated at the L. E. S., Painesville, Ohio. Two children were born to this union: J. Lawrence and Rebecca M. Mr. and Mrs. Abell are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is independent; is a strong advocate of temperance, having never in his life drank a drop of liquor.

History of Crewford County, Pennsylvania
Warner, Beers & Co.,
Chicago; 1895

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