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Below is a family biography included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published by Weakley, Harraman & Co. in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ROBERT T. F. ABBETT, clerk of courts, Vevay was born in Warsaw, Ky., in 1843. He received a common school education and subsequently graduated at the Cincinnati Commercial College in 1863. In 1866 he located in Patriot where he was employed as bookkeeper for the firm of W. T. Pate & Co., distillers. In 1879 he removed to Vevay to assume the duties of the clerk’s office to which he was elected in the fall of 1878. In October, 1882, he was re-elected to the same office in which he has ever faithfully served. Mr. Abbett was married first to Miss Helen E. Olmsted, a native of New York, who died in 1880, leaving one child, Mary. His present wife was Miss Agnes Pattie, of Madison, Ind., by whom he has two children: Elizabeth G. and Agnes. Mrs. A. is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Henry J. and Mary J. F. (Gill) Abbett, parents of our subject, were natives of Philadelphia, Penn., and Virginia respectively. They moved to Kentucky where Mr. Abbett was engaged as an attorney at law and in the banking business.

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This family biography is one of 215 biographies included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published in 1885 by Weakley, Harraman & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Switzerland County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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