LOYAL C. ABBOT, a farmer residing on section 6, Cedar Township, is the owner of 960 acres of land in this township and eighty acres in Kossuth County. He entered 215 acres from the Government, including his homestead, and the remainder he purchased from time to time. Mr. Abbot was born in the State of New York, Feb. 3, 1826, and in childhood moved to Erie County. He is a son of John S. and Lucinda (Corson) Abbot. His father was born in Herkimer County, N. Y., and his mother in Vermont. When Loyal was twelve years of age the family moved to Lucas County, Ohio, where he was brought up on a farm. He removed to Illinois in the winter of 1848-49, and made his home in Marshall County, where he worked at odd jobs.
On Jan. 15, 1851, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Cooper, a native of Ohio, born near Chillicothe, and a daughter of Frederick and Sarah (Downing) Cooper. In May, 1853, they left Illinois for Iowa, and came to Benton County, arriving here in June of that year, and lived in their wagon until the completion of their house in Cedar Township, into which they moved and at once commenced improving the land. They have had fourteen children, eleven of whom are now living: James was born in Illinois, married Phebe Mitchell, and now lives in Cedar Township; Perry G. married Marietta Smith and lives in Cedar Township; Elijah M., died at the age of twelve years; Susie, wife of Dana Jacobs, of Mt. Auburn; Mary, wife of Wallace Call, also of Mt. Auburn; Matilda, wife of Lewis Amburn, of Cedar Township; Grant married Emma Olds and lives in Cedar Township; Rosie, wife of Addison Porter, and twin sister of Annie, who died at the age of nine years; Lucy; Lizzie, who died in infancy; Albert and Egbert, twins, and George. In politics Mr. Abbot is a Republican. He has given 280 acres of land to his children.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 299-300.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 12th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.