14 August 2017

Lovick Askew Abel Dies at Home in Macon

(Part of the Descendants of Henry Abel series.)

Rose Hill Cemetery landscape 2009.  Image by Stephanie Lincecum.Lovick A. Abel, born in Georgia about 1874, was the son of John Henry and Laura Elizabeth Brooks Abel.  Lovick was also a grandson of Henry Abel.

When in his mid-twenties, L. A. became a machinist for the railroad.  He made a career of this occupation that took him to the neighboring states of Alabama (1900 census) and North Carolina (1910 census), before returning him to Macon, Bibb County, Georgia by 1918.

On 17 February 1896, in Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama, L. A. married Kentucky native Callie Mae Taylor.  The couple had at least three daughters:

  • Etna Margaret Abel Melton (b. 1899-1900 Alabama; d. 1964 Bibb County, Georgia)
  • Myrtle Abel Moreland (b. 1903-4; d. 1977 Bibb County, Georgia)
  • Mildred Elizabeth Abel (b. 1907 Rowan County, North Carolina; d. 1989 Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina)

laabelnewsofdeathLovick was just 51 when he died on 11 August 1925 at his home on Walnut Street in Macon.  Following from 12 August 1925 edition of the Macon Daily Telegraph (via GenealogyBank):


Machinist Is Stricken at Home After Hearty Meal

After eating a hearty supper last night and declaring that he hadn't ever felt better, Lovick A. Abel, 51, a machinist employed by the J. S. Schofield's Sons Company, became suddenly ill and died in a few minutes.

Mr. Abel was stricken ill at his home, 506 Walnut Street.  He worked as usual yesterday and after supper sat down on the front porch and was reading a paper.  He uttered an outcry and fell over on the porch, while trying to get inside the house.  Doctors who were quickly summoned and who reached him just as the end came, said that apoplexy caused death.

Mr. Abel was born and reared here.  He is survived by his wife who was Miss Callie Taylor, and three daughters, Mrs. J. B. Melton, Mrs. Paul Moland and Miss Mildred Abel; also two brothers, T. G. Abel and F. W. Abel, and two sisters, Mrs. J. M. Smith and Mrs. W. M. Stevens.

Mr. Abel was a member of the International Association of Machinists Lodge No. 8.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

A funeral notice published the next day stated Mr. L. A. Abel was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery.

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