23 October 2017

Abel Brothers Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter

(Part of the Descendants of Henry Abel series.)

BrothersAbelJesse Frederick and William Crisp were sons of William Wolff Abel (1885-1948) and his wife Martha Mae Williams (1889-1947).  They were great-grandsons of the German immigrant patriarch, Henry Abel.

Jesse was born 12 July 1910 in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia.  As a young man, he worked at his father's ice factory.  About 1934, Jesse received a degree from the National College of Drugless Physicians and opened up shop as a drugless doctor and chiropractor in Bibb County.  The career was short lived, however, since by 1940 he was dabbling in watches and jewelry.

Jesse married twice, and had at least one daughter.

William Crisp "Chris" Abel was born 13 January 1916 in Georgia.  Similar to Jesse, William was for a time a jeweler, did marry, and had at least one son.

In late February of 1937, the brothers Abel got into some trouble while having a night out near Lovejoy in Henry County.  Apparently, there was a bit of a ruckus at a roadhouse – or filling station, depending on which newspaper article you read – which culminated in the shooting death of J. M. Wallace. The brothers were held for a few days in the Henry County jail, and after such time were charged with involuntary manslaughter and released on bond.

Chris Abel, who allegedly fired the bullet which proved fatal to Wallace, was quoted as saying that it was necessary for him to shoot to protect the lives of his brother and himself, and the attorneys said they have been informed the Abels were dragged from an automobile by an armed group of 15 to 20 men. [Source: GenealogyBank]

Unfortunately, I do not know the specific outcome of the case.  I do know the brothers were free men at least by April 1940, when they were both enumerated for the U.S. Federal census.  Jesse died 17 May 1954, and William Crisp died 8 July 1968.

William Wolff, Martha Mae Williams, Jesse Frederick, and William Crisp Abel all rest in the Eglantine Square section (block 1, lot 55) of Rose Hill Cemetery.

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