History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania
Chicago: A. Warner Co., 1889
Cushing, Thomas, 1821
pg. 566. 567
EDWARD ABEL, bookkeeper, Pittsburgh, was born in that city, July 25, 1842.His father, HENRY ABEL, was born at Geisa, Saxe-Weimar, Germany, in 1801, and was a brother of IGNATIUS ABEL (see sketch of JOSEPH ABEL).In 1832 he came to Pittsburgh with some fellow students, with the view of adopting a rural life, but soon found use for his talents in the city, and was appointed to the charge of foreign mails at Pittsburgh under President Jackson.He died in 1884, age 83 years, leaving 4 sons and 2 daughters.He married ELIZABETH SCHAFFER, who was born in Lancaster, Pa., a daughter of AMBROSE and BARBARA SCHAFFER, of Baden, Germanys.MR. and MRS. HENRY ABEL’S children are EDWARD, CHARLES, HENRY, FERDINAND, JOSEPHINE (MRS. A. C. KLOMAN), and TILLIE, all save HENRY, who is in Denver, Colo., being residents of Pittsburgh.In April, 1861, he enlisted for three years in Co. C, 8th P. R., serving 2 years in the Army of the Potomac; was a sergeant of the company and paymaster of the regiment.During the peninsular campaign he received an injury which caused his discharge.At Charles City cross roads he was made a prisoner, and confined 3 months at Richmond and Belle Isle.MR ABEL married, Jan. 9, 1864, MARIA, daughter of JAMES and MARY ANN KEEGAN, of Irish extraction, and they have 2 sons: HENRY J. and ADELBERT.MR. ABEL and family are associated with the Holy Trinity R. C. Church.He is the only republican in his father’s family.
JOSEPH ABEL, glass-manufacturer, Pittsburgh, was born in Geisa, Saxe-Weimar, Germany, Jan. 9, 1831, and is a son of IGNATIUS and JOSEPHA (FLECK) ABEL.His education was completed at the College of Fulda, where he attended from 1844 to 1849.During the latter year he came to Pittsburgh.In religious opinions MR. ABEL is liberal and tolerant.In 1870, MR. ABEL married LOUISA, daughter of FREDERIC and CAROLINE MARCHAND, of Huguenot extraction.MRS. ABEL was born at Frankfort, Germany, and educated at Dieppe, France.She is the mother of 2 children: HILDA, age 17, and WILLIAM FLEMING, age 16.MR. ABEL’S grandfather, PHILIP, operated a flour, oil-and-saw mill, to which his son, IGNATIUS, succeeded; AND JOHN ADAM, father of JOSEPHA FLECK, kept a hotel at Geisa.