Would like to obtain an obituary for JOHN J. ABERCROMBIE to see if by chance my 3 great grandmother, ERNESTINE ABERCROMBIE (FIELD) was his sister who may have survived him. JOHN J. ABERCROMBIE married SARAH ENGLE PATTERSON the daughter of General ROBERT PATTERSON a wealthy Philadelphia merchant. I will include information on that family below the ABERCROMBIE information. Would love to be in touch with anyone researching these families. JSR
JOHN J. ABERCROMBIE
(03-04-1798 - 01-03-1877)
Born at Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son-in-law of Gen. Robert Patterson, President of the Aztec Club from 1867 to 1881, and brother- in-law of Brig. Gen. Robert E. Patterson, U. S. Volunteers. Much mystery surrounds his early life as some accounts indicate he was born in Tennessee and his tombstone indicates a birth date of March 28, 1798, although his daughter stated it was that as shown above. He graduated from U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1822, 37th in a class of 40.
Abercrombie had a long and gallant army record in the South and Northwest. He began his service in garrison at Baton Rouge, LA, 1822- 1823; on Recruiting Service, 1823; and returned to garrison at Baton Rouge, 1824-1825. He became Adjutant, 1st Infantry, at Regimental Headquarters, Aug 1, 1825 and served to March 1, 1833. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, Infantry on September 26, 1828 and served in the Black Hawk War, against the Sac Indians, in 1832.
A series of garrison posts followed in Illinois and Wisconsin. He was promoted to Captain, September 4, 1836 and served at Jefferson Barracks, MO until 1837 whereupon he served in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1837-1840, being engaged in the Battle of Okeechobee, December 25, 1837. On that day he was breveted to Major for gallant and meritorious services in Florida.
Following two years on recruiting service, Abercrombie continued on frontier duty at Ft. Atkinson, IA, from 1842 to 1844. He served at Ft. Crawford, WS and Jefferson Barracks, MO prior to being engaged in Mexico, 1846-1848.
During the Mexican War Abercrombie served in the Battle of Monterey, September 21-23, 1846, where he was wounded, and received a brevet to Lieutenant Colonel, "for gallant and meritorious conduct in the several conflicts at Monterey, Mexico". He was at the Siege of Vera Cruz, March 9-29, 1847; Battle of Cerro Gordo, April 17-18, 1847, and as Aide-de-Camp to Major-General Robert Patterson, November 14, 1846 to December 31,1847. He was promoted to Major, 5th Infantry, September 8, 1847.
Following the Mexican War, Abercrombie was on frontier duty at Ft. Towson, Indian Territory, 1849-1850; at San Antonio, TX, 1850; Corpus Christie, TX, 1850-1851; on the march to Phantom Hill, TX, 1851; and at Clear Fork of the Brazos, TX, 1851-1852. He was promoted to Lt. Col., 7th Infantry, May 1, 1852 and became Superintendent of General Recruiting Service, July 1, 1853, serving to July 1, 1855, at New York. He returned to frontier duty in 1855, serving at Ft. Ridgely, MN and elsewhere until 1861. He was promoted to Colonel, 7th Infantry, February 25, 1861.
Abercrombie was engaged in the Shenandoah Campaign, 1861-1862; in command in the Action of Falling Waters, VA, July 2, 1861, and several skirmishes on the Upper Potomac and Rappahannock, 1861- 1862. He received a promotion to Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, August 31, 1861.
He served in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), July-August, 1862, engaged in the Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31-June 1, 1862, where he was wounded; Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; and several skirmishes on the retreat to Harrison's Landing; in the Defense of Washington, D. C., in command of works about Chain Bridge, September, 1862 to April, 1863; and of division at Centreville, VA, April- August, 1863; on military commissions and courts, at Washington, August 1863 to April, 1864; in command of depots about Fredericksburg, VA, for distribution of troops, prisoners, sick, etc., May, 1864, and at White House, VA, June, 1864, being engaged in its defense against Hampton's Legion, June, 1864. He was breveted to Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, March 13, 1865, for long and faithful service.
Following the Civil War Abercrombie was in command of Ft. Schuyler, NY for a time, retiring on August 3, 1865. He died at Roslyn, NY on January 3, 1877 and was buried at The Woodlands, Philadelphia, PA.
ABERCROMBIE, JOHN (1860 U.S. Census) Minnesota , TODD, FORT RIPLEY P O, Age 58, Male, Race: White, Born: MD Series: M653 Roll: 575 Page: 84
Appears to be the man in charge at FORT RILEY many officers, etc., listed beneath his listing at same address: next in line: PATTEN, GEORGE W. age 47 B-Major, b. RI.
ABERCROMBIE, JOHN age 58 occ: Lieut. Col. USA value 7000/1000
ABERCROMBIE, MARY age 40 b. PA
ABERCROMBIE, SARAH age 17 b. PA
ABERCROMBIE, ERNELINE age 15 b. PA
ABERCROMBIE, LOUISA age 14 b. PA
ABERCROMBIE, JOSEPH age 12 b. PA
ABERCROMBIE, FRANCIS age 9 b. PA
ABERCROMBIE, CLARA age 6 b. NY
ABERCROMBIE, SUSAN age 5 b. PA
ABERCROMBIE, WILLIAM age 3 b. MINN
ABERCROMBIE, IDA age 11/12 b. MINN
Next follows numerous officers/enlisted men
PATTEN, GEORGE W. age 47 B-Major, b. RI
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(1870 U.S. Census) Note: spelling
ABBERCROMBIE, JOHN J New York , QUEENS, N HEMPSTEAD, Age 68, Male, Race: White, Born: MD Series: M593 Roll: 1081 Page: 272
ABBERCROMBIE, JOHN J age 68 b. MD occ: Retired list Gen. Army ? ?value - 18,000/3000 Line 17. 159.199.
ABBERCROMBIE, MARY A (?) age 46 b. PA
ABBERCROMBIE, SARAH age 26 b. Iowa
ABBERCROMBIE, LOUISA age 21 b. Missouri
ABBERCROMBIE, SUSAN age 14 b. NY
ABBERCROMBIE, CLARA age 16 b. PA
ABBERCROMBIE, WILLIAM R. age 12 b. Minn.
ABBERCROMBIE, IDA age 10 b. Minn
THOMPSON, WINFIELD age 27 occ: farm laborer
LEDDY, MARGARET age 35 occ: domestic servant
1910 census youngest son WILLIAM
ABERCROMBIE, WILLIAM R (1910 U.S. Census) Washington , SPOKANE, 3-WD SPOKANE, Age 52, Male, Race: White, Born: MN Series: T624 Roll: 1670
ABERCROMBIE, WILLIAM R. age 52 born Minnesota occ: US ARMY Lieut. Col.
ABERCROMBIE, LILLIAN H. wife age 42 b. MD married 23 years
ABERCROMBIE, FRANCES K. daughter age 20 b. NEB
ABERCROMBIE, CLARA’D’N daughter age 14 b. NEB
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In 1898, as the gold rush was at its peak, the U.S. Army sent exploration teams to Alaska to locate a practical "All-American" route. The main corridors under initial consideration were the Susitna and Matanuska Valleys at the head of Cook Inlet, and the Copper River area. Captain William R. Abercrombie was in charge of the Copper River parties, and at the season's end, his suggestion that a trail could be built from Valdez was accepted. Valdez was already a booming town, a base for the prospectors who were heading to the Klondike along a route, discovered in January 1898, that led across the Valdez Glacier. This route, heavily promoted by the Pacific Steam Whaling Company in particular, was an exceptionally difficult and dangerous route, and many deaths resulted. In the early spring of 1899, work started on what would eventually become the Richardson Highway. Cut as a 5-foot-wide pack trail initially, progress was fairly rapid - by the end of the summer, the first 40 miles or so (the most difficult section) had been completed, and 93 miles surveyed and cleared. As well as the regular crews, the government hired destitute prospectors at $50 a month plus board, allowing hundreds to accumulate enough cash to escape the country.Re: Fort Abercrombie, Kodiak, Alaska: In June 1941 780 acres were reserved for the future fort. This is one of three forts in the vicinity of what was the US Navy Operating Base at Womens Bay on Nyman Penninsula, now a USGC base. The Miller Point fort was originally manned in April 1941 by Battery C, 250th Coast Artillery Regiment, California National Guard. They arrived on the Army transport St. Mihiel. It wasn't until April 2, 1943 that it was named for Lt. Col. William R. Abercrombie, a major US Army explorer of Alaska in the 19th century. There was a Fort Abercrombie in Kansas 1859 to 1877.
J. J. ABERCROMBIE (son of JOHN J. and MARY E. PATTERSON ABERCROMBIE)
WEB SITE: http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:R1t3H6eY0BgJ:www.127thnewyork.com/page230.html+ABERCROMBIE+PATTERSON++PHILADELPHIA&hl=en&ie=UTF-8http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:R1t3H6eY0BgJ:www.127thnewyork.com/page230.html+ABERCROMBIE+PATTERSON++PHILADELPHIA&hl=en&ie=UTF-8
Born: March 17, 1845 in Philadelphia.
Died: October 4, 1919 in Chicago IL.Buried At:
Enlisted: January 12, 1863, at Camp Bliss, VA.
Mustered In: Commissioned into Company G, January 30, 1863.Mustered out: June 30, 1865, at Charleston, SC.Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Promotions: 1st Lieutenant March 1, 1865
GAR Post: #5 George H. Thomas, Chicago, IL.
Last Known Address: 16 Adams Street, Chicago, IL.
Mother: Mary Engle Patterson
Wife: Lilly Mary Nugent ,married on August 27, 1881.
Widow Pension Application Date: October 20, 1919, Washington, DC.
Sources:Report of the Adjutant General New York127th New York Volunteers By Franklin McGrath
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania/ Robert Patterson Mansion (SW corner of 13th & Locust)The site of HSP was formerly the site of an ornate house built by General Robert Patterson, the Irish-born head of the Philadelphia/ Baltimore Railroad Company. He was also a cotton processor who had large estates in Louisiana. His mansion had large gardens that extended west to Juniper and south to Irving. He willed the building to HSP, who moved their collections there in 1882 and sold the garden to Germantown merchant Francis Stokes. Around 1905, HSP commissioned a new building designed by architect Addison Hutton.John Joseph Abercrombie, Brigadier General VolunteersBorn March 4, 1798 at Baltimore MDBrother-in-law of US General Francis Engle PattersonUSMA 37th in 1822Wounded at Seven Pines/Fair OaksDied January 3, 1877 at Roslyn, Long Island NYBuried Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia PA
ROBERT PATTERSON b 1792 Ireland (General in Civil War) wealthy Philadelphia Merchant married SARAH ENGLE
note: I discovered children of J. J. ABERCROMBIE living with their granfather ROBERT PATTERSON in census records.
I am researching this PATTERSON family because the son in law of ROBERT PATTERSON, Brig-Gen. JOHN J. ABERCROMBIE may well be the brother of my 3 great grandmother ERNESTINE ABERCROMBIE (FIELD). =========
ABERCROMBIE, SARAH J (1860 U.S. Census) GRANDDAUGHTER OF SARAH and ROBERT PATTERSON of PhiladelphiaPennsylvania , PHILADELPHIA, 8-WD PHILADELPHIA, Age 16, Female, Race: White, Born: PA Series: M653 Roll: 1158 Page: 241
ROBERT PATTERSON age 68 merchant born Ireland value 150,000/900,000
PATTERSON, SARAH age 67 b. PA
PATTERSON, FRANCIS age 35
PATTERSON, LOUISA age 25
ABERCROMBIE, SARAH J. age 16
ABERCROMBIE, EARNESTINE age 14
ABERCROMBIE, CLARA? age 12
SULLIVAN, JAMES age 28 occ: coachman
O'BRIEN, COME age 25 occ: gardener
BALLENTINE, ROBERT age 25 occ: waiter
KELLY, JANE age 24 occ: domestic
DEVITT, ANNIE M. age 25 occ: domestic
BROWN, MARY age 40 occ: domestic
PATTERSON, ROBERT (1870 U.S. Census) Pennsylvania , PHILADELPHIA, 8-WD 23-DIST, Age 78, Male, Race: White, Born: PA Series: M593 Roll: 1393 Page: 117 Line 11. 151.135
lives next door to Iron Merchant and Physician
PATTERSON, ROBERT age 78 occ: Cotton Merchant and (looks like Mfr)(large valuation – $1,115,000/500,000)PATTERSON, SARAH ANN age 35
LYNDE, LOUISA H. age 35
LYNDE, F. E. P. age 7
CRAWFORD, ELIZA age 40 occ: Domestic servant
O’DONNEL, ALICE aqe 35 occ: Domestic servant
RIORDAN, MARY age 25 occ: Domestic servant
WATERS, CATH age 42 occ: Domestic servant
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Male Other Information:
Birth Year <1792>
Age 88 Occupation Cotton Goods Mfgr.
Marital Status W
Head of Household Robt. PATTERSON
Father's Birthplace IRE
Mother's Birthplace IRE
Household:Robt. PATTERSON Self W Male W 88 IRE Cotton Goods Mfgr. IRE IRE
Louise LYNDE Dau W Female W 40 PA Keeping House IRE IRE
Frank LYNDE GSon S Male W 17 PA At College NY PA Clara ABBERCROMBIE GDau S Female W 27 PA MD PA Louise ABBERCROMBIE GDau S Female W 26 NY MD PA Ida ABBERCROMBIE GDau S Female W 20 MN MD PA Thomas BOYD Other S Male W 40 IRE Coachman IRE IRE Catharine WATERS Other S Female W 50 IRE Domestic IRE IRE Ellen KARNEY Other S Female W 25 PA Chambermaid IRE IRE Eliza CRAWFORD Other S Female W 60 IRE Waiting Woman IRE IRE
Source Information: Census Place Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Family History Library Film 1255171 NA Film Number T9-1171 Page Number 454D
Descendants of Veterans of the War of 1812 - Lynde, Francis Engle Patterson 318 West Eighty-sixth Street, New York, N.Y.
SARAH ENGLE PATTERSON· BIRTH: 19 Oct 1823 · DEATH: 11 Feb 1897
Father: ROBERT PATTERSON
Mother: SARAH ENGLE
Spouse: JAMES ROSS SNOWDEN · MARRIAGE: 13 Sep 1848 ·
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Name PATTERSON, Francis Engle Born May 7 1821, Philadelphia PA
Died November 22 1862, nr Occoquan VA Pre-War Profession Mexican War, remained in the Army, resigned 1857, businessman. War Service April 1861 Col. of 17th Pennsylvania, April 1862 appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers, commanded 3rd Bde/2nd Divn/II Corps in Peninsula campaign, while at Catlett's Station he is said to have conducted an unauthorised retreated when he believed there were Confederate forces nearby, accidentally shot himself before the matter could be investigated. Notes He was the son of Robert Patterson, a General of Pennsylvania Volunteers. ·
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(01-12-1792 - 08-07-1881)
President: 1867 - 1881
Born at Cappagh, County Tyrone, Ireland, his family emigrated to Delaware County, PA after his father fled following his involvement in the Irish rebellion of 1798. Patterson was educated in public schools and subsequently became a clerk in a Philadelphia counting house. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant, Infantry, during the War of 1812. Promotions in the PA militia to Lieutenant-Colonel and Colonel were received by April 2, 1813.
Patterson was commissioned a First Lieutenant, 22nd Infantry, April 5, 1813 and was transferred to the 32nd Infantry on May 27, 1813. He was promoted to Captain, Assistant Quartermaster-General, June 24, 1813 and served to June 5, 1814. Captain, 32nd Infantry, April 19, 1814 to June, 1815. For a time he served on Gen. Joseph Bloomfield's staff.
Following the War, Patterson returned to commercial pursuits, engaged in manufacturing and establishing several mills. He became active in politics and was one of the five Col. Pattersons in the Pennsylvania convention that nominated Andrew Jackson for the presidency, and in 1836 was president of the electoral college that cast the vote of Pennsylvania for Martin Van Buren. In 1838, and again in 1844, he was active in quelling local riots.
Patterson was commissioned a Major-General of Volunteers at the outbreak of the Mexican War, commanded his division at Cerro Gordo, April 12, 1847, led the cavalry and advanced brigades in the pursuit, and entered and took Jalapa. After the War he resumed his business pursuits and took command of the Pennsylvania militia.
At the beginning of the Civil War he was the oldest Major-General by commission in the United States. On the President's first call for 75,000 men for three months' duty, April 15, 1861, Patterson was mustered into service as a Major-General of Volunteers, and assigned to a military department composed of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He crossed the Potomac at Williamsport on June 15. When Gen. McDowell advanced into Virginia, Patterson was assigned the responsibility of watching Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's troops at Winchester, VA. He later claimed the failure of Gen. Scott to send him orders, for which he had been directed to wait, caused his failure to cooperated with McDowell in the movements that resulted in the Battle of Bull Run. He was mustered out of service upon the expiration of his commission, July 27, 1861.
One of the largest mill-owners in the United States, Gen. Patterson was interested in sugar refineries and cotton plantations. He was a popular speaker and President of the Board of Trustees of Lafayette College at the time of his accidental death in Philadelphia in 1881.
General Patterson's tenure as President of the Aztec Club, 1867-1881, spanned the critical period after the Civil War when the Club accomplished what few of its contemporaries did the successful metamorphosis from a military society to a hereditary one.
The accomplishments of his administration were many:
1. Establishment of an annual meeting schedule, a mechanism for timely publication of notice, and annual election of officers.
2. Production of a list of original members.
3. Creation of a membership medal, and the distribution of it to all living members and the families of deceased members.
4. Long-term fiscal management.
5. Successor membership.
6. Adoption of a new Constitution and By-Laws.
7. Creation of an Executive Committee empowered to conduct business between meetings.
The subtle changes in membership criteria: from admission of individuals who served in the War in any theater (1871); to successor membership (1875); and, shortly after his death, the admission of sons of officers disabled or killed in the Mexican War (1881) created a new fabric from which the hereditary society was formed. As if by some grand scheme, Robert Patterson set motion a metamorphosis that was not complete until several years after his death.
His vision, leadership, and the respect he commanded of nearly everyone embodied a unique blend of qualities the Club needed at this critical time. Rather than rest upon the laurels of the past, he aggressively sought out and embraced as many officers who were Mexican War veterans as he could find, no doubt realizing that enlisting them in the cause as members would foster the interest of future generations. It was not by accident that his intent was to pass the torch to the next generation.
Included in the Minutes of 1881 Annual Meeting of the Aztec Club is the following memorial to Robert Patterson:
"Major General Robert Patterson, the venerable, distinguished and highly honored President of The Aztec Club, died on the 7th day of August 1881. He was born in County Tyrone, Ireland on the 12th of January 1792, and was therefore at the time of his decease in the 90th year of his age. As a soldier and a general he was distinguished in the War of 1812, in the Mexican War of 1846, and in the late Civil War. As a citizen and a merchant he gained and kept the esteem and respect of his fellow citizens, who recognized in him a man of generous heart, prompt action and high public spirit. As a man he won the affectionate regard of a very large circle of friends. Thus eminently respectable in many situations and activities, his virtues and achievements have already been made public and have become material for history. But to us he stands in a peculiar relation which is the special subject of this record.
We mourn his life and cherish his memory, as the President of this our military society, a post which he had filled from the close of the Mexican War until the date of his death. In all these years he has loved and fostered the Club; he has held it together by the attraction of his personal influence; he has hospitably entertained it in annual reunions at his house. He stood to it in the attitude of a father, and he was very proud of his military family, who warmly returned his affection; they were proud of their President.
He has gone, followed to the grave by his mourning family and by many friends and associations. Among them The Aztec Club had by its representatives the high honor of taking rank after those of his own blood. We mourn his loss, but we remember how often he referred to the supreme hour with the simple words 'that it must come soon, but his knapsack was packed and he was ready.'"
Resolved that the heartfelt sympathy of The Aztec Club be extended, with this memorial record, to his son, General Robert E. Patterson, and through him to every member of the bereaved family.