Your Thomas has to be my great uncle. It's exciting to find a relative! My mother remembers visiting the children at orphanage in the 1930's.She was a child at the time and doesn't remember much about it.She remembers that they were Bessie's children, but she thought Bessie was an Abbott.She says Bessie was married to John Doolittle. From what you have written, it seems Bessie was actually the partner of the missing Abbott brother Thomas. I haven't been able to find out anything about Bessie, Thomas or John Doolittle.What I do have:
Our great grandfather Thomas R. Abbott married S.P. Allgood (I haven't found out anything about her yet) in Paulding County, GA in 1878. The known children of that marriage are Evie Abbott Shelton (1883-1969, Rome, GA), Minnie Abbott Porter (1886-1972, Dyer, TN), Willie (female)Abbott Wegner (1887-1964, Evansville, IN), John Abbott (1893-1916, Evansville, IN), Arthur Abbott (1896-1973, Evansville, IN).A second marriage to Lizzie Davis Eaton is recorded in Gibson County, TN in 1906.Their children were Ida Abbott Tettleton (1913-2000, Dyer,TN), Effie Abbott Little (1927-?, Humbolt, TN).There were also sons Thomas and Charles and a daughter Bessie (we thought) that I knew nothing about.Can we compare notes?