> I am looking for information on William Abrams > a steamboat captain from the area of Rimersburg, > PA. His granfather or great grandfather would > have been Gabriel Abrams of Fayette County, PA.
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You proabably are talking about Capt. William McClelland ABRAMS, 1819 - 1902, who is buried at Rimersberg cemetery, Clarion Co. PA. The http://www.csonline.net/ecclesh/a.htmlhttp://www.csonline.net/ecclesh/a.html cemetery listing site gives birth and death information.
The death notice on page 5 of the April 17th 1902 edition of the Clarion Republican says: "Capt. W. M. Abrams, an old and respected citizen, of Rimersburg or vicinity died on Sunday last. He was about 82 years of age. Mr. Abrams was an uncle of our townsman James Pinks."
Note that there were at least 3 generations named James PINKS in the area of Rimersburg.
This would also make William McClelland ABRAMS the grandson of Gabriel ABRAMS (1750 - 1841), Rev. War vet buried near McClellandstown, Fayette Co. PA.
The Allegheny river, by Mrs. S. Kussart, on page 231 says: ... the owners of the General Larimer, a towboat of 72 tons burden, when re-enrolled, March 4, 1861, were her commander, Captain William Abrams, who held a two-thirds interest, and Hunter Orr, the remainder, both of Rimerton. ...
The 1880 census describes this same William M. ABRAMS as a "coal operator". New Bethlehem, Clarion, Pennsylvania, page 283C. The maiden name of the wife Emily J. ABRAMS is Emily Jane PINKS. She is the daughter of James PINKS, one of the first citizens of Rimersburg (originally Pinksville)via his second wife.
Capt. William McClelland ABRAMS, 1819 - 1902, is my gg grandfather.