1856 - 1913 (57 years)
||Martha J. Hoffman Abeling |
||15 Apr 1856
||16 Dec 1913
||Mullan, Shoshone County, Idaho
||IOOF Cemetery , Mullan, Shoshone County, Idaho
||Abeling Family Tree | Abeling Family of Connecticut
||19 Aug 2007 |
||Paul Reinhold "Otto" Abeling, b. Abt 1853, Berge, Sorau Co, Prussia now Zasieki, Poland , d. 15 Dec 1929, Grangeville, Idaho (Age ~ 76 years) |
- How do we know that Otto Abeling married Martha Hoffman?
So far, there is only one document that directly ties Otto to Martha. It is their oldest daughters death certificate for Bertha Abeling Dalton which states that her father is Otto Abeling and her mother is Martha Hoffman.
The following indicators also point towards Otto and Martha as being married...
1) The census records of the children indicate that the mother was born in Connecticut and that the father was a) a male with the last name of Abeling and b) born in Germany.
2) Following the census records, there are only 5 male Abeling's who were born in Germany that lived in Torrington, CT... Julius (who is too old to meet the description), and then his four sons - William, Herman, Charles, and Otto. Next, we use the process of elimination..... William, Herman,and Charles all have census records showing that they married other women and stayed as residents of Torrington, CT - which leaves us with Otto Abeling.
3) Otto Abeling does not have any census records available that show he was living with Martha and the children - however, there is a census record that shows he lived in Wilson, Utah in 1920. In addition, he died in Idaho in 1929, and is listed as a widow. Since the other Abeling boys stayed in Connecticut, Otto appears to be the son who moved west.
4) As teenagers, Martha Hoffman and Otto Abeling were neighbors. In the 1870 Census of Torrington, CT Martha and her family lived on the same street as Otto and his family - only 5 houses away from each other. Otto's father and Martha's brother likely worked at the same woolen mill, and Martha's other brother likely worked at the same skate shop as Otto's older brother.
5) Just a hunch, but several of Martha's children were involved in Mining related jobs - which most likely did not happen as a result of her families history from Torrington, CT. In all likelyhood, it was Otto who was the first in the family to be involved in mining related jobs and most likely passed this on to his children. In fact, the 1920 census shows that Otto was living alone in Wilson, Utah working as..... a Mining Engineer.
Putting all of the available dates together, here is a very possible timeline...
1869: Otto moves to Torrington, CT from Germany
1870 Census: As teenagers, Martha and Otto are neighbors in Torrington, CT, and several of their family members appear to work at the same locations.
1876/77: Probable marriage date, most likely in Torrington, CT
1877: Birth of their first child, Bertha
1879: Birth of their second child, Alice
1880 Census: Martha is living with her parents in Torrington CT, along with Bertha and Alice. Otto is not found anywhere in the 1880 census - why not? One possibility is that he was already heading west, possibly looking for a future location for the family? Or he went to pursue his own dream of heading west for mining- and had to convince his wife to eventually head west to join him?
1883: Birth of their third child, Chester, in Montana
1885: Birth of their fourth child, Howard in Montana
1890 Census: Not available, as it was burned in a fire
1894: Otto Abeling resided in Burke, Idaho according to US Patent Records.
1895: On Dec 24, Otto and Martha's oldest daughter, Bertha marries Michael Dalton in Moscow, Idaho.
1900 Census: Martha is living in Moscow, Idaho along with Bertha, Alice, Chester, and Howard. But again, Otto is not listed - however, again Martha is listed as Married, but Otto is not in the household at the time of the census.
1910 Census: All of their children are listed as married and/or living off on their own. However, Martha is living alone in Moscow, Idaho, and is now listed as divorced.
1913: Martha Hoffman Abeling dies in Idaho
1920 Census: Otto Abeling is listed as living alone (but listed as widow), working in Wilson, Utah as an Mining Engineer.
1929: Otto Abeling dies in Idaho.
| ||1. Bertha C. Abeling Dalton, b. 16 Jun 1877, Connecticut , d. 01 Mar 1927, Idaho (Age 49 years)|
| ||2. Alice Abeling, b. Oct 1879, Connecticut |
| ||3. Chester Harvey Abeling, b. Oct 1883, Montana , d. 1925, Salt Lake City, Utah (Age ~ 41 years)|
| ||4. Howard Victor Abeling, b. 12 Sept 1885, Montana , d. 15 Aug 1969, Santa Cruz, California (Age 83 years)|
||1880 US Census: Torrington, Litchfield County, Connecticut|
Charles Hoffman, 62, farmer, born in Saxony, both parents born in Saxony
wife, Augusta, 63, born in Prussia, both parents born in Prussia
son, Morris, 23, works in brass mill, born in CT
daughter Martha J (nee Hoffman) Abeling, 25, born in CT
Martha's daughter, Bertha, 3, born in CT
Martha's duaghter, Alice, 9months, born in Aug 1879 in CT
Gustavus Glouskey, step son [NOTE: most likely is from a previous marriage of Augusta's], age 42, works as bar tender, born in Prussia, both parents born in Prussia
Living in the house next door..
Herman Abeling, 31, works as Wire Drawer, born in Prussia, both parents born in Prussia
wife, Emma, 23, born in Prussia, both parents born in Prussia
son, Edward, 3, born in CT
daughter, Clara, 10 months, born July 1879 in CT
(At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
||1900 US Census: Moscow, Latah County, Idaho|
Living on Deakin Avenue...
Martha (nee Hoffman) Abeling, head of house, born Apr 1857, age 42, married, married for 22 years, mother of 4 children, all 4 children alive at the time of the census, born in CT, mother and father born in Germany,
daughter, Alice, born Oct 1879, 20, born in CT
son, Chester H, born Oct 1883, 16, born in Montana
son, Howard V, born Sept 1885, 14, born in Montana
daughter, Bertha C (nee Abeling) Dalton, born Jan 1877, 23 yrs old, married for 5 years, mother of 1 child which is alive at the time of the census, born in CT
Betha's son, Edward H, born Apri 1897, 3, born in Idaho
||1910 US Census: Moscow, Latah County, Idaho|
Living on Van Buren Street...
Martha C Abeling, head of house, age 53, divorced, mother of 4 children, 4 alive at time of census, born in Connecticut, both parents born in Germany
||19 Aug 2007 |
- According to:
Martha Abeling is buried at the IOOF Cemetery , Mullan, Shoshone County, Idaho. Plot is #16 - however, she does not have a headstone. However, her daughter Bertha Abeling Dalton is buried in this same plot. According to their notes, Martha's deather date was 1918. However, the Idaho death record clearly indicates 1913. My assumption is that the difference is in the transcription that was done during the creation of this web page, and my belief is that 1913 is probably correct.
- Obtained from The Idaho Post, dated January 8 1914:
After long illness and suffering Mrs. Martha C. Abeling passed to her heavenly reward at the home of her son-in-law, M.P. Dalton, Mullan, Idaho, Tuesday evening, December 16, 1913. The immediate cause of her death was inflammation of the heart. The funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Goudge, were held from the Dalton residence on Thursday, December 18, interment being made in the Odd Fellows cemetery of Mullan.
Mrs. Abeling was born in Torrington, Conn., April 15, 1856, and was therefore aged fifty-seven years, eight months and one day. Of her immediate relatives there were present at the funeral her daughters, Mrs. M.P. Dalton of Mullan, and Mrs. R.B. Gilbert of Wenatchee, Wash., and two sons, C.H. Abeling of Mullan, and H.V. Abeling of Burke, Idaho. There are also two brothers and a sister, Messrs. Herman and Ed. Hoffman, and Mrs. Andrew Finn, all of Torrington, Conn.
Obtained at: http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:297uNggr0RAJ:dgs.0pi.com/us_newspaper_extracts.htm+abeling+idaho&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=55&gl=us