Monday, September 26, 2005

Richard D. ABBOTT
Our first subject was 77 at time of death and was reportedly born in California. The only candidate I could find was Richard D. ABBOTT, son of John D. and Eleanor G. ABBOTT, born in about 1930 (age 3 months in the census dated 11 APR 1930) and living in Berkeley, Alameda County, California at the time of the 1930 census. John D. ABBOTT was the manager of a box lunch counter. He was 29, or born about 1900. He was from Scotland and came to the US in 1924. His parents were from Northern Ireland. Eleanor G. was 27, or born about 1902. She was England, with a father from India (under the British Raj?) and a mother from England. She came to the US in 1924, also. Richard D. was their only son.
The California Birth Index lists a Richard Dunbar ABBOTT, born 05 DEC 1929 in Alameda County. His mother's maiden name was MICHELL (though prob. MITCHELL). From the same index, we learn that Richard had a brother named Donald Waring ABBOTT, born 08 JUL 1932 in Alameda County. (Mother's maiden name again spelled MICHELL.)
We know that Richard in dead. What about Donald? There's no record of his death in California (1940-1997) or in the SSDI. John D. ABBOTT (the father) died 20 JUN 1961 in Santa Cruz County. His birth (in the CA Death Index) was given as 28 APR 1899 in Scotland, and his mother's maiden name was WARING. There was no record for the death of Eleanor, so she may have remarried before her death.
That's where the search hits a wall. If you have any leads on Donald Waring ABBOTT, age about 73, tell the coroner in San Bernardino (and info me).


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