Augusta ABNEY

F, b. 15 October 1871, d. 25 May 1950
Relationship
Grandaunt of John Kennedy BROWN Jr.
     Augusta ABNEY was born on 15 October 1871 in Chilton County, Alabama, daughter of Samuel ABNEY IV and Martha Anne WALKER.1 Augusta ABNEY also went by the name of Gussie.
     From The Shelby Chronicles published in Columbiana in 1884 Gussie was attending Smith's High School with a grade of 92. Her teacher was Lucy A. Smith.
     No proof has been found, but it is believed within the family that Gussie was educated at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. George K. Brown said that the Walker's financed her education.
     Zachariah ABNEY, Augusta ABNEY and Samuel L. ABNEY appeared in a newspaper article 14 March 1890 in the The Prattville Progress, published in Prattville, Alabama. "Miss Gussie Abney, of Maplesville, Ala., and Mr. Sam Abney [son of Alexander Abney], of Texas, have been on a visit to their uncle, Capt. Z. Abney."
     Augusta ABNEY appeared in a newspaper article 20 May 1890 in the The Shelby News, published in Calera, Alabama. Miss Gussie Abney, one of the prettiest of the many pretty girls of Mulberry [Maplesville?], has stopped over in Clanton on her return from a visit to relatives in Prattville.
     Gussie ABNEY was attending trainingl on 17 September 1896 at Bibb County Teacher's Institute in Centreville, Alabama. According the county superintendant of education the law stated that each teacher must attend one instiute each year or their license could be suspended or cancelled.
     Gussie ABNEY and Sarah Virginia ABNEY appeared in a newspaper article 17 November 1899 in the The Living Truth, published in Greenville, Alabama. The following teachers were granted certificates [License to teach in Alabama granted by State Board of Examiners] last Friday: Chilton county-- Second Grade: Miss Abbie Spratlen, Miss Gussie Abney, S. J. Strock, Miss Sarah Abney.
     Augusta married first Jacob KNUPP on 1 February 1900 in Abney House, Maplesville, Chilton County, Alabama. Rev. Byrd L. Moore of the Randolph circuit officiated. She was 30 and he was 40. Zach Abney and H. S. Doster from Prattiville were in attendence.1,2
     Augusta KNUPP appeared on a census, enumerated 18 June 1900, in the household of her parents Samuel ABNEY IV and Martha Anne WALKER in Maplesville, Chilton County, Alabama. She was recorded as a boarder, Gussie Knupp, a music teacher, age 27, born October 1872 in Alabama.3
     Augusta KNUPP appeared as head of household on a census enumerated 26 April 1910 in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana. The household was listed as Augusta Knupp was living in a duplex at 212 North 7th Street. She was recorded as 33 years of age, married 10 years with no children. She was employed as a saleslady selling tea and coffee. In the other half of the building was George A. Knight, a 59 [or 39] year old widower who was a agent selling tea and coffee. He was born in Michigan.
     Jacob died on 21 September 1910 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, of complications from cirrhosis of liver leaving Gussie ABNEY as a widow. The source is Massachusetts Death Records, 1841-1915. This may not be the right Jacob Knupp, but it seems to fit. Deceased was a 46 years old salesman. Marital status "unknown".
     Augusta married second George A. Knight on 1 January 1920 in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana.4
     Augusta ABNEY and George A. Knight appeared as head of household on a census enumerated 2 January 1920 in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana. The household was listed as George A Knight, 59, a retail merchant of, and Augusta Knight, 41, an agent sellling tea and coffee. They lived at 214 N. 7th Street.
     Augusta ABNEY and George A. Knight appeared as head of household on a census enumerated 1940 in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana. The household was listed as Augusta Knight, 58, and George A. Knight, 89. They lived at 212/2 North 7th Street.
     Augusta ABNEY died on 25 May 1950 in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana, at age 78. She died in a fire.4,5 She was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery.
     Augusta ABNEY appeared in a newspaper article 30 May 1950 in the The Indianapolis News, published in Indianapolis, Indiana. 11 Storerooms Are Condemned After Fire. Vincennes, Ind.-- May 30. Eleven storerooms on North Seventh Street in. the block where a Friday night fire resulted in the death of Mrs. Augusta Knight, aged widow, was condemned today by Fire Chief Dewey Shepherd. Shepherd said the owners had been ordered to tear down the buildings or to remodel them.
Last Edited=2 Mar 2020

Citations

  1. [S276] Edgefield Chapter South Carolina Genealogical Society, ABCDs of Edgefield, Samuel Abney IV Bible, pg. 114.
  2. [S770] "Alabama County Marriages, 1805-1967", Chilton county, pg. 412.
  3. [S103] 1900 U. S. Census, Chilton County, Alabama, Sam Abney household #173, pg. 128A, Maplesville, Precinct 7, Vol. 10, ED 31, Sheet 10, Line 19.
  4. [S544] Sun-Commercial, 26 May 1950, page one.
  5. [S696] Find A Grave (website), online http://www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 63130339. Tombstone lists DOB 25 Oct 1871 & DOD 27 May 1950.

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