Edward Abbey Biography
Life - Death - Praise - Geneaology data
Ascendants of Edward Paul
Descendants of Edward Paul Abbey
In his book Abbey's Road
,Edward Abbey wrote:
"I am [...] descended from an endless line of
dark-complected, lug-eared, beetle-browed, insolent barbarian
peasants, a line reaching back to the dark forests of central
Europe and the alpine caves of my Neanderthal
Thanks to genealogical research done by Kathleen Osmond
(granddaughter to one of Ed's cousins) and documented by Ida
Abbey (one of Ed's aunts) we can now trace Ed's line back to some
of those "barbarian peasants" in central Europe. The
research did not quite find his "Neanderthal
primogenitors" but at least ancestors back in 16:th century
Many thanks goes to David B. Abbey (grandson to one of Ed's
cousins) for supplying this interesting material, and to Kathleen
Osmond and Ida Abbey for their great work. This material has now
been entered into a Family Tree Maker database by Christer
Lindh and is available to anyone seriously interested in doing
more research on these families.
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if you are interested in researching more or have additional
information about Ed's ascendants and descendants.
tree shows the ascendants of Edward Abbey back to his
grandfathers father Johannes Aebi who immigrated from
Switzerland. The Aebis in Switzerland are traced to at least the
16:th century but if those were included this tree
would be too tall.
On 6 September, 1869 the ship Westphalia arrived in New
Jersey. On board was a Johannes Aebi, born in Heimiswil, Bern,
Switzerland about May3, 1850. In the ship's log he was listed as
"Johann Aebby" and the dock records lists him as
"Jean Aebbi". He anglicized his name to John Abbey,
settled near Ohiopyle, Fayette County, Pennsylvania and then sent
for the rest of the family.
Johann and Magda Aebi arrived with their other 10 children to
New York on 7 October, 1871 with the German ship Helsatia.
Everyone in the family had their names anglicized to Abbey except
Friedrich who kept the Aebi name.
The father Johann died of smallpox in 1873, two years after
arriving in America. This left the family to fend for themselves,
and they had a hard time of it. The youngest son Siegfried also
died. It must have been somewhat of a "come-down" for
this family; in Switzerland Johann Aebi had been a town official
in their hometown Heimiswil and the family was quite wealthy. It
is unclear what made them move to America, maybe Johannes spoke
well about the endless possibilities in the New World.
A book of Aebi genealogy exists and it traces the Aebi family
back to Peter Aebi born in 1562. Many of the brothers and sisters
who arrived in America married and some remained single. I don't
know if any other branches of the family than that of the oldest
son John have ever been traced.
On 2 September 1877 John Abbey (the oldest son) married
Eleanor Jane. They raised 11 children, where the youngest was
Paul, Ed's father, born in 1901.
There's not much information available on the Ostranders. They
were Hollanders of French descent, Huguenot. Eleanors father
William Ostrander was born in New Jersey, but there must have
been many Ostranders in Washington County, Pennsylvania, since
two of Eleanor's cousins also married Abbey's.
Eleanor loved poetry a lot and wrote some herself, such as
this poem to and about Paul written in October 1918:
- When I hear your whistle
Oh I love to hear your
When you're coming home at night,
Tho' the way be dark and dismal,
Or the stars are shining bright,
At times, you don't know it,
But it thrills me with delight
When I hear you gaily whistling
When you're coming home at night,
For I know your mind is merry
And I know your heart is gay
And I'm sure you've not been walking
In the paths that lead astray.
If your heart had lost it's music
And your smile had lost it's light,
You would never come a-whistling,
When you're coming home at night.
Paul Revere Abbey married Mildred Postlewaite 5 July 1925. They
raised 5 children where Edward was the oldest. At the time of
Ed's birth the family lived in the town of Indiana but soon moved
close to Home, Pennsylvania where there is now a state historical marker.
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