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  • ID: I09826
  • Sex: M
  • Title: COL.
  • Birth: AUG 1858 in Fort Ripley, Crow Wing County, Minnesota
  • Death: 7 NOV 1943 in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington
  • Change Date: 7 FEB 2009
  • Note:
    "Spokane and the Spokane Country, Pictorial and Biographical, De LuxeSupplement"
    The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company; Spokane, Chicago, Philadelphia; 1912
    No author listed; Vol. 1, page 117

    Pages 100-104


    Military commander, scientist, explorer and promoter of various important business projects wh ich have been of almost incalculable
    value in thedevelopment of the northwest, was born at Fo rt Ridgely, Minnesota, August 17, 1857.

    His father, General John J. Abercrombie, who was (born) in Baltimore,Maryland, was a graduate of the West Point Military Academy of
    the class of 1822 and after fifty-five years' service in the United States armyretired in 1877. He won distinction and honors in connection with service in the Indian wars, participating in the Seminole an d the Black Hawk wars, also the Mexican and Civil wars. In the last
    named he passed through all of the grades from that of second lieutenant to general officer.

    Through previous generations this military trait has been traced, the family being descended from Ralph Abercrombie, of the English
    army, who Settled in this country after the battle of Ticonderoga. Of the three wassons of General John J. Abercrombie two served in
    the army and one in the navy. (JSR note: according to armory registered in Scotland in 1788 this family didn't descend from RALPH ABERCROMBIE)

    The eldest son, J. J. Abercrombie, who became captain of artillery, is now retired and is living in Chicago, where he is conducting a brokerage business.

    Ensign F. P. Abercrombie, who was in the volunteer service, is now division superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

    The two daughters are: Mrs. W. E. Goodman, living at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia; and Mrs. John Cole (COALE) Rutherford, of Park, New Jersey.

    Colonel William R. Abercrombie, whose name introduces this review, was educated in Queen's county, Long Island, New York, pursuing his course in Flower Hill Academy. He became connected wi th the United States army at the age of nineteen years and was commissioned second lieutenant in theSecond Infantry by General Grant in March, 1877. In July of that year he came to the Pacific
    coast to take part in the Nez Perce war. He went from, Atlanta, Georgia, to San Francisco, thence by boat to Portland and by river
    steamer to Lewiston, farm which point be marched t o Spokane Falls. Here in October the regiment was divided and Company E, of which Colonel Abercrombie was then second lieutenant, took its station at Fort Colville. Two companies built log cabins there while
    another company went to the Palouse country and the remainder of the troops went to Coeur d'Alene.

    In 1878 Colonel Abercrombie took part in the Bannock Indian war and the following year was quartermaster of an expedition into the Moses country in what is now known as the Great Bend, and encamped at the mouthof Foster creek on the Columbia river through the winter of 1879-80. In the spring of the latter year he proceeded by boat down the Columbia river and began building a post at Lake
    Chelan. Owing to the roughness of the country that post was afterward abandoned in the fall of 1880, and Colonel Abercrombie was appointed to duty at the mouth of the Spokane river, where he acted as quartermaster and commissary.

    In 1882 trains began running to Fort Coeur d' Alene and with many of the events which have marked the upbuilding of this section of the country since that time Colonel Abercrombie has been closely associated. In 1882 he was detailed to take the census of Indians on the Colville and Moses reservations, and in 1883 he made a survey of Pend d'Oreille river and Pend d'Oreille lake to the forty-ninth parallel and in 1884 commanded his first expedition into Alaska, locating the Copper river delta. Two years later he conducted an expedition and made a survey of the Priest river country and from 1886 until 1896 was stationed at Fort Omaha, Nebraska. He participated in various Indian campaigns throughout the west and was called out for active dut y at the time of the riots in Chicago, in Butte and in other places.

    In 1897 he was statione d at Fort Harrison, Montana,and made surveys between the forty-seventh and forty-ninth parall els, and from the one hundred and ninth to the one hundred and eleventh meridians, which included the Miras Indian reservation and other public lands. In 1898 he was quartermaster of the Reindeer train which was attached to the expedition for the relief of destitute miners in the Yukon country in Alaska. and after the completion of that work, in the same year, he commanded the Alaska exploration expedition, No. 2 for the exploration of the Copper river valley with a view to discovering and locating an all-American route from tide water on Prince William's Sound to the international boundary between Canada and the United States, and BelleIsle and the Yukon river.

    In 1889 Colonel Abercrombie commanded the Copper river exploration expedition operating from Port Valdez, Alaska. He discovered and located an all-American route from Port Valdez to the Tanana river, and the same year was appointed chief engineer of the department of Alaska and construction chief engineer of the department of Alaska and construction engineer of the trans-Alaskan military road.
    From 1899 until 1901 he wasengaged as constructing engineer of the trans-Alaskan military road. From Valdez to the Yukon river,
    covering four hundred and eighty miles, and in 1902 he was acting engineering officer of the department of the Columbia at Vancouver Barracks, Washington.

    In 1903 he was in service inthe Philippine islands and in 1905-6 was on recruiting duty in the northern part of the state of New Jersey.
    In 1907 he was commander at Fort Reno, Oklahoma, and in 1908 was on foreign service in the Philippine Islands, while in 1910 he was commander at Fort. Wright, at which point he retired from active service and came to Spokane to make his home. He continued in active military duty for thirty-three years, spending ten years, summer and winter, in tents. He is now connected with mining projects, having owned mining property since 1884. This is located at Cornucopia, Oregon, and he is also chief engineer of the development in the
    Willapa Harbor, in Pacific county. He has gold and silver bearing properties and the company is now operating a twenty stamp mill. Colonel Abercrombie is also interested in the Willapa-Pacific Townsite Company the town site being located in Willapa county, at the
    mouth of the Willapa river about two miles south of South Bend. His long and varied experience in engineering work during his
    connection with the army well qualifies him for important duties that are now devolving upon him in this connection.

    Colonel Abercrombie was the first soldier that came into the town of Spokane and the first man he met in the settlement was James Glover. The Indians had been dancing and making merry for a week before his arrival. Being a good fisherman he obtained promise from the commanding officer, General Wheaton, allowing him to go ahead of the command so he could fish. At that time there were only about
    three houses in the town and these mere shacks. In front of one was sitting a big, handsome fellow who called to the colonel as the latter went by, and he noticed that the man did not look very happy. His expression changed, however, to one of joy when in response to his question as to bow many soldiers were behind the Colonel he was informed that there were about seven hundred.
    The man was Mr. Glover and Colonel Abercrombie afterward learned that be had not slept for several nights and it was a question when
    the sun went down whether he would ever see it rise again, for the Indians were getting excited and were showing marked signs of hostility.

    Colonel Abercrombiebecame well acquainted with the early settlers including James Monaghan, Cowley, Dumheller, Gray, Yetson, Post and a host of others, and it was this that induced him finally to settle in Spokane. As he said he "learned to know these men as one only can in days when their worldly possessions were represented by a sack of flour and a slab of bacon." It is in such days when privations are great and hardships are many that the real nature of the individual is seen and in those pioneer times men learned to know each other for what they were really worth in character and ability. It was because of the strong friendships which he formed inthose early days that Colonel Abercrombie returned to Spokane to make this city his home.

    It was on the 13th of October, 1886 in New York city, that Colonel Abercrombie was married to Miss Lillian Kimball, a daughter of General A. S. Kimball, of the United States army, under whom he had served as department quartermaster at Vancouver Barracks, Washington, when the General chief quartermaster of the department of the Columbia. Mrs.Abercrombie is a Daughter of the American Revolution.

    By her marriage she has become the mother of two daughters, Frances K.and Clara De Normandy both of whom are now students at
    Brunot Hall.

    Colonel Abercrombie's club relations are extensive and indicate his highstanding in the different localities where he has resided for any length of time. They are also indicative of the nature of his interests. He belongs to the National Geographic Society, the Geographic
    Society of Philadelphia and the Explorers Club of New York, of which he is a charter member. He is likewise a charter member of the Army and Navy Club of New York, is a member of the Arctic Brotherhood of Alaska, the Army and Navy Club of Manila, the Spokane Club, the Spokane Country Club , the Officers Club of Fort Wright, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Tillicum Club of Valdez and the Wanderers Club of Hong Kong, China. His have been thrilling experiences which can never come to one whose interests are confined to a single locality or whose efforts are concentrated along a single line of business. In fact, in purpose and in activity he has reached out over constantly broadening fields, meeting with such experiences as have caused him to place a correct valuation upon life and its contacts. He has preserved a splendid balance between the physical, mental and moral development and his friendships are largely with thosewhom experience and ability have raised above the ordinary level of life.

    The Naming of Alaska Explorers: "A"

    Abercrombie, 1884, 1898-99

    In the spring of 1898, by direction of the Secretary of War, threemilitary expeditions we re organized for exploring the interior of Alaska.The second of these expeditions was under t he command of Capt. William R.Abercrombie, U. S. A., who had in 1884 ascended the Copper rive r tolatitude 60‘ 41' and afterwards visited Port Valdes, in Prince Williamsound. Abercrombi e was directed to organize his party at Valdes and thenexplore the valley of the Copper rive r and its tributaries and thecountry northward to the Tanana. Mr. F. C. Schrader, of the Unit ed StatesGeological Survey, was attached to his party as geologist. Schrader'sreport was publ ished in 1900 in the Twentieth Annual Report of theGeological Survey, Part VII, pp. 341-423 . Abercrombie's report waspublished in July, 1899, in War Department, Adjutant General's Offi ce,No. XXV, Report of Explorations in Alaska, pp. 295-351. It was alsopublished in 1900 i n a 4‘ volume entitled Compilation of Narratives ofExplorations in Alaska, Washington, Govern ment Printing Office, 1900, awork which seems to have come from the Senate Committee on Milit aryAffairs.
    Captain Abercrombie continued the work of exploration in 1899 underinstructions, inter al ia, to construct a military road from Valdes toFort Egbert on the Yukon. Mr. Oscar Rohn accom panied the party astopographer and geologist. For Abercrombie's report see the above-citedcom pilation, pp. 755-766; also separately printed, with numerousillustrations, Washington, Gover nment Printing Office, 1900. Rohn'sreport was published in 1900 in the Twenty-first Annual Re port of theGeological Survey, Part 11, pp. 393-440.

    The Evolution of the Richardson Highway by Murray Lundberg


    In 1898, as the gold rush was at its peak, the U.S. Army sent explorationteams to Alaska to l ocate a practical "All-American" route. The maincorridors under initial consideration were th e Susitna and MatanuskaValleys at the head of Cook Inlet, and the Copper River area.

    Captain William R. Abercrombie was in charge of the Copper River parties,and at the season' s end, his suggestion that a trail could be built fromValdez was accepted. Valdez was alread y a booming town, a base for theprospectors who were heading to the Klondike along a route, d iscovered inJanuary 1898, that led across the Valdez Glacier. This route, heavilypromoted b y the Pacific Steam Whaling Company in particular, was anexceptionally difficult and dangerou s route, and many deaths resulted. Inthe early spring of 1899, work started on what would eve ntually becomethe Richardson Highway. Cut as a 5-foot-wide pack trail initially,progress wa s fairly rapid - by the end of the summer, the first 40 milesor so (the most difficult sectio n) had been completed, and 93 milessurveyed and cleared. As well as the regular crews, the go vernment hireddestitute prospectors at $50 a month plus board, allowing hundreds toaccumulat e enough cash to escape the country.

    Re: Fort Abercrombie, Kodiak, Alaska: In June 1941 780 acres werereserved for the future fort . This is one of three forts in the vicinityof what was the US Navy Operating Base at Women s Bay on Nyman Penninsula,now a USGC base. The Miller Point fort was originally manned in Apr il1941 by Battery C, 250th Coast Artillery Regiment, California NationalGuard. They arrived o n the Army transport St. Mihiel. It wasn't untilApril 2, 1943 that it was named for Lt. Col . William R. Abercrombie, amajor US Army explorer of Alaska in the 19th century.

    The Valdez Trail (excerpt)

    A Trail to Eagle City
    The Army sent Captain William R. Abercrombie to the region in 1898 tolocate the safest and mo st efficient route for the trail. Abercrombieworked quickly, and by September 1899 the govern ment's half-finishedroute was already filled with prospectors heading for the Copper RiverVal ley. Encouraged by such traffic, construction continued, and by 1901the military had complete d its trail all the way to Eagle City.
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    Abercrombie, Captain W.R. Alaska 1899: Copper River Exploring Expedition
    Government Printing Office. Washington. 1900. First Edition.Publisher's black cloth with g ilt lettering. In 1898 Captain William R.Abercrombie was ordered by the Secretary of War to e xplore the CopperRiver, its tributaries and the country northward to the Tanana. In 1899he an d his men constructed a military road from Valdes to Ft. Egbert onthe Yukon. 169 pages of pho to plates plus folding map at rear. 169pages. Condition: Very Good. Alaska Exploration. Ro ad Building. PhotoIllustrated Books. Yukon Gold Rush (Book ID 7978)

    Abercrombie, William Ralph. Account of the development of the ColvilleValley and of mineral d eposits in Washington, Idaho, and British Columbiain 1880's : manuscript, 1936 June.

    Historic Name: Abercrombie House - 102 South Cedar
    Date Built: 1906
    Architect/Builder: A.L. Lundquist
    Date Listed on the Spokane Register: April 21, 1999

    Built in 1906 on Spokanes South Hill, the Abercrombie House ishistorically significant for i ts association with early military historyand the development of Spokane.

    Colonel William R. Abercrombie first arrived in Spokane in 1877. Afterbeing assigned to sev eral different military outposts, Abercrombie andhis wife Lillian Kimball Abercrombie made th e Abercrombie House theirfirst permanent Spokane home, living in it from 1908 until their dea ths.Colonel Abercrombie participated in the Indian wars and was namedcommander of Fort Georg e Wright (now a National Historic District) in1910. More than any other building in Spokane , the Abercrombie Houserepresents Colonel Abercrombie's influence in Spokane. Builder AaronLu ndquist constructed this well-preserved Craftsman style house
    Index to the Guide to the Holdings of the Still Picture Branch of theNational Archives and Re cords Administration
    Abercrombie, Lt. William R. (photog.), 94.3
    Washington Death Index, 1940-1996
    Name: William R Abercrombie
    Date of Death: 7 Nov 1943
    Place of Death: Spokane City
    Age: 86 Estimated birth year: abt 1857
    Gender: Male
    Certificate: 1597
    William R. Abercrombie - Spokane County WWI Soldiers in the NewspaperMilitary Record
    Name of Newspaper: Spokane Daily Chronicle
    Date of Newspaper: November 7 1918
    Page Number:
    Last Name: Abercrombie
    First Name: William
    Middle Name: R.
    Folder: PM - Misc Officers
    Card Number: 38
    William R. Abercrombie - Spokane County WWI Soldiers in the NewspaperMilitary Record
    Name of Newspaper: Spokane Daily Chronicle
    Date of Newspaper: January 10 1919
    Page Number:
    Last Name: Abercrombie
    First Name: William
    Middle Name: R.
    Folder: PM - Misc Officers
    Card Number: 38
    Date: February 27, 1910
    Location: Pennsylvania
    Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
    Article type: News


    WASHINGTON - Feb. 26, LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILLIAM R. ABERCROMBIE,Twenty-fifth Infantry, upon h is own application, has been retired from active service under the provisions of section 124 3 revised statutes to take effect June 16 next after more than thirty-five years service.COLONEL ABERCROMBIE recently became in some disagreement with GENERAL MAUS, commanding the Department of the Columbia in regard to certain matters of his administration of Fort WRIGHT, Washington which resultedin ABERCROMBIE being relieved from the command of that post.
    Burke's Distinguished Families of America: The Lineages of 1600 Familiesof British Origin No w ... - Page 2531
    by Sir John Bernard Burke - 1948
    1 ±William Ralph (Summit Boulevard, Spokane, Wash.), b. 1858 ; m.Lillian, dau. of Col. Kemble , of US Army, and has issue.
    2. Mary Ernestine, b. 1846 ; m. ...

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    Burke's American Families with British Ancestry: The lineages of 1,600families of British ori gin now resident in the United States of Sir John Bernard Burke - 1948 (copy of l isting sent from theFitchburg Public Library, Fitchburg, MA, on 8-1-2007)

    Pages 2530. & 2531.


    ABERCROMBIE FRANCIS PATTERSON ABERCROMBIE, of Philadelphia, Penna., CivilEngineer, late Super intendent of New York Div. of Pennsylvania RailroadCo., Member of Sons of the American Revo lution, b. 2 Jan. 1852; educ.ST. MARK's School, Southborough, Mass., and Rensselaer Polytech nic Inst.,Troy, N. Y., m. 1877 ELEANOR, dau. of ALFRED LORD PACKER, of Bristol,Penna., and h ad issue,

    1) ROBERT EMMETT, of Connorsville, Indian, b. 6 Nov. 1882; m. 1905,PAULINE, dau. of CLIFFOR D WILLIAMS, of Richmond, Ind. and has issue.
    i. FRANCIS PATTERSON, b. 1912
    ii. RUTH, b. 1908
    iii. ELEANOR, b. 1910
    iv. MARY ANN, b. 1914

    1) MARY ERNESTINE (240 W. Chestnut Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia,Penna) B. 7 Nov. 1878 ; m. 11 April, 190, CLINTON BOWMAN COLEMAN, ofWilliamsport, Penna, and has issue.
    i. MARY ERNESTINE, b. 21 Dec. 1901
    ii. ELEANOR FRANCIS, b. 8 Dec. 1905
    iii. JOSEPHINE VIRGINIA, b. 10 Sept. 1908.

    2 ETHEL GERTRUDE (4308, Rhodes Avenue, Hollywood, Calif.), b. 11 June1880; m. 1) ROBERT GRAT Z FELL, of Philadelphia, Penna. (marriagedissolved by divorce) and had issue,
    she m. 2) JOHN A. STEWART, of Short Hills, N.J. and has further issue.
    i. ANNE, b. 1914.

    3. ELIZABETH PACKER (Laverock, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Penna.) b. 14April, 1886, ISAAC D OUGHTEN, and has issue.
    i. ISAAC, b. 16 Aug. 1908.
    ii. WILLIAM SIMPSON, b. 26 June 1914.
    iii. JOSEPHINE BROWNING, b. 5 July 1915.

    Lineage. ALEXANDER ABERCROMBY, son of JAMES ABERCROMBY, an officer inthe service of the stat e of Holland, by his wife KATHERINE, dau. of JOHNTHOMSON, of Kent, England, m. ERNESTINE D'HE RENT, of Arras, Flanders, andhad issue, a son.
    JOHN JOSEPH ABERCROMBY, an officer in the service of LOUIS XVI, ofFrance, settled in Americ a in 1778, m. DAME SARAH PETER, widow, dau. ofANTHONY DE NORMANDIE, of Charleston, S.C., an d had a son.
    GENERAL JOHN JOSEPH ABERCROMBIE, U.S. Army, Commissioned 1822, retd.1865. Served in Seminol e War 1837 (Brevetted Major)
    In Mexican War 1845-48 (wounded at battle of Monterey, brevetted Lieut.Col) and in Civil War , in Shenandoah Campaign, and throughout PeninsularCampaign as Brig. Gen., of Volunteers, Def ence of Washington 1862-65, incharge of depots at Fredericksburg 1864, and defence against Ha mpton'sLegion 1864 (wounded at Fair Oaks, brevetted Brigadier-Gen. 1865), b. 22March 1802 (in correct - b. March 04, 1798, Baltimore, MD), educ. U. S.Military Academy; m. 1830 MARY ANN EN GLE, dau. of GEN. ROBERT PATTERSON,and d. 1877, leaving
    issue. (Note: Numbering system is extremely vexing)

    1. JOHN JOSEPH, b. 1848, d. circa 1911.
    2. FRANCIS PATTERSON, of whom we treat.
    3. WILLIAM RALPH (Summit Boulevard, Spokane, Wash.) b. 1858; m. LILLIAN,dau. of COL. KEMBL E of U. S. Army , and has issue.
    1. SARA IOWA, b. 28 July, 1842; m. WILLIAM ERNEST GOODMAN (d. 5 March1912) and d. 24 April 1 935. leaving issue
    2. MARY ERNESTINE, b. 1846; m. SAMUEL APPLETON, and d. 1869, leavingissue.
    3. LOUISE, b. 1850, m. JOHN COLE, and d.s.p.
    4. CLARA DE NORMANDIE, (1912, N. Street, Washington, D.C.), b. 1854.
    5. SUSAN ENGLE, b. 1856; m. CAPT. THOMAS WILSON, U.S. Army, d. 1934.
    6. IDA, b. 1860, m. HAROLD NEWLIN, of Philadelphia, and d.s.p.

    Residence. - 240 W. Chestnut Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Penna.Clubs. - Art Club o f Philadlephia; Philadelphia Cricket Club.
    IGI Individual Record FamilySearchØ International Genealogical Index v5.0North America
    William Ralph Abercrombie Male
    Birth: Fort Ripley, Crow Wing, Minnesota
    Father: J. J. Abercrombie
    Mother: Mary E...h Patenson
    Spouse: Lillian Harriet Kimball
    Birth: Maryland
    Father: Amos L. Kimball
    Mother: Harriet Frances Corry
    Marriage: 13 OCT 1886 Manhattan, New York, New York
    Messages: Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record.
    1860 United States Federal Census
    Name: John Abercrombie
    Age: 58 Birth Year: abt 1802
    Birthplace: Maryland
    Not Stated, Todd, Minnesota
    Gender: Male Post Office: Fort Ripley
    HOUSEHOLD: Note: Appears to be in charge at FORT RILEY many officers,etc.,
    ABERCROMBIE, JOHN age 58 occ: Lieut. Col. USA value 7000/1000
    ABERCROMBIE, MARY age 40 b. PA
    ABERCROMBIE, IDA age 11/12 b. MINN
    1870 United States Federal Census
    Name: John J Abbercrombie
    Estimated birth year: abt 1802
    Age: 68 Birthplace: Maryland
    North Hempstead, Queens, New York
    Race: White Gender: Male
    Post Office: Port Washington
    ABBERCROMBIE, JOHN J age 68 b. MD occ: Retired list Gen. Army ? ?value -18,000/3000 Line 17 . 159.199.
    ABBERCROMBIE, MARY A (?) age 46 b. PA
    ABBERCROMBIE, SARAH age 26 b. Iowa
    ABBERCROMBIE, LOUISA age 21 b. Missouri
    ABBERCROMBIE, WILLIAM R. age 12 b. Minn.
    ABBERCROMBIE, IDA age 10 b. Minn
    THOMPSON, WINFIELD age 27 occ: farm laborer
    LEDDY, MARGARET age 35 occ: domestic servant
    Next follows numerous officers/enlisted men
    1880 -0-
    1900 United States Federal Census
    Name: William R Abercrombie
    Trans-Alaskan Military Road, Southern Supervisors District, Alaska
    Age: 42 Estimated birth year: abt 1858
    Birthplace: Minnesota
    Race: White
    James W Garrett 31
    James T Mosson 34
    Walter C Babcock 29
    William R Abercrombie 42 b. Aug 1857 b. MN m. 14 yrs. father b. SC motherb. PA occ: Capt. 2n d Infantry
    1910 United States Federal Census
    Name: William R Abercrombie
    Age: 52 Estimated birth year: abt 1858
    Birthplace: Minnesota
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Father's Birth Place: Charhesto
    Mother's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
    Spouse's name: Lillian H
    Spokane Ward 3, Spokane, Washington
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White Gender: Male
    William R Abercrombie head age 52 b. MN father b. Charleston mother b.PA occ: US Army - Lie ut. Col.
    Lillian H Abercrombie wife age 42 m. 23 yrs. ch: 3/2 b. MD parents b.NY
    Frances K Abercrombie dau age 20 b. NE
    Clara D N Abercrombie dau age 14 b. NE
    Emma Johnson servant age 29
    Elma Pearson servant age 35
    1920 United States Federal Census
    Name: William Abercrombie
    Spokane, Spokane, Washington
    Age: 63 years Estimated birth year: abt 1857
    Birthplace: Minnesota
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's name: Lillian
    Father's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
    Mother's Birth Place: Maryland
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White Sex: Male
    Home owned: Own
    Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes
    Image: 529
    William Abercrombie head age 63 b. MN father b. PA mother b. MD occ: none
    Lillian Abercrombie wife age 52 b. MD parents b. NY
    1930 United States Federal Census
    Name: William P Abercrombie
    Spokane, Spokane, Washington
    Age: 72 Estimated birth year: abt 1858
    Birthplace: Minnesota
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Spouse's name: Lilliam H
    Race: White
    William P Abercrombie 72
    Lilliam (LILLIAN) H Abercrombie 63
    In a message dated 1/24/2008 9:39:31 AM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

    We have a W.R. Abercrombie correspondence file in the President JamesGeneral Correspondence f ile. Abercrombie signs his letters as Col.Infantry, U.S.A., Commanding. Vice President Kinl ey addresses him as"The Commanding Officer." The letters are mostly about facultycomplainin g the S.A.T.C. students are late or miss class because thedrills run overtime or are given mi litary duty assignments. There arealso some letters about profanity, sanitary conditions, a nd lack ofresponse to written requests. I estimate the folder is about 115 pages.

    The letters from the President James General Correspondence files (recordseries 2/5/3, box 17 0, folder: W.R. Abercrombie) are dated 1918-19.
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    Publication: Daily Illini (University of Illinois); Date: Oct 1, 1918;Section: None; Page : 9

    The Alumni Quarterly and Fortnightly Notes
    by Alumni Association, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign campus).
    Alumni Association - Universities and colleges - 1922
    (Vol. 7, no. 18) (July 15, 1922)

    P. 94

    Col. WR Abercrombie, S.A.T.C. commandant at the University, was transferred Nov 4 to Ancon, Canal Zone, where he takes charge of getting all vessels across from the Atlantic to the Pacific .
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    Name: William Ralph Abercrombie
    Death date: 07 Nov 1943
    Death place: Washington
    Gender: Male
    Race or color (on document):
    Age at death: 86 years 2 months 21 days
    Estimated birth year: 1857
    Marital status: Married
    Spouse name: Lillian Kimball
    Father name: J. J. Abercrombie
    Father birth place:
    Mother name: Sarah Patterson (incorrect: MARY ENGLE PATTERSON dau ofGEN. ROBERT PATTERSO N & SARAH ENGLE)
    Mother birth place:
    Street address:
    Cemetery name:
    Burial place:
    Burial date:
    Additional relatives:
    Film number: 2024168
    Digital GS number: 4224627
    Image number: 2407
    Reference number: 1597
    Collection: Washington Death Certificates
    SPOKESMAN REVIEW November 9, 1943 Page

    Father: JOHN JOSEPH ABERCROMBIE , JR. b: 4 MAR 1798 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland
    Mother: MARY ENGLE PATTERSON b: 12 JUL 1810 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

    Marriage 1 LILLIAN HARRIET KIMBALL b: ABT. 1868 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland
    • Married: 13 OCT 1886 in Manhattan, New York, New York
    1. Has No Children FRANCES K. ABERCROMBIE b: ABT. 1890 in Nebraska
    2. Has Children CLARA DENORMANDIE ABERCROMBIE b: 9 APR 1896 in Nebraska