1842–1911
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July 11, 1842, Rondout, New York (merged with King­ston, New York, in 1872).

June 7, 1911, Ten­a­fly, New Jer­sey.

Montrepose Cemetery, King­ston, New York.

Henry was the eldest son of Ste­phen Abbey and Caroline Vail, and great-grandson of Lu­cy Knox, who was said to be a direct descendant of Scotch reformer John Knox.

Known as a writer and poet, Hen­ry was educated at the King­ston Academy; the Head­ing Acad­e­my, Greene County, New York; the Del­a­ware Literary Institute, Del­hi, New York; and the Hud­son River Institute, Co­lum­bia County, New York. A member of the member of Fair Street Reformed Church, he served as assistant editor of the Rond­out Courier; editor of the Orange Spec­ta­tor, Orange, New Jer­sey; a bank teller and merchant; member of the King­ston Board of Health; and director, vice president and president of the State of New York National Bank of King­ston. He belonged to the Authors Club, and was a life member of New York Shakes­peare Society.

Abbey wrote a long poem about the 20th New York State Militia, and read it at the Get­tys­burg Bat­tle­field, Get­tys­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia, monument dedication in 1888.

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