July 11, 1842, Rondout, New York.

June 7, 1911, Tenafly, New Jersey.

Montrepose Cemetery, Kingston, New York.

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

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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