Born: November 6, 1836, Boston, Massachusetts.
Died: October 23, 1903, Beverly, Massachusetts, of suicide.
Buried: Central Cemetery, Beverly, Massachusetts.
Francis was the son of Joseph Hale Abbott and Fanny Ellingwood Larcom, and husband of Katharine Fearing Loring.
He was educated at the Boston Latin School, Harvard University (1859, Phi Beta Kappa; PhD 1881), and the Meadville Theological School, Chicago, Illinois (1863).