A few months ago, with his delightful Yorkshire accent, Abel Armitage nudged me. I took myself to the Ohio Archives and searched through Steubenville newspapers (again) for more about the suit he and his wife, Ann, filed against the City of Steubenville.
(Results of a previous search are posted here.) The searches this time led to these four brief articles at right, all published in The Steubenville Weekly Herald.
The first was published on Friday, February 14, 1879.
The second on Friday, March 5, 1880, under "Assignment of Cases."
The third was published on Friday, April 8, 1881.
And the last on Friday, April 29, 1881. This newspaper article is chronologically the last "document" I've found for Abel.
He began pestering me this week. Perhaps he's aware that Ancestry's British records will be available free of charge this weekend and determined that it was time for me to begin searching for him again (for about the fourth or fifth time in eight or ten years). It's almost become a game of hide and seek trying to find when and where he last lived and where he died.
What could have happened to Abel after this news article in 1881? I haven't found him (or any documents for him) anywhere in Jefferson County, Ohio, after that date. Possibilities include
- a return to England with his wife. He became a naturalized citizen in 1874 but maybe he was homesick. After collecting the $207.84 settlement money would he have had enough to buy passage to England for himself and his wife?
- a move to a neighboring state: West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky. Abel was identified as disabled in the 1880 U.S. Census and would have been 60 in 1881. A move would probably not have been easy, whether to a neighboring state or to England.
- a coal mine accident, considering that he may have returned to coal mining as a breaker boy.
- death as an unidentified man.
I don't know which possibility is more likely but since Ancestry UK is free this weekend and since Abel has been nudging me, I'll see if I can find him in England.
And then maybe, just maybe, he will quit pestering me for a while again. But then, one of my other ancestors will probably pester for attention.
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