Oliver John Abbott

Male 1873 - 1962  (89 years)


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  • Name Oliver John Abbott 
    Born 1873  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1881  Paddington, Marylebone, London, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Orphan at St. Vincent's Home for Destitute Boys, Paddington, London. With older brother Walter. Parents "unknown." They would emigrate to Canada shortly after this enumeration. 
    Emigration 1882  Liverpool to Québec Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Arrived 2 July 1882. Party of children travelled on the Peruvian, with Rev. Lord Douglas. 
    Age: 8 
    Died 1962 
    Buried 1962  Notre Dame Cemetery, Gatineau (Hull), Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "Discovered" by Canadian folklorist Edith Fowke in late 1950s. Recorded many songs for her at the Canadian Museum of Man. Apparently learned some of his songs from Dan Lahey. Sang with Pete Seeger at 1960 Newport Folk Festival.
    • 1881 census for Paddington, London, England, Oliver Abbott (age 8) and brother Walter Abbott (age 10) are "inmates" at St Vincent Home for Destitute Boys, 11 Woodfield, St Mary Paddington. Parents "unknown."
    • British Home Boy. "Adopted" by Patrick O'Malley and Jane Teevens, but also worked for Andy Whelan. Learned most of his songs from Mrs O'Malley, but also learned some songs from Dan Lahey.
    Person ID I2100  Moran
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2011 

    Father Unknown Abbott,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F647  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann Kelgay 
    Married 23 Apr 1900  Notre Dame de Grâce, Hull, Québec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Oliver John Abbott described as "fils majeur de parents inconnu," Mary Ann Kelgay described as "fille mineure"
    Last Modified 13 Jun 2010 
    Family ID F646  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S136] 1881 England Census.

    2. [S136] 1881 England Census.
      Kensington, St Mary Paddington, 24a.

    3. [S135] Home Children (1869-1930).