Black-Abbot Family Collection


Black-Abbot Family Collection


Abbot, Helene Black, 1883-1965
Abbot, Stephen, 1878-1961
Abbot, William, 1845-1919
Abbot, Elise Burghalter, 1847-1919
Black, John C., 1839-1915
Griggs, Clark Robinson
Abbot, Henry W., 1883-1865
Cole, Elise Abbot, 1873-1949


The Black-Abbot Family Collection contains images of several members of the Black and Abbot Families stemming from Helene Black Abbot and her husband, Stephen. Helene Black Abbot was the daughter of Adaline Griggs Black and John C. Black and the granddaughter of Clark Robinson Griggs, mayor of Urbana and a member of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Stephen Abbot was the son of William and Elise Burghalter Abbot and grandson of Stephen and Martha Gutterson Abbot. Stephen Abbot's brother and sister, Henry W. Abbot and Elise Abbot Cole also appear in this collection.

The finding aid for the Black-Abbot Families Papers, 1805-1972 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum may be found at

Images in this collection include several individual portraits of Black and Abbot family members. The resource record for the photographic material at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library can be found at


Manuscript: BC59
Audiovisual: AV-01-05-BlackAbbot

Collection Items

Elise Burghalter Abbot
Elise Burghalter Abbot, a German immigrant and wife of William Abbot, sits for a portrait.

Elise Abbot, Henry Abbot, and Stephen Abbot
Siblings Elise Abbot, Henry Abbot, and Stephen Abbot pose for a portait.

Henry Abbot
Henry Abbot sits for a portrait at age seventeen wearing a dark suit.

Martha M. Gutterson Abbot
Martha M. Gutterson Abbot sits for a portrait wearing a blouse with a white collar. On verso: "Martha M. Gutterson. Born in Andover, Mass. Nov 6" 1805. Married in Milford, N. H. Dec. 2" 1834. to Stephen Abbot. Died in Hillsboro, Ills. July 7th 1861."

Stephen Abbot
Stephen Abbot, father of William Abbot and grandfather of Stephen Abbot, sits for a portrait wearing a suit, bow tie, and scarf. On verso: "Stephen Abbot. Born in Milford, N. H. Nov. 22' 1797. Married in Milford, N. H. Dec. 2' 1834. Died in…

Stephen Abbot
Stephen Abbot poses for a portrait in his youth wearing a dark suit and tie.

William Abbot
William Abbot stands on a box for a portrait during his childhood.

William Abbot
William Abbot sits for a portrait wearing a suit with a white bow tie.

Vassar College Freshman Team
Members of the Vassar College 1900-1901 freshman basketball team pose for a team photo. Helene Black Abbot is pictured seated on the left.

Mary Elizabeth Black
Mary Elizabeth Black sits for a portrait wearing a white shawl. On verso: "Monticello - 1861."

Elise Abbot Cole
Elise Abbot Cole poses for a portrait while leaning against the back of a chair. On verso: "Elise Abbot Cole Hillsboro Ills (Mrs. Charles Cole) Like her mother, attended Monticello Seminary at Alton, Illinois - Early 1890's."

Clark Robinson Griggs and Family
Clark Robinson Griggs and Lavinia Collar Griggs, maternal grandparents of Helene Black Abbot, pose for a portrait with their family. Griggs was a veteran of the American Civil War, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, and mayor of…

John and William
An unidentified woman holds two seven week-old infant children identified as "John" and "William."

Eleanor Sawyer
Eleanor Sawyer sits for a portrait in profile looking to her right. On verso: "Later: Beerbohm - Tree's discovery, Prima 'Eleanor Perry,' Eleanor Sawyer over the childhood years my 'best friend' Chicago - Magnolia (Rosemere) Emmet Beach Mackinac.…

Unidentified Woman and Children
An unidentified woman poses among flowers for a photo with five unidentified children.

Paris Group
Several women gather inside a courtyard and in the windows of a building at 108 Avenue du Roule in Neuilly-sur-Seine a western suburb of Paris, France.
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