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Photograph of Honorable Joseph Edward Potts Abbott, circa 1890.

Joseph Edward Potts Abbott (1840-1914), was born on August 20, 1840 at Tuckahoe, Cape May County, New Jersey, son of John Chattin Abbott (1803-1891), and Ann Godfrey Treen Abbott (1812-1864).

Abbott was a prominent New Jersey attorney in Mays Landing,Cape May County, New Jersey.

Abbott  studied law under George Spofford Woodhull, N. J. Supreme Court Justice (1866-1880), and was admitted to practice law in November 1865. He was admitted to practice in U. S. Courts in 1869. 

Abbott served as Atlantic County Prosecutor in the Court of Pleas. 

Abbott married Adaline H. Gibson (1836-1919), of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

He began corresponding with the Chapman Brothers in 1881 based on records found in the Lupia Numismatic Library, Special Collection, The Chapman Family Correspondence Archive.

Fig. Abbott correspondence with the Chapman Brothers, postmarked June 12, 1882, Mays Landing, New Jersey. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library, Special Collection, The Chapman Family Correspondence Archive.

In 1885, he was president of the Mays Landing and Egg Harbor City Railroad Company.

He is the brother of the Rev. William T. Abbott; Sgt. John G. Abbott 48th NY Volunteers (casualty at Fort Wagner, Morris Island, S. C.), Clark W., Dr. Benjamin T., Rebecca, Charles T.,Esq., and Margaret.

He died on May 24, 1914. He is buried at Union Cemetery, Mays Landing, Atlantic County, New Jersey. 

Abbott House, built in the 1860's on Main Street, Mays Landing, New Jersey, was sold to Roy E. Beach in 1920. Today it is a Bed-and-Breakfast resort of the Jersey Shore.

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