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Samuel Abbott (1842-1890)

1842 Born Calverton, Notts, son of Evelyn and Mary Abbott

1871 Thomas and Samuel Abbott, both civil engineers, were visiting London at the time of the census[1]

1881 Civil Engineer, living in Bracebridge, Lincs, with Jane R. Abbott 36, Evelyn R. Abbott 7, Thomas R. L. Abbott 6, Samuel H. L. Abbott 3[2]

1890 Obituary [3]

SAMUEL ABBOTT was born at Calverton, Notts, on the 28th of March, 1842, and was educated at Lincoln Grammar School. He was articled to Mr. George Smith, surveyor, &C., of Northampton and Peterborough.

Mr. Abbott joined the engineering staff of the Great Northern Railway under Richard Johnson in 1864, and was engaged on surveys for new lines and stations until June, 1867, when he received an appointment from Prichard Baly to superintend the erection of several large bridges on the Transcaucasian Railway from Poti to Tiflis, and after that railway was handed, over to an English Company he was employed to select a route and prepare plans and estimates for the projected line from Tiflis to Baku.

Mr. Abbott returned to England in 1870, and rejoined Mr. Johnson’s staff on the Great Northern Railway, and in 1871 he laid out the line and prepared the parliamentary plans, sections and notices for 46 miles of the Derbyshire and North Staffordshire Extension Railway. After the passing of the Act in 1872 he was appointed Resident Engineer on 20 miles of the line, and prepared the working drawings and carried out the whole of the works from Awsworth Junction in the Erewash Valley through the town of Derby to the Egginton Junction with the North Staffordshire Railway.

After the completion of the Derbyshire Extensions and the maintenance thereof for twelve months, Mr. Abbott was transferred to Lincoln as Resident Engineer on the northern section of the Joint Great Northern and Great Eastern Railway (Spalding to Lincoln), and he designed and superintended the construction of the works on 20 miles of that railway.

These works were completed in August 1882, and in November 1883 Mr. Abbott resigned his appointment and commenced practice on his own account; but wishing for a more active life, he applied for and obtained the post of Chief Resident Engineer of the Buenos Ayres Great Southern Railway Company. He left England to enter upon that important work in May 1885, and on the 17th of January, 1886, became Acting General Manager to that company, his appointment as General Manager being confirmed on the 1st of July of the same year.

By his strict integrity and devotion to duty, and by his kind and courteous demeanour, Mr. Abbott earned the respect and esteem of all who knew him, and his loss is felt, not only by those connected with the company, but by the community at large.

He died suddenly of typhoid fever, on the 17th of May, 1890, at Buenos Ayres, in his 49th year. Mr. Abbott was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 3rd of December, 1872, and ...

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