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Near Arcola in Bulloch County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

John Abbot (1751-1839)

Ornithologist, Entomologist, Artist

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John Abbot (1751-1839) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, November 1, 2009
1. John Abbot (1751-1839) Marker
Inscription.  In the old McElveen Cemetery, one-third of a mile northeast of this marker, is the grave of John Abbot, pioneer naturalist of Georgia. Abbot was born in London June 1, 1751, and in early youth became devoted to the study and delineation of insects. At sixteen he already had become proficient with water colors and had collected, painted and exhibited his work in London.

Longing for new collecting grounds, he came to Virginia in 1773 and, after three years there, he settled in Georgia. During the next sixty years he devoted himself to the study of birds, insects and plants, and some of his specimens even today are found in the great museums of Europe.

One publication entitled THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE RARER LEPIDOPTEROUS INSECTS OF GEORGIA, with 104 plates, is compiled from Abbot’s notes and was brought out by Sir James E. Smith in 1797. Thousands of other paintings, mostly of birds and insects, remain unpublished and are widely scattered. Two albums of Abbot’s paintings still remain in Georgia, one of birds at the University of Georgia at Athens and one of insects at Emory University.
 
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1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 016-2A.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsArts, Letters, MusicCemeteries & Burial SitesScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 1, 1775.
 
Location. 32° 19.313′ N, 81° 36.423′ W. Marker is near Arcola, Georgia, in Bulloch County. Marker is at the intersection of Arcola Road (County Route 582) and McElveen Cemetery Road (County Route 327), on the left when traveling south on Arcola Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7100 Arcola Road, Brooklet GA 30415, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Abbot 1751 - 1840 (approx. half a mile away); Stilson, Georgia (approx. 3.3 miles away); Upper Black Creek Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Upper Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Brooklet, Georgia (approx. 5.2 miles away); Old River Road (approx. 8.4 miles away); Burkhalter Road & Old Indian Trail (approx. 9 miles away); Nevils Station & Shearwood Railroad (approx. 9.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is incorrect in at least one particular: the
John Abbot (1751-1839) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, November 1, 2009
2. John Abbot (1751-1839) Marker
McElveen Cemetery Road leads to the McElveen Family Cemetery and Abbot's grave.
marked grave of John Abbot is southeast of the marker, off McElveen Kendrick Pond Road, rather than northeast. It also indicates the year of his death as 1839; his grave marker states he died in 1840.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Abbot. The Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Self portrait of Abbot. (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
3. Watercolors. Digital images of many Abbot's watercolors of Lepidoptera. (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
The McElveen Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, November 1, 2009
3. The McElveen Family Cemetery
John Abbot's Grave image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, November 1, 2009
4. John Abbot's Grave
The marker, with the self-portrait of Abbot, was erected in 1957 by the Georgia Historical Society
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,736 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 2, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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