Pope, Abram (Abraham) F.

Born: 1814-XX-XX Kentucky

Died: 1873-07-14 Pittsfield, Illinois

Flourished: 1850 to 1873 Saint Louis, Missouri

Abram (Abraham) F. Pope, merchant and farmer, was a resident of St. Louis by the time of the 1850 census, and spent the remainder of his life in that city and in surrounding communities in Missouri and Illinois. In 1852 he was working as a clothing merchant in St. Louis, and the following year he acquired 320 acres of land in Washington County, Illinois, and ultimately owned a 440-acre farm in that county. Pope was a founding member and an elder of a Presbyterian Church in Shipman, Illinois in 1856, and in the late 1850s and early 1860s, he owned farm properties in the vicinity of Shipman but also worked for the St. Louis firm of Anderson Lamoureux & Company. At the time of the 1860 census, he owned real estate valued at $10,000 and personal property worth $500. In the summer of 1863, Pope registered for the draft in the twelfth congressional district of St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe counties, but there is no evidence that he actually served during the Civil War. Pope married Margaret J. Gibson in 1848 and the pair had children.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Brown County, 18 April 1848, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Ward 5, St. Louis, St. Louis County, MO, 190; Morrison’s St. Louis Directory, for 1852 (St. Louis: Missouri Republican, 1852), 204; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Washington County, 16:125, 158, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; History of Macoupin County, Illinois (Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough, 1879), 82; Daily Missouri Republican (St. Louis), 27 September 1859, 2:8; 6 November 1863, 1:6; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Ward 2, Alton, Madison County, IL, 76; U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 (Lehi, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, 2010); Gazetteer of Madison County (Alton, IL: James T. Hair, 1866), 230; St. Louis Globe-Democrat (MO), 12 November 1910, 2:2-3; The Missouri Republican (St. Louis), 16 July 1873, 5:3; Gravestone, Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.