Aby Family of Mississippi and Louisiana

Jonas Aby and Barbara Hulett were the parents of Samuel Hulett Aby (1814-1880), a Virginian who became a Mississippi cotton planter and merchant. Samuel H. and his wife, Sarah Ann Brown (1819-1889), moved to Grand Gulf, in Claiborne County, MS. There they had four sons, Thomas Young Aby, Charles Hulett Aby, Richard H. Aby, and Samuel Hulett Aby Jr., all of whom were born in Claiborne County. The family moved to Copiah County, MS in 1850. Richard was the only son who did not attend the University of Virginia.

Thomas Young Aby (23 Feb. 1841-23 Dec. 1905) attended U.Va. in session 33-34 (1856-1858) and studied medicine. He enlisted in Company C of the Washington Artillery Battalion, Louisiana as an assistant surgeon with the rank of private in July 1861. He was promoted to corporal in August and to sergeant in October. He was taken as a prisoner of war at the Battle of Gettysburg on 4 Jul. 1863, and after a number of transfers, was held at Fort McHenry, Maryland, until he escaped on 10 Oct. 1863. He was on the rolls of Prisoners Paroled at Lynchburg VA in April 1865.

Dr. T. Y. Aby married twice, first on 17 Jan. 1871 in Orleans Parish, LA, to Margaret L. Boland (d. 1882). They had no children. His second marriage, on 16 Dec. 1884, was to Emily Turney (1867-1943). They had 5 children: Minnie S., May, Maud Dorothee., Myrtle E., and Thomas Young Aby Jr. The Aby family lived in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Aby is buried in Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, LA.

Charles Hulett Aby (8 Feb. 1843-14 May 1885) attended U.Va. in session 37 (1860-1861). He served as a sergeant in the 4th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment. On 26 Nov. 1863, he married Lula Angela Gullett (b. ca. 1852) in Copiah County, MS. Their children were Barbara, Lula, Caroline, and Angela Aby. In the 1870 U.S. Census his profession is listed as “cotton weigher” in New Orleans, and in 1880, he worked in the Gullett family’s cotton gin factory in Amite, LA. His wife was a school teacher. He is buried in Amite Cemetery, Tangipahoa Parish, LA.

Samuel Hulett Aby Jr. (25 Dec. 1847-14 Jan. 1924) had served as a lieutenant during the Civil War in Company E of the 3rd Regiment of Mississippi State Troops. After the War, he studied journalism at the University of Mississippi in 1865-1866, then attended U.Va. in session 43 (1866-1867).

On 6 Jun. 1878, Samuel married Mary Joanna (Willing) Spencer (13 Mar. 1841-7 May 1922), widow of W. T. Spencer. Their children were Hulett Fuqua, Lucile, and Emile Aby. After the War he was the editor and publisher of the Crystal Springs Meteor (begun 1881), Crystal Springs, MS.  He is buried in Crystal Springs Cemetery, Crystal Springs, MS.

References:

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  • University of Mississippi. Historical catalogue of the University of Mississippi: 1849-1909. Nashville, TN, 1910, p. 143, 340.
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