Abbott is a city in Hill County in Central Texas. The population was 328 in 2009. It is perhaps best known as the birthplace of country musician Willie Nelson.
Abbott was founded in 1871 as a stop for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad and was named for Jo Abbott, who represented the area in the Texas legislature at the time. Its population peaked at 713 in 1914 and has declined since. The town was incorporated in 1916. wikipedia
Abbott In 1881, on land owned by G.M. Dodge, the Missouri, Kansas & Texas (Katy) Railroad built a line through a new town named for Joseph Abbott, a Hill County resident, lawyer and U.S. Congressman. Winston W. Treadwell soon opened a general store managed by L.C. Barnett, who built and occupied the town’s first residence. Ten years later, the community supported a school, several businesses, a post office and three churches. Abbott suffered major fires at the turn of the 20th century, but its residents rebuilt. Today, their history is maintained through religious and educational institutions, as well as cemeteries, which chronicle the lives of generations of area residents. Historical Marker at the Abbott Volunteer Fire Department, 2006
Abbott History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
Abbott, Texas: The First Hundred Years, 1881-1981: A History, by the Abbott Centennial Planning Committee, 1981.
Abbott Texas Photographs on flickr
Abbott Grocery photo, above right, from wikipedia commons.