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Biography: Robert Haden Abercrombie born September 11, 1837 – photograph

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Abercrombie, Col. Robert Haden, Sr. (1838) Macon



Macon  and Etowah County, Alabama 


Robert Haden Abercrombie was a colonel 45th Alabama regiment C. S. Army. He was born September 11, 1837 at Cross Keys, Macon County, the son of Milo Bolling Abercrombie  and Sarah Lee (Haden) Abercrombie. He graduated from the law school of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee in 1859 and immediately began the practice of his profession at Tuskegee with the firm of Williams, Graham and Mayes.

In 1862, he entered the C. S. Army as captain of Co. H, 45th Alabama infantry regiment. He was promoted to major after the resignation of Col. Gilchrist, then appointed lieutenant colonel about December 1863, and colonel after the battle of Atlanta. After the war he returned to Tuskegee and continued to practice law under the name of Graham and Abercrombie.

He moved to Gadsden, Etowah County, Alabama in1888 and  formed a partnership with Judge J. A. Bilbro.

Robert was a Presbyterian He married Frances Rebecca “Fannie” R. Gary on January 9, 1860. They had the following children:

  1. William Abercrombie (October 1, 1860 – October 18, 1860) He is buried in Tuskegee City Cemetery, Macon County, Alabama
  2. Fannie Haden “Fannie” Abercrombie, (October 27, 1861 -June 9, 1921) married Dr. Daniel Baker Harris of Gadsden on March 26, 1886. They had five children; Frances M., Annie L, Robert H, Jean M. and Eleanor Baker.  Fannie is buried at Tuskegee City Cemetery in Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama.
  3. Annie Eliza “Ann” Abercrombie, (Aug. 8, 1866- Aug. 8, 1888) married Dr. Thomas Sadler Jordan. They had one son, Thomas G. Jordan. Annie is buried at Tuskegee City Cemetery in Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama.
  4. Robert Lee  Abercrombie (April 12, 1870-Jan 1, 1874) He is buried at Tuskegee City Cemetery in Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama.
  5. Newton Abercrombie (Apr. 18, 1868- March 5, 1869) He is buried at Tuskegee City Cemetery in Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama.
  6. Thomas Gary Abercrombie  (March 10, 1875- Aug. 28, 1876) He is buried at Tuskegee City Cemetery in Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama.

Robert died June 8, 1891, at Gadsden, and is buried in Tuskegee City Cemetery in Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama.



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This biography is included in the Book Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Vol. III along with several other Abercrombie families in Alabama.

Robert Hayden’s ancestors as well as descendants can also be found in the book Some Descendants of Charles Abercrombie (1742 -1819) with Notes & Sources

Some Descendants of CHARLES ABERCROMBIE (1742 -1819) (Alabama Pioneer Descendants) (Kindle Edition)

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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