Charles C. & Edna (Brewster) Abnet

Much of our time during the past few weeks has been spent going through stuff. A lot of stuff. But that also means finding items to research and write about.

Here is a photo that I had never seen before and the names of the people in the photo were written on the back! That is always a very good thing. Even better yet, their relationship to the family was also recorded on the back. What luck!

This is a photo of Charles and Edna (Brewster) Abnet and their son Don Brewster Abnet.

Charles C., Edna, and Don Abnet, c1919.

Charles C., Edna, and Don Abnet, c1919.

Dora “Edna” Brewster was my great-grandaunt. She was the daughter of Daniel Brewster and his second wife Mary Loverda “Love” Bebout. I descend from Daniel and his first wife Sarah Ann Fetters. Daniel and Sarah had four children and I descend from their son Philip.

Sarah (Fetters) Brewster died in 1877 and Daniel married Loverda Bebout in 1878. Daniel and Loverda had six children and Edna was their fifth child, born 6 March 1892 in Adams County, Indiana.

Charles Calvin Abnet and Edna Brewster married 24 October 1918 in Adams County, Indiana. Charles was born 15 November 1879 in Adams County, Indiana, to Jacob and Rebecca (Barr) Abnet. [1]

This was the second marriage for both Charles and Edna. Edna’s first husband was Abe Sprunger. One marriage record indicates that Edna was married after her divorce to Abe Sprunger while another record does not indicate that. I did not find a third marriage record for Edna.

Edna (Brewster) Abnet died in 1967 and her husband Charles died in 1960. They are both buried in Riverside Cemetery, near Geneva, Indiana. [2]

Edna and Charles Abnet’s son Don B., the child in the above photo, was born in 1919 and died in 2007. He married Ruth Ellen Luginbill. [2]

Edna and Charles had another child, Esther Eileen, who married Herman R. Habegger. Esther Eileen passed away in 2015. [2]

This photo and a little bit of research helped me add several more individuals to my family database.


[1] “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 3 Mar 2016), Charley Calvin Abnet and Dora Edna Brewster, 1918; from Adams, Indiana, Marriages, Vol. K, p.424, from FHL microfilm 2321630.

[2] Find a Grave ( : accessed 3 Mar 2016); Dora Edna Brewster Abnet memorial #36828806.


    • Brian Brewster on March 14, 2016 at 10:18 pm
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    I remember Esther coming to grandma and grandpas.

    1. So you knew the family. The name sounds familiar but I am not sure if I ever met any of the family.

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