Francis H. Abbot

About Francis H. Abbot

I can’t find much about Francis H. Abbot. If you have more information, please leave a comment.

I’ve been able to piece together a few facts about Abbot.
He was from Bedford county, Virginia. He was a collector of songs, eight of which he sang for Alfred J. Swan for the book Eight Negro Songs. Swan, in his editor’s note, also identifies Abbot as his friend.

Abbot appears to have also helped Robert Winslow Gordon, who was the head of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress in 1928. You can hear Abbot sing “Vanderbilt’s Daughter” (March 1932) for the Gordon collection here:
This song is a version of “Casey Jones.”

There was a professor of French in the 1920s at the University of Virginia named Francis H. Abbot. I’m not sure if that’s the same guy.



One comment

  1. Amazing! I’ve been searching for that “buy you chickens” song for a long time, rumored to be the original folk tune from which “Don’t Think Twice” evolved. I don’t see much resemblance, but I’m going to try to learn to play it on guitar anyway. I didn’t know about the other tune either used by Clayton. Good info. Thanks for posting.

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