Birth Name: William Alexander Abbott
Date of Birth: October 2, 1897
Place of Birth: Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Death: April 24, 1974
Place of Death: Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
*father – English, German, distant Swedish, possibly Welsh, and other
*mother – German [likely German Jewish]
Bud Abbott was an American actor, producer, and comedian. He was straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello.
His parents were Rae/Ray (Fisher) and Harry/Henry Wilburn/C. Abbott. They worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Bud’s father had English, German, distant Swedish, possibly Welsh, and other, ancestry. Bud’s mother was born in Maryland, the daughter of German immigrants, who were likely Jewish.
Bud was married to Betty Smith, until his death. The couple had two children, who were adopted.
Bud’s paternal grandfather was named William Erastus Abbott (the son of Catherine Boone). William was born in Pennsylvania. Catherine was the daughter of Samuel Boone and Mary Webb.
Bud’s paternal grandmother was named Rebecca Williams.
Bud’s maternal grandfather was named Alexander/Aleck Fisher. Alexander was from Prussia.
Bud’s maternal grandmother was named Frederica/Fredericka/Rebecca/Reyka Buxbaum. Frederica was from Bavaria.
Genealogies of Bud Abbott – https://www.geni.com
Marriage record of Bud’s parents – https://familysearch.org
Bud’s mother on the 1860 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Bud’s mother on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Bud’s mother on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Bud’s maternal grandmother, Frederica/Fredericka/Rebecca/Reyka Buxbaum, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
According to this article, his mother was Jewish and he and his wife had a Jewish wedding.
I’ve seen such articles, and some that said his wife was a convert to Judaism. I think it’s likely that his mother was Jewish, I just wanted to find something genealogical to confirm it, beyond the many reports on this 1950 wedding.
Can anyone find more on Abbott’s ancestry? Was his mother Jewish?
I found them on an earlier census:
Here he’s from Russia and Fredericka is from Beine(?). I couldnt’ find anything else.
Frederica was from Bavaria.