Abijah Judson Abbott was a graduate of the Iowa State University. He moved from Iowa to Newton, Kansas, in 1875 and to Finney County in 1882. He homesteaded the SE 28-23-33, where during a ten year period he and his sons developed one of the best improved farms in Finney County. Judge A. J. Abbott was the second judge to serve this district in which Finney County is now located. He was appointed to finish the unexpired term of Judge J. C. Strang and was elected to two succeeding terms. Ruth Barrington Abbott died in New Mexico, Nov. 12, 1903. His second wife died in 1930. He died May 24, 1929. All three are buried in Santa Fe, New Mexico.