jQuery Mobile: Set Default Value Text Input

I’m using the jQuery Mobile framework for the first time and running across something very strange. When loading a form with text inputs, setting value=“abc” doesn’t fill the text input with the value (abc).

I feel like I’m missing something really easy here, because this surely could not have been overlooked - right?

<input type="text" name="text1" id="text1" value="abc" />

When that form element is loaded up in jQuery Mobile, the value “abc” is nowhere to be found.

What am I missing and is there a way to use the value attribute with form text input fields?