(The Abel Line)
There were Abels in New England and in New York at an early date, and the New Jersey family may have descended from them, but the trend of population and collateral evidence compels the belief that the Morris county family were of German birth and their progenitor landed in Philadelphia in 1728, and was Andreas Ablin, as written. This is a quite common termination in German, and presents no difficulty in being translated, Abel.
(I) Andreas Abel bought land in Morris county, New Jersey, three hundred and eight acres, price 103 pounds, which was paid the same day, and Andreas put in possession. His will was probated in June, 1751. It divides his property into three parts, one hundred and twenty acres for each of his two sons, Michel and Paul, the remainder to his widow. Paul sold his share to Michel, and June, 1784, Michel gives mortgage on the whole tract for 1308 pounds (New York money), which was a substantial increase.
(II) Michel, son of Andreas Abel, married and had children:
Mary, married William Fritts.
Anna Elizabeth, married George Fritts.
John, married (first) Sophia Trimmer; (second) Mrs. Mary Cripps; eight children.
Andrew, see forward.
Matthias, married Catherine Fritts, sister of William and George Fritts, aforementioned; nine children.
Jacob, married Charity Pickle; nine children.
(III) Andrew, son of Michel Abel, was born in Morris county, New Jersey, August 13, 1757, died in the town of Glen, Montgomery county, New York, August 9, 1830. He married (first), Christina or Mary C. Schuyler, daughter of Philip Schuyler. This marriage occurred in Morris county, New Jersey. The family came to Montgomery county, New York, and purchased a tract of unbroken land, two hundred acres in extent in the town of Glen near the line separating that town from Root. This they cultivated and improved, making it one of the substantial properties of the town; title remaining in the family at the present time (1910) . The first Mrs. Abel died there September 5, 1819, and is buried in the Wyckoff cemetery of the Wyckoff Dutch Reformed Church, of which she was a member as was her husband, who lies beside her. He married (second) Catherine Winne, born in Glen, April 12, 1772, died 1819. Children, all by first wife:
Philip, see forward.
Dorothy, born August 18, 1781.
Jacob, June 20, 1784.
John, October 19, 1786; married Effie Schuyler.
Andrew, May 10, 1789.
Matthias, February 15, 1792.
Eva, April 12, 1797.
(IV) Philip, eldest son of Andrew and Mary C. (Schuyler) Abel, was born July 18, 1779, in New Jersey, died in Glen, New York, December 3, 1866. He grew up on the home farm, and after his marriage settled on a farm of his own adjoining the homestead of his father. He was remarkable for his great strength and untiring industry. He lived to be eighty-seven years of age, and was unusually active until within a short time before his death. He married Hepsibah Conover, of Charleston, New York, who preceded her husband to the grave many years. Children:
Mary A., married John Clute; both deceased; children: Francis, Leslie, Margaret, Mary, Hepsibah, Maria and Jennie Clute.
Sarah, married ———— Rickard; children: Charles and William; deceased.
Jane, died at age of eighty years; unmarried.
Margaret, married Alexander Rickard and had issue.
Abram, see forward.
Andrew, married Mary Groat; child, Anna; married Professor Briggs Bradshaw, a teacher of music in Boston, and has a son, Abel Bradshaw, with whom she resides in Glen.
Elizabeth, became the second wife of her deceased sister's husband, Alexander Rickard; no issue.
Catherine, married Daniel Huett.
Malinda, married William Baird.
(V) Abram, fifth child of Philip and Hepsibah (Conover) Abel, was born in Glen, Montgomery county, New York, May 12, 1811, died June 10, 1884. He was a farmer of Glen all his days. He married, September 20, 1836, Margaret Ann Hall, born in Glen, March 26, 1819, died there August 11, 1895, daughter of Peter and Ann (Van Horne) Hall, both born in Montgomery county, where they died, leaving two children:
Margaret Ann, married Abram Abel, and
Cornelius Hall, married (first) Maria Schuyler, (second) Phoebe Bennett, the latter the mother of his children: Peter, Schuyler, William, Jacob, Marian, Anna and Delphine, all living and the heads of families.
Abram and Margaret Ann (Hall) Abel had six children:
Maria V., born September 19, 1837; married Samuel Irish, a merchant of Skaneateles, New York; no issue.
Philip, born November 19, 1839; a retired farmer of Fultonville; married Elizabeth Gardinier, born in 1844; no living issue; had a son Enders, died at age of twenty, and Ada Blanche and Peter, died young.
Peter H., born June 30, 1844, died March 7, 1897; unmarried.
George T., born February 15, 1849; resides in Fultonville; married Mary Edwards and has Florence B. Abel.
Eugene, born December 9, 1852, died at age of thirty-two; unmarried.
Anna H., born April 30, 1856; married William Wiles (see Wiles III). She was educated at the schools of Glen and at Poughkeepsie.