Hello...I'm just beginning to search here. I have learned that in the 1870's, Daniel Abbe, near Potosi, MO, apparently changed the spelling of the Abbe surname, by adding the "y". An elderly relative, now in her 90's recalled this story while speaking with me from her Kansas home.
Prior to Potosi, I believe the Abbe line came from Saxony, Germany. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Kevin Abbey, Claremore,Oklahoma