Keith, I am also looking for abbotts around the Tyler Tx area, but have hat no luck. My husband's family was from that area. His grandfather was james sherman abbott, b. 1894 in Spurger or Town Bluff, Tyler Co, TX. I am looking for his father's name; his mohter was Emma? who remarried in 1904 to a John F. Sweeney. they then moved to Beaumont around 1906, because they are listed in the city directory for 1906-07 with james sherman and a daughter, geraldine (age 2).