I am from central Ill. My father was Vertis Gilbert Abbott. His father was Henry Arthur Abbott. And I think his fathers name was James. My aunt once told me our ancestors roots were from England and in order to immigrate to the U.S.one had to have a trade. It would have been James or James father that was a cobbler. To that add , my fathers father Henry was an accomplished carpenter. He built the house and most of the out buildings on the farm where my father was born and raised. Also the names James, William , Thomas , are family names that were passed on to my siblings. Perhaps we are kin. We grew up in Mason and Cass county in Illnois.