Noted your mention of Abbott history work-in-progress, but I'm not sure with which branches you are working.I am from the Jordan Abbott b. 1777 in NC married Sarah Nunn b. 1777 in VA line.We have the family tradition that our branch came from MA to GA and that they were wagon makers.The link from MA to GA is missing, except that before the Civil War, one of the MA Abbotts sent a beautiful carriage to one of the family who had migrated to MS.One of our current members mentioned the story of a MA Abbott who had been shipwrecked on the SC coast and remained in South Carolina.Does any of this ring a bell with you?
We have some interesting members, including Eli Abbott, who played football at Univ. of PA and then was a player/coach at the Univ. of AL/Crimson Tide 1893-1895 and in 1902.