Hello Gordon. I know that this posting was in 1998, but after all this time, I am trying one last time (before I give up entirely) to find my great-great-great-grandfather's parents.
The timeframe of your Abbott/Suttons is close to the time Benjamin Franklin Abbott was born (12-28-1812, NC). He did at age 28 (8-29-1841). He married Caroline Pickett Willis about 1836 in AL. Her parents are William John Willis and Ann Johnston, dau. of Thomas Benjamin Johnston and Mary M. Muchmore. There is a Muchmore site online, that has my Abbott line (from info, that I added/sent.
I have come across the Abbott/Sutton group from a descent chart that a friend sent me when I first started looking for my BIG Abbott connection, so I am sort of familiar with the story there. I go back and review lines to see if I can link, from gathering collateral lines, but nothing ever pans out. By now, I have collected many Abbott groups,and several tie in at a relative with another surname, Key/Milstead, Weems, etc., but never is there a connection to Ben, directly.
It is so baffling that every line I have ties to some well-know group in almost every surname, but nothing on how my Abbott ties to an Abbott line. There is always a gap of a generation, or one of the parents are unknown, or named John but nothing on which John and then no birthdate. I have gone down paths through the George's of Rowley and Andover, have a Lemmon connection and Margaret Williams to Alumbee Williams. Through Wroes, (Hezekizh Balch lines) and Chandlers...I have a handful of Suttons...Woodson Layne m. Sarah Jane Fowler to Mariah Frances Layne m. Levi Sutton b. 1825, OH. My Fowlers and Evans also tie to Lawrence and Whitaker/Cary lines which also tie to Custis/Justice.
I have gone through the Custis/Justice/Mary Fraeme line, and the Ann Toft line with John Abbott, but can't seem to get enough information on the Abbott side to bring these all together. I have gathered so much info, that I could spend the time linking all of these groups together, with great patience, but THAT is more likely than finding my one little connection that opens up the firm connection to Benjamin Franklin Abbott.
I feel bad about giving up, too. I have found links for so many people out there in collateral lines, but their Abbotts are lacking in information, as well.
Can you, or anyone out there shed some light? Maybe someone has a clue?
People I descend from:
Alexander Oliver (Rev. soldier of NC/OH)
Henry Layne (descendant of Joel Layne of NC)
Adam "Ad" Lawrence of Rutherford Co., KY to TX m. Sarah Miller, dau. of Capt. Simon Miller Lines tie to Rev. Benjamin Rucker, Original 300 Austin Settlement groups, Davied E. Lawhon, Texas Ranger,Col. Henry Willis and Mildred Washington/Warner lines over and over, George R. Reade, John Russom Weems, uncle to Nancy Weems in Wilburn Abbott line, Daniel Boone a few times. I also descend from the Scottish Briggs lines with Wroe/Butler/Landon/Robert King Carter/Judith Armistead (twice) and through the British Briggs line at Butler and Col. John Washington.
My other alternative is, I guess to look through MacNab(b) as the Highlander Tribe for Abbott conversion, perhaps.
Both my mother and father descend from Henry VIII, through Plantagenet sisters, Joan, and Eleanor. Their lines (my parents) link many times, generation after generation through multiple collateral and some direct surnames, particularly in the Lawrence/Warner/Washington/Terrill groups. My mother's McCormick line from her grandmother go back to Edmund Terrill, and Dr. John McCormick, a quaker in early 1700s VA, and Jemima Violet.
ANY help is greatly appreciated!
I don't know who William John Willis' parents are. William John Willis b. 11-17-1789, NC, d 10-29-1866, San Saba, San Saba Co., TX., buried at Smelser Cemetery there. I know that they tie to Col. Henry Willis, but missing a generation here, as well.
Found one last Abbott male and with help, he was convinced to get a DNA test, never heard from him again. Also heard from an Oliver researcher that was fabulous in their research (he was 14) and said he knew where Ben's line came in, but said, uh, "Abdon or, had to get back to me." Nothing. Now over a year later, I am just stuck at the same place I started 25 years ago.
Thanks to ANYONE out there. If you can find my link to ABBOTT line, I will retouch 10 bad photos for you in exchange for information. Free!