Interesting site. I came upon it by accident. Seems i am a member of a mostly east coast bunch of Abels. The story goes that my grandfather on my father's side, Fred Abel, came to america from Germany when very young, with several (5-7) brothers. Not sure of the number. Early 1900's once old enough, they all went their seperate ways, not keeping in close contact. Fred married Irene (my grandmother) they lived in Yonkers and then moved to Jersey where my father, his two brothers and one sister were born. His older brother is on the west coast, his younger brother and sister are still in Jersey. I have two brothers, both living on the west coast.