Robert Abell was the pioneer Abell immigrant to the colonies in about 1630. He was the son of George Abell and Frances Cotton. Joe Abell in his posting dated 02 March 1999, raised the question as to the reliability of the book, "The Abell Family in America." It has an error as to who the mother of Frances Cotton was. It states that Frances was the daughter of Richard Cotton and his second wife Jane Seyliard. Frances Cotton was born about 1573 and Richard Cotton didn't marry Jane Seyliard until 1578. Therefore, the mother of Frances Cotton was Richard's first wife, Mary Mainwaring. There is an extensive discussion of this error by Neil D. Thompson, F.A.S.G. in the lesser known genealogical journal, THE GENEALOGIST (Vol. 5, No. 2; Fall, 1984). However, in the article Thompson also errs in stating that Richard Cotton and Jane Seyliard had only one child, Joane/Jane. An astute and very knowledgeable family researcher who lives in the Kansas City area has found that Richard and Jane had three other sons, Richard, Thomas, Robert, who all died around 1597. There was also, perhaps, another daughter, name unknown.