Hi John! We connect through John Henry Abell, and I have a LOT of info for you.I spent a great deal of time, and had a lot of help from some folks in Marion Co KY, and figured out most of the puzzle that was John Henry.
He was the oldest son of Enoch Abell and Elizabeth Pierceall, b. ca 1806/1807 Rolling Fork, (then)Washington Co, KY.He m.1/21/1825 1) Dorothy Bowles dau of Joseph Bowles and Alley Raley Bowles. Children:Joseph 1827, George Washington, 1828, James Alexander 1832, Rosella 1834, Enoch, 1837, John Madison 1839,William David 1841, Francis Lloyd 1843 and Mary Jane 1845.
At some point after Mary Jane was born in 1845, Mary Jane, and apparently James, died, likely of cholera.It's been passed down in KY that John Henry was a hard drinking man, at any rate he doesn't seem to have been able to deal with the loss of his wife as his children all went to live with relatives and he had to sell his farm.
In 1850, (census) he is living, with 2cnd wife Mary Ann, on land that was left to first wife Dorothy, next to his former sister-in-law.John and Mary Ann had: Susan Ellen 1849,Amanda Frances 1851, WIlliam Wesley 1852, Ignatius 1853, Mary Eliza 1854, Joseph Lee 1857, John Frank 1858, Nathan Lafayette 1862
Interestingly, the first five children and Mary Ann were all baptized Catholic at Holy Name of Mary, Calvary. But by 1857 or so John Henry moved to the Bradfordsville area and I believe severed ties with the Catholic Church and possibly his remaining relatives at Calvary.Three of his sons from his first marriage,Joseph, Enoch and William, did move to Taylor County as adults and may have stayed in contact. We conjecture that the devoutly Catholic Abells strongly disapporved of the marriage to Mary Ann, who wasn't considered "good enough by their standards - Ialso suspect John Henry must have behaved badly, as he stood in line to inherit quite a bit as the oldest grandson of Joseph Abner Abell.
My ggg grandfather is John Madison Abel b. 1839 who came to ILca 1858 (the second l was dropped at some point.)After marrying and having children here, he left and went to TX, where he later married and had a second family, and later married a third time (no children!)
Oh, I've been told -but haven't seen it, that John Henry lived to 1870 or later, and is buried somewhere on the Tungate land.And Mary Ann lived til 1890 or so.I think she would be with him, although several of their children are at Old Libert, Bradfordsville,