thanks for the headsup, elizabeth. there is definitely a connection between the abneys and the willses. elias wills (1730-1805) may have had a brother william who could be the surgeon father of millicent abney. elias's father was married four times and there were many children.
i am still trying to pin down the origin of "elizabeth abney" as wife of elias. it first appears in a book by d.w.winn and e.j. winn - ancestors and descendants of john quarles winn and mary liscome jarvis (baltimore:1932). no citation given. personally i favor elizabeth "dancy," as there are three granddaughters with the name elizabeth dancy [-] and a son benjamin dancy wills. i think abney may be a misreading of a script "dancy." we keep looking.