I hope you get this message.I realize that your posting was done in 1998, but this was very exciting to come upon.
I too am a descendant of Tabitha Towles and James Abney.I am down from their son, Joel Abney.
I am wondering if the mystery was ever solved of who Tabitha's parents were?I am trying to find proof that James is the son of Michael Abney.( Most Abney researchers have this listed, but no proof is shown.) Proof is very hard to come by. I have not found a will or probate for either James or Michael.
I would love to hear from you.I will try the e-mail address given, but do not hold out much hope as it is such an old one.