The "Abbott Murder Story" briefly goes like this: About 1830 a family by the name of Abbott moved into Madison Co. and "squatted" on land later known as the Isaac Moss farm about two miles west of Anderson Village along the Perkinsville Rd.. They were a mystery family, keeping to themselves.They often left there home and were gone for weeks. Mr. Abbott had two grown sons.
About 1830 a man travelling through the area stopped and spent the night with the Abbotts.He was never seen again.A body of an unknown man later surfaced in a nearby river.The Abbotts were suspected of having murdered him.At some point they packed up and left the country not to be seen or heard from again.
I found these facts: Nathan Abbott purchased 80 acres from the government on 4-17-1833.So he wasn't squatting in 1833.His property was located near a John Moss and also a William J. Moss properties.According to the 1860 Census an Isaac Moss, age 39 did live in that area.
Nathan Abbott did not have grown sons in 1830. Nathan and his family moved to Illinois and were upright citizens.
This doesn't answer the question if theAbbott in the "The Abbott Murder" was indeed Nathan Abbott, but may cast some doubt on it.