I beleive that we are talking about two different Mahala Abel/Ables.The Mahala Abel that I was referred to was born 10 Jan 1804, dau of William Abel b. 1 Jul 1781.Info came from a quote from a letter John Jackson Abel wrote to his brother, Elijah Abel in 1873.The copy was sent by Katherine Whitaker of Grenada, MS via James Hills.
//email@example.com advised me that Joseph Ables, born in 1801 in SC had a daughter named Mahala b. 1828 in Alabama.The 1801 birthday tracks with Joseph Abel, son of William as per Katherine Whitaker.
Maxcine Reeves advised me that a Mahala Able also married Michael McKay 18 March 1847 in Itawamba, MS.