This is a little late but just came across the Abston genforum site today.Like Linda Nicholson, in my family the tradition has been that Francis Abston,ca 1700, was probably the son of Jean Aboasson, "The Abbot's Son", anglicized to John Abston, who showd up later in Halifax Co., Va. John Thompson, the husband of my great Aunt, Amanda Belle Abston Thonpson, wrote in 1974a paper I have, that Mrs. Margaret Abston Richardson of Kansas, told him that her father was John Elizah Abston and that his father, Charles R. Abston, told him that the Abston'swere originally from Brest, France, and that they were Hugenots and that the original spelling was Aboasson.Also that they were related to the famed Clemenceau family of France. (my note; I think this was in reference to the marriage of Rachel Clements to Josua Abston, son of Francis Abston, but have no proof, only that in my uncle's next sentence, he said "The name Clemenceau may be anglicized to Clements". I have also seen a family tree that shows Francis descending from William Abston b. 1625 in St. Mary Co., Md and Wm. Abston, his son, and a Samuel Abston, so I don't know which is correct.May be both.I did notice that when Francis shows up in Pittsylvania Co., Va. another of the Hugenot names that were on the Dec. 1700 petition signed by Jean Aboasson, (Josue Pettit) also is there. One of the Abstons, James,my GGG GF and the GGrandson of Francis Abston 1st, married Susan Pettit 10/3/1864 in Fluvanna Co., Va. May be coincidence.Also the Abstons in TN married into the Sevier family who also came from France (were Xavier in France)to England,(Hugenots) and then on to Va.John Sevier was the 1st Gov. of TN. Lipscomb Pettit Abston married his grandaughter.