Origins of surname
This surname is most popular in the East of England and Southern Scotland. It is uptimately derived from the personal name, and thus from the son of Adam who was killed by his brother Cain.
It was introduced by returning 12th century Crusaders and was very popular as a personal name during the Middle Ages, when there was a cult of 'suffering innocence' which Abel represented.
The name first appears in Jersey church records in 1762, when Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth Abel, was baptised in St Helier. It was not uptil 1809, when Mary Elizabeth, the first of four children of Ludwig Friedrich Abel and Mary Vonburg, was baptised, that a family became established.
However, the baptism records for St Helier at this time are somewhat confusing. They show successive entries for baptisms of children of Ludwig Friedrich and Mary Vonberg, Michael and Mary Brumlot, Lewis Frederick and Mary Vanberg, Lewis Frederick and Mary Brumlot, Johann Michael and Mary Brumlot.
The marriage records do not help, because the first three Abel entries in St Helier are for Ludwig Frederick (German) and Mary Vivian in 1803, Ludwig Frederick and Mary Vonberg in 1807, and Michel and Marie Brumlot in 1810.
Ludwig Frederick and Johann Michael are believed to be the correct names for the fathers, and it is thought that they were brothers.
In the accompanying tree we have done our best to untangle the mess, but without any great confidence in the result.
- Abel baptisms in Jersey
- Abel marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Abel marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Abel burials in Jersey
These wills created by members of the Abel family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Abel : Keith Edward Hadwin , of 38a, Crossfields, Tarvin, Cheshire and formerly of 27, Clydesdale, Whitby, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire - 04/Nov/1965 , 21/Aug/1975 , D/Y/B1/227/23
- Abel : Walter , of 41, Broom Lane, Salford, Lancashire - 28/May/1959 , 01/Jun/1971 , D/Y/B1/159/48
1855 advert for John George Abel son of John Michael and Marie Brumlot ...
1881 advert for Adolphus William Abel - see picture at top of page
Henriette Martha Abel (1853-1893) with her husband Charles William Hamon (top left), his brothers and his father
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