Friday, January 13, 2017

52 Ancestors - Week 159: #224 Michel Abel (1719-1791) of New Jersey

Here is my 52 Ancestors biography for week #159:

Michel Abel (1719-1791) is #224 on my Ahnentafel List, my 5th great-grandfather, who married #225 Christina --?-- (1730-1804) in about 1755, probably in New Jersey.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #112 Johannes Able (1758-1818), who married #113 Sophia Trimmer (1755-1811) in 1777.
*  their son, #56 John Able (1780-1831), who married #57 Mary Row (1787-1863) in 1804.
*  their son, #28 David Auble (1817-1894), who married #29 Sarah Knapp (1818-????) in 1844.
*  their son, #14 Charles Able (1849-1916), who married #15 Georgianna Kemp (1858-1952) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
* their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                           Michel Abel[1–2]    
*  Alternate Name:           Michel Aubel[3]    
*  Alternate Name:           Michael Able[1]

*  Sex                               Male   

*  Father:                         Andreas Abel (1690-1751)   
*  Mother:                        Maria --?-- (1693-1771)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                           1719, Germany[1,3]   
*  Death:                          3 February 1791 (about age 72), Tewksbury, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[1,3]   
*  Burial:                          after 26 February 1791 (after about age 72), Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Oldwick, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States[1,3]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                    Christina  (1730-1804)   
*  Marriage:                    about 1755 (about age 36), New Jersey, United States[1]   

*  Child 1:                       Andreas Able (1757-1830)   
*  Child 2:                       Johannes Able (1758-1818)   
*  Child 3:                       Matthias Able (1759-1826)   
*  Child 4:                       Mary Able (1760-1829)   
*  Child 5:                       Jacob Able (1763-1816)   
*  Child 6:                       Anna Elisabeth Able (1765-1815)   
*  Child 7:                       Catharine Able (1767-    )   
*  Child 8:                       Eva Able (1769-    )   
*  Child 9:                       Christina Able (1771-1855)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

The information on this Abel family was obtained from the book Early Germans of New Jersey by Chambers[2] and the book The Able Aubles by Juanita Hayter Crampton[1].

Michel Abel was born in about 1719 in an unknown German state (perhaps Hessen), the son of Andreas and Maria (--?--) Abel.  His father was probably the Andreas Ablin who was on a list of thirty Palatines who, with their families, left the port of Portsmouth, England on 22 June 1728 bound for America on the ship "Albany", master Lazarus Oxman from Rotterdam.  This ship landed in Philadelphia on 4 September 1728[1].

Michel Abel is mentioned in his father's will in 1751.  He and his brother Paul each received 120 acres and their mother 60 acres.  This land was in the German Valley near Fox Hill in Morris County, New Jersey[1].

Michel Abel married Christina (perhaps Buhner (?)) in about 1755, and they had nine children between 1757 and 1771[1].  

In June of 1762, Michael bought his brother's (Paul and wife Leany) share of 126 acres for 304 pounds sterling.  On 29 March 1768 Michael Able gave a mortgage on 240 acres of this tract to Richard Stockton. On 1 June 1784 Michael gave a mortgage to John Striker of Somerset upon the whole original tract of 308 acres for 1,308 pounds in New York money[1].

Mary Tedrick, who is believed to be Michel's mother who married a Mr. Tedrick after her husband's death in 1751, died in January 1771.  She left her 60 acres of land in Roxbury township, Morris County New Jersey to sons Michael and Andreas, and also left pewter basins each to Michael's daughters, Caty and Eve[1].

Michael Able died on 26 February 1791 in Roxbury township, Morris County, New Jersey[1,3].  The following notice from the Zion Lutheran Church records, translated from German, reads[1]:

"1791 -- We began this year with the funeral of a deceased daughter of Michael Able, ___ years old.  On January 1, I admonished those present in the house concerning Isaiah 3:10.  Her father, Michael Able soon followed her on February 26.  I could not attend his funeral, as on that day it pleased the Lord to take my second helpmate, the former widow Baldwin from Beramos in Bergen County, born Anna Zaborowsky. According to her wishes, we took her pale body to Hackensack in order to bury her in the burial vault of her forefathers."

Both Michael and Christina Able are buried in the Zion Lutheran Church graveyard at Oldwick, Tewksbury township, Hunterdon, New Jersey[3].  The gravestone inscription for Michel Aubel is:

Here lies the body of
Michel Aubel who
departed this life
February the 3d 1791
in the 72 year of his

1. Juanita Hayter Crampton, The Able Aubles (Utica, Kentucky: Mcdowell Publications, 1987), pages 29-31, Michael Able family sketch; digital image, FamilySearch Books (

2. Theodore Frelinghuysen Chambers, The Early Germans of New Jersey: their history, churches, and genealogies (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1982), pages 227-228, Abel family sketch.

3. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Oldwick, N.J., Michel Aubel memorial #27122754.

NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2017 to 208 Ancestors in 208 Weeks.


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1 comment:

Cousin Russ said...


I have ancestors buried there as well. One of my students put together a 3 inch binder of genealogical records that are in the Hunterdon County Historical Society, and it's a bible for them for this area.

You might be interested in this website, if you haven't been there before.

You will find Jacob Able listed.

You may have given me a hint for someone I was researching, as the history of this area tells how the Lutherans came into Philadelphia, followed the Quakers north, into West Jersey, through Hunterdon County, up into Morris County. The person I am researching came into Philadelphia about the same time as your's. And we know that the family I have researched are buried in some of the same cemeteries as yours.