Spencer Johnson Abbott was my great-grandfather. We did not know his ancestry until I started doing genealogical research. Still, my great-aunt Edna Abbott maintained that we were "Massachusetts Abbotts" when our family first came to America. I cannot find my Abbotts before the Revolution, cannot put the Evans line together, may have leads on Phillips further back. So much yet to find! But finding the Merrill line led to the Smiths and Stouts, and all the long history now known of them.