In October 1773, he examined by the Albany council in a voter eligibility case. From his testimony, we learn that "he was born in Hanover, that he has voted before for Aldermen and that he has also served for the City as Constable; that he taken the Oaths Alegiance &c. and has lived 20 years in this Country and that he never was out of America; that he has served his time at Jacob Groesbeck's for the trade as a Shoemaker." However, he was among a number of foreign-born residents whose votes were disqualified.
Andrew Abel died in October 1795 and was buried in the Dutch church plot. He had lived only forty-eight years. His widow remained in her 10 Orange Street home until her death in 1828.
Sources: The life of Andrew Abel is CAP biography number 7068. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. These Abels are distinct from the New Netherland-ancestry Abeel family. Abel family information and reference to a family bible appears online.
first posted: 11/15/05; recast and updated 3/2/13