HISTORY by Tony Howe:
Brieger's "Hometown Mississippi" states: Abel, name origin
unknown, was located two miles west of Mize, being settled in 1853 by Angus
McCallum and Mike Kelly who operated a lathe, mechanic shop, and
horse-powered gin on this site."
BUSINESSES (per RG Dun & Co.)-
R. E. Sullivan, general store 1900
R. V. Turner, sawmill 1900