While I have "test ancestors" for Abel Johnson 1833-1871, they are 'iffy' and based on DNA supported conjecture. Abel showed up first in the 1850 Thomas County, Georgia Federal Census living in the Scoggins household. He lived a few houses away from his presumed mother, Sarah Johnson. In 1860, Abel is the Sheriff of Thomas County, GA. Abel Johnson prospered in the livery stable business catering to wealthy Northern industrialists who wintered in Thomasville, the southern terminus of the US railway system at that time. Abel Johnson was killed in a trainwreck in 1871 while enroute to Indiana to buy more horses and mules for his business. I remember his daughter, my great-grandmother, Frances "Fannie" Johnson Stephens 1863-1955, who taught me to play "Chopsticks" on piano.
Abel Johnson married Melissa Carlton 1832-1914, daughter of Stephen Carlton and Eunice Bankston.
I remember quizzing Granny Stephens about the family but I was so young it's hard to remember her story. I remember her telling about a famous important (but controversial) person who held a high office in government. I'm guessing that she may have been speaking of Andrew Johnson, Abe Lincoln's VP and successor..........or she may have speaking of her husband's family and possibly A.H. Stephens, VP of the CSA. In either case, I've found no link to either politician, but in Abel Johnson's case, anything is possible since he is my major "Brickwall".