He is treated in Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins, starting on page 3,  which includes the following information:
He was probably born Stapenhill, Derbyshire, or Hemington, Lockington, Leicestershire, England about 1605, son of George and Frances (Cotton) Abell in his will of 8 Sep 1630, George Bell of Hemington, Leicestershire, made a small bequest to his second son Robert Abell "in regard of the charges I have been at in placing him in a good trade in London which he hath made no use of and since in furnishing him for New England where I hope he now is" (citing Abell Gen 42, citing PCC 10 St. John)
He m. Joanna ____ before 1639. The given name of his wife is first seen after his death, during the probate of his estate; there is no indication that he had any other wife; she married second 4 Jun 1667 William Hyde of "New Norwich" where they moved.
Mary, b Weymouth 11 Apr 1642; supposedly m by 1663 Rev. Samuel Luther of Rehoboth (but no evidence found)
Preserved, b Rehoboth c 1644; m1 Rehoboth 27 Sep 1667 Martha Redway; two other marriages per Abell Genealogy, p 47
Caleb, b Rehoboth abt 1647; m. Norwich, CT Jul 1669 Margaret Post; d. Norwich 7 Aug 1763, in 85th year
Joshua, b Rehoboth abt 1649; m1 Norwich CT 1 Nov 1677 Mehitable Smith who d 14 Mar 1684/5; m2 Nov 1685 Bethiah Gadger
Benjamin, b Rehoboth abt 1651; m by 1679 Hannah
Experience, b Rehoboth abt 1660; m Norwich 1680 John Baldwin
Based on distribution of estate there must have been an additional child.
He came to the colonies in 1630 with the Winthrop Fleet. Robert Abell was an early settler of Weymuth. He followed Samuel Newman to Rehoboth, MA. in 1642 and applied for a land grant from Plymouth Court in 1643. Robert Abell may have been born in Stapenhill, Derbyshire, England.
His occupation was that of a Tavernkeeper, he had a special license to operate an ordinary cafe in 1656. He owned lot 28 in 1646/1651/1653. In Attleboro, North Purchase in 1658 along with Samuel Luther (his future son-in-law).
He became a Freeman on Oct 19 1630. He took oath an of fidelity in 1657.
↑ 1.01.11.21.22.214.171.124 Anderson, Robert Charles, Robert AbellThe Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010)
↑Robert Abell, "Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors and Cousins" (website, compiled by Mr. Marlyn Lewis, Portland, OR; accessed September 2, 2017).
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Robert by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Abell-9 and Abell-491 appear to represent the same person because: 491 appears to be a bare bones entry for what 9 is doing with much more documentation. The only element of 491 that would attract use is the traditionally believed home of Robert Abell being in Stapenhill, Derby, rather than in Yorkshire. Birthplace should be cleared up.