Abell, James a Presbyterian minister, was born in Norwich, Conn., in 1792. He entered college from Lisbon, Conn. where his preparatory studies had been pursued. After leaving Yale he studied theology at the Seminary in Andover, Mass., graduating in 1822. He was ordained and installed, Jan. 18, 1825, pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Oswego, where he remained five years. He was then installed over the Presbyterian Church in Oxford, N. Y., Sept. 14, 1830, was settled there seven years, and was then called to the pastorate of the Reformed (Dutch) Church in Chittenango, N.Y., where he continued nearly nineteen years, and resigned in 1857. This was his last charge. He was fourteen years a member of the board of trustees of Hamilton College. He died May 7, 1868. See Obituary Record of Yale College, 1868. Presbyterianism in Central New York, p. 685.