Abel is a teenage boy who lived during the 1890's. He had a brother named Noah and his mother was only known as Mrs. Cuddy; after both died he beckame a pick-pocket and theif, stealing from local stores and wearhouses.
Abel, along with his brother, were assistants of August Catcher bringing him specimens they had found. He earned 2 soverigns that he bought a horse with and let noah have a go resulting in his brothers death.
Abel met Tom for the first time when Tom arrived at the house trying to get keys to the shed so through a series of events he could destroy Scarazand; Abel was eating supper at the time with his brother. As Tom walked away he told Abel not to let Noah on a horse he might one day get implying that Noah survived in the alternite future.