Descendants of Robert I Abernethy
Generation No. 1
1. ROBERT I1 ABERNETHY was born Abt. 1624 in Abernethy, Perthshire, Scotland, and died January 1684/85 in Charles Cty Co, VA. He married SARAH COPPAGE 1657 in Charles Cty Co, VA.
Notes for ROBERT I ABERNETHY:
Robert was embroiled in Cromwell's Rebellion in Scotland and sent to Charles City Co VA as an indentured prisoner of war in 1652. He came from a well to do family in Scotland but arrived here with no funds. He married a wealthy widow and raised her child ( Sarah) as his own. He did well for himself on his own too. He married Sarah Cubishe/Coppage in 1657. I have found a record stating that he married Sarah in 1664.
Service; Land grant in Charles City Co. VA in 1664.
Ref.; Annals of Lincoln Co. NC by W. L. Sherrill.
Giles Co., TN Genealogy Society has many family history sheets abt. him.
See Kynd Kynn Knawn Kepe
By Manahan and Coppage
pages 39 and 44
It may be ordered still from Max Coppage, editor of The Highlander, a Scottish magazine that may be found in the magazine sections of genealogical libraries. Call your local librarian and ask for Highlander address. It cost only $10.00 in 1995.
This book clearly states that Robert Abernathy married Sarah Cubisch/Coppage/Coppadge. Like so many early European names, this name has many spellings. The book gives an excellent family history for Sarah, our earliest gr mother of Abernathy's.
Notes for SARAH COPPAGE:
Cubbage, Cabbage. In Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book, No.2 is the notation that" John
Cabbage, 200 acres, Low Norfolk, 13 Mar 1649, page 196. In Linhaven Parish, up the Little Creek against Hogy Is, transport of 4 persons".
Nich. Huggins, 450 acres, Low Norfolk Co, Lynhaven Parish against Hogy Island, 29 Sept 1679, page 9, Beg. at the Great Neck Branch mouth against said Island mear Collins Branch and c 200 acres granted to John Cabbidge 13 Mar 1649 and left by a will to Henry Beakes, 250 acres granted said Beakes ( 3 Mar. 1649).
I have written to Coppage Family Newsletter in 1995 and was sent information showing that Sarah is from that lineage. Names were mispelled more often than not in those years.
Child of ROBERT ABERNETHY and SARAH COPPAGE is:
2. i. ROBERT2 ABERNETHY, JR, b. 1656, Popular Run, VA; d. 1730, prob Pr Geo Co, VA.
Generation No. 2
2. ROBERT2 ABERNETHY, JR (ROBERT I1) was born 1656 in Popular Run, VA, and died 1730 in prob Pr Geo Co, VA. He married CHRISTINE TILLMAN, daughter of ROGER TILGHMAN and SUSANNAH PARHAM. She was born 1681 in Bristol Parish, Charles City Co VA, and died Aft. 1717 in Bristol Parish, Prince Geo Co VA.
Notes for ROBERT ABERNETHY, JR:
Robert II married Christine in 1690 in VA, Brunswick Co.
He paid taxes in 1704 on the land his father had owned in Prince George Co. VA. It was located at the head of Popular Run and 100 acres. He acquired another 100 acres in 1717 on the Horsepen Branch of Sapponi Creek.
Per book by Arvord M.Abernethy,1994, 702 Barkley Drive, Hamilton, TX 76531: "Scottish Peerage" printed in Boston, MA, stated that our Robert Abernethy was born in Scotland ca 1692, came to America with two brothers, and settled in Prince George Co ( which was orig. Charles City Co.) VA. This is where the story that Robert who married Christine Tillman was our immigrant ancestor came from. It was not true.
There is evidence to indicate that the full name of our ancestor was Robert Sterling Abernethy. The fact that so many descendants of his line were named Sterling seems to add significance to this theory.
Virginia L. Keefer's theory is that the name Sterling/Stirling in the Abernethy family came from the town that adjoined Abernethy in Perthshire named Stirling. It would seem that Abernethy and Stirling/Sterling were taken from the names of those two adjoining towns. Robert may well have had this for a middle name to begin the family tradition.
The research done of our Abernethy family was by Eugene Cuthbert Abernethy of Oklahoma. He was a son of John Abernethy, son of Sterling Gibbs Abernethy of Ponotoc County, MS, and older brother of Saletia Caroline Abernethy Smith.
His research has proven to be remarkably correct.
A Short History Of Abernethy, Oct. 1993
Lee Forney Crawford "Forney Forever"
Alexander Kin, Vol I & II
Forney Papers from Martha Allen June 2, 1991
"From Dawn to Eventide" by Drusilla J. Orgain
Arvard Abernethy book.
Elizabeth B. Osborne, 2106 Meadowbrook Drive, Austin, TX 78703 family group sheets dated 14 June 1998.
Notes for CHRISTINE TILLMAN:
Christine was named in her mother's will in Brunswick Co VA. Her mother was Susanna Parham Tillman.
In " Early Virginia Families Along James River, Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches, Charles City Co, Prince George Co. VA" in the following;
Robert Abernathy Jr. 52 acres, Prince George Co, VA on South side of Moccosoneck Creek between John Tillman, Buller Herbert, Richard Smith and George Tillman's l;ines. 13 Oct. 1727, page 281 5 shillings.( Relationship not specific but Robert Abernathy did marry Christine Tillman, daughter of Roger.)
Children of ROBERT ABERNETHY and CHRISTINE TILLMAN are:
i. ROGER?3 ABERNETHY.
Notes for ROGER? ABERNETHY:
This child was submitted by Elizabeth B. Osborne, 2106 Meadowbrook Drive, Austin, TX 78703 in family group sheets dated 14 June, 1998. I do not know her source foor him. Her sources for sheet were;
A Short History of Abernethy, 1994
Arvard Aberthney's History of Robert Abernethy, 1994 Forney Forver by Lee C. Webb
alexander books, Vol I & II
Forney Papers from Miss Marilyn Allen, June 3, 1991 From Dawn to Eventide by Drusilla J. Orgain, (Mrs. B.D.)
3. ii. ROBERT III ABERNETHY, b. Abt. 1695, Charles City Co VA; d. 1772, Tyron Co NC.
Generation No. 3
3. ROBERT III3 ABERNETHY(ROBERT2, ROBERT I1) was born Abt. 1695 in Charles City Co VA, and died 1772 in Tyron Co NC. He married MARY HARWELL/HOWELL, daughter of MILES HOWELL. She was born Abt. 1700 in Brunswick Co, VA, and died in Lincoln Co, NC.
Notes for ROBERT III ABERNETHY:
In " Early Virginia Families Along James River Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches, Charles City Co, Prince George Co. VA." ; Robert Abernathy Jr. 52 acres Prince George Co on South side of Moccosoneck Creek between John Tillman, Buller Herbert, Richard Smith and George Tillman's lines. 13 Oct. 1727, page 281. 5 Shillings.
Abernathy's attended Bethel Methodist Church in Brunswick Co., VA in 1842.
Ref; Annals of Lincoln Co. NC by W. L. Sherrill.
Bristol Co. VA Vestry Book B. page 34.
Will 1772 in Lincoln Co. NC.
VA Historical Magazine, Vol. 4, p. 274.
In " Legacy, Early Families of Giles County " by Margaret Butler ; It is assumed that Robert's wife was named Mary Miles because after that marriage, " Miles " became a popular surname in the family..prob. was Howell. Her father is thought to have been Miles Howell. Robert III was even more enterprising than his father. He acquired much land.
By 1739, he had an estate of over 1200 acres. He and his wife and three son's; Robert IV, Miles, and David and three daughters moved to Granville Co. NC in 1768 and then to Tyron County which became Lincoln Co.NC. Descendants of two of Robert and Mary's children; David Sr. and his wife, Mary Ann Turner, who moved to NC and John and his wife Lucy who remained in VA, were among the early settlers of Giles Co. TN.
June 14, 1998 family group sheets received from Elizabeth B. Osbourne, 2106 Meadowbrook Drive, Austin, TX 78703. She stated;
They lived in Prince George, Dinwiddie Co. VA ( farm the same place, county name
changed) Presbyterian. In the summer 1768, they all 9 but John ) moved to Mecklenburg Co NC. County was divided into Tyron, later also in Lincoln Co. NC Children's names are all listed in Bristol Parish Register.
Cavaliers & Pioneers vol 4 & 5 have land grants for Robert Abernathy; PB 13, p 280 for 80 acres, 14 Mar 1731/2 and
PB 16 p 335 376 acres- both in Prince George Co VA date July 1717.
Also Robert Abernathy Jr 9 Feb 1737/8 pb 17, p 505 *****The Robert Abernathy Family by Arvord Abernethy, 1994, page 46 lists the will of Robert;
In the name of God, Amen. I, Robert Abernethy Sr. of Tyron Co. and province of North Carolina, being weak in body, and yet sound and perfect understanding and memory, thanks be to God and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, and knowing it is appointed unto all men once to die, and being desirious to settle things in order to be my last will and testament in matter and form following; that is to say first and principally I give my soul to God, the giver thereof, in hopes of receiving the same again at the joyful resurrection at the last day with a full and free parson of all my sins and transgressions through the death and merits of my Blessed Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. And my body to the earth from which it was taken, to be buried in a decnet and Christian like manner and as to touching my worldly estate as the Lord in his mercy hath lent me, my will and meaning is that the same be employed and disposed of in the following manner, and first of all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.
Item I leave labor of two negroes during her life to wit, Will and sue, and after her death, I give these negroes and increase to my son, Robert. I leave, give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Turner, five shillings, likewise to my daughtr Mary Smith, five shillings, Item I leave, give and bequeath my son, John, five shillings. Likewise to my son, David, five shillings. Item I leave, give and bequeath to my wife aforesaid, her choice of my beds and furniture. Also the use of what part of my stock as will be sufficient for her well support. Item I leave, give bequeath to my son, Miles, seven negroes slaves. To wit, Sue, aforesaid after my wife's decease, likewise Anthony, Jess, Joe, 'Tom", Bet and Millie together and all my other estate, real and persoanl with the outstanding debts, And lastly I do hereby appoint my son Miles aforesaid sole executor to this my last will and testament revolking and disannulling all other will or wills by me made allowing this and no other to be my last and affised my seal this 31th day of January, 1772.
Robert x Abernethy Sr.
Signed, sealed, published and declared in the presence of us; James Abernethy
David Critz his mark X
David Abernethy his mark X
Probate July Term 1772
Notes for MARY HARWELL/HOWELL:
Arvord Abernathy's book " The Robert Abernathy Family" states that her name was Howell and her father's name was given. Old VA records indicated she was named Miles but I bet it came from her father being named Miles Howell. He was no doubt of the Miles Line.
Children of ROBERT ABERNETHY and MARY HARWELL/HOWELL are:
i. ANN (AMY)4 ABERNETHY, b. Brunswick Co, VA; d. Lincoln Co, NC; m. UNKNOWN TURNER.
More About ANN (AMY) ABERNETHY:
Christening: Bristol Parish, Brunswick Co, VA
4. ii. RW SOL ROBERT CAPT ABERNETHY, b. 1719, Prince Geo Co, VA; d. 1792, Lincoln Co, NC.
iii. MARY ABERNETHY, b. April 16, 1721, Brunswick Co, VA; d. Lincoln Co, NC; m. UNKNOWN SMITH.
Notes for MARY ABERNETHY:
Elizabeth B. Osborne, 2106 Meadowbrook Drive, Austin, TX 78703 in family group sheets to me, dated 14 Jue 1998 stated Mary may have married Richard Rockett in NC abt 1763. Needs researched.
More About MARY ABERNETHY:
Christening: June 06, 1721
5. iv. PATRIOT JOHN SR B ABERNETHY, b. March 26, 1723, Brunswick Co, VA; d. February 17, 1812, Brunswick Co, VA.
6. v. DAVID ABERNETHY, SR, b. May 29, 1726, Bristol Parish, Brunswick Co, VA; d. Bef. 1814, Lincoln Co, NC.
vi. MILES ABERNETHY, b. Abt. 1729, Brunswick Co, VA; d. Abt. 1790, Lincoln Co?; m. URSULA BRADSHAW, October 06, 1781.
Notes for MILES ABERNETHY:
In Brunswick Co VA Marriage Register there is a Miles Abernathy married Nancy W. Croft, 20 Nov 1827; b Washington Croft, min Aaron Brown Methodist 9 Dec 1802.
The Robert Abernethy Family by Arvord M. Abernethy, 702 Barkley Drive, Hamilton, TX 76531 in 1994 was source of much of my data.
Miles Abernethy was named after his great, great grandfather, Miles Howell, and was probably born in Lincoln Co NC. It was in that county that he married Ursula Bradshaw. Their son, Nathan, was born in Lincoln Co NC .
Elizabeth B. Osborne, 2106 Meadowbrook Drive, Austin, TX 78703 dated June 14 1998 family group sheets stated Miles married Sarah Ann Jone (Goode). Needs researched.
More About MILES ABERNETHY:
Christening: Bristol Parish, Brunswick Co, VA
vii. ELIZABETH ABERNETHY, b. May 20, 1730, Bristol Parish, Prince Geo Co, VA; d. Tyron Co, NC.
More About ELIZABETH ABERNETHY:
Christening: September 30, 1730
Generation No. 4
4. RW SOL ROBERT CAPT4 ABERNETHY (ROBERT III3, ROBERT2, ROBERT I1) was born 1719 in Prince Geo Co, VA, and died 1792 in Lincoln Co, NC. He married SARAH ABERNATHY. She was born Abt. 1720 in Scotland, and died in prob Lincoln Co, NC.
Notes for RW SOL ROBERT CAPT ABERNETHY:
Robert's birth is registered in the Bristol Parish in Brunswick Co. VA. He moved with his family to Granville Co. NC in 1768 and then to Tryon Co. NC which later became Lincoln Co. NC.
His will was probated in 1792 in Lincoln Co NC. Witnesses were John Rockett and James Abernathy. Adm were his wife, Sarah, and son Nathan Abernethy. He married Sarah who had come from England in 1724 wiith a colony under the leadership of Robert Dinwiddie. These colonists settled in Dinwiddie Co. VA which joins Prince George Co on the south and Brunswick Co on the north. Robert and Sarah married about 1740/41.
They moved to Mecklenburg Co NC with his father and other members of the family in 1768. He became prominent in Tyron Co and was a Representative to the Constitutional Convention, on Oct. 12, 1776, and drafted the first Constitution for the State of North Carolina.
We must remember the confusion between the Robert Abernathy who was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. Some genealogists think it was Robert Abernathy (3) who was the son of David Abernathy (2). This Robert Abernathy (3) was the pensioner who fought in the Battle of King's Mountain. Still others think it was the Robert Abernathy who worked on the Abernathy research for over 30 years, thought because his age at the time of the Revolution, that Robert Abernathy (2), the son of Robert & Mary, was the delegate to the Constitutional Convention.
Robert Abernathy, was a Captain in the Expedition of July to Octobert, 1776, against the Cherokee Indians, under the command of General Griffith Rutherford. A number of descendants have honored him by joining the D.A.R. on his service record. Needs researched for correct Robert.
Notes for SARAH ABERNATHY:
Sarah and Robert were cousins.
Children of ROBERT ABERNETHY and SARAH ABERNATHY are:
i. CHARLES5 ABERNATHY.
ii. MILES ABERNETHY, b. 1730, VA; d. Bet. 1790 - 1812, NC; m. USLEY/URSULA BRACHER, October 1781.
Notes for MILES ABERNETHY:
Elizabeth B. Osborne, 2106 Meadowbrooke Drive, Austin, TX 78703 in family group sheets dated 14 June 1998 to me listed children.
iii. AMY ABERNETHY, b. January 30, 1731/32; m. ABSOLUM SPENCER.
Notes for AMY ABERNETHY:
Elizabeth B. Osbourne, 2106 Meadowbrook Drive, Austin, TX 78703 in family group sheets dated 14 June 1998 listed family.
iv. COL ROBERT ABERNETHY, b. 1742, Bristol Parish, Brunswick Co, VA; d. March 03, 1792, Lincoln Co, NC; m. ANN; d. prob Tyron Co, NC.
Notes for COL ROBERT ABERNETHY:
He left no will but a letter written by his son, Robert Abernathy (4) sending news of his death to another son, Joseph Abernathy, in Cape Girardeau, Missourti is still in the family of the descendants of Joseph Abernathy in MO.
Eugene Cuthbert Abernathy thought Robert Abernathy (4) wife was named Ann. A deed recorded October 3, 1771, mentions Robert Abernathy and wife, Ann, of Tyron Co NC.
There is some confusion about their children. In R. D. Abernathy's Manuscript, he does not mention Joseph at all. He names only Robert (4), his grandfather, Shadrack, Miles and William. Yet, it was his grandather Robert (4) who wrote several letters over a period of years to his brother Joseph in Cape Giradeau, NC. Miss Annie Boggs of Oxford, Mississippi, made copies and sent them to Mr. Eugene Cuthbert Abernathy. She stated that she had secured the originals from two grandsons of Joseph.
The title of Col was probably a courtesy only.
v. WILLIAM ABERNETHY, b. Abt. 1744, VA; d. 1815, Lincoln Co, NC.
Notes for WILLIAM ABERNETHY:
He may have fought in Rev War.
vi. JOHN ABERNATHY, b. 1747, VA; d. 1816, NC; m. SUSANNAH HARRELL.
Notes for JOHN ABERNATHY:
LDS computer gives inf from Regina Roper
vii. LUCY ABERNETHY, b. 1753, VA; m. VINCENT COX.
viii. SMITH ABERNETHY, b. Abt. 1755, NC.
ix. SARAH ABERNETHY, b. Abt. 1755, NC; m. (1) JOHN GROUSE; m. (2) JOHN ROCKETT.
x. NATHAN ABERNETHY, b. Abt. 1765; d. 1841.
Notes for NATHAN ABERNETHY:
Nathan was executor of his father's will.
5. PATRIOT JOHN SR B4 ABERNETHY (ROBERT III3, ROBERT2, ROBERT I1) was born March 26, 1723 in Brunswick Co, VA, and died February 17, 1812 in Brunswick Co, VA. He married LUCY MILDRED ABERNETHY. She was born Abt. 1725 in Brunswick Co, VA, and died in Brunswick Co, VA.
Notes for PATRIOT JOHN SR B ABERNETHY:
John and his wife Lucy remained in VA when most of the family moved to Lincoln Co. NC. They moved to Giles Co. TN with his brother, David Sr. and his wife Martha Ann Turner and were among the early settlers of Giles Co. TN.
It is interesting to note the fact that Robert 1692-1772 and his wife Mary probably never moved from the plantation that was first listed in the records of Charles City County, VA. Yet because of the formation of new counties out of their area, they were later in both Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties, VA.
There is a notation that the family was Presbyterian.
In the summer of 1768, a large part of the Robert Abernethy family moved to Mecklenburg Co. NC except son John Abernethy in Brunswick County with his family. His will is recorded there.
The family began spelling their name AbernAthy with this generation.
The Robert Abernethy Family, 1994, by Arvord M. Abernethy of TX p 51 states; John born 1723, was the ancestor of the present Virginia, NC and TN families. John had a son Charles. Charles died in 1813, aged 90. Charles had a son, John. This John married 3 times: 1.Mary Brown 2. Nancy Kelly, 3. Molly King.
DAR 1990 Centennial Edition, Part II lists John Abernathy Sr. born 1731 VA, died prob Feb 17, 1812 VA. Married Lucy. PS VA. no number ever assigned.
Patriot of Rev War. He gave oats and brandy to soldiers. DAR no. 766256 and 757214 and 765347.
Virginia Publick Service Claims, Vol. I, pp 154, 157, compiled by Janice L. Abercrombie & Richard Slatten.
More About PATRIOT JOHN SR B ABERNETHY:
Christening: March 26, 1723, Bristol Parish, Brunswick Co, VA
Children of JOHN ABERNETHY and LUCY ABERNETHY are:
i. JENNY5 ABERNETHY, m. JOHN DAVIS, 1798.
ii. HARBERT ABERNATHY, b. Abt. 1744, Brunswick Co, VA; d. August 18, 1820, NC; m. SUSANNAH HARWELL, 1788; b. Abt. 1767; d. July 12, 1846, NC.
Notes for HARBERT ABERNATHY:
Brunswick Co VA Marriage Register 1750-1853 p 9;
Harbert Abernathy married Susanna Harwell, 22 Aug 1788; b Samuel Harwell.
iii. FREDERICK ABERNATHY, b. September 02, 1745, Bristol Parish, Brunswick Co, VA; d. 1819, Brunswick Co, VA; m. (1) TABITHA HARWELL, Bristol Parish, Prince Geo Co, VA; b. Bristol Parish, Brunswick Co, VA; d. Bef. 1795, Brunswick Co, VA; m. (2) MILLY DAVENPORT, February 13, 1795, Brunswick Co, VA; b. 1775, Brunswick Co, VA; d. prob Giles Co, TN?.
Notes for FREDERICK ABERNATHY:
Frederick's will was dated 19 Dec 1816, Brunswick Co VA Information about Frederick and his family was found in The Robert Abernathy Family by Arvord M. Abernathy 1994, address 702 Barkley Drive, Hamilton, TX 76531.
Also contributed by;
Gloria Miller Counts, 3608 Glenmere Rd. N. Little Rock, AR 72116 from her book " Abernathy-Smith Vol I"
The Rockett Family Book by John Rockett, 605 Springlake Blvd. Brandenton, FL 33507
Abernathy Data by William E. Abernathy, 103 Hemingway Cr. Columbia, TN 38401
The Abernathys, Our Family Heritage by Faye R. Abernathy, Rt 7, Box 185, HIckory, NC 28601
Birdie Abernathy Jamison, 1889-1989 who lived at Batesville, MS
Rev. E. B. Smith of Rt 2, Box 613, Hickory, NC 28601
The Robert Abernathy Family by Arvord M. Abernathy of TX 1994 states on page 152 that Sandal and Matthew are children by Millie Davenport. He does not mention Mason who we know also was their daughter. Elsewhere He mentions that Millie may have been expecting Matthew prior to their marriage thus causing a mixup due to his birth being less than 9 months after his marriage to Millie. This caused many to believe he was another son of Tabitha but she was deceased by the time of his birth.
Giles Co. TN Gen. Library
Abernathy Family, Nashville, TN Library, 929.A141
Virginia Historical Marriage Register, Brunswick County, Marriages, 1750-1853. compiled by John Vogt and T. William Kethley Jr.1988.
Milly Davenport and Frederick Abernathy 11 Feb 1795. Bride is of age and has been a resident of Brunswick County for the required six months. b- Alexander Andrews, wit; Allen Abernathy, min. Peter Wynne- 13 Feb 1795.
More About FREDERICK ABERNATHY:
Christening: November 10, 1745, Bristol Parish, Brunswick Co, VA
Notes for TABITHA HARWELL:
Frederick married his second wife 13 Feb 1795 in Brunswick Co VA. Tabitha must have been deceased before then.
Notes for MILLY DAVENPORT:
IGI April 1994
Abernathy Data, Giles Co.TN Lib.1988
Abernathy Family, TN 929.2 A146a, Nashville, TN Library.
Brunswick County Marriages 1750-1853 by John Vogt, 1988; p 9 Frederick Abernathy & Milly Davenport 11 Feb 1795, bride is of age and has been a resident of Brunswick Co for the required 6 months. b. Alexander Andrews, wit, Allen Abernathy, in. Peter Wynne, 13 Feb 1795.
iv. JOHN ABERNATHY, JR, b. 1747, Brunswick Co, VA; d. November 22, 1824, Brunswick Co, VA; m. (1) MARY BROWN, Brunswick Co, VA; b. Brunswick Co, VA; d. February 01, 1809; m. (2) NANCY KELLY; d. April 25, 1814; m. (3) MOLLY KING, Aft. April 1814.
Notes for JOHN ABERNATHY, JR:
John Jr married 3 times.
Ms Butler is her book "Legacy" gave wives as 1. Mary Brown and 2. Mildred Harwell. His third wife was Molly King.
The Robert Abernathy Family by Arvord M. Abernethy, 1994, gave names of his 3 wives and their children. Mildred was not one of them. He is in error.
DAR Centennial Edition, 1990 listed him as born ca 1743 VA, died abt 22 Nov 1824 VA and listed wives are 1. Mary, 2. Mildred and 3. Molly King. No number assigned
v. CHARLES ABERNATHY, b. 1750, Bristol Parish, Brunswick Co, VA; d. 1813, VA; m. (1) ELIZABETH "ANN" HARWELL, Brunswick Co, VA; b. 1746, Brunswick Co, VA; d. VA; m. (2) ELIZABETH DAVENPORT, October 14, 1787, Brunswick Co, VA; b. Abt. 1746, VA.
Notes for CHARLES ABERNATHY:
Charles married 1. Elizabeth Harwell 2. Elizabeth Davenport 14 Oct 1787. Both in Brunswick Co VA
Charles is the brother of Frederick Abernathy who married Tabitha Harwell. There was a double connection in this line to the Harwell family. Many Abernathy's married Harwell women as mentioned in Giles Co Bulletin book.
Notes for ELIZABETH "ANN" HARWELL:
The Giles Co.,TN lineage book gives her as daughter of "Little Samuel" Harwell on p. 702 and his wife Ann Jackson. The Abernathy Family by ELizabeth Denty Abernathy, p. 8 says first wife of Charles was a Harwell.
vi. ROBERT ABERNATHY, b. Abt. 1752, Brunswick Co, VA; d. 1845, Lincoln Co, NC; m. ABIGAIL HARWELL.
Notes for ROBERT ABERNATHY:
Robert sold his farm in 1794 in VA and moved to Lincoln Co NC then Warren Co NC.
vii. JOSHUA ABERNATHY, SR, b. Abt. 1756, Brunswick Co, VA; d. 1818, Wake Co, NC; m. UNKNOWN.
Notes for JOSHUA ABERNATHY, SR:
1800 census has Joshua in Franklin Co NC with wife, 3 boys and 2 girls.
viii. REV WAR BUCKNER ABERNATHY, b. 1759, Bristol Parish, Brunswick Co, VA; d. 1850, Giles Co, TN; m. HULDA RIVERS, 1787, Brunswick Co, VA; b. 1755, Greenville Co, VA; d. 1835, Pulaski, Giles Co, TN.
Notes for REV WAR BUCKNER ABERNATHY:
Buckner was a Rev War sol. He was married to Hulda Rivers in the 1850 Giles Co.TN census.
He was over 100 years old when he died.
He moved to NC when the rest of his family did, There he served in Cap't. Wallace's 12th NC Regiment. In 1787, he married Hulda Rivers who was the sister of William Rivers of Brunswick Co. VA who had married Elizabeth Brown, dau. of Rev. Aaron Brown who brought his two grandsons, John Harper and William Wilkins Rivers to Giles Co. TN. with him. John Harper married Sarah Myra Rodes and William married Martha Paine. According to Flourney Rivers, Buckner, Hulda and their six children settled in the Odd Fellows Hall section of Giles Co. TN.
Brunswick Co VA Marriage Register lists a Buckner Abernathy & Nancy Lewis married 19 Dec 1787 in Bruns Co VA. b. Averitt M. Vaughn, con. Benjamin Lewis, wit Abner Wesson. Same Buckner?
ix. SMITH ABERNETHY, b. Abt. 1760, Brunswick Co, VA; d. Aft. 1800, NC.
Notes for SMITH ABERNETHY:
Smith moved to Franklin Co NC in 1800.
He reared his family on Pea Ridge, Carroll Co TN. I belive children of Smith and his son William 'Smith' are mixed up. They need to be researched to be sure.
x. ANN ABERNETHY, b. Abt. 1761; m. MR HARWELL.
6. DAVID4 ABERNETHY, SR (ROBERT III3, ROBERT2, ROBERT I1) was born May 29, 1726 in Bristol Parish, Brunswick Co, VA, and died Bef. 1814 in Lincoln Co, NC. He married MARTHA ANN TURNER in Brunswick Co, VA. She was born in prob Aberdeen, Scotland, and died Aft. 1814 in Giles Co, TN.
Notes for DAVID ABERNETHY, SR:
David and his wife Martha Ann Turner did not move to Lincoln Co. NC with the rest of his family. They did move with his brother John and his wife Lucy to become part of the early settlers of Giles Co. TN.
Elizabeth Denty Abernathy wrote a book about the Abernathy family and thought that Robert and David Abernathy were from two separate lines. However, if one studies The Giles Co.,TN Lineage book in the two family's master charts, you will note that Robert Abernathy III had a son named David and they came from the same county in VA. Both families used the same names for their children. I believe that studies in the future when the information highway opens up will reveal that these two families are of the same lineage back in the 1600's in VA.
There were 11 children named in will. son Moses, son in law Peter Forney, his will made in 1808, probated Lincoln Co. NC in 1814.
Children of DAVID ABERNETHY and MARTHA TURNER are:
i. JOSEPH5 ABERNATHY, b. Lincoln Co, NC; d. Lauderdale Co, AL; m. MRS, Lincoln Co, NC; b. Lincoln Co, NC; d. Giles Co, TN.
Notes for JOSEPH ABERNATHY:
Joseph and his brother David came to TN prior to 1800 and purchased land. Joesph was a surveyor and conveyancer in NC. and he was connected with Judge Haywood and the Sheppards in Surveying large bodies of land on Richland Creek between 1800-1810.
Joseph was in Giles Co. TN in 1816 for on that date he was a witness for the executors of James Johnston's will. In 1826, Joseph sold his land to Robert Tennen who had married his dau. Elizabeth ( Betsy) and in 1830, he and his dau. Betsy, and son in law, Robert Tennen, were in Lauderdale Co. AL. Betsy and Robert returned to Giles Co. Tn and are buried on a high hill near " African Hollow " off Hwy. 31 North.
ii. MOSES ABERNATHY, d. went west; m. SUSAN BYNUM, January 29, 1803.
iii. TURNER ABERNATHY, m. LOUISA ABERNATHY, December 15, 1788.
Notes for LOUISA ABERNATHY:
She was his first cousin and called Nicey or Disney.
iv. WILLIAM ABERNATHY, m. WINIFRED KIMBRELL, January 01, 1799.
Notes for WILLIAM ABERNATHY:
He was known as Big Bill.
v. BETSY ABERNATHY.
Notes for BETSY ABERNATHY:
She was known as Betsy the Beautiful.
vi. MILES ABERNATHY, d. Aft. March 02, 1835; m. SUSAN PHARR/PEAR.
vii. RW ROBERT ABERNATHY, b. 1749; d. 1832.
viii. PATTIE ABERNATHY, b. 1753, Lincoln Co, NC; m. (1) UNKNOWN BISSELL; m. (2) DAVID ABERNATHY.
ix. REV WAR DAVID JR ABERNATHY, b. July 29, 1759, Lincoln Co, NC; d. April 14, 1838, Yokely, Giles Co, TN; m. CHRISTINE FOURNEY, May 27, 1782, Lincoln Co, NC; b. Abt. 1760, Lincoln Co, NC; d. Aft. 1830, Giles Co, TN.
Notes for REV WAR DAVID JR ABERNATHY:
David and his brother, Joseph, came to TN on a scouting trip prior to 1800 and they both purchased land. He was in Maury Co. TN in 1810 for Charles Clayton Abernathy said that he and his mother spent the second night of their journey from White's Creek to Giles Co with David Abernathy, a distant cousin who lived on Big Creek.
David was a Rev War soldier who served in NC Rev. Army with Cap't. Mc Lain. He was also on an expedition against the Cherokees with General Rutherford and spent three months with Cap't Jack's army. In 1832, his widow was granted pension number S1609 for his services. David and Christine are buried on a high hill in one of the Yokely cemeteries.
Many of David's and Christine's children moved westward but those who remained were substantial members of their respective communities, most being farmers. One great grandson, David Abernathy Mc Knight made a name for himself in the field of education. David Mc Knight was the son of Kizzie Roper and Jackson Mc Knight, grandson of Dionysia Abernathy of Pleasant Valley Community and began teaching in a converted blacksmith shop. He earned a reputation for devising a very successful teaching method based on the Aristotelian method of asking questions. It was in his school that such men as Flourney Rivers and Edward and Cornelius Abernathy Craig got their start.
More About REV WAR DAVID JR ABERNATHY:
Burial: April 15, 1838, Yokely, Giles Co, TN
x. JOHN D ABERNATHY, b. December 20, 1761, Lincoln Co, NC; d. June 07, 1843; m. SUSAN MARIA FORNEY, April 21, 1784; b. August 20, 1767, Lincoln Co, NC; d. February 12, 1850, NC.
xi. NANCY ABERNATHY, b. March 01, 1766; d. May 01, 1820; m. RW GEN. PETER FORNEY, February 27, 1782.
Submitted by Virginia L. Keefer