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My GG GF, Lipscomb Petit ABSTON, was born in Fluvana Co., VA in 1841. They
moved to TN about 1852 as the last record of ABSTON's in Pittsylvania CO.,VA
where they lived prior to going to TN was in a deed book in 1852 selling
interest in land there. Lip ABSTON died Jan. 21, 1900 and is buried in the
Willow Grove Cemetery. Sept. 15, 1864,Dec. 1 Lip married Amanda SEVIER, dau
of Alfred Cawood SEVIER, (son of Gov. John SEVIER by his 1st wife , Sarah
HAWKINS) and Mary WINDLE. My GGF, James Alfred ABSTON, was born in Willow
Grove Dec.1, 1869, the eldest of 6 children of Lip and Amanda Sevier ABSTON
all born in Willow Grove. James A. ABSTON married Amanda Belle DAVIS Mar.
18, 1888 at Willow Grove. Amanda DAVIS was born Feb. 17, 1860 at Willow
Grove, dau of Nelson DAVIS and Ruth Vertner WINDLE. Ruth WINDLE was the
sister of Mary WINDLE and both were dau's of Joseph Hawkins WINDLE and Joanna
Goad SEVIER, a dau of Gov. SEVIER and his 2nd wife Catherine SHERRILL.
James A. ABSTON and Amanda Davis ABSTON had 14 children, the first 7 all
being born at Willow Grove as well as the 9th & 10th. The 8th child, Walter
Bob ABSTON, was born nearby at Lilydale. In 1896, the family moved across
the border to Peytonsburg, KY where the last 4 children were born. In Oct.
1904, the family, with 9 children remaining, spent two days and nights via
wagons going from Peytonsburg to Bowling Green,KY where they caught a train
to Vernon, TX via St. Louis, MO.
Friends and neighbors of the family in KY, the J. F. and T.S. COE families,
had purchased a section of land at Rayland, TX, west of Vernon, in 1899 and
subsequently persuaded my GGF, to move to Texas and farm the land. This they
did until 1916 until they bought their own land and began farming at a
community nearby by the name of Thalia, TX.
There were many ABSTON's in the Pittsylvania, VA. area in the 1700's and until
mid 1800's. Some wound up in Sumner and Davison Co., TN and others went to
Cumberland co., KY and subsequently to Cole, Co. Illinois.

Submitted by:
Rex Phillips

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