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
where they lived prior to going to TN was in a deed book in 1852
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
of Alfred Cawood SEVIER, (son of Gov. John SEVIER by his 1st wife
HAWKINS) and Mary WINDLE. My GGF, James Alfred ABSTON, was born
Grove Dec.1, 1869, the eldest of 6 children of Lip and Amanda
all born in Willow Grove. James A. ABSTON married Amanda Belle
18, 1888 at Willow Grove. Amanda DAVIS was born Feb. 17, 1860
Grove, dau of Nelson DAVIS and Ruth Vertner WINDLE. Ruth WINDLE
sister of Mary WINDLE and both were dau's of Joseph Hawkins WINDLE
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
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
the border to Peytonsburg, KY where the last 4 children were born.
1904, the family, with 9 children remaining, spent two days and
wagons going from Peytonsburg to Bowling Green,KY where they caught
to Vernon, TX via St. Louis, MO.
Friends and neighbors of the family in KY, the J. F. and T.S.
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.
did until 1916 until they bought their own land and began farming
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
Cumberland co., KY and subsequently to Cole, Co. Illinois.