I16531: Emery ABERNATHY (dates unknown)

DUTOIT: A Family from Moudon, Switzerland

Emery ABERNATHY       (ID #I16531)

(male)
Father: Arthur Allen ABERNATHY (b. 21 MAR 1874)
Mother: Delia LEURIG (b. 1881)

 

still living - details excluded

                                                    _William T. ABERNATHY _+
                                                   | (1830 - ....) m 1851  
                           _James H. C. ABERNATHY _|
                          | (1853 - ....) m 1873   |
                          |                        |_Eliza Ann STUBBS _____
                          |                          (1830 - 1860) m 1851  
 _Arthur Allen ABERNATHY _|
| (1874 - ....) m 1907    |
|                         |                         _______________________
|                         |                        |                       
|                         |_Hester Emma KERSHAW ___|
|                           (1854 - ....) m 1873   |
|                                                  |_______________________
|                                                                          
|
|--Emery ABERNATHY 
|  
|                                                   _______________________
|                                                  |                       
|                          ________________________|
|                         |                        |
|                         |                        |_______________________
|                         |                                                
|_Delia LEURIG ___________|
  (1881 - ....) m 1907    |
                          |                         _______________________
                          |                        |                       
                          |________________________|
                                                   |
                                                   |_______________________
                                                                           

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Eugene ABERNATHY       (ID #I16520)

(male)
Father: Ira W. ABERNATHY (b. 1849)
Mother: Armilda HALE (b. 1845, d. 5 OCT 1913)

 

                                               _James ABERNATHY ____+
                                              | (1783 - 1853)       
                       _Richard B. ABERNATHY _|
                      | (1817 - 1860) m 1839  |
                      |                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____
                      |                         (.... - 1835)       
 _Ira W. ABERNATHY ___|
| (1849 - ....) m 1871|
|                     |                        _____________________
|                     |                       |                     
|                     |_Lucinda Ann CASSADY __|
|                       (1821 - 1860) m 1839  |
|                                             |_____________________
|                                                                   
|
|--Eugene ABERNATHY 
|  (1879 - ....)
|                                              _____________________
|                                             |                     
|                      _Lower HALE ___________|
|                     | (1807 - 1853) m 1830  |
|                     |                       |_____________________
|                     |                                             
|_Armilda HALE _______|
  (1845 - 1913) m 1871|
                      |                        _____________________
                      |                       |                     
                      |_Lucinda WEBB _________|
                         m 1830               |
                                              |_____________________
                                                                    

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Eugene Thomas ABERNATHY       (ID #I14748)

(male)
Father: George ABERNATHY (b. 21 OCT 1853, d. 6 FEB 1937)
Mother: Louisa J. TIBBS (b. 1852)

Family 1 : Ellen Grizelda FERGUSON (b. 23 JAN 1881, d. 15 JUL 1973)

 

He had no children who survived him. He was living in Los Angeles in 1910.

                                             _James ABERNATHY ____+
                                            | (1783 - 1853)       
                       _Hugh ABERNATHY _____|
                      | (1814 - 1894) m 1835|
                      |                     |_Elizabeth _____ ____
                      |                       (.... - 1835)       
 _George ABERNATHY ___|
| (1853 - 1937) m 1877|
|                     |                      _John B. SMITH ______+
|                     |                     | (1792 - 1849) m 1815
|                     |_Rebecca SMITH ______|
|                       (1816 - 1905) m 1835|
|                                           |_Elizabeth CHAPMAN __+
|                                             (1797 - 1853) m 1815
|
|--Eugene Thomas ABERNATHY 
|  (1880 - 1948)
|                                            _____________________
|                                           |                     
|                      _____________________|
|                     |                     |
|                     |                     |_____________________
|                     |                                           
|_Louisa J. TIBBS ____|
  (1852 - ....) m 1877|
                      |                      _____________________
                      |                     |                     
                      |_____________________|
                                            |
                                            |_____________________
                                                                  

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Eva Gertrude ABERNATHY       (ID #I16533)

(female)
Father: James H. C. ABERNATHY (b. 28 SEP 1853)
Mother: Hester Emma KERSHAW (b. 6 JAN 1854)

 

Birthdate from delayed birth register, Morgan Co., IL. Since delayed birth registration is usually for the purpose of establishing eligibility for Social Security, a marriage license, inheritance, etc., the fact that is was recorded suggests that Eva survived to adulthood.

                                                  _James ABERNATHY ____+
                                                 | (1783 - 1853)       
                          _William T. ABERNATHY _|
                         | (1830 - ....) m 1851  |
                         |                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____
                         |                         (.... - 1835)       
 _James H. C. ABERNATHY _|
| (1853 - ....) m 1873   |
|                        |                        _____________________
|                        |                       |                     
|                        |_Eliza Ann STUBBS _____|
|                          (1830 - 1860) m 1851  |
|                                                |_____________________
|                                                                      
|
|--Eva Gertrude ABERNATHY 
|  (1876 - ....)
|                                                 _____________________
|                                                |                     
|                         _______________________|
|                        |                       |
|                        |                       |_____________________
|                        |                                             
|_Hester Emma KERSHAW ___|
  (1854 - ....) m 1873   |
                         |                        _____________________
                         |                       |                     
                         |_______________________|
                                                 |
                                                 |_____________________
                                                                       

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Franklin M. ABERNATHY       (ID #I16534)

(male)
Father: William T. ABERNATHY (b. 1830)
Mother: Eliza Ann STUBBS (b. 19 JUN 1830, d. 9 JUL 1860)

 

In 1870, he is a farm hand with the Allen Casady family in Jackson Tp., Van Buren Co., IA (p. 284).

                                               _Hugh ABERNATHY _____
                                              | (1740 - 1826)       
                         _James ABERNATHY ____|
                        | (1783 - 1853)       |
                        |                     |_Mary HAMILTON ______
                        |                       (1770 - 1838)       
 _William T. ABERNATHY _|
| (1830 - ....) m 1851  |
|                       |                      _____________________
|                       |                     |                     
|                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____|
|                         (.... - 1835)       |
|                                             |_____________________
|                                                                   
|
|--Franklin M. ABERNATHY 
|  (1856 - ....)
|                                              _____________________
|                                             |                     
|                        _____________________|
|                       |                     |
|                       |                     |_____________________
|                       |                                           
|_Eliza Ann STUBBS _____|
  (1830 - 1860) m 1851  |
                        |                      _____________________
                        |                     |                     
                        |_____________________|
                                              |
                                              |_____________________
                                                                    

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Freddie B. ABERNATHY       (ID #I16510)

(male)
Father: William M. ABERNATHY (b. 8 OCT 1843, d. 4 JUL 1920)
Mother: Lucy L. BLANCHARD (b. 8 MAR 1850, d. 25 FEB 1913)

 

                                                 _James ABERNATHY ____+
                                                | (1783 - 1853)       
                         _Richard B. ABERNATHY _|
                        | (1817 - 1860) m 1839  |
                        |                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____
                        |                         (.... - 1835)       
 _William M. ABERNATHY _|
| (1843 - 1920) m 1868  |
|                       |                        _____________________
|                       |                       |                     
|                       |_Lucinda Ann CASSADY __|
|                         (1821 - 1860) m 1839  |
|                                               |_____________________
|                                                                     
|
|--Freddie B. ABERNATHY 
|  (1882 - ....)
|                                                _____________________
|                                               |                     
|                        _Asa BLANCHARD ________|
|                       | (1804 - 1881)         |
|                       |                       |_____________________
|                       |                                             
|_Lucy L. BLANCHARD ____|
  (1850 - 1913) m 1868  |
                        |                        _____________________
                        |                       |                     
                        |_______________________|
                                                |
                                                |_____________________
                                                                      

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George ABERNATHY       (ID #I16465)

(male)
Father: Hugh ABERNATHY (b. ABT 1740, d. 21 FEB 1826)
Mother: Mary HAMILTON (b. ABT 1770, d. 16 SEP 1838)

Family 1 : Dorcas SLATER (b. 1 JUL 1810, d. 3 AUG 1875)
  1.  Mary Ann ABERNATHY (b. 1830?)
  2.  Samuel A. ABERNATHY (b. 1833)
  3.  John Flax ABERNATHY (b. 29 MAR 1838)
  4.  Hugh ABERNATHY (b. 27 APR 1840)
  5.  David Henry ABERNATHY (b. 1843)
  6.  James Milton ABERNATHY (b. 16 OCT 1844)
  7.  Rebecca Jane ABERNATHY (b. 23 MAR 1847)
  8.  Jacob J. ABERNATHY (b. 19 JAN 1850)
  9.  William ABERNATHY (dates unknown)

 

                          __
                         |  
                       __|
                      |  |
                      |  |__
                      |     
 _Hugh ABERNATHY _____|
| (1740 - 1826)       |
|                     |   __
|                     |  |  
|                     |__|
|                        |
|                        |__
|                           
|
|--George ABERNATHY 
|  (1810 - 1874)
|                         __
|                        |  
|                      __|
|                     |  |
|                     |  |__
|                     |     
|_Mary HAMILTON ______|
  (1770 - 1838)       |
                      |   __
                      |  |  
                      |__|
                         |
                         |__
                            

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George ABERNATHY       (ID #I14733)

(male)
Father: Hugh ABERNATHY (b. 1814, d. 1894)
Mother: Rebecca SMITH (b. 31 AUG 1816, d. 1905)

Family 1 : Louisa J. TIBBS (b. 1852)
  1. +Clara E. ABERNATHY (b. 18 APR 1878)
  2.  Eugene Thomas ABERNATHY (b. 30 OCT 1880, d. 17 JUN 1948)

 

1900: Des Moines Tp., Clark Co., MO, p. 234.

[5251] Another source says 21 oct 1852.

                                             _Hugh ABERNATHY _____
                                            | (1740 - 1826)       
                       _James ABERNATHY ____|
                      | (1783 - 1853)       |
                      |                     |_Mary HAMILTON ______
                      |                       (1770 - 1838)       
 _Hugh ABERNATHY _____|
| (1814 - 1894) m 1835|
|                     |                      _____________________
|                     |                     |                     
|                     |_Elizabeth _____ ____|
|                       (.... - 1835)       |
|                                           |_____________________
|                                                                 
|
|--George ABERNATHY 
|  (1853 - 1937)
|                                            _Reuben SMITH _______
|                                           | (1767 - 1840) m 1788
|                      _John B. SMITH ______|
|                     | (1792 - 1849) m 1815|
|                     |                     |_Sarah Beach CLARK __
|                     |                       (1773 - 1834) m 1788
|_Rebecca SMITH ______|
  (1816 - 1905) m 1835|
                      |                      _John CHAPMAN _______
                      |                     | (1763 - 1850) m 1788
                      |_Elizabeth CHAPMAN __|
                        (1797 - 1853) m 1815|
                                            |_Rebecca PEACE ______
                                              (1767 - ....) m 1788

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George Rufus ABERNATHY       (ID #I14707)

(male)
Father: John S. ABERNATHY (b. 1846, d. 10 NOV 1916)
Mother: Eva Catherine CHRISTY (b. 17 OCT 1851, d. 28 FEB 1948)

Family 1 : Viola BARROW (d. 1908)
  1.  Ellis H. ABERNATHY (b. 21 FEB 1894, d. NOV 1984)
Family 2 : Stella MASON (d. 1941)
Family 3 : Alvina _____ (d. AFT 1951)

 

                                                _James ABERNATHY ____+
                                               | (1783 - 1853)       
                          _Hugh ABERNATHY _____|
                         | (1814 - 1894) m 1835|
                         |                     |_Elizabeth _____ ____
                         |                       (.... - 1835)       
 _John S. ABERNATHY _____|
| (1846 - 1916) m 1869   |
|                        |                      _John B. SMITH ______+
|                        |                     | (1792 - 1849) m 1815
|                        |_Rebecca SMITH ______|
|                          (1816 - 1905) m 1835|
|                                              |_Elizabeth CHAPMAN __+
|                                                (1797 - 1853) m 1815
|
|--George Rufus ABERNATHY 
|  (1871 - 1951)
|                                               _____________________
|                                              |                     
|                         _____________________|
|                        |                     |
|                        |                     |_____________________
|                        |                                           
|_Eva Catherine CHRISTY _|
  (1851 - 1948) m 1869   |
                         |                      _____________________
                         |                     |                     
                         |_____________________|
                                               |
                                               |_____________________
                                                                     

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George S. ABERNATHY       (ID #I16506)

(male)
Father: William M. ABERNATHY (b. 8 OCT 1843, d. 4 JUL 1920)
Mother: Lucy L. BLANCHARD (b. 8 MAR 1850, d. 25 FEB 1913)

Family 1 : Nellie M. _____ (b. 1874, d. 1961)

 

                                                 _James ABERNATHY ____+
                                                | (1783 - 1853)       
                         _Richard B. ABERNATHY _|
                        | (1817 - 1860) m 1839  |
                        |                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____
                        |                         (.... - 1835)       
 _William M. ABERNATHY _|
| (1843 - 1920) m 1868  |
|                       |                        _____________________
|                       |                       |                     
|                       |_Lucinda Ann CASSADY __|
|                         (1821 - 1860) m 1839  |
|                                               |_____________________
|                                                                     
|
|--George S. ABERNATHY 
|  (1872 - 1958)
|                                                _____________________
|                                               |                     
|                        _Asa BLANCHARD ________|
|                       | (1804 - 1881)         |
|                       |                       |_____________________
|                       |                                             
|_Lucy L. BLANCHARD ____|
  (1850 - 1913) m 1868  |
                        |                        _____________________
                        |                       |                     
                        |_______________________|
                                                |
                                                |_____________________
                                                                      

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Gertie ABERNATHY       (ID #I16511)

(female)
Father: William M. ABERNATHY (b. 8 OCT 1843, d. 4 JUL 1920)
Mother: Lucy L. BLANCHARD (b. 8 MAR 1850, d. 25 FEB 1913)

 

                                                 _James ABERNATHY ____+
                                                | (1783 - 1853)       
                         _Richard B. ABERNATHY _|
                        | (1817 - 1860) m 1839  |
                        |                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____
                        |                         (.... - 1835)       
 _William M. ABERNATHY _|
| (1843 - 1920) m 1868  |
|                       |                        _____________________
|                       |                       |                     
|                       |_Lucinda Ann CASSADY __|
|                         (1821 - 1860) m 1839  |
|                                               |_____________________
|                                                                     
|
|--Gertie ABERNATHY 
|  (1885 - ....)
|                                                _____________________
|                                               |                     
|                        _Asa BLANCHARD ________|
|                       | (1804 - 1881)         |
|                       |                       |_____________________
|                       |                                             
|_Lucy L. BLANCHARD ____|
  (1850 - 1913) m 1868  |
                        |                        _____________________
                        |                       |                     
                        |_______________________|
                                                |
                                                |_____________________
                                                                      

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Hamilton D. ABERNATHY       (ID #I16535)

(male)
Father: William T. ABERNATHY (b. 1830)
Mother: Eliza Ann STUBBS (b. 19 JUN 1830, d. 9 JUL 1860)

 

Not located in the 1870 census, where all of this brothers are "bound out" to various farmers, so probably dead by then.

                                               _Hugh ABERNATHY _____
                                              | (1740 - 1826)       
                         _James ABERNATHY ____|
                        | (1783 - 1853)       |
                        |                     |_Mary HAMILTON ______
                        |                       (1770 - 1838)       
 _William T. ABERNATHY _|
| (1830 - ....) m 1851  |
|                       |                      _____________________
|                       |                     |                     
|                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____|
|                         (.... - 1835)       |
|                                             |_____________________
|                                                                   
|
|--Hamilton D. ABERNATHY 
|  (1858 - ....)
|                                              _____________________
|                                             |                     
|                        _____________________|
|                       |                     |
|                       |                     |_____________________
|                       |                                           
|_Eliza Ann STUBBS _____|
  (1830 - 1860) m 1851  |
                        |                      _____________________
                        |                     |                     
                        |_____________________|
                                              |
                                              |_____________________
                                                                    

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Hattie ABERNATHY       (ID #I14723)

(female)
Father: John S. ABERNATHY (b. 1846, d. 10 NOV 1916)
Mother: Eva Catherine CHRISTY (b. 17 OCT 1851, d. 28 FEB 1948)

Family 1 : _____ WARNER (dates unknown)

 

She might be the "Nattie May" age 14 who is listed with these parents on the 1910 census of Bonaparte Tp., Van Buren Co., IA, ED 102, p. 2A. In that census, the mother is shown as having 4 children, all living.

                                                _James ABERNATHY ____+
                                               | (1783 - 1853)       
                          _Hugh ABERNATHY _____|
                         | (1814 - 1894) m 1835|
                         |                     |_Elizabeth _____ ____
                         |                       (.... - 1835)       
 _John S. ABERNATHY _____|
| (1846 - 1916) m 1869   |
|                        |                      _John B. SMITH ______+
|                        |                     | (1792 - 1849) m 1815
|                        |_Rebecca SMITH ______|
|                          (1816 - 1905) m 1835|
|                                              |_Elizabeth CHAPMAN __+
|                                                (1797 - 1853) m 1815
|
|--Hattie ABERNATHY 
|  
|                                               _____________________
|                                              |                     
|                         _____________________|
|                        |                     |
|                        |                     |_____________________
|                        |                                           
|_Eva Catherine CHRISTY _|
  (1851 - 1948) m 1869   |
                         |                      _____________________
                         |                     |                     
                         |_____________________|
                                               |
                                               |_____________________
                                                                     

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Hugh ABERNATHY       (ID #I16444)

(male)
Family 1 : Mary HAMILTON (b. ABT 1770, d. 16 SEP 1838)
  1.  John ABERNATHY (b. 1774, d. JUN 1848)
  2. +James ABERNATHY (b. 10 DEC 1783, d. 24 FEB 1853)
  3.  Robert ABERNATHY (b. JUN 1786, d. 1864)
  4.  Sarah ABERNATHY (b. ABT 1787, d. 9 OCT 1842)
  5.  Isabel ABERNATHY (b. ABT 1788)
  6.  Nancy ABERNATHY (b. ABT 1790)
  7.  Jane ABERNATHY (b. ABT 1792)
  8.  William ABERNATHY (b. 1 MAR 1795, d. 4 JAN 1888)
  9.  Benjamin ABERNATHY (b. ABT 1796)
  10. +Richard ABERNATHY (b. 1799)
  11.  Thomas ABERNATHY (b. 15 SEP 1799, d. 17 MAR 1893)
  12.  Moses ABERNATHY (b. ABT 1801)
  13.  Kellam ABERNATHY (b. ABT 1803)
  14.  Mary ABERNATHY (b. ABT 1805?, d. BEF 1825)
  15. +George ABERNATHY (b. 9 JUN 1810, d. 2 APR 1874)
  16.  Samuel ABERNATHY (b. 16 APR 1814, d. 3 JUN 1889)

 

Hugh must have been married more than once, because his widow would only have been four years old when his first son was born. It is not yet clear which children would belong to which marriage, and the name of the first wife is not known. The birthdates of about half of the children appear to have been estimated, based possibly on the assumption that they have been listed in order in the will dated 20 jan 1825. However, that does not appear to be the case.

Will of Hugh Abernathy, Union Co., Indiana (Vol. 1, p. 24-26):

I, Hugh Abernathy, a citizen of the County of Franklin in the State of Indiana, do declare this my last Will and Testament, revoking all others. First, All my debts are to be punctually and speedily paid, and the legacies herein bequeathed are to be discharged in the manner directed therein. To my dearly beloved Wife Mary Abernathy, her heirs and assigns forever, I bequeath my whole Estate both real and personal except such parts thereof as are hereinafter otherwise disposed of, the same being given to her instead of her dower. Item: Having heretofore given to each of my two sons John Abernathy and Robert Abernathy a tract of land worth five hundred Dollars, the title whereof is hereby further confirmed to them, their heirs, and assigns forever, I hereby give and bequeath unto the said John and Robert one Dollar each to be paid out of the proceeds of my Estate. Item: To my daughter Isabel Bolan, I give and bequeath one dollar to be paid out of the proceeds of my Estate, having heretofore given to her Sundry goods and chattles to the value of at least twenty five dollars. Item: To each of my three daughters, Nancy Rusing, Jane Morrow, and Sally Rusing, I give unto and bequeath one dollar, having heretofore given to the said Nancy, Jane, and Sally Sundry goods and chattles, and some cash to the value of at least twenty dollars each, it being as I believe their equitable Share of my Estate. To my daughter Nelly Abernathy, I give and bequeath a certain desk now in my house worth ten dollars, two beds now in my house each worth five dollars, one white cow now on my farm worth Eight Dollars and one white and red cow also now on my farm worth six dollars, provided that if at my death I should not be possessed of all or either of the aforementioned articles, there shall be paid to her in cash out [of] proceeds of my estate the sums annexed to them respectively for such as I may be destitute of. Item: To each of my three sons James Abernathy, William Abernathy, and Benjamin Abernathy I give and bequeath one dollar, having heretofore given to the said James, William, and Benjamin each a tract of land Situate in the County of Franklin and State of Indiana, each worth at least one hundred Dollars, the title whereof is hereby further confirmed to them, their heirs, and assigns forever. Item: To each of my two sons Richard and Thomas Abernathy, I give and bequeath one Dollar, having given to each of them heretofore property to the value of one hundred dollars. Item: To each of my two sons Moses and Kilam Abernathy, I give and bequeath one dollar, having recently given each of them one hundred in cash. Item: to my Grandson William Burns I give and bequeath one Dollar, having heretofore given to his mother Mary Burns formerly Mary Abernathy during her lifetime sundry goods and chattles to the value of twenty five dollars. Item: To my two sons George and Samuel Abernathy I give and bequeath the farm on which I now live, it being a part of the East half of the north east quarter of Section Ten in Township Ten of Range two West of the Meridian line drawn from the mouth of the Great Miama River, but untill they both arrive to the age of twenty one years, I wish it to be destinctly understood, that their mother shall have the privilege of occupying the samd farm should she so long live, and to appropriate the rents and profits thereof to her own support and to the support and education of the said George and Samuel, whom I desire may remain with their said Mother until they arrive to the age of twenty one years respectively. In case either the said George or Samuel should decease previous to his arriving to the age of twenty one years if he should leave no children, his part shall accrue to one who survives. In case the said George and Samuel should both decease before they shall have arrived to the age of twenty one years and leave no children, the said farm is hereby given and bequeathed to my said Wife during her life time and to her heirs and their heirs and assigns forever. In case there should not be monies on hand or recoverable debts sufficient to discharge my past debts, and the several legacies herein bequeathed, I direct so much of my personal estate to be sold and turned into cash as may be necessary for the same. Lastly, I constitute and appoint my son Robert Abernathy and my son-in-law Robert Rusing Executors of this Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twentieth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and twenty five.

Hugh Abernathy (seal)

We certify that Hugh Abernaty did declare this instrument to be his Will and Testament and did thereupon sign and seal the same all in our presence, and that we subscribed our names hereto in his presence on the 20th day of January, 1825.

Daniel Ogden Justus Toll

What can be deduced from the will? First, sons John and Robert have been treated equally, each has been given a tract of land valued at $500. (Deeds corresponding to these and the other bequests need to be identified in the records of Franklin and Union counties.) The next group of sons, James, William, and Benjamin, each received a tract of land in Franklin Co. worth $100. Sons Richard and Thomas have each received property worth $100. The next two sons, Moses and Kilam, have received $100 in cash. Finally, the two minor sons George and Samuel, both under the age of 21, will eventually divide Hugh's farm in Union Co. In other words, John and Robert are singled out from the others, even though Robert actually seems to be the third son. The daughters fare rather badly by comparison. It is apparently assumed that they will be provided for by their husbands.

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Hugh ABERNATHY       (ID #I14702)

(male)
Father: James ABERNATHY (b. 10 DEC 1783, d. 24 FEB 1853)
Mother: Elizabeth _____ (d. BEF 1835)

Family 1 : Rebecca SMITH (b. 31 AUG 1816, d. 1905)
  1. +John S. ABERNATHY (b. 1846, d. 10 NOV 1916)
  2. +Oliver H. ABERNATHY (b. 07 AUG 1849, d. 09 JUN 1925)
  3. +Elizabeth ABERNATHY (b. 07 AUG 1849, d. AFT 1910)
  4. +George ABERNATHY (b. 21 OCT 1853, d. 6 FEB 1937)
  5. +Joel Smith ABERNATHY (b. 1856, d. AFT 1920)

 

Apparently in Iowa as early as 1838, per 1856 state census. That his wife Rebecca Smith is the daughter of John Smith and Elizabeth Chapman is established by the presence of her brother Joel Smith in the same household in 1856, by the names of her children, by the John B. Smith probate records, and by a family story about a member of the family who got tangled up with the Mormons, escaped, and published her story -- that would be Mary Ettie Coray, wife of Rebecca's brother Reuben Peace Smith! (For a discussion of our research on Fifteen Years Among the Mormons click on this link.)

Deeds in Rush Co., IN include:

28 nov 1835: James Abernathy of Rush Co. (no wife listed) to Hugh Abernathy, his son, for $350 "and for mutual love and affection", W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec. 15, T 14 N, R 9 E.

19 apr 1839: Hugh Abernathy and his wife Rebecca of Rush Co. to William M. Fleener of Rush Co., for $700, W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec. 15, T 14 N, R 9 E. This land was adjacent to E 1/2 SW 1/4 of the same Section 15 that James Abernathy sold the following year.

Deeds in Davis Co., IA include:

25 may 1846: Patent to Hugh Abernathy for E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 12, T 68 N, R 12 W.

16 jun 1846: Patent to Hugh Abernathy for NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec. 13, T 68 N, R 12 W.

24 dec 1850: Hugh Abernathy and his wife Rebecca of Davis Co. to Bushrod W. Craven of Davis Co., about 10 acres in SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 12, T 68 N, R 12 W.

02 jun 1854: Patent to Hugh Abernathy for SE 1/4 NW 1/4, Sec. 13, T 68 N, R 12 W.

29 mar 1856: Hugh Abernathy and his wife Rebecca of Davis Co. to Charles Deal of Davis Co., for $200, 10 acres on the east side of NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 12, T 68 N, R 12 W.

29 mar 1856: Hugh Abernathy and his wife Rebecca of Davis Co. to James Craven of Davis Co., for $125, another small parcel in NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 12, T 68 N, R 12 W.

19 jan 1859: Hugh Abernathy and his wife Rebecca of Davis Co. to John Milligan, additional land in NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 12, T 68 N, R 12 W.

16 nov 1861: Hugh Abernathy and his wife Rebecca of Davis Co. to Henry C. Smith of Davis Co., for $250, all right title and interest in SW 1/4 Sec. 13, T 68 N, R 12 W, in Davis Co., and SE 1/4 Sec. 7, T 68 N, R 11 W, in Van Buren Co. This is land that was part of the John B. Smith estate.

03 aug 1863: Deed (vol. M, pp. 570-572) recounts that on 07 mar 1861, Hugh Abernathy and his wife Rebecca filed a petition in the District Court of Davis Co. against Henry C. Smith, John Casady and Rachel Casady, Henry C. Smith as guardian of John C. Smith, John Casady as assignee of Hugh D. Smith, Joel J. Smith, and William J. Smith, praying partition of the SW 1/4 Sec. 13, T 68 N, R 12 W, in Davis Co., and a part of the SE 1/4 Sec. 7, T 68 N, R 11 W on the south side of the Fox River in Van Buren Co. (about 140 acres), being part of the estate of John B. Smith; and at the March term 1862 of the District Court, referees John Wilkinson, Bushrod W. Craven, and Josiah I. Earhart were appointed to partition the said real estate; the referees reported at the September term 1862 that any partition would diminish the value of the property, and so a sale was ordered, preceded by a public notice in the Democratic Clarion, a newspaper in Davis Co.; the sale was held 17 mar 1863, and the property was purchased by the highest bidder, Henry C. Smith, $750 for the land in Van Buren Co. and $900 for the land in Davis Co. [This transaction is somewhat puzzling, because the deed of 16 nov 1861, in which Hugh and Rebecca sold their right, title, and interest in the John B. Smith estate to Henry C. Smith, should have rendered their petition of 07 mar 1861 moot. In fact, it appears that all of the heirs, with the exceptions of Reuben P. Smith, who was in Utah and California, and of John C. Smith, who was not competent, had already sold their interests to Henry C. Smith, and so none of the heirs would have been expected to make further demands on the estate. The probate records for the period 1861-1863 have not been examined yet. The possible contents of the probate case file have not been investigated. If a distribution was made after the court-ordered sale, receipts from each of the heirs should be in the case file.]

07 jan 1867: Hugh Abernathy and his wife Rebecca of Davis Co. to B. B. Burchett, for $2,900, 5 parcels of land as follows: (1) 50 acres in E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 12, T 68 N, R 12 W; (2) NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec. 13, T 68 N, R 12 W; (3) NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec. 13, T 68 N, R 12 W; (4) SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec. 13, T 68 N, R 12 W; and (5) 6 acres in NW 1/4 of Sec. 13, T 68 N, R 12 W. This transaction appears to represent Hugh and Rebecca's departure from Davis Co.

The cemetery transcript indicates only the year of death. There do not seem to be death records at this period for Clark Co., MO. It is likely that an obituary was published, but it will probably not be practical to search for it without a better estimate of the death date. The most likely source for the date of death is probably the probate records of Clark Co., MO.

                                             __
                                            |  
                       _Hugh ABERNATHY _____|
                      | (1740 - 1826)       |
                      |                     |__
                      |                        
 _James ABERNATHY ____|
| (1783 - 1853)       |
|                     |                      __
|                     |                     |  
|                     |_Mary HAMILTON ______|
|                       (1770 - 1838)       |
|                                           |__
|                                              
|
|--Hugh ABERNATHY 
|  (1814 - 1894)
|                                            __
|                                           |  
|                      _____________________|
|                     |                     |
|                     |                     |__
|                     |                        
|_Elizabeth _____ ____|
  (.... - 1835)       |
                      |                      __
                      |                     |  
                      |_____________________|
                                            |
                                            |__
                                               

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Hugh ABERNATHY       (ID #I16470)

(male)
Father: George ABERNATHY (b. 9 JUN 1810, d. 2 APR 1874)
Mother: Dorcas SLATER (b. 1 JUL 1810, d. 3 AUG 1875)

 

                                             __
                                            |  
                       _Hugh ABERNATHY _____|
                      | (1740 - 1826)       |
                      |                     |__
                      |                        
 _George ABERNATHY ___|
| (1810 - 1874) m 1831|
|                     |                      __
|                     |                     |  
|                     |_Mary HAMILTON ______|
|                       (1770 - 1838)       |
|                                           |__
|                                              
|
|--Hugh ABERNATHY 
|  (1840 - ....)
|                                            __
|                                           |  
|                      _____________________|
|                     |                     |
|                     |                     |__
|                     |                        
|_Dorcas SLATER ______|
  (1810 - 1875) m 1831|
                      |                      __
                      |                     |  
                      |_____________________|
                                            |
                                            |__
                                               

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Ira J. ABERNATHY       (ID #I16502)

(male)
Father: William M. ABERNATHY (b. 8 OCT 1843, d. 4 JUL 1920)
Mother: Lucy L. BLANCHARD (b. 8 MAR 1850, d. 25 FEB 1913)

 

                                                 _James ABERNATHY ____+
                                                | (1783 - 1853)       
                         _Richard B. ABERNATHY _|
                        | (1817 - 1860) m 1839  |
                        |                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____
                        |                         (.... - 1835)       
 _William M. ABERNATHY _|
| (1843 - 1920) m 1868  |
|                       |                        _____________________
|                       |                       |                     
|                       |_Lucinda Ann CASSADY __|
|                         (1821 - 1860) m 1839  |
|                                               |_____________________
|                                                                     
|
|--Ira J. ABERNATHY 
|  (1869 - 1870)
|                                                _____________________
|                                               |                     
|                        _Asa BLANCHARD ________|
|                       | (1804 - 1881)         |
|                       |                       |_____________________
|                       |                                             
|_Lucy L. BLANCHARD ____|
  (1850 - 1913) m 1868  |
                        |                        _____________________
                        |                       |                     
                        |_______________________|
                                                |
                                                |_____________________
                                                                      

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Ira W. ABERNATHY       (ID #I16514)

(male)
Father: Richard B. ABERNATHY (b. 1817, d. BEF 1860)
Mother: Lucinda Ann CASSADY (b. 1821, d. BEF 1860)

Family 1 : Armilda HALE (b. 1845, d. 5 OCT 1913)
  1.  Stella G. ABERNATHY (b. 23 MAY 1872, d. 2 MAR 1873)
  2.  John ABERNATHY (b. 1875)
  3.  Elzie ABERNATHY (b. 1878)
  4.  Eugene ABERNATHY (b. 1879)
  5.  Vivien ABERNATHY (b. 1885)
  6.  Willie ABERNATHY (b. 1888)

 

Not certain who his parents are, but 1895 Iowa State Census listing in Riley Tp., Ringgold Co., IA, shows he was born in Van Buren Co., IA. Transcribed records of Mt. Ayr cemetery in Ringgold Co. indicate he was a Civil War veteran, but give no dates or his unit. However, there is a poorly legible "Ira" or "Isa" Abernath in the 1850 census, and it is known the parents, Richard and Lucinda Abernathy, were dead before 1860.

[6055] Census ages are inconsistent, could be as late as 1853. However, statement that he was born in Van Buren Co. limits the possibilities, so we have taken the listing from the 1850 census as definitive.

                                               _Hugh ABERNATHY _____
                                              | (1740 - 1826)       
                         _James ABERNATHY ____|
                        | (1783 - 1853)       |
                        |                     |_Mary HAMILTON ______
                        |                       (1770 - 1838)       
 _Richard B. ABERNATHY _|
| (1817 - 1860) m 1839  |
|                       |                      _____________________
|                       |                     |                     
|                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____|
|                         (.... - 1835)       |
|                                             |_____________________
|                                                                   
|
|--Ira W. ABERNATHY 
|  (1849 - ....)
|                                              _____________________
|                                             |                     
|                        _____________________|
|                       |                     |
|                       |                     |_____________________
|                       |                                           
|_Lucinda Ann CASSADY __|
  (1821 - 1860) m 1839  |
                        |                      _____________________
                        |                     |                     
                        |_____________________|
                                              |
                                              |_____________________
                                                                    

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Irena ABERNATHY       (ID #I16498)

(female)
Father: James Thomas ABERNATHY (b. 11 JAN 1842, d. 24 MAY 1900)
Mother: Mary Elizabeth _____ (b. 1855, d. 25 FEB 1925)

 

                                                   _James ABERNATHY ____+
                                                  | (1783 - 1853)       
                           _Richard B. ABERNATHY _|
                          | (1817 - 1860) m 1839  |
                          |                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____
                          |                         (.... - 1835)       
 _James Thomas ABERNATHY _|
| (1842 - 1900)           |
|                         |                        _____________________
|                         |                       |                     
|                         |_Lucinda Ann CASSADY __|
|                           (1821 - 1860) m 1839  |
|                                                 |_____________________
|                                                                       
|
|--Irena ABERNATHY 
|  (1888 - ....)
|                                                  _____________________
|                                                 |                     
|                          _______________________|
|                         |                       |
|                         |                       |_____________________
|                         |                                             
|_Mary Elizabeth _____ ___|
  (1855 - 1925)           |
                          |                        _____________________
                          |                       |                     
                          |_______________________|
                                                  |
                                                  |_____________________
                                                                        

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Isabel ABERNATHY       (ID #I16450)

(female)
Father: Hugh ABERNATHY (b. ABT 1740, d. 21 FEB 1826)
Mother: Mary HAMILTON (b. ABT 1770, d. 16 SEP 1838)

 

                          __
                         |  
                       __|
                      |  |
                      |  |__
                      |     
 _Hugh ABERNATHY _____|
| (1740 - 1826)       |
|                     |   __
|                     |  |  
|                     |__|
|                        |
|                        |__
|                           
|
|--Isabel ABERNATHY 
|  (1788 - ....)
|                         __
|                        |  
|                      __|
|                     |  |
|                     |  |__
|                     |     
|_Mary HAMILTON ______|
  (1770 - 1838)       |
                      |   __
                      |  |  
                      |__|
                         |
                         |__
                            

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Jacob J. ABERNATHY       (ID #I16474)

(male)
Father: George ABERNATHY (b. 9 JUN 1810, d. 2 APR 1874)
Mother: Dorcas SLATER (b. 1 JUL 1810, d. 3 AUG 1875)

 

                                             __
                                            |  
                       _Hugh ABERNATHY _____|
                      | (1740 - 1826)       |
                      |                     |__
                      |                        
 _George ABERNATHY ___|
| (1810 - 1874) m 1831|
|                     |                      __
|                     |                     |  
|                     |_Mary HAMILTON ______|
|                       (1770 - 1838)       |
|                                           |__
|                                              
|
|--Jacob J. ABERNATHY 
|  (1850 - ....)
|                                            __
|                                           |  
|                      _____________________|
|                     |                     |
|                     |                     |__
|                     |                        
|_Dorcas SLATER ______|
  (1810 - 1875) m 1831|
                      |                      __
                      |                     |  
                      |_____________________|
                                            |
                                            |__
                                               

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James ABERNATHY       (ID #I16532)

(male)
Father: Arthur Allen ABERNATHY (b. 21 MAR 1874)
Mother: Delia LEURIG (b. 1881)

 

still living - details excluded

                                                    _William T. ABERNATHY _+
                                                   | (1830 - ....) m 1851  
                           _James H. C. ABERNATHY _|
                          | (1853 - ....) m 1873   |
                          |                        |_Eliza Ann STUBBS _____
                          |                          (1830 - 1860) m 1851  
 _Arthur Allen ABERNATHY _|
| (1874 - ....) m 1907    |
|                         |                         _______________________
|                         |                        |                       
|                         |_Hester Emma KERSHAW ___|
|                           (1854 - ....) m 1873   |
|                                                  |_______________________
|                                                                          
|
|--James ABERNATHY 
|  
|                                                   _______________________
|                                                  |                       
|                          ________________________|
|                         |                        |
|                         |                        |_______________________
|                         |                                                
|_Delia LEURIG ___________|
  (1881 - ....) m 1907    |
                          |                         _______________________
                          |                        |                       
                          |________________________|
                                                   |
                                                   |_______________________
                                                                           

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James ABERNATHY       (ID #I14704)

(male)
Father: Hugh ABERNATHY (b. ABT 1740, d. 21 FEB 1826)
Mother: Mary HAMILTON (b. ABT 1770, d. 16 SEP 1838)

Family 1 : Elizabeth _____ (d. BEF 1835)
  1. +Hugh ABERNATHY (b. 1814, d. 1894)
  2. +Richard B. ABERNATHY (b. 1817, d. BEF 1860)
  3. +Mary ABERNATHY (b. 1824, d. BEF 1856)
  4. +William T. ABERNATHY (b. 1830)

 

1850 Census, Prairie Tp., Davis Co., shows James Abernathy born in South Carolina, no wife, but with an apparent daughter Mary Smith with her daughter Rebecca Smith, and an apparent son William T. Abernathy. An earlier census exists, for 1847, listing James Abernathy in a household consisting of 2 persons. Since his son Hugh and his presumed daughter Mary are evidently listed separately with their spouses, the one remaining Abernathy still living with James would be William T. The land that James Abernathy entered in the 1840's was sold to William T. Abernathy in 1848. When William later sold the land in 1855, a graveyard was mentioned. Eventually, the graveyard was located, and proved to contain only one resident, James Abernathy himself. The stone was broken, but the lettering appears to be perfectly legible, and gives the death date 1853, as well as a gloomy inscription, "In the midst of Life is Death". With this information, it becomes apparent that the James Abernathy (born about 1790, in Indiana, according to this census, the birthplace certainly not believable) of about the same age listed in the 1860 census of Rush Co., IN, must be someone else! The existence of two James Abernathy's of the same generation with connections to Rush Co. immediately suggests that the Abernathy family must be more complicated than has previously been supposed. It is not reasonable that both James are the sons of the elder Hugh Abernathy!

James Abernathy obtained patents for three parcels of land in Rush Co., IN:

W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 22, T 14 N, R 9 E, 15 nov 1830; E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 11, T 14 N, R 9 E, 17 apr 1833; SW 1/4 Sec. 15, T 14 N, R 9 E, 05 aug 1834.

None of the patents indicate a previous place of residence.

The second parcel listed above, in Section 11, was sold by James Abernathy and his wife Elizabeth 02 apr 1831 to Nathan Porter of Kenhawha (Kenawha) Co., VA for $150.

The W 1/2 of the parcel listed above in Section 15 was sold by James Abernathy (no wife listed, so she was presumably already dead) to Hugh Abernathy 28 nov 1835 (Rush Co. Deeds, vol. F, p. 601) for $350 "and for mutual love and affection". This deed refers to Hugh Abernathy as the son of James Abernathy. Hugh Abernathy and his wife Rebecca sold this 80 acres 19 apr 1839 to William M. Fleener for $700 (vol. K, p. 20). The E 1/2 of the same parcel was sold by James Abernathy to William M. Fleener 03 may 1840 for $550 (vol. K, p. 492).

James Abernathy also purchased 80 acres adjacent to his property in Section 22, the E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec. 22, T 14 N, R 9 E. He sold the two properties in Section 22 on 13 may 1845 to William Lytle of Butler Co., OH for $1600 (vol. O, pp. 112-114). The sale notes the existence of a cemetery in the E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec. 22, which is excluded from the sale. This cemetery, if it can be located, should be the burial place of James' wife. The date of this sale probably marks the departure of James Abernathy from Rush Co.

So far, it is assumed that this James Abernathy is the son of Hugh Abernathy and his wife Mary who came from South Carolina to the area that is now Union County, Indiana by 1809. This area has been, successively, Dearborn, Franklin, Fayette, and finally Union Counties, and records concerning Hugh and his family should be sought in all of these jurisdictions. The first patent, in the name of Hugh Abernathy and William Rusing (probably father of the husbands of two of Hugh's daughters), is dated 1809, in Section 21, T 10 N, R 2 W. The accounting of all the parcels of land owned by Hugh Abernathy has not been completed, but we note that he and his wife Mary sold to James Abernathy in 1817, land in Sec. 32, T 13 N, R 13 E, in present-day Union County (Deeds vol. B, p. 430).

Hugh Abernathy "of Franklin County, Indiana" made his will 20 Jan 1825. It was probated in Union County in 1826. Letters Testamentary were granted in recess by the probate court there before the August term, 1826, to Robert Abernathy and Robert Rusing. The will, as abstracted in the Hoosier Journal of Ancestry, 7(4): 24, shows the following heirs:

Widow Mary;

Children: 1. John 2. Robert 3. Isabel Bowlan 4. Nancy Rusing 5. Jane Morrow 6. Sally Rusing 7. Nelly 8. James 9. William 10. Benjamin 11. Richard 12. Thomas 13. Moses 14. Kelam 15. Mary (deceased?), her son William Burns 16. George 17. Samuel

The will mentions the "farm where I now live", in the E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 10, T 10 N, R 2 W.

How many children did James Abernathy have? By combining the various census records, evidence for 7 children is found:

1. A daughter born 1811-1815, gone by 1840 2. Hugh Abernathy, b. 1814 3. A daughter born 1816-1820, gone by 1840 4. A son born 1816-1820, and here presumed to be Richard Abernathy b. 1817, already in Iowa in 1839 5. A son born 1821-1825, still in the household in 1840, but no evidence that he survived beyond that date 6. Mary, b. about 1824 7. William T. Abernathy, b. about 1830.

Since four children were born between the middle of 1810 and the middle of 1820, the date of James' marriage was likely about 1811, and the marriage would likely have been recorded in Franklin Co., IN. The records there may not be complete, and he is not listed. Records for adjacent Ohio might also be checked.

The following tracts in Davis Co. were purchased from the Federal Land Office by James Abernathy:

25 may 1846, W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 13, T 68 N, R 12 W; 16 jun 1846, SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 13, T 68 N, R 12 W.

[5239] Burial ground in W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 13, T 68 N, R 12 W, mentioned in sale of land 23 jul 1855 by William T. Abernathy and his wife Eliza Ann to Asa Blanchard. As of 11/2003, stone broken but still readable.

                          __
                         |  
                       __|
                      |  |
                      |  |__
                      |     
 _Hugh ABERNATHY _____|
| (1740 - 1826)       |
|                     |   __
|                     |  |  
|                     |__|
|                        |
|                        |__
|                           
|
|--James ABERNATHY 
|  (1783 - 1853)
|                         __
|                        |  
|                      __|
|                     |  |
|                     |  |__
|                     |     
|_Mary HAMILTON ______|
  (1770 - 1838)       |
                      |   __
                      |  |  
                      |__|
                         |
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James Cleveland ABERNATHY       (ID #I16497)

(male)
Father: James Thomas ABERNATHY (b. 11 JAN 1842, d. 24 MAY 1900)
Mother: Mary Elizabeth _____ (b. 1855, d. 25 FEB 1925)

 

                                                   _James ABERNATHY ____+
                                                  | (1783 - 1853)       
                           _Richard B. ABERNATHY _|
                          | (1817 - 1860) m 1839  |
                          |                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____
                          |                         (.... - 1835)       
 _James Thomas ABERNATHY _|
| (1842 - 1900)           |
|                         |                        _____________________
|                         |                       |                     
|                         |_Lucinda Ann CASSADY __|
|                           (1821 - 1860) m 1839  |
|                                                 |_____________________
|                                                                       
|
|--James Cleveland ABERNATHY 
|  (1885 - ....)
|                                                  _____________________
|                                                 |                     
|                          _______________________|
|                         |                       |
|                         |                       |_____________________
|                         |                                             
|_Mary Elizabeth _____ ___|
  (1855 - 1925)           |
                          |                        _____________________
                          |                       |                     
                          |_______________________|
                                                  |
                                                  |_____________________
                                                                        

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James H. C. ABERNATHY       (ID #I16526)

(male)
Father: William T. ABERNATHY (b. 1830)
Mother: Eliza Ann STUBBS (b. 19 JUN 1830, d. 9 JUL 1860)

Family 1 : Hester Emma KERSHAW (b. 6 JAN 1854)
  1. +Arthur Allen ABERNATHY (b. 21 MAR 1874)
  2.  Eva Gertrude ABERNATHY (b. 4 NOV 1876)

 

Biographical sketch in 1878 atlas of Morgan Co., IL gives dates, says his mother died when he as about 7, he was "bound out" to a farmer for a few years after that. In 1870, he is a farm hand on the Caleb Isenhower farm in Jackson Tp., Van Buren Co., IA (p. 274).

                                               _Hugh ABERNATHY _____
                                              | (1740 - 1826)       
                         _James ABERNATHY ____|
                        | (1783 - 1853)       |
                        |                     |_Mary HAMILTON ______
                        |                       (1770 - 1838)       
 _William T. ABERNATHY _|
| (1830 - ....) m 1851  |
|                       |                      _____________________
|                       |                     |                     
|                       |_Elizabeth _____ ____|
|                         (.... - 1835)       |
|                                             |_____________________
|                                                                   
|
|--James H. C. ABERNATHY 
|  (1853 - ....)
|                                              _____________________
|                                             |                     
|                        _____________________|
|                       |                     |
|                       |                     |_____________________
|                       |                                           
|_Eliza Ann STUBBS _____|
  (1830 - 1860) m 1851  |
                        |                      _____________________
                        |                     |                     
                        |_____________________|
                                              |
                                              |_____________________
                                                                    

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