Joseph ABNER ABELL married 3 times.Ca 1880-1882 MD to UNKNOWN (possibly Ann?), the mother of Enoch, 1784, Robert bef. 1792, Elizabeth bef. 1792, another daughter Unknown, and Joseph Abner Jr b. 1795,All b. MD except Joseph Abner Jr.Janet Jenkins of Lebanon KY proved Robert and has info on his descendants.The 1790 St Mary's Co census shows three females, this is why I believe there was another daughter,(plus UNKNOWN wife) but no proof.
2) Joseph ABNER married Mary Yates BREWER, widow, 30 April 1816 Washington Co KY, this is from Fr. Nerinckx returns. No children.
3)Joseph ABNER married Belinda WIMSATT 1819 Washington Co KY. No children.
I have seen a death year of 1825 for Joseph ABNER, but do not know it this is proven?I did find a reference to an estate settlement 1830 Washington Co KY, but found no other records.Joseph ABNER was testee to grandson John Madison Abell's wedding to Dorothy BOWLES on 1/21/1825 Washington Co KY, at least it is my belief this is Joseph ABNER Sr, not Jr.Anyone have any info that might enable us to more closely determine date of death?Does he show up as sponsor or testee to other grandchildren's births and/or weddings after 1/21/1825? Any idea as to why a will or probate has not been found in Washington Co?Has anyone located tax records indicating when ownership of his lands changed hands?Seems to me there must be something in Washington Co that would give us an indication of his death.
As he apparently liked the state of marriage, I do not believe he would have remained widowed long after the death of his first wife, which indicates to me she accompanied him to KY.There have to be clues in the Holy Mary, or other Catholic churches in Washington/Marion Co that wd give us a lead as to her identity.If we could pool the baptismal records on Joseph ABNER's grandchildren and put our heads together, we might find some leads. Or we might find Joseph ABNER as a sponser or surety for a member of 1st wife's family, that almost always indicates a relationship. It's in the records, somewhere!!!