HI, I used as a source The Abernethy Family, by Arvord M. Abernethy of Hamilton, TX written last year. This is his second book. He has researched for most of his adult life and went to Scotland in his 80's. It is my understanding that he used a lot of family histories send to him. I descend from the 3 Robert's, John B. Frederick, Matthew, James Henry, to my grandmother. I can not possibly verify all he said. I offered it as help.
It is not my understanding that 'most' Abernathy reseachers believe father was Miles Harwell rather than Howell. As many believe he was Miles Howell thus the son being named for his grandfather? It willprob. remain a question forever at this point.
Mr Abernethy gives ch. of John Abernethy 1747 VA- 1816 NC and Susannah Harwell (after John's death widow and most ch. relocated to Perry Co MO): Martha Abernethy ca 1800 Cowan's Ford NC md James Thompson and went to MO Amy Abernethy md John Oliver to MO Jeremiah Abernethy reared at Cowan's Ford, NC md Rue Ward 8/11/1824 William Harley reared Cowan's Ford Berryman Abernethy. Only ch. that stayed in Linc. Co NC after his fathers's death. Lawson Abernethy md Margaret Rankin 8/22/1838 Clayton Abernethy reared Cowan's Ford Larkin Abernethy md Jane Little 8/30/1816 Linc Co NC Fannie Abernethy md Mr Little Polly Abernethy reared Cowan's Ford. Relocated to MO. I have no proof and that is not my direct line.
There are many Clayton's and the name Lawson is used in places where you state his proper name is Lawrence. I do not offer any proof. Ginny Keefer