I agree that Roger who is listed in Cavaliers and Pioneers in same area and time frame as our Robert probably is a son named for Christine Tillman's father, Roger Tilghman. I have yet to see any proof of that.
I have copy of the wills for Robert Abernathy's who died 1772,in 1792 and 1846.
In the name of God, Amen, I, Robert Abernathy, Senr. of Tyron County and Province of North Carolina, being weak in body yet of a sound mind and perfect understanding and memory thanks be to God and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life and knowing it is appointed unto all men once to die and being desirious to settle things in order, do make and constitute and appoint this and no other to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say first and principally, I give my soul to God, the giver therof in hopes to receive the same again at the joyful resurrection at the last day with a full and free pardon of all my sins and transgressions through the death and merits of my blessed Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ and my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner and as to touching my wordly estate as the lord in his mercy hath lent to me, my will and meaning is that the same be employed and disposed of in a manner following and first that all my just debts and funeral expenses be first paid.
Item 1. I leave, give and beueath to my loving wife the labor of two Negores during her life to wit, Will and Sue, and after her death I give these Negores with increase to my son Robert.
Item 1. I leave, give and bequeath to my daughter, Ann Turner, five shillings, likewise to my daughter, Mary Smith, five shillings, Item, I leave, give and bequeath to my son, John, five shillings, likewise to my son, David, five shillings. I give likewise to my daughter, Elizabeth Williams, five shillings. Item,I leave, give and bequeath to my wife aforesaid her choice of my beds and furniture, also the use of what part of my stock as will be sufficient for her well support.Item, I leave, give and bequeath to my son, Miles, seven Negro slaves, to wit; Sue aforesaid after my wife's decease, likewise, Anthony, Jess, Jo, "Tom", Bet and Millie, together with all my other estate or personal with my outstanding debts. and lastly, I do hereby appoint my son, Miles, aforesaid sole executor to this my last will and testament, revoking and disannulling all other will or wills by me made allowing this and no other to be my last. In witness, I have hereuntil set my hand and affixed my seal this 31th day of January, 1772.
Robert Abernathy, Senr( Mark)
Signed, sealed, published and declared in presence of us; James Abernathy, David Critz ( Mark), David Abernathy (Mark). Probate July Term, 1772
Robert Abernathy, died 1772, from Scotland settled in Bristol Parish Virginia, married Mary ___
Compenmdium of Aamerican Genealogy- Colume 1, page 558
In the name of God, Amen, I Robert Abernathy, Jr. of Lincoln County and State of North Carolina, being weak in body yet of a sound and perfect understanding and memory thanks be to God for itand calling to mind the uncertainty of this life and knowing it is appointed unto all man once to die and being desirious to settle things in order, I do make and constitute and appoint this and no other to be my last will and testament in the manner and form following that is to say first and principally I give my soul to God the giver thereof in hopes to receive the same again at the joyful ressurection at the last day with a full and true pardon of all my sins and treansgressions through death and merits of my blessed Davior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ and my body to the earth from whence it came to be ordered for a decent and Christian like manner and as toching my wordly estate as the Lord in his mercy hath lent me and my Will and meaing is that the same beemployed and disposed of in the following manner and first that all my just and lawful debts and funeral charges be first paid, then I give unto my wife, sarah abernathy, my whoe estate each and every part thereof to have and to hold during her life, then after her death, I give unto my children as follows, to Robert Abernathy 2nd, my son, I give five shillings, to William Abernathy, I give five shillings, to Charles Abernathy, I give five shillings,to John Abernathy, I give five shillings, to Miles Abernathy, I also give five shillings, to my daughter, Sarah Abernathy, I give five shillings, to my daughter, Amy Abernathy, I give five shillings, I also give my son, Miles Abernathy, five shillings, I also give unto my daughter, Lucy Cox, fiveshillings, I also give unto my son, Smith Abernathy, five shillings, then I give unto Nathan Abernathy the remainder of my property Each and Every part thereof which shall then be remaining. I do hereby appoint my wife Sarah Abernathy and son, Nathan Abernathy, executors of these presents.
Robert Abernathy( Seal)
Presents, sealed and delivered in presence of John Rockett and James Abernathy. Last Will and Testament of Robt. Abernathy,no date.Probated 1792
I have copy of Robert Abernathy will probated April, 1846. He married Virginia Abigail Harwell. Robert was son of David Abernathy and Ann Turner. Robert was born 1749 in Prince George or Brunswick Co VA ( they was same at one point). Children in will mentioned were;
Buckner who md Patsy Harwell Mar 25, 1805, Samuel who md 1st Sally Sherrill Jan 26, 1810 m 2ns Nancy Harwell Dec 9, 1838, Frederick m Eleanor Long Jan 16 1835, Robert m Elizabeth (Rosy) Huskin Jan 16, 1835, Lucy married Mr.Shelton, Susannah md Mr. Lee and Frances m Mr. Byrd (Boid)
Hope these wills help new researchers separate the early Abernathy's..Ginny Keefer