sion abernathy and margaret barbra hutchins These arethe parents of Jerome Abernathy, they came by boat from the state of South Carolina and left the MIssissippi River to settle between Old Appleton and Long Town, South of St. Louis, Missouri. They are buried at York Chapel, East of Long Town, close to a Methodist church. Sion Abernathy helped build the first log Methodist church at this sight. He was a Methodist and Margaret was a Catholic at first. Margaret had Jerome and some of the other children baptised to the Catholic church. In later years, Margaret changed to the Methodist church. Jerome Abernathy and his father didn't see alike, so Jerome left home as a very young boy. He settled near Bloomsfield, Missouri. He worked for the Henly family, stayed with two old maids, by the name of Meg and Pat Henly, on the Walker farm near Aquilla, Missouri. Sion Abernathy and his brother shared the work of two negro slaves. He was hard on the slaves and his boys likewise, Jerome thought he could make it on his own. I decend through chester abernathy, Jeromes son. Chester abernathy's great grandfather was Battle(battee) Abernathy, he lived in perry county. These three were early represenatives in the Missouri Legislature. The first census show they were in South Carolina in 1790. Some of this history came from a John Abernathy at Cape gaurdeau, Missouri, to Harry Pry, son of Ella Abernathy Pry Hope it is of interest to someone.