The problem with the early census data is that, due to lack of detail,it's hard to tell which Miles was which. It's going to take getting into the Lincoln (and old Tryon)County deeds, wills, etc. to sort out the parents of Michael. For what it's worth, here's what I've found on the early censuses re: Miles Abernathy.The information was obtained from various online sources and has not been verified against microfilm, so there could be errors.
1790 Lincoln Co. Census:No Miles Abernathy However, there IS a marriage bond for Miles and Usley Bracher (Ursula Bradshaw) nine years earlier, dated Oct.6, 1781.He may have been skipped in 1790, or might have been elsewhere.
1800 Lincoln Co. Census:One Miles Abernathy:
Abernathy, Miles, p.809 71101-10010-0-0 Males: seven under 10; one 10-16; one 16-26; one over 45 (Miles would have been 50) Females: one under ten; one 26-45(Ursula would have been ?)
Notes:This is very strange.We have one male, over 45 and a female 26-45.The female could be the wife, and closer to 45 (or, could be a dau. and closer to 26) If so, this could be Miles and Ursula.However, it’s impossible for all of these children to be theirs. There are 8 children under age 10.Because women nursed,which protected them from one-after-another pregnancies, it’s highly unlikely that these children could all belong to one couple, unless they had several sets of twins.Are these grandchildren??Ch. From previous marriages?? See note below.
1810 Census: Two Miles Abernathys:
One on p. 360, the other on p. 366(need more info on these, was just an index)
Census data aside, I received an interesting tidbit of data from another researcher,who wasn't sure where it had come from, nor have I been able to source it. Here's what she said:
"I found a Miles Abernathy, Jr., born 1803 in Lincoln County, NC, who married Isabella West, born 1805 in same county.They were married 18 Nov 1826 in Lincoln Co., NC. This Miles Abernathy, Jr. was listed as being the son of Miles Abernathy, Sr.(born abt. 1770 -- which Miles would this be?)and Amy ? (born abt 1775).Miles, Sr. and Amy had 3 known children: Ellen born 1798: Jacob born 1799: Miles, Jr. born 1803"
This fits with information prevalent among some of the older generations in Hanging Dog that Michael came to Cherokee Co. with his brother. The only other Abernathy in Cherokee Co. (according to census data) was a Jacob Abernathy.Needless to say, rather than clarifying anything, this just muddies the water further.But I'd sure like to hear from anyone knowing anything futher about this.