Seeing your name and suspecting you had something to do with Lawrence County, Alabama, I fancied for a moment that you were going to solve my problem.Instead, you gave me yours.
Your problem:As far as I know, David Abernathy (17??-c. 1790) of Dinwidddie County, Virginia, had nothing to do with the family of similar names in Lunenburg County.I have come to believe that there was a new wave of Scots immigration in the early eighteenth century after it became legal and after Edinburgh and Glasgow merchants tried to make inroads into the tobacco trade through Petersburg merchants and farmers in expanding Southside.I suspect both are new immigrants.See a discussion of the issue on genforum earlier in the year.I am pleased to learn, however, the origins of some of the Abernathys of Lawrence County.Think any of them descended from Signal (Tignal) Abernathy, who is another problem?
My problem:David Abernathy (!7??-c.1790) of Dinwiddie had a great-granddaughter, Ariana Abernathy Wilson (1???-18??), who migrated to Lawrence County with her husband, David W. Wilson (1793-1849), around 1828 and lived there, presumably, until sometime in the 1850s.Do you know anything about her?There were possibly Renauds in her extended family.