Let's deal with Ariana first.David Wilson's box tomb is on AL 48? just north of the town center of Leighton.As I said, there are two broken stones alongside that I suspect belong to other graves and there are missing sons, viz. children in the 1840 census who do not seem to appear in estate settlements.Both would have been late teens or young adults when David Wilson died, suggesting to me some kind of family tragedy.
I have (or believe I have) just tracked two sons of Tignal (Signal) Abernathy (17??-1808) of Dinwiddie/Mecklenburg County to Giles County, TN.We have the word of a younger member of the family in 1911(when he was 88) that one of them married his cousin.The only way I see thatthis can be true is if Tignal (Signal) Abernathy (17??-1808) was a son of David Abernathy (17??-c. 1790) like Liles Abernathy (17??-1814).
For years researchers have assumed that Ann Abernathy, the spouse of David Abernathy (17??-c. 1790) and mother of Lucy Abernathy (1742-17??), in the Bristol Parish Register had to have been Ann Liles (17??-17??) before her marriage--hence the name, Liles Abernathy (17??-1814).
If the name Liles Abernathy recurs in Lunenburg County, maybe the time has come to reexaminethe question of the relationship between David Abernathy of Lunenburg and David Abernathy (17??-c. 1790) of Dinwiddie.The will of Jesse Abernathy (17??-1777) places his estate in the hands of his father David Abernathy (17??-c. 1790) and his brother, Liles Abernathy (17??-1814), but it also mentions "brothers." I am trying to add Tignal (Signal) to the list, but what evidence links David Abernathy of Lunenburg aside from thenames David, Jesse, Lucy, Liles, etc. and what argues against the linkage?We have some documents from David Abernathy (17??-c. 1790) that not in , 1790) and Liles Abernathy (17??-1814) that are not in the public record, and the Tennessee State LIbrary has some more.They supply a date for the death of David Abernathy (17??-c. 1790), but they seem to me to be silent about the question of descent--aside from the fact that Ann Abernathy married Baxter Moseley and presumably moved to South Carolina.