Very interesting. On the 1850 NC Census, in Newton in Catawba County, household 257-257, Roll M432_624, p. 289, dated 25th of ? [looks like maybe June], I find a Smith Abernathy, farmer, aged 42, with wife Caroline aged 28, son Washington aged 7, son James B. aged 2 and son Henry L. aged 1. Almost looks like they moved and were counted twice? I have no idea at the moment who his parents may have been, but do you have the date of that entry in the Wake County Census?