Thanks for the response, Elizabeth.There appears to be no will for David Abernathy, Jr. listing his children.The entry in the Giles County Cemetery Book purports to be a child of John Y. Abernathy and Matilda Sharp Alexander Abernathy although the dates make no sense and John Y.'s Milton may have died in Texas.I may have to drive up to Yokley and see what the marker says, if it is still legible.I cannot find the family copy of Mabel McClure just now, but I assume the letter from Miles Turner Abernathy is the same one quoted by Elizabeth Denty Abernathy.Her quotation is with respect to the children of John Y.
My interest stems from an 1839 letter from John S.Abernathy, who, I take it, is a son of Signal (Tignal)'s son Thomas.The letter, which was written in Danceyville in Haywood County, Tennessee, concerns the prospects of a mercantile business and keeps quoting "Brother Milton," who seems to be a Danceyville merchant.In annotating the letter, I keep coming back to the supposed son of David, Jr. since John S. has no "Brother Milton" although there would be no reason to call a son of David, Jr. "Brother Milton."There is no eivdence that Milton was in West Tennessee even though some of his brothers were, and actually there is precious little evidence that we have Milton in the right slot.
If you have a copy of Mabel McClure, why not check the Miles Turner Abernathy quotation and see what it actually says.
While we are on the subject, what evidence is there that David Abernathy, Jr. was the Reverend David Abernathy?If he was Methodist and I assume he was, he was not a traveling preacher, and if local clergy, then I have never seen him mentioned in conference sources.I wonder if someone misread that he was a Revolutionary veteran--like all those "A's" that keep popping up as middle initials but seem originally to have derived from Elizabeth Denty Abernathy's shorthand for Abernathy to save space in the Pulaski Citizen.He is not known locally as the Rev. David Abernathy.