> There appears to be no will for David Abernathy, Jr. listing his children.
None that I'm aware of...
> why not check the Miles Turner Abernathy quotation and see what it actually says.
"To the union of David and Christina Forney Abernathy was born nine children, as follows: Sons, Milton P.; Ephraim; Littleton; John Y.; Robert G.; daughters, Sina, Drucilla; Dionysis; Susan.
Our father, John Young Abernathy, married Matilda Sharp Alexander, daughter of Silas and Sarah (nee Reece) Alexander, natives of Virginia, but of Scotch descent, on Dec 6, 1827. They lived together in peace for 22 years, 1 month and 12 days. To this union was born 10 children as follows: Alamanza A.; Marcus L.; Drucilla; James E.; Louisa J.; Miles T.; Sarah C.; David R.; Milton S.; Robert G."
The cemetery book entry on the Milton buried in the Yokely Cemetery does appear to be in error. My database notes (predominantly from the McClure book, augmented by census data) state that Milton S. (Silas?) Abernathy, son of John and Matilda was born 31 Aug 1843 and died 23 Jan 1922, unmarried, in Texas. I have no burial location. I found him in the 1880 Census in Cassville, Barry Co., MO, occupation Saddler. McClure mentiions him as being a Saddler in Rocky Comfort, MO, but doesn't give time frame.
As for the references in John S. Abernathy' letters to "Brother Milton", perhaps that is similar to totally unrelated members of a religious congregation calling each other "Brother" or "Sister", and not indicative of actual blood relationship?
> 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.
I confess: I have no positive proof that he was and have evidently been caught in a similar trap as you describe above.
> He is not known locally as the Rev. David Abernathy.