I have evidence to back up my conclusions on that particular p. 60 mix-up, Brian: 1860 Federal Census data.
> Arvord was a researcher, but also relied on the work of other family members.
I cannot fault him for that, only for generally failing to cite the source when he did rely so heavily on other's work instead of his own. Nor can I fault him for not having the on-line resources that are available to us now, with (among other things) every extant census year at our fingertips.
> I am indebted to Arvord for all of his work, and I hope that his memory will continue in our work.
We are all indebted to him and to many others: Birdie Abernathy Jamison, Thomas Perkins Abernathy, Mabel B. McClure, and Elizabeth Denty Abernathy, to mention only a few.
But that in no way requires us to remain silent whenever we do discover discrepencies in the published works of present or earlier researchers. Especially as one bit of bad data promulgates a hundred-fold in today's hyper-electronic world, and every bit of bad data requires hundreds of hours of wasted research time in the attempt to discover the roots of it and try to set the record straight.
I shall always object to and fight against these kinds of errors because I believe that in the geneology field, accuracy is ten thousand times more important than having a humongeous database that's heavily laced with erroneous data simply because it is all too easy to do 'copy-cat' importation of gedcoms and never bother to check anything in them. The trustworthiness of one's own correct data is vastly diminished by the inclusion of other people's incorrect data, and it reflects, not on those who initially put out the bad data, but on all who unquestioningly keep on spreading it to unsuspecting newbies.
Your on-line database entry for Miles W. Abernathy (son of John and Susannah) is clearly copied from Arvord's '94 work (I do not have his last work), and thus the children you show listed belong instead to the Miles B. Abernathy who married Charlotte Capps and remained in NC. You can find that couple and all of their children save the eldest son on the 1860 Mecklenburg Co NC, Census, family #750-806.
Miles Washington Abernathy married only once: to Anna Hoke. Their first child was born in NC. All the rest were born at their new home in Jacksonville, Calhoun Co, AL, where Miles died in 1877. Miles and Anna and 6 of their 10 children are found on the 1860 Calhoun Co, AL census for the town of Jacksonville, family #78, p. 297.
As you are in process of updating your database, here (minus a typo error in my previous post) is the list of Miles and Anna's children: Sarah Catharine (b&d 1836);Frances Eliza (Mrs T.W. Francis); Anna M. (Mrs Daniel P. Lorentz); Macon; Daniel Hoke (d. young); Emma (d. young); Mary Amelia (Mrs Horace Lee Stevenson); Julia Swope (Mrs J. Davidson Smith); Ella Turner (d. young); and Caroline Swope (Mrs Watkins).