Brian, In 1880 Murphy Twp. Cherokee Co NC, 1880 census, Dist. 76, Image 8 of 47 on ancestry.comI found;
HH 60-66 Abernathy, Miles age 32 wife Tabitha30 Nellie12 James Alex?11 Ruth A. 8 Charity5 Olly?4 Noah? W. 1
HH 65-11 same place as above and year census Michael Abernathy age 80 wife Isabella75 Anorline? dau.35 Tina/Lina? dau. 11 On ancestry.com above is found when keying in Isabella Abernathy. She comes up; Isabella Abernathy age 75 [ estimated birth year 1805], NC, wife Home in 1880; Murphy Twp. Cherokee Co NC Keeping house Married White female head of household; Michael Abernathy father's birthplaceNC mothe's birthplaceNC Actual image of census is shown.
Also in HH 57-63 same place and year 1880 census; Abernathy ____ age 46head of HH wife Maryage 43 George W.age 20 Mary16 Samuel19 Emaline14 Martha12 Edmund10 Lee10 Ella8 Benjamin4 Susan2 Gary born in May 1880 age 1 month old in 1880 census
These Abernathy's are so close, they must be related to Miles, Michael Abernathy family?Ginny Keefer