James' father's name was David Abernathy and he died in Lincoln County NC shortly after signing his will on 18 Jun, 1795, leaving a wife and several minor children. The only individual named in the will was his eldest son, James.
I do not KNOW the name of James' mother but have assumptions sans proof. Nor do I know who David's parents were.
In view of several factors, it seems highly likely that he was a new immigrant to this country, probably arriving not much later than 1770. He may not have been related to any of the known Abernathy lineages found in NC and VA on the eve of the Revolution. It seems he was a Tory, not a Patriot.
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