George was evidently a son of Harmon Abernathy and a grandson of Charles and Alice (Short) Abernathy. He first appears with his father in the 1794 Dinwiddie County VA tax records of property owners (land and/or slaves) aged 16 and older. His birth was probably abt 1776 or 7, possibly a few years before. Certainly not later than 1778 if he was 16 in tax year 1794.
He probably married sometime between 1800 and 1805, but I do not yet know what his wife's name was. Per the 1820 census, he had 2 slaves, 2 sons and 2 daughters under aged 10, one son aged 10-16, but no older woman is shown, so his wife evidently died and we thus have no idea of her approximate birth year. George himself is listed as aged 26 to 45.
By the 1830 census he had evidently re-married a woman about 10 years younger than himself who may have been a widow, and the tallys show the family with one male between 15 and 20, 2 males aged 20-30, 2 females aged 15-20, wife aged 40-50 and himself aged 50-60. If there had been children of that 2nd marriage, none lived long enough to be counted on the 1830 census. He still owned one slave.
On the 1840 census, George is again widowed, there are no young children, but 2 sons and 2 daughters, all between the ages of 20-30, are still at home. In the 1850 Dinwiddie Census, Southern Division, p. 475, household #76-77 consists of George Abernathy, aged 74, Farmer, estate valued at $200, Robert (44) and wife Julia (30), and 6 yr old son named for his grandfather.
What the names of his other sons and his daughters were remains yet to be discovered. Whether those sons moved westward or southward out of Virginia (or stayed put) is also unknown at this time.