I am looking for additional data on Robert H. (Hagar?) Abernathy, b. abt 1806-1808 in Lincoln Co, NC. He is said to have been the son of Robert H. Abernathy and Dicey or Polly Bynum, but the marriage date for that couple was not until 24 Jan 1809, which post-dates Robert's birth (if the census records are correct). The IGI has an entry showing his birth abt 1807 to Shadrack Abernathy and unidentified wife, and marriage to Margaret (maiden name not given). No sources, of course.
Three on-line databases on ancestry.com or RootsWeb all show the approximate births of parents Robert and Polly (Bynum) Abernathy in the mid-to-late 1760's (which may be true but see above for their known marriage date). One database gives an estimated birth date for son Robert Hagar Abernathy as 1787, which might track except for that known marriage date for the couple, the other two show estimated birth year for Robert as 1887, clearly impossible. No one gives any real evidence for his middle name. All three show an estimated marriage date (abt 1830) to an unknown Miss Martin, and one son born abt 1833. The Fite Chart from Birdie's notes how him m. to a Miss Martin, but no further data.
The 1850 Lincoln County NC Census, Roll M432_636, p. 222, dated 27 August, shows household #519-530 as that of a Robert Abernathy Sr, age 65 and wf Polly aged 50. This is the couple supposidly born in the 1760's? Hardly. Also on that page is household #521-532, Robert S. Abernathy, single, aged 44. Relationship, if any, unknown. The next page (222b, dated the 28th) shows household #531-540 to be that of a Robert H. Abernathy, aged 43, farmer, Estate $700. wife Margaret aged 44, son James M. aged 18, probable 80 yr old mother-in-law Margaret Tucker, probable neices Julia S. (6) and Jane Martin (3).
The 1860 Lincoln County NC Census, Roll M653_904, p. 75a, dated 13 Jun, has household #105-106, Robt Abernathy, aged 52, Family Grocery, $0/6000, wife Margaret aged 54, b. Mecklenburg County, son James, aged 28, Physician, born in Lincolnton, and 14 yr old James P. Martin, b. Cleveland County.
The 1870 Lincoln County NC census for Lincolnton, Roll M593_1146, p. 214, dated 3 Jun, shows a household #19-21 for a Robt H. Abernathy, aged 61, Merchant, Estate $1800/400, with a Lucinda Abernathy, aged 43 keeping house; William Froneburger, 18, Clerk in Store; and Edward Ramsour, 12, (black), domestic servant.
If this is the same Robert H. Abernathy as was found on the two previous census records, as I believe it is, who is Lucinda? Widowed dau-in-law, perhaps?
If there is anyone who has more information on this individual, I would appreciate it.