A correction: "TN Cousins" is by Rae (Ray), and not Armstrong, as I had stated. - Sorry!Also, on the Lincoln County, NC(1800) census, I see that
Joseph Abernathy is showing: 2 sons 0-10, 3 daughters 0-10, 2 daughters 16-26, a wife 26-45, and he is 45+.David Sr. shows: 1 son 26-45, and both he and wife are 45+. David Jr. shows: 4 sons 0-10, 1 son 10-16, 1 daughter 0-10, 1 daughter 10-16, and he and wife are both 26-45. NOTE: The microfilm image is poor,(and dark) but one can still make it out, with slight
magnification. Well, I had not seen this before, as I had checked 1790 Lincoln NC, then, of course, the 1812 and 1818 Maury tax lists, and the 1820 Maury and Giles TN censuses! (I had found David on the 1804 Grainger Co. TN tax list, and assumed that they were in "transit.") NOW: This, of course, changes things a bit, does it not? Could the Joseph and David, age 26-45 in 1820 Giles TN census, actually be brothers, and sons of Joseph b. 1749/50???
Given the number of Josephs (and Davids) in my Abernathy line, I am certainly
inclined to think this may be so.I will tell you quite truthfully, that both my wife, and myself, have put in an astronomical number of hours, at an excellent library,(that has microfilm of every availablecensus, tax list, militia list, etc.,
in the entire country), literally SCOURING everything in TN, AL, MO, and even GA, until our eyes were crossing and our heads were spinning! This David, above, is definitely "my" David, tracking perfectly,children et al. Having said that, I do want to tell you that I have felt that you have wanted to just push me aside,thinking that my findings were not significant enough to be noted, or
further examined. I do not enjoy feeling that way, especially since all I am looking for, quite honestly, is the truth. Aren't you?