> 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 available census, 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!
And you think you and your wife are the only ones who ever did anything like 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.
Not so. I push you aside because you persist in presenting an incoherent mass of unconnected facts that do not hang together at all. You evidently have not sufficiently documented what you have found since you failed from the very beginning to cite the sources to me and instead sent copies of data with little or no real reference as to what microfilm they were obtained from. If I can't find the facts to verify them to be exactly as you claim, then I cannot accept them, and you have failed to assert your claim sufficiently.
> I do not enjoy feeling that way, especially since all I am looking for, quite honestly, is the truth.
So am I. Which is one reason why I am utterly appalled at what I see of your assumptions and conclusions. I find your persistance that whatever you find on the census records or the internet must be related ONLY to "your" David to be quite distressing, especially as you have yet to conclusively demonstrate your supposed descent from David and Christina (Forney) Abernathy.
Initially you provided me with a descendancy from a David and Jane Abernathy, alleged son of David and Christina (Forney) Abernathy. You provided me at that time no siginicant evidence to support your theory that this David was, in fact, a son of David and Christina. While I have been able to verify some (but certainly not all) of the facts you cited, you failed then (and now) to present coorobrating evidence sufficient to link those facts together into a coherent whole. They remain isolated facts, nothing more.
You simply keep saying, quite dogmatically, "that's my David", while still failing to demonstrate the validity of your assertation.
No doubt it is the fault of the exceptional sources I utilize, combined with no urgent need to prove my descent from this hypothetical son of David and Christina (since in fact I descend from David's brother John, his sister Nancy, and Christina's brothers Peter and Abraham), but I cannot find a single Abernathy on the 1850 census records I have viewed in either Macon, Shelby, or Coosa Counties Alabama.
Nor have I positively located your David and Jane, although I did briefly find several of the alleged sons you initially listed several years ago. However, there was (again) absolutely nothing whatever to link them with the supposed parents.
Please give me county, township, household number, page number, and post office (if available) of these alleged occurances of 'your' David and his children and grandchildren. I can only find them as from 1860 onwards. Not prior.
I find no Joseph Abernathy in my records of the 1800 North Carolina Census (which is clearly only a porition of what was enumerated in 1790 and 1810). The 1800 census, while admittedly better than the 1790, is still a very far cry from the 1850 census which lists by name each individual enumerated, not just heads of household.
And by the way, to the best of my knowledge, your assumption that David and Christina were "in transit" in Grainger County in 1804 is not proof of anything, either, since you do not have a date when they left North Carolina, nor when they arrived in middle TN, nor do you know that it's the same David you're attempting to prove was your ancestor.
There are several OTHER David Abernathys who are known to be "on the move" at that time: the David Abernathy who later settled in White's Creek, for one, and the David Abernathy who is buried in Colbert County AL, for another. Both of those originated in VA. Grainger County was certainly on one of several standard migration paths between VA and middle TN. Whether the Abernathys from the southernmost portion of the Piedmont area of North Carolina ever traversed through Grainger County on their westward migration has not, to the best of my knowledge, been conclusively demonstrated.
Now, do forgive me but I must devote some time to prepare for a couple of hurricanes, one of which has evidently taking aim at our home and is due here sometime tomorrow, with the other possibly right on it's heels.