I would very kindly like to correct some discrepancies that I noticed in your reply to Delma.I, like Mary Gregory, am a g-granddaughter of Julian Rockett Abernathy through his daughter (my grandmother), Mamie Alice Abernathy Mulligan Tims, b. 20 Sep 1903, d. 6 Mar 2004.
I’m sure there is always some debate about names, especially in a large family such as ours, but most of the family researchers and publishers of our Abernethy/Abernathy family history have stated the name of our patriarch as Sterling “Gibbs” Abernethy.However, I have not seen any documented proof of this issue, so I guess it is left to each individual to decide how to list Sterling’s full name in his or her records.
Sterling G. Abernethy and first wife, Elizabeth Caroline Ware, were the parents of eight (8) children, not nine (9).These children, as listed in the book, “Into the Setting Sun Went the Abernethys, the Boltons, the Davises, the Talbots,” by Arvord Milner Abernethy (a g-grandson of Sterling), are as follows:Mary Jane, Martha Elizabeth, James Harvey, Sarah Melvina, John Ware, Samuel Crawford, Sterling Gibbs, Jr., and Sceleta Caroline.
Sterling G. Abernethy and Elizabeth C. Ware (d/o of George Ware and Ruth Unknown) were m. in Jefferson Co., AL 12 Feb 1835.They moved to Pontotoc Co., MS, ca 1840/1841 and finally to Calhoun Co., AR ca 1861.Elizabeth d. 15 Jul 1864 and is buried at the Rick’s Cemetery outside of Harrell, Calhoun, AR.Sterling G. Abernethy is buried next to her.
Sterling G. Abernethy m. Agnes Minerva Webb Craven (b. 22 Nov 1828 in Bibb Co., AL, d. 29 May 1909 in Calhoun Co., AR) in the latter part of 1864 or in 1865 (I’ve not yet been able to find a marriage license for them).Agnes is buried next to her first husband, George W. Craven, at the Rick’s Cemetery.
Julian R. Abernathy and Loula Lenora Martin (d/o of Chesley, not Chester, Burton Martin and Martha Adeline Ware) had 12 children, not 13.Their children were: Hosea B., Jesse Lee, Julian Ray, Otis Ware, Irene, Boyd Martin, Mamie Alice, Edna Agnes, Gertrude, Mary Ruth, Jackson Dean (b. 28 Jan 1912, d. 1 Nov 1935), and Adeline.The two women that were listed as children of J.R. and L.L. Abernathy were actually daughter-in-laws for H. Olivian Burnette m. Jesse Lee and Jennie Pearl Fischer m. Julian Ray.
The only child of Sterling G. Abernethy that was buried at the Rick’s Cemetery was Julian Rockett Abernathy.The other children were buried at various cemeteries in the AR counties of Calhoun, Bradley, Dallas, and Hot Springs and in Harmon Co., OK, and Pontotoc Co., MS.
Sterling G. Abernethy and Agnes M. Webb Craven had a daughter after Julian Rockett by the name of Agnes Dow Abernethy.She m. Joel H. Rowland and they had five children:Nellie M., Lillian Maida, Lila E., Robert Walter, and Sterling Thomas.Walter was the only child to live to a ripe old age (he was two months shy of his 95th birthday when he passed away).I know that Lillian M. d. when she was four-years old, Lila E. d. when she was 12-years old, and Sterling T. d. when he was 18-years old.I don’t have any further information on Nellie M. other than she was on the 1900 Calhoun County census record.
My sources for this information are my personal research to include corresponding with various descendants of Sterling G. Abernethy and Julian Rockett Abernathy’s children; Jefferson Co., AL, and Calhoun Co., AR, marriage records; AR and MS census records; AR cemetery records; and information from Arvord M. Abernethy’s book.
I apologize for the lengthy response.I hope this information will be helpful to anyone who has an interest in acquiring family data on all branches of this voluminous Abernethy/Abernathy family tree.Thank you for your time and patience.
Vickie Rushton Bickle