"Excerpt from the Will of David Abernathy, Sr., Of the State of North Carolina and County of Lincoln"
Dated August 24, 1808, and probated July, 1814
"As to my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me, I do give and bequeath in the following manner, viz:
The land I live on, negroes, horses, cattle, sheep and household furniture of every description and all property I may die possessed of I allow to my beloved wife, Ann Abernathy, to have the use of for and during the term of her natural life if she should live longer than I.
Third: Having heretofore given unto my children Jospeh Abernathy, Robert Abernathy, Patty Abernathy, David Abernathy, Turner Abernathy, John Abernathy, William Abernathy, Moses Abernathy, Nancy Forney, and Betsy Perkins, all the property I intended to give them, and which I judged consistent with my circumstances, and considering my son Miles Abernathy, having charge of myself and his mother in old age, after my own and my wife's decease, I do hereby give and bequeath unto my son, Miles Abernathy and his heirs and assigns forever, the plantation on which I live, supposed to contain two hundred and twenty acres or there about joining lines with Turner Abernathy, William Abernathy, Richard Rosedale and Peter Forney's land: and the following negroes, Viz: Anthony, Aleck, Eddie, Winnie, Lizzie, Mat, Olive, Louisa, together with their increase if any before my decease, and eight head of horse creatures.All my cattle, sheep, hogs, household furniture, farming utensils, and property of every description of which I may die seized and possessed of, although not herein mentioned or specified, I do give and bequeath unto my son Miles Abernathy, after my wife's decease, if she should live longer than I. *****
Lastly, I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my beloved son, Moses Abernathy and Peter Forney, my son-in-law, executors of this my last Will and Testiament.*****
John D. Graham
I found this in a book titled Adam Symes and his descendants.I thought I would post what I had found in hopes it can help someone.Under the will, there was a little bit more on the Forney / Abernathy Family Tree...
Christina Forney, daugher of Jacob Forney, Sr., was born 1762; died 1842; married May 27, 1780 to David Abernathy, Revolutionary soldier and fourth son of David Abernathy, Sr. and Ann Abernathy nee Turner
Susan Forney, daughter of Jacob Forney, Sr., was married April 21, 1784, to John Abernathy, son of David Abernathy, Sr. and Ann (Turner)Abernathy.Turner Abernathy, Surety.
Jacob Forney, Senior, was born about 1721 and died in 1806.He married, in Pennsylvania, Maria Bergner, from the Canton of Berne, Switzerland, whom he had met on board a vessel which was bringing him to America.He was the son of a French Huguenot who at the revocation of the edict of Nantes, in 1685, fled from France, preferring self-expatriation to the renunciation of his religious belief, and settled at Alsace on the Rhine and died there.In 1754, Jacob Forney, Sr., removed to Carolina and settled in Lincoln County." - from Wheeler's "Historical Sketches of North Carolina"
Again, I hope this bit of info can help someone.I have more books...If I find more information I will post it for everyone. :-)