> I don't know how common the name Ira might be in other Abernaty families, but I found your mention of it interesting.
It's not, thankfully, nearly as common as John, Robert, David or Miles. I presently have only 9 individuals with that given name in my database, including your maternal grandfather, although I also have a few that have it as a middle name.
Alas, I do not yet have the Chatham County NC line of which your Ira is a member connected to the Virginia Abernathy ancestors, nor do I have spouse and issue for Ira yet,although I am delighted to receive confirmation from a member of the family that the dates I've got for him are correct.
I would very much like to verify that what I have uncovered on your Abernathy kin is correct. And perhaps learn more.