John, good to see your name today. I have not exchanged with you in ages. If you write that book, put me in line to purchase a copy. Elizabeth Ferguson of Florida is heading a DNA program hoping to put some order to these families. My friend who took the DNA was told he had a study that showed he was not driectly descended from Robert the indentured servant who lived in Prince George Co VA. She mentioned something about David, etc. What I know of DNA could be put in a nut shell. I would like to locate more info about William of New England states early on. Any info to help me get started? Virginia Colonial Abstracts by Mr. Beverley Fleet, Vol. III, page 183 mentions a deed for a cow and heifer deeded " to my NOW wife, Sara's daughter, Sara, or to her sister should she die young. Reading this makes me think Robert the indentured servant who married Sarah Coppage [per Maxim Coppage's book Coppege/Coppedge Chronicles. Those of little education in early days called her Cubishe or Cabbage] left a wife across the seas. He must have just finished his indenture by 25 April, 1657 when this deed was dated. He could not have been in Virginia and out of imposed servitude long enough to have married here a 1st time.
Then looking at Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol III by Nell Marion Nugent, 1979; page 328 David Walker, Gent. of Pr Geo Co VA, purchased landadjoining Roger Abernathy's line, crossing Buckskin Cr., on 16 June, 1727, Patent 13, page 123. page 344 David Abernathy, 150 acrs. Pr Geo Co VA, on S side of Buckskin Cr, 13 Oct 1727, Pt Bk 13, p 280 and Robert Abernathy, Junr. 52 acrs Pr Geo Co VA. on S side of Moccosoneck Cr, near George Tillman's lines. dated 13 Oct 1727.Pt Bk 13, page 281.
Above suggests STRONGLY to me that Robert Abernathy Jr. had a sons named David and Roger. Roger prob. named after his father in law, Roger Tilghman.
Still DNA from a descendant of Roger or David, both apparently sons of Robert Jr. should connect the descendants to indentured servant, Robert Abernathy the immigrant.
I value your opinion greatly. What do you make of above please. Click on my name above to get my personal E Mail should you like to inquire further from me.
My grandmother was an Abernathy from Giles Co TN. From Frederick's second marriage to Milly Davenport; their son, Matthew. Matthew's son Henry M.C. Abernathy was father of my grandmother, Carissa 'Bell'Abernathy.