> He must have just finished his indenture by 25 April, 1657 when this deed was dated.
What one often gets when one does not examine actual documents or images thereof can be wrong, Ginny. Just as wrong as jumping to conclusions regarding early land grants without first having the surveyed land plotted out and overlaid on current maps as precisely as possible. Which, by the by, _has_ now been done for those early Abernathy grants in Brunswick and Dinwiddie Counties of Colonial VA.
The Charles City County Court order regarding Sara Cubishe's cow was effectively signed, witnessed and acknowledged in court on 3 Apr 1657, original document clearly received for permanent record and storage on 25 Apr 1657.
Transcription from electronic copy of the actual image is herewith included:
"These presents witnes that I Robt Abernethy Do consent and agree the my now wife Sara Abernathy do make over to her child Sara Cubishe one cow called Goodluck and a Heyfer called Brown and another Heyfer called Jug to remaine for the use and good of the child, and if it please God to call this child by death when the next child to succeed heire to its sister, And this we desire to be recorded in Co'rt wittnes our hands this 3rd of April 1657
Robt x Abernathie, Sara x Abernathie her m'k.
Ack in Court same date. Rec 25 Apr. 1657"
A lot can be done in a single day by very determined people, even to accomplishing a previously unlawful marriage and arranging a dowry for what may well have been the couple's eldest child, acknowledged up until that time only as Sara's.
And obviously the first Robert was nothing if not determined!