First the Smith Creek in Bute County referred to in last note is north west of Norlina, NC, and I left out the 1756 Granville tax list in the same book which was:
Robert Abernathy, Jr Robert Abernathy, Sr negroes Adam, Will and Sue
I have this with the stamp "Not to be cited without acknowledgment to Western Historical Manuscript Collection 23 Ellis Library University of Missouri - Columbia,MO" on the same paper "This David Abernathy was evidently the witness to Robert Abernathy Senior's will, dated Jan. 31, 1772, probated July, 1772, and I take him to be a son of James Abernathy who was drowned in 1786, and brother-in-law of John Rockett, above witness, because James Abernathy bought the Bissell , Rumfelt and Farrar places in one tract from Moses Bonner and his wife Charity in 1778, Book 17, p.21. John Rockett's wife was given the Farrar place and the Bissell and Rumfelt to David. Therefore, I think them brother and sister."
David's widow was "Widow Patty of the Bissell Place" David is the son of James Abernathy and Elizabeth Cox widow Patty is the daughter of a different David Abernathy and Ann (Martha Ann) Turner.
The above is from loose papers of Abernathy Nixon at the Ellis Library in Columbia, MO.
John Rockett's wife, a daughter of James and Elizabeth Cox Abernathy was given the Farrar Place which became Rockett's Ferry and was passed down to the Rozzelles and became Rozzelle's Ferry which I believe is just west of where Highway 16 crosses the Catawba from Mecklenburg County to Gaston County present day.
From a map of the Riverbend Area of Present Mecklenburg Counties, NC, originally drawn by John C. Fichte, Surveyor 1905, redrawn by Donna Johnson, 1998. "James Abernathy, son of James and Elizabeth Cox Abernathy, acting as executor, gives 224 acres to George Abernathy in 1803 west side of Catawba River across from Gar Creek."