From "Abstracts of Deeds Lincoln Co, NC Books 28, 29, & 30 by Dr. A.B. Pruitt, copyright 2001:
Nov 20, 1817 Nathaniel Sadler (lincoln Co) to John Oliver (same); for $650 sold 167 ac; border: begins at Rockett's now Rozzel's ferry and "late"widow Patty Abernathy's now James Abernathy's corner water oak on W bank of Catawba River, joins Wm Henderson, Nathaniel Farrar, Wm Penny, Richard Rozzel; a moiety of 3 tracts sold to Nathaniel Sadler: (a) 85 acres sold Aug 2, 1803 by Nathan Abernathy, (b) 126 ac sold Nov 30, 1814 by Richard Rockett, & (c) 126 ac sold Nov 13, 1816 by Wm Rose Sadler. Signed Nathaniel Sadler; (witness) Lott Abernathy & N D Abernathy; wit. oath Jan 1819 by Lott Abernathy; book 28 p. 712
(There is another deed on Feb 2, 1816, where widow Patty is alive about the same location and mentions Mountain Island, also which mentions Robert Reed, Hezekiah Rumfelt, etc. )
a different book - Abstracts of Lincoln Co, NC: Land Entries 1780 & 1795-1797, Land Processions 1789-1834, & Lincolnton, NC Deeds 1785-1868, by Dr. A.B. Pruitt copyright 1988
Feb 2, 1831 processioned 195 acres for William Davidson on W side of Catawba R; called Mountain Island Mill tract; includes said island; border Cobb, Cansler's field, Abernathy, & Mims; Capt Wm Henderson swore the beginning corner; notified: Peter Cansler, Robert Rumfelt, Starling Cobb, Jas H Bissell, Benj Morriss, Miles Abernathy, & and David Smith; Isaac Holland, processioner; Minzes Walls and Robert Rumfelt, chain bearers; Apr. session 1831; p. 199. end of book
(So from that above widow Patty of Bissell Place died 1816 or 1817 in Lincoln now Gaston County, NC). On waters of Dutchman's Creek between South Fork of the Catawba and the Catawba River itself. So the Ferry over the years went from James Abernaty's Ferry to Rockett's Ferry to Rozzelle's Ferry. Doesn't mean that widow Patty was never in Missouri and I have that Turner Abernathy was witness to a deed in 1815 for a William Bandy in NC who was the brother of the Elizabeth Bandy who married James Rockett, Turner Abernathy was bondsman on that marriage in 1813. I have that deed somewhere. I just thought of that.
Isn't James Abernathy a jurat on some of those Robert, etc, wills? A jurat is someone who certifies that the person signing a document is the one who actually wrote it so James would have to be standing there when it was signed. James must have had a lot of land along the Catawba.