> I now have a copy of the original 1756, 1757 Granville County, NC, tax list thanks to Mr. Rackley who abstracted the tax lists into his book.
Excellent work, Charlie.
One problem has long been that the 4 named sons [Robert (4th), John (Sr), David (Sr), and Miles] of the 3rd Robert Abernathy & wife Mary (Unknown, but NOT Harwell _all_ had a son whom they named Robert. And three of these Robert youngsters of the 4th generation were, alas, born within a year of each other, as best we can determine. This, coupled with a sparsity of documentation, has made it difficult to be positive of which young Robert belonged to which of the elder generation couples.
Tax Records, wills & deeds from this time are slowly shedding additional light on the problems encountered, but even there, it has not always been as simple as one might wish.
Initially when I read your latest message, I thought that the Robert who is found in Granville County NC in 1756/7 with a wife named Ann could only be Robert (5th) Abernathy and Ann Nance, but our records for that Robert cite a birth in 1742 in Brunswick Co, VA, which would mean he was too young yet to be married. It is probable that what we see is a middle-aged Robert (probably the one b. in 1719 & identified as Robert 4th in my database) and a younger Robert (NOT any of the remaining three, but an as-yet-unidentified Robert. The younger Robert could not be any of the three who were born cir 1752, that's certain.
> I think James Abernathy to be the son of Robert Abernathy and Ann somebody,
I remain open to possibilities regarding his parents. I believe that in Granville County NC at that time were not Robert (3rd) & Robert (4th) as many initially postulated from the ambigious Sr/Jr designations, but Robert (4th) with wife Sarah, and an unidentified younger Robert, wife Ann, plus James, a cousin, married to Elizabeth Cox.
This tax data can also imply that the parents of the May/Mary Abernathy who married Richard Rockett in Granville County NC on 27 Jun 1763, previously identified only as "a" Robert Abernathy, may well have been this unknown Robert and wife Ann, lineage as yet unknown. Brother to James, perhaps? Unproven. Further, said Mary/May Abernathy was probably not much older than barely 16 but certainly less than a legal adult in her own right, else she would not have needed a paper from her Father Robert granting permission for her to marry.
James Abernathy's parents are unproven at present: this younger Robert and wf Ann or.... a Willie B. Abernethy whose one and only documentary presence in VA was in Nov of 1755 when he stood Testator of the will of a Mr. William Lee, in Brunswick County. Willie may have been born as early as 1710 or as late as 1730, and whether or not Willie was the as-yet-unproven father of the James that married Elizabeth Cox, James was clearly of the Robert Abernathy Lineage, as demonstrated by the scientific evidence of DNA results. Willie may have been a direct grandson of the first Robert via an un-named son, or a previously unidentified son of the 2nd Robert and Christine Parham. I think it less likely that Willie and this unidentified Robert were new arrivals from the old country, but that is still possible.
Will we ever know which? Probably not. Does it truly matter? Probably only to direct descendants of James.