Jerome Abernathy (1865-1923) was one of four sons of Sion Abernathy and Margaret Barbara Hutchings. Sion, in turn was a son of Battee Abernathy and Willey Nance. This earlier Battee was in turn said to be a son of Battee Abernathy & Mary Beale. I cannot document further back, but this line is reputed to be of the Charles City County, Virginia lineage that originated on these shores with Robert Abernathy (cir 1633 - cir 1684). My tentative notes for the earliest Battee listed above give me names of 6 of 7 children, but as I said, I cannot yet document them with original contemporary public documents, only via non-specific tally marks on 1800 & 1810 census reports.