James Abernathy was Jurat on Robert Abernathy 3rd's will ( a jurat is someone who certifies that the person writing a will is the person the will is for and not written after the person was already dead. I suspect that happened quite a bit in those early days of our country - going to the court house once a month if that often. ) I believe the James Abernathy who married Elizabeth Cox was the grandson of Robert Abernathy 3rd. I definitely believe that this James Abernathy could read and write. You're right the Robert, James, Miles, Johns, and William Abernathys are very confusing especially for me until you get the 1850 census records which helps a lot. However I think you have a good chance in the 1750's in Granville, later Bute County, NC, where not so many Abernathys lived at that time, at least not in the records. If you just look at those Granville County, NC, tax records of 1752, 1753, 1754, 1755 and 1757, you have a Robert Abernathy, then a Robert Abernathy and son Robert Abernathy, and then a Robert Abernathy and a Robert Abernathy and a James Abernathy all living in the same household. There are apparently no other tax records extant. I think you have there a Robert Abernathy with sons Robert and James. I believe that's enough to get you in the DAR or SAR if you wanted. Maybe. James Abernathy drowned in 1785 before his father Robert Abernathy 4th died. Not a witness to his will. His son James Abernathy and son-in-law John Rockett who married Sarah Abernathy were witnesses to that will. The men had to be over 16 years old to be on the tax list.
James Abernathy, according to several sources, ( one source is Judy Rozelle who I believe lives in NC, one of your neighbors, if you have read her articles she was writing once about Shuffleltown, NC and I remember she had articles about the James Abernathy ferry, she is an Abernathy descendant ) James by 1764 owned what would in the 1800's become the Rozzelle ferry which was originally the Abernathy ferry about where Highway 16 crosses the Catawba from Gaston County to Meckenburg. According to Abernathy Nixon's loose papers, James Abernathy gave his son David who married Pattie Abernathy, daughter of David and Ann Turner -from Elizabeth Ferguson-, the Bissell Place and he gave the Rumfelt and Farrar place to daughter Sarah and husband John Rockett. Rozzelle's Ferry is part of the Rumfelt and Farrar Places that the Rocketts owned. I can give you the address of Judy Rozzell's web site if you don't have that. I enjoy reading her articles and you probably would too. I read the Goodson and Lockhart genealogy also and I don't remember if they had information on the ferry. I read some other articles also and also did a litte work on my own?
It's next to impossible to find an original source for a lot of the Abernathy genealogy and I don't know where a lot of mine came from anyway. Everybody believes James Abernathy married Elizabeth Cox but where did that come from? I think the Rocketts but where did they get it? Richard Rozzelle was Judy Rozzelle's great, great, and great grandfather. Jill, you say Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church on find a grave, I"ll try and find it. Do you have a web site that I can find the list of the Methodist Church members? My paper genealogy trail is not the best and I am working on that but my DNA trail is pretty darn good. Thanks a lot for your help Jill and remember about those graves.
Sorry, I did make an error on Mountain Creek, I meant Mountain Island, I confuse the two for some unkown reason.