Here is an excerpt from "The History of The South Fork Baptist Association", published in Lincolnton, N.C. by Journal Print Co., 1901, 203 pgs. by William Alexander Graham:
ALEXANDER ABERNETHY(Page 59)
Alexander Abernethy was born March the 13th, 1790, and departed this life August 30th, 1865, in the 77th year of his age.Elder Abernethy was born near the Mountain Island Shoal, on the Catawba river, Lincoln county, N.C.He was the son of Smith Abernethy and removed with his father to Dutchman's creek, at an early age.In a few years after, Smith Abernethy, father of A. Abernethy, moved to the South Fork, Lincoln county, N.C. Then in a short time he removed with his father to Rutherford county, N.C., and at the age of 22 years he joined the Methodist society and shortly after professed religion and was licensed to preach.After laboring with the Methodists several years, he and his wife obtained a letter of dismission, and returned to Burke county, near his last residence.Shortly after this he joined the Baptist church.His membership was in Union church till his death.Elder Abernethy was baptized by Hosea Holcombe on the 26th of April, 1817; and was ordained to the work of the gospel ministry by Drury Dobbins and Hosea Holcombe.He labored in that work from his ordination till his death.He was a faithful mininster and with full fellowship with the Church and much loved by all ministers and brethren with whom he mingled and was acquainted.While on his death be he said, "tho' he was weak in body, he was strong in faith" and "though he was called to go through the valley and shadow of death he feared no evil."
1841.Met with Union, in Lincoln, (Mountain Meeting House), but no delegates are recorded in Poe's History from this church.It had been organized by Hosea Holcombe in 1815.Alexander Abernethy succeded him as pastor and served as such for fifty years.He was the only delegate, with one or two exceptions, that ever represented it in an Association.I have no data as to its history while a member of the Broad River Association.There were only four baptisms in seven years.Alexander Abernethy, Miles Abernethy, David Baker, Richard, John and Middleton Rockett, and their families, were among its members.The membership was about twenty. About this time, the place of meeting was changed six or eight miles, to near Alexander Abernethy's residence, in Burke county, and the church appears in the 1843 minutes.