Yes, and the above Robert was also a brother of Mary Abernathy (1789-1829) that married my ancestor, John Farrar Jr. b. 1790. (i.e., a son of the John Farrar that married Elizabeth Abernathy in 1783).
John Farrar ( 1738 - 1808 ) who married Rebecca Puryear and whose descendants and relatives married into the Lincoln Co, NC Abernathys was the uncle of the John Farrar who married Elizabeth Abernathy and then Elizabeth Williams and lived in Lincoln County, TN.>
After years of researching the John Farrar of Lincoln County, NC/TN, I have enough evidence to make a strong case against the above relationship with the John Farrar that married Rebecca Puryear. I am working on a manuscript that focuses on the topic of the parentage of the Lincoln Co., NC/TN John Farrar. This John Farrar played a role in the Transylvania Co. acquisition of the Kentucky lands from the Cherokees, and is mentioned from time to time in Daniel Boone biographies and other historical writings.
They are scarce in mine too. However, it is interesting to note that the Robert Farrar that married Susannah Abernathy and settled in St. Clair Co., Ill. with Susannah's father, Robert Abernathy, named their first child Rebecca, and the above Robert Abernathy and Ann Arpy Duvall named a daughter Rebecca.
I appreciate anything you can find on any Farrar of Mecklenburg, Tyron or Lincoln Co. before 1783.
Yes. There is a bill of sale for a slave named Milly written August 10, 1803 in which Sarah Ann Abernathy explicitly mentions John Farrar, the husband of her daughter, the late Elizabeth Abernathy. Recall the will of Miles Abernathy probated January 1790 in which he does not explicitly name his children or wife, but basically gives her the authority to distribute his estate. Because the will is rather short and terse, I have always suspected it was written just hours or perhaps a few days before his death.
Most Farrar family members believe the above John Farrar died and was buried in Lincoln Co., TN where his will was probated. There is no memorial just a simple rock that marks his resting place. One piece of evidence that suggests he may have died and been buried in Perry County, Mo. is the recording of the above bill of sale of the slave Milly in Perry Co., Mo. on September 7, 1829 (DB1, 217) - less than one year from his death (bef. 19 July 1830 when probate was initiated. He was also not listed in the 1830 census, suggesting he may have died before 1 Jun 1830).
I must say that the evidence you provide for the parentage of James Abernathy is convincing. One factor that I have noticed researching 17th and early to mid 18th century families is that orphaned male children from even wealthy or prominent families were usually bonded out to unrelated individuals in order to learn a trade. In my opinion, this observation further supports your opinion that James was actually a son of Robert and Sarah, rather than a nephew or some other orphaned relative.