This is from "Granville County North Carolina Road Records", Volume 1, 1747 - 1799, pp. 59, 71. Stewart E. Dunaway.( This is from a photo copy of the original record )
"Smith's Creek to Cedars Ordinary - 1763
To the worship of the Court of Granville County - the petition of the sundry inhabitants of Smith's Creek humbly showeth that they are want of a road laid out of a road about a mile below Cedar's Ordinary to run a north course on a ridge between m.~ Abernathy and young Capt. Abernathy to a road laid out from Foxes Store to the country line your petitioners are in duty bound and shall ever pray.
signed: James Moore, Richard Moore, William Banks, George H. Rose, Ellis Marques, Charles Tankersley, John Jackson, John Johnston, Isham Harris, Joseph Kimbral, William Spruant, Nathan Babcock (?), Matthew Roberson, John Bowden, William Bowden, John Rust, Henry Long, James Abernathy, William Wood, Adam Spardue (?), Lewis Ballard, Michael Duprey."
( These men signed their own names. James Abernathy in this petition was 20 years old and recently married to Elizabeth Cox who was the daughter of George Cox and Eleanor Lamkin and a sister-in-law to John Rust who signed the petition. John Rust had married Elizabeth Cox's sister Sarah and may have introduced Captain James Abernathy of the Granville Militia toElizabeth Cox. The m.~ Abernathy above probably refers to Miles Abernathy who married Sarah Ann Jones. They seem to have used the " ~ " to abbreviate anything they felt like abbreviating at the time and thought was easy for anyone who might read it to figure out. James Abernathy had married and left home. An Ordinary was a tavern and guest house that also served meals. )
This is from the samebook "Granville County North Carolina Road Records" and is from a photo copy of the original record
"Jury to lay out road - Callers Ordinary to Foxes Ferry
Granville CountyMay Court 1763 Ordered that Robert Caller Robert Abernathy Robert Abernathy Junior Jonathan Johnson Ellis Marquis William Banks John Jackson Joseph Hackney James Moore Richard Moore John Bowden John Hawkins Phillip Burris John Stroud George Rose James Lester John Howard John Gilbert John Nicholson John Dunkin or any twelve of them lay out a road to extend towards Foxes Ferry & leading out of the road about a mile below Callers Ordinary a North course upon a ridge between Robert Abernathys & Robert Abernathy Jr to a road laid out from the country line to Foxes Ferry. John Stroud was appointed overseer of the said road when laid out & all the hands between Smiths Creek & the North side of the Trading Road were ordered to open the same & to keep it in repair according to law.
TestementDaniel WaldonCounty Clerk"
( No signatures of the jury. The first record is a petition from some Granville County taxpayers asking that a road be constructed and the second record is the county court telling a jury of citizens to build a road. May not be the same road. The whole area covered in these two records is just a few miles. This is likely Robert Abernathy, 3rd generation in America, and wife Mary and son Robert Abernathy 4 who married Sarah Abernathy. Robert Abernathy 5, brother of James, may not have married yet and was still living with parents. The country line meant county line or the North Carolina - Virginia border line.
The Trading Road is the old, old Indian trail that the Southern Indians [ Cherokees ] used to trade with the Virginia Indians [ Pocahontas ]. Roger Tillman traveled on the Trading Road to trade with the Indians in the 1600s.
Soon after 1763 Captain James Abernathy and others were making expeditions to what would become the present day Gaston County,North Carolina area where James had some land grants - see message #3183 and #3167 and replies on this Abernathy Gen Forum message board. About 1768 James Abernathy and wife Elizabeth Cox moved their family to what is now present day Gaston County, NC on the Catawba River where they ran the Abernathy Ferry. The James Abernathy family took up one corner of the Hebron Baptist Church when it was built before 1785 near the Ferry.)