I'm sorry, Charlie, but I do -=NOT=- believe this to be "our" Robert 'AEbernethell' who was 19 when he arrived here on these shores over the winter of 1651-2. The then laws in that Virginia colony covering his bondservant time and the legal prohibitions against him marrying until he was a freed man are THE reason, in my humble opinion, for the existence of the so-called "Cow Document" dated 3 May 1657. Citations for the then laws of the Virginia colonies can be found in Richard B. Morris' "Government and Labor in Early America, published by Columbia University Press, NY, and in William Waller Hening's "The Revised Code of the Laws of Virginia" published by Thomas Ritchie Company, Richmond, VA in 1819, volumn I, p. 257 giving the specific info that leads to aconviction by me and Margaret that "our" Robert was only 19 years old that winter he arrived and became legally free only on or very shortly before 3 May 1657 when he married Sarah Cubisha and provided for her (and his!) daughter's dower. That "Cow Document" is also a reason that I do *NOT* believe him to be a scion of the Baronial Abernethy family of Scotland due to an inability to sign his own name and the legal laws by King James First of Scotland (mid-1460's) decreeing a University education of the aristocracy. Besides, a great-great-granddaughter of the 6th Baron of Saltoun clearly had far better handwriting than I _ever_ aspired to. As witness her 1749 Will in the Commissariot Record of Aberdeen's Registry of Testaments (1564-1800) and neither "our" Robert nor his new wife could sign their own names in 1657!
I believe that more correct birth/death dates for "our" Robert, first on these shores, are birth by 3 Apr 1633 and death by 3 Feb 1685 (attachment awarded to Ben Foster against the estate of Robert Abernathy for 200 lbs of tobacco), Court orders, 1656-1685. I also note that the Find-a-Grave website has his birth year as 1624 and his death as Jan 1684. Of course this was back when the calender year change did not happen until March, not January, which just goes to show that earlier research errors continue to promulgate unchecked via the Internet.