My thought was that Mariah was a woman - although not absolutely impossible for a man's name. If you go to the LDS site, there are 2 (!) ancestries 2 wives, and 2 sets of children for James B. ("Jimmie Dry") Abernathy who appears also to have been a son of Buckner Abernathy who came through North Carolina from Virginia on his way to Tennessee. I need to go back & check the Wilkins H. Abernathy ancestry & descendants.But thanks! Already VERY helpful. Better than the total dead end I had a few eeks ago!