I have not been able to identify the parents of my ancestor Charles Burke Abernethy of Gaston Co., NC; I have only been able to rule out possibilities. Is anyone working on his line?
The separate research efforts of Miss Rozella Abernethy and Rev. Edward Smith put forth the theory that Charles Burke Abernethy was the probable son of Nathan Abernethy and Eve Cline. Without going into details, after compiling much information on Nathan and Eve, I have discounted this possibility. The fact that he is buried at the Abernethy family cemetery on Turner Road in the Hickory Grove neighborhood of Gaston County, NC may lead to the discovery that he is related to the family of James S. Abernethy, buried there. He may also be the son of Nathan Abernethy, youngest son of Robert & Sarah Abernethy, who is buried at Mount Ruhama Church in Catawba Co., North Carolina. Another idea put forth in 1998 by Rev. Smith is that Charles Burke Abernethy might have been the son of Eli Abernethy, and that James Abernethy who married Ritty Abernethy might have been Burke's brother. Eli Abernethy was a brother of James S. Abernethy, and lived in the area. I found that Eli did have a son named Charles, but he was born in 1836 in Indiana and was enumerated in the census there.