My name is John Birley Abernethy.I am 62 years of age and live at West Pennant Hills, in Sydney.My father was Robert Neil Abernethy.
I read your posting and noticed some very curious similarities in what I know of my family tree.
On 02.05.2001 I posted this (you can see it on the main page):
"I am John Birley Abernethy born Wagga Wagga in 1947.My father was Robert Neil Abernethy, born Quirindi NSW in 1911.My grandfather was john HAMILTON Abernethy.I believe he was born in Walcha NSW.His father was Robert Abernethy whose father was also John Abernethy.I believe that my great-grandfather (Robert) and My great-great-grandfather (John)were both born in Scotland, Probably in HAMILTON......I know that my Grandfather had a brother named Andrew .... ."
The similarity, of course is in the name "Hamilton", and in that fact that Tamworth and Walcha are very close to each other.In fact, I understand that Robert Abernethy (my Great-grandfather) had a general store at a place called Walcha Road, between Walcha and Tamworth.
According to my cousin Ruth Weiss, John Abernethy (my Great, great grandfather) married an Anna Hamilton, in 1851.She died in Glasgow in 1876.He was born in 1817 in Glasgow.
Their surviving children were Robert (my great Grandfather)_ who had the store at Walcha Road); Catherine (Fulton - 1858 - 1896); and ANNA CLARKE (1860 - 1945); also Jessie Gibson.
So clearly we are distant relatives.My great, great grandfather John Abernethy had a daughter named Anna Abernethy who married a Clarke (or Clark).John Abernethy's grandson was named John HAMILTON Abernethy.I really do hope that this helps.
My cousin has made up a beaut book which she presented to me some yars ago - it has all this detail in it.
Looking through this book I have found a beaut photo of ANNA CLARKE (Nee Abernethy).It said that "Annie" married John Clarke on 21.10.1889.