Here is an excerpt from "The History of The South Fork Baptist Association", published in Lincolnton, N.C. by Journal Print Co., 1901, 203 pgs. by William Alexander Graham:
ELDER WM. ABERNETHY (Page 170)
Elder Wm. Abernethy was a son of Alexander Abernethy.He was ordained to the ministry in 1867, at St. Paul's church.He was a man of fine education, yet because he dressed in homespun, rated himself and uneducated man.He was a dissatisfied dyspeptic and in the Association generally spoke in a bad humor and quarrelsome manner.He originated a new sect and was for it, excluded from Warlick's, but after a short time his crowd disbanded and he returned to the church.He was never reported as pastor of any church in the minutes.His sermons were well prepared but his delivery bad.He died in 1899, aged 78 years.