Alice,I have the information you are looking for regarding the parents etc., of Thomas Joshua Abney.
Too much to post here.Please email me directly at MCNIEL2@prodigy.net
His parents were Hezekiah H. Abney b. c1826 AL d. c1870, and Nancy Mary Ellen Milburn b. 1844 AL, d. 1876. Ellen & Hezekiah married 11 Jan 1857 in Caddo Parish, LA.After Hezekiah died, Ellen remarried a W.H. Wood 30 Jan 1872 in Montgomery Co, TX.
When both parents died, Thomas J. & his siblings were placed under the guardianship of their mother's older brother, Joshua Gracie Milburn.They lived in Montgomery Co, TX in 1870; 1880 the Abney children are found in Cooke Co TX, living next to Ellen Milburn Abney's half-brother J.E. (Joseph) Milburn and shown as "nieces" and "nephews" to J.E. Milburn.
I am desc. of the Joshua Gracie Milburn who was their guardian.~Linda