I can tell you for certain that Dr. Abraham ABNEY & Cassandra (MEREDITH?) were definitely NOT the parents of Pvt. Paul ABNEY/ABNER m. Rhoda NORMAN.
Important clues to prove that Pvt. Paul was not a son of Dr. Abraham: 1. Pvt. Paul could neither read nor write... difficult to believe of the son of a doctor. 2. Pvt. Paul habitually used the surname ABNER. Dr. Abraham’s known descendants never used the surname ABNER. 3. Pvt. Paul enlisted in the Continental Army FROM VIRGINIA. If he was living in South Carolina at the time, why would he travel two states away to join the war in Albemarle County? There was plenty of American Revolution in South Carolina! Would he leave his family behind in the midst of a war to fight the same enemy from another state? NO! Furthermore, he was fur-loughed AT HOME, IN VIRGINIA, not in South Carolina! 4. Both Pvt. William & Pvt. Paul enlisted in the Continental Line from Virginia. For the same reason as #3 above, it is unreasonable to believe that Pvt. William would enlist in Virginia if he were living in South Carolina. 5. However, if Privates Paul & William were brothers, why would they leave their family in South Carolina, travel two states away, and join DIFFERENT units?