Is John a son of Elijah Abston and Frances (Unknown) or is his motherEunice Nix?I have located some references at Rootsweb that indicate John was the only son of Elijah Abston and his second wife Eunice Nix.With the daughter of John and and 3rd wife Rebecca Wright being named Nancy Nix Abston the Eunice Nix connection seems correct. In 1850 Warren Co, MS census Rebecca Wright is living with mother [no male head of house listed] and her siblings. Her mother's given name was Nancy.John and Rebecca married 25 June 1854 In the 1840 census of Bibb Co., AL Olive Abstance(Abston) is already listed as head of house. John must have left about 1833 as the youngest child in the 1850 census is 17. In 1858 a John Abston purchased 39+ acres of land in Madison Parish, LA.This is the parish just south of Carroll where John and Rebecca were residing in 1860 and where John died. In 1840U.S. Census, a John Abston is listed in the census of Madison Parish, LA.The household consisted of 1 male between 0-5; one male between 20-30; one male between 40-50; and one female between 20-30. I wonder if this is the John Abston married to Olive.If so, then they may have another child who went with him at the time he left AL.Seems that doing the math John Abston and Olive would have been about 30 when Siney (married Guston Ambrose in 1841, d 1858) was born.That would leave plenty of time for them to have had other children assuming they married at the usual early 20's age.Or, maybe John had another wife before Olive and this is a child from that marriage, or the above mentioned John Abston isn't even that the John Abston married to Olive Hart, Susanne Bell, and Rebecca Wright.
In 1850 John Abston and wife Susanne were living in Warren Co., MS where John was an overseer for Henry Quinn. I case you haven't done the geography Carroll Parish (now East and West Carroll parishes) and Madison Parish are located just west of the Mississippi River and across from Vicksburg, Warren County, MS.John and Rebecca's move from Warren Co., MS to Carroll Parish, LA was just "a hop and a skip."It was very common in ante-bellum period for the large plantation owners to live in Vicksburg and have their agricultural activities located on the LA side of the river where the ground was flatter and more fertile.