You bring up the excellent point of documentation.Mine is "weak" in the sense that this is what other researchers have given to me.I do NOT mean to imply that what they have said is wrong, or to in any way imply that they are untrustworthy, just that I don't have "strong" evidence of official records.So...
My source for William A. Abston is Linda Nicholson. My sources for David Allen Abston are Linda Nicholson and Billy Abston. My source for David M. Abston is James H. Smith.
This is the information that I have:
William Allen Abston (b. 1790, Hampton, SC, d. 1841, Tuscaloosa, AL) married Mary B. Arnett (b. 1805, Hampton, SC, d. after 1860) in 1826 in Dallas Co., AL.Source: Linda Nicholson.They had the following children:
1. male (b. between 1820-1825) - James H. Smith 2. female (b. about 1827) - Linda Nicholson 3. William Rufus King Abston (b. 9/26/1829, Dallas Co., AL) - Linda Nicholson 4. Derol L. Abston (b. 1831, d. 1878) - Linda Nicholson 5. David Allen Abston (b. 2/5/1834, Dallas Co., AL, d. 8/11/1907) - Linda Nicholson, Billy Abston 6. Elijah John Abston (b. 1835, d. 1866) - Linda Nicholson 7. female (b. 1835) fraternal twin of E.J.A.? - James H. Smith 8. John N. Abston (b. 1838, Dallas Co. AL, d. 11/12/1897, Tuscaloosa, AL) - Linda Nicholson
David Allen Abston (b. 2/5/1824) married Rachel A. Merchant abt. 1870(sources: L. Nicholson, Billy Abston).They had the following children:
1. Jasper Newton Abston (b. 2/16/1871, d. 7/25/1943) - Billy Abston 2. Henry Newton Abston (b. 2/16/1871, d. 2/29/1848) - Billy Abston 3. Sarah Elizabeth Abston (b. abt. 1877) - Billy Abston 4. Charles C. Abston (b. 1/7/1880, d. 8/1969) - Billy Abston, James H. Abston 5. Eugene Ward Abston (b. 7/28/1883, d. 5/28/1950) - James H. Smith
Note that there are 2 Henry Newton Abstons: 1. H.N. Abston, son of David Allen Abston (see above) 2. H.N. Abston, son of Jasper Newton Abston (see above).H.N. Abston (b. 2/28/1902, d. 3/1981) - Billy Abston
Similarly, there are 2 Jasper Newton Abstons! 1. J.N. Abston, son of David Allen Abston (see above) 2. J.N. Abston, son of Henry Newton Abston (see above).J.N. Abston (b. 8/9/1925) - James H. Smith
To sum up this confusing situation, David Allen and Rachel Abston apparently had twin sons, Jasper Newton and Henry Newton Abston.Each of these twins named one of their sons for the his brother.
The elder Henry N. Abston married Daisy Bell Lee on 3/2/1923.In addition to Jasper N. Abston, they had the following children:
2. David M. Abston (b. abt. 1936?) - James H. Smith 3. Willie May Abston - James H. Smith 4. Ruth Abston - James H. Smith 5. Mary Abston - James H. Smith 6. Elizabeth Abston - James H. Smith 7. Connie Abston - James H. Smith
My line is from Elija Abston (father of William A., above) to son George Jennings Abston, to son Henry Jennings Abston, to son Ira Arthur Abston, to daughter Lillian Daphne Abston, to son Jerrold Arthur Yetter, to me.