Faye: I have seen Abner McGarity (1780-1832) date of death as 1828, but 1830 census and other sources seem to confirm 1832. Have not seen any other date of birth but 1780. Concur that this Abner was married to Mary Scales (1787-1872), but I had not previously seen him referred to as John Abner. The latter, if correct, may help clear up some questions as to Abner's antecedents, for which I have several possibilities.
As to my line, it is (John) Abner McGarity (1780-1832), John C. McGarity (1807-1893), John Cass McGarity (1848-1910), David Abner McGarity (1881-1949), Leonard Wilson McGaritySr. (1912-1977), and Leonard Wilson McGarity Jr. (1955-) (me).