John I am from a long line of Abernathy's - starting with my grandmother who was Addie Urzula Abernathy and married William Arnold, her father was Lewis Nelson Abernathy and so on up the line.the abernathy's and Tarpley's all came from Brunswick VA and were all kin!!!I found a lot about them all in the following:Giles County Chancery Court - Woodruf Files A-G 1830-1900File Box C-15 Case 4161 ----george T. Malone, father of Wm. Malone, deceased, died in 1863 leaving his heirs at law, his children:Mary A. Widow of Burwell Abernathy, deceased ---- Also in the Chancery Court File Boxes A-10 was: Burwell Abernathy, died April 1, 1869, Issue (1) Helen age 18; (2) Marsha Ann age 16;(3) Thomas E. abt. 13 (4) Fannie Bayless age 10.And from the Flournoy Rivers Manuacripts we have:David Abernathy(1) Liles Abaernathy (2) Burwell Abaernathy (3) Thomas E. Abernathy (4)
All but David and Liles went to TN
1820 Census Family heads only:
Burwell Abernathy - 14 slaves
Alexander Tarpley married Caty Abernathy she born Jan. 11,1781.Caty Tarpley maried John Abernathy he b. Feb. 23/1785 and died March 7, 1861.
This may not be any help at all but perhaps someone else can use it.If I run into anything else I will let you know.