Thank you for looking at the possible connection between my great great grandfather, William Abercrombie, 1798 to 1859, last of Marshall County, WV, and your Robert and Alexander Abercrombie of Monongalia County, West Virginia.The counties are indeed so close that it really does call for some wonder as to some tie!
You mentioned a John Abercrombie from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania at an earlier date than William as a possible connection as well.I do believe this is a very likely possibility.There was a James and (I believe his wife) Margaret Abercrombie of Donegal Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania dating around the early 1800s--Margaret dying Aug. 20, 1825 and James dying 1835.I believe this James Abercrombie could have been the father of my great, great grandfather William. I have found marriages and church records and other misc. recordsfor William's family members (sons and daughters) in both Marshall County, WV as well as the neighboring Washington County, Pennsylvania--the same county and even same area--West Alexander, Donegal Township--as James.I also have the will and probate records for James Abercrombie of Donegal Township, Washington County,Pennsylvania, naming a William Abercrombie as his son and the executor of his estate. (There were other children but no living wife named in that will as well.)There is so much a connection that it does seem strongly to me as if William's ties to Donegal Township, just outside of West Alexander, Washington County, PA were quite marked, making a good possible connection between William and the James of Donegal Township, Washington County.Incidently, this James which I believe is William's grandfather also had a son named James who would have been William's brother if this is a proper connection.In addition, my great great grandfather William had a son named James who was later located in Ohio County, WV.(So there are a lot of James Abercrombies!)
But I believe the James Abercrombie of Donegal Township, Washington County, PA, died 1835, is a good bet for my great, great, great grandfather and for the father of William Abercrombie, 1798 - 1859.
As for John Abercrombie, Washington County, PA was part of Allegheny County at one time which MIGHT cause us to look at a connection between James and John, both of Pennsylvania.Also, my records show the James Abercrombie of Donegal Township, Washington County, was a Covenanter in his religion. The John Abercrombie from Allegheny County which you mentioned was listed as an earlier member, PRIOR TO 1816, of the Raccoon Church, Candor, PA along with the records of Montours Presbyterian Church--the church being of the Presbyterian religion which the Covenanters had more connections with than probably any other religious entity.I have not made any connections nor do I even have any educated thoughts which would connect James Abercrombie of Donegal / Washington County, PA to the John Abercrombie of Allegheny County, PA, but I think this connection is worth considering.
Incidently, if this helps, I have the newspaper listing for the death of Margaret Abercrombie, the woman I believe to be the wife of James Abercrombie of Washington County.Margaret died on August 20, 1825, and the newspaper lists her as being 52 years old, giving her an approximate birth year of 1773.If this is correct, then we could have some idea of a timeline for James Abercrombie as well.
Let's see what we could place together by using some of the dates and other information that we have!
Chris (Abercrombie) Stevens