> (1) I received a PDF file from an Abernathy descendant in Lincoln Co., NC, who has 11 children listed
> for David and Christine, (not the "usual" 9).
At one time my own database had two possible additional children for David and Christina, Otis, based upon two entries in the Giles County Cemetery Book. They were possibly twins, only one of whom survived infancy, but the evidence was insufficient and utterly lacking proof positive that the two individuals were, in fact, children of David and Christina. I have, as yet, found no other evidence (especially not contempory documentation!) to substantiate the presumed link, so have removed them from linkage with Christina and David.
> (2) A file I also received,( from a descendant of Rev. Jos. T., and his son, Rev. David N.), lists
> a: DRUCILLA - b. 1854 d. young; born to Rev. Jos. T. and wife Sarah Elizabeth (Mobley).
Not, this bit could well be supporting evidence for some kind of linkage since Drusilla was a name that can be found in some of the Abernathy lines. So, too, however, is David, Robert, Turner, Miles, and many others; and the occurance of a given name is not, in and of itself, proof positive. My database has something on the order of just under 40 Miles Abernathys, many of whom are found in lines not exactly closely related to one another.
> (3) This same file has a son of Rev. David N. as: David TURNER Abernathy. NOTE: Rev. David's wife was
> Millie Epperson, (obviously not Turner).
Turner is another one of the more common names amongst the Abernathys, found on many lineages, some of whom are rather remote from others.
One cannot build one's case exclusively on the occurance of given names, Otis. Especially with the various Abernathy lines. It seems that with them, once one set of parents bestows an unusual name on a son it is almost immediately followed by a dozen or more cousins giving their next boy the very same unusual given same.
> (4) "My" David, (b. 1790 NC), was on the Maury Co. TN tax list, listed as a David Jr., in the household of
> David Abernathy, (b. 1752 VA), who is therein listed as: "David Sr."! NOTE: He is listed next to brothers:
> Ephraim and Milton P., so there can be no mistake about this!
The fact that he is listed next to Ephraim and Milton does not, in and of itself alone, prove that he is a brother, Otis. There are several other Davids who presently remain unaccounted for, one of whom is a nephew of David and Christina: a son of David's brother John and Christina's sister Susanna. To the best of my knowledge, no one has any data on this nephew other than date of birth.
> ALSO: David Turner Abernathy b. 1726 VA, died in 1814, in Lincoln County NC, so this David Sr. CANNOT be him!
You must understand: the terms "Sr" and "Jr" as used back in the late 1700's is not at all as they are used today. Today they are often part of a specific name and denote relationship, whereas back then they merely denoted the respective ages of two identically named individuals who may or may not have been blood relations.
The David Abernathy who was born in 1726 VA and died 1814 in NC wrote a will which begins "I David Abernathy Senr. of the State of North Carolina and County of Lincoln.....". The bulk of his estate went to his son Miles, since as he stated, "Having heretofore given to my children....all the property I intended to give them and which I judged consistent with my circumstances, and considering my son Miles Abernathy, having charge of myself and his mother in old age, after my own and my wife's decease, I do hereby do give and bequeath unto my son, Miles Abernathy... ".
On the issue of a middle name for the David who died in 1814 in NC, there is no contemporary evidence that he ever had a middle name at all. There is at least one individual who persists in applying a German naming convention to non-German individuals simply because it helps her keep them straight in her head when she looks at her database's index (which is so large, I seriously doubt she has even done a tenth of the needed research). No matter that the individuals are anything other than German (the Abernathys are Scots-English), no matter the damage she has done to other incautious genealogy researchers who see her database and think she has evidence of a middle name when she has nothing of the sort! I know: I asked her why she did it and she told me.
As for the primary source for the "authorative" list of the children of David Abernathy and Christina Forney, it would, I think, be a little difficult to discredit their grandson's letter to Elizabeth Denty Abernathy (as published by Mable B. McClure's booklet) delineating his father and grandfather's siblings without at the same time casting serious doubt on everyone else's similar recitations of family lineage.