Rev. John Wesley Abernethy is my Great Grandfather and he is burried in the Old Matthews, NC Cemetery with his wife Martha Anne Rea and mamy of his children and grandchildren. There are three Abernethy Plots in the Old Matthews Cemetery.I am trying to research the roots of John Wesley Abernethy. A cousin, Wesley Abernethy, has John Wesley's family bible which has information on his marriage to Martha but nothing on his parents.No Abernethy attended his wedding ceremony---only Rea(s). The best information that I have to date is that JW was the son of Robert Abernethy (b. Mar 1781 in VA and died 27 Apr, 1872 in Catawba County) who married Martha Elizabeth Jennings Asbury (b. 26 Jan 1793 in NC/d. 6 Jan 1859 Catawba Co.) on 14 Oct. 1808.JW was their 10th child and Susannah "Sussy" was their third child who married a Gibbs.I have some concern that this linkage is correct because all of the census information indicates that JW and his mother and father were born in NC (Robert was not).JW was a Methodist Circuit Minister and I have records of churches that he was assigned from the Methoidist Historical group.It shows that there was both a Rev. JW Abernethy and a Rev. JW Abernethy and indicates different churches.While it is possible that there was a mispelling of the last name (which happens frequently with me), there is still a possibliity that there were 2 JWs in the Charlotte area. The Methodist Church Historical Group also sent me copies of several documents that JW wrote and they were signed John Wesley AbernEthy. My JW's last church was the Matthews Methiodist Church.
So right now, the best information that I have is "Betty" was my great great grandmother.One day I would like to feel comfortable with this with some official paper that Identifies JW's parents!Please contact me if you have any additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org