> I will send the reference for this deed, if you are interested.
I would appreciate the reference, thank you. I think that deed may have been mentioned in Gatewood's genealogy book, which has been my primary source for much of what I have on the early Rocketts, despite it's lack of source citations.
> While by close association this certainly seems plausible, thus far I have not managed to find > any documentation whatsoever that the three Rockett siblings (John, Sarah, Richard) married three > Abernathy siblings who were children of James and Elizabeth Cox Abernathy.
Plausible, yes. Documentable evidence, I do not know. One reason for our Y-DNA project is to help clarify which Abernathy/Abernathy lineages really belong where. No doubt there's one for Rockett surname somewhere, too, but I have enough on my plate with just Abernethy and it's variations.
>Proof of these connections would be very useful to both Rockett and Abernathy researchers.
Yes, they would be.
> Permission for the marriage was given by Robert Abernathy, who I suppose we can presume was > Mary's father.
I have seen several persons reference that marriage permission as evidence, but as I do not have either a source citation for it and have never seen it or an actual transcription of it, it therefore remains only a clue insofar as I can determine.
> Other evidence suggests that the Rocketts and Abernathys moved on to Tryon County NC by the > mid-1760s.
One of problems I have with the movement of portions of the Robert Abernathy Lineage is as follows: I do not yet have source information or images of the Tax records of Granville County NC that are the basis of the premis that Robert (3rd) and Robert (4th) were there in 1755. Indeed, I am not even sure that the Robert Sr and Robert Jr weren't Robert (4th) and Robert (5th) instead. The last event for the 3rd Robert in Virginia that I have is in 1740 when he witnessed a will. I do have Virginia Tax data from later on, but none before 1770. And in 1770 _a_ Robert Abernathy (probably the 4th) sold land in Lincoln County NC to Ulrich Crowder. This land was on both sides Leeper's Creek. I can find no record of when the 3rd, 4th, or 5th Robert purchased land in Lincoln County nor when they sold land in VA. There is a Robert Abernathy on the Tax Records for Brunswick County VA for 1782 to 1794, but this Robert has been almost positively identified as a son of John Abernathy Sr. He is also the Robert Abernathy identified as having married Abigail Harwell and purchased land in Lincoln County on 1 Nov 1793 (100 ac land west of Catawba River). I will also freely admit that it was not I but a Harwell researcher who mapped out land purchases of all the Harwells in Lincoln County (and in the process included this Robert's 100 acres) and was kind enough to send me an extremely nice copy for my perusal. I could wish he had done plots a little further north, where still other Abernathys lived, but he was primarly interested in his Harwells, of course.
> Which Robert Abernathy was Mary's father? There were several - I believe three of them - in > Tryon/Lincoln County NC between 1765 and 1790.
There were at _least_ three, possibly 4. Because the 4 sons of the 3rd Robert _ALL_ had a son whom they named Robert and three of them were apparently born within a year of each other! And darned if quite a few of the sons of that next generation didn't have a son they named Robert, as well. By 1790 there were, as best I can determine, the possibility of as many as _seven_ distinctly different Robert Abernathys in that area of North Carolina!! True, one or two of them had to be mere children and not as yet full adults.
> I cannot determine which one was Mary's father.
I'm afraid I can't either, Tim. Because if it was Robert 3rd who was listed on that 1755 Tax list as Robert Sr and the Robert Jr was Robert 4th, _neither_ of them mentioned a daughter Mary or her children in the wills that are ascribed to those two Roberts. And it is not beyond the realm of possibility that one of those Roberts on the Granville County Tax lists was someone else altogether. It may be unlikely, but it's not impossible that it was someone not even related to the Virginia Abernathys.