> I would kind of like to do the DNA but how do I get old Robert Abernathy's DNA.
It is a sadly mistaken idea to believe that anyone has exact data on the DNA of Robert Abernethy of Charles City County VA. Not only do we not know where he was buried, the likelyhood is that if we _did_ know, his remains would most likely have deteriorated beyond the point of being able to collect sufficient (or perhaps any) DNA from the bones. It takes certain conditions to preserve ancient bones sufficiently for DNA to be successfully extracted from them, and there are probably not many experts world-wide who are sufficiently skilled in the extraction process.
The truth of the matter is that it is the DNA that comes from living individuals like yourself that can tell us the story we all wish to learn. Even those like myself who can contribute only encouragement and possibly occasional assistance in funding.
What we have is DNA data of several individuals whose known ancestors, based on proximity of time and location, and DNA evidence from living descendants, to be related to said Robert. One of them is Chris Abernathy, to whom you responded in this forum regarding the pronunciation of your surname. A recent addition is a gentleman who believed his ancestors were named something altogether different until he found out that he'd been unofficially adopted as an infant. But his DNA clearly matches that of the profile that's being developed for the Robert Lineage, and he has now identified his biological Abernathy Father.
I certainly understand why a paper trail can often be exceedingly difficult, but in conbination with traditional genealogy methods, DNA testing offers a possible way around brick walls such as you face with your Turner. At the very least, having your DNA tested adds one more small but vital bit of information to the picture that is being assembled regarding any/all who share the same surname that you and Chris do, however it's spelled or however it's pronounced.
Please visit our website to learn more: we would very much like to have you participate by having your Y-DNA tested.