A 2 Aug 1652 land grant of 700 acres on branches of Bayliss Creek in Charles City County, VA, towards the south side of said creek, was given to Robert West for the transportation of 14 persons. As best as I can make out they are :Robert, Susannah, and John West, Daniel Evans, Jeffrey Phillips, John Reeves, George Willet, John Coppage ?, Nancy Bowman, Mary Owen, Sam Jarinjoe ?, Ham Wentworth, Jane Connelly, and Robert Abernathy, spelled here Ebernathell. (West, Robert, grantee, Virginia, Colonial Land Office Patents, 1623-1744, Library of Virginia Archives)
A 1654 petition of Robert Tilghman, a Virginia merchant, to the Lord Protector. He, Robert Tilghman, had been detained in England a long time as an informer regarding the selling of some soldiers in the Islands of Virginia and Barbadoes and he wants free passage for himself, his wife and two children on the next ship from England to the West Indies. (Library of Virginia Colonial Records, Survey Records 1654, Library of Virginia Archives)
On 12 Sep 1656, Susannah Tillman of Bishopgates, London, wife of Robert Tillman, a merchant, aged 34, gives evidence in the suit of Swanley and Company against George Johnson involving 34 hogsheads of Virginia tobacco. "See report on the ship Providence". (High Court of Admiralty - Instance and Prize Courts, Examinations. Virginia Colonial Records, Survey Reports, Library of Virginia Archives)
Robert Abernathy, born in Scotland about 1630 ?, is very likely a captured Scottish soldier in a London jail who was bought and transported in 1652 by Robert West for the land on Bayliss Creek in Virginia. Robert West likely sold the five year indenture of Robert Abernathy to the Tillmans or Parhams or Cubishas who probably needed Robert Abernathys services as a soldier to fight the Indians or to marry one of their daughters. He, Robert, was probably a fine looking fellow. Charlie Abernathy
I plan of putting my family tree on the internet if I can get it in shape and figure out how to upload it. I am getting older and have been doing genealogy off and on since 1992 when my grand child Melissa came home from school and said the teacher wanted her family tree. I thought about it and remembered my dad had said that we came from Illinois. That's all I knew. Luckily my cousin Bobby Abernathy had started genealogy and he helped me.