The scene is the Nottoway River valley between Brunswick and Dinwiddie counties.Charles and Alice lived in Dinwiddie, which, unfortunately, is a burned out county.William Short lived across the Nottoway in Brunswick, and his will was probated there.William Abernathy lived in both Dinwiddie and Brunswick, and Laban and Harmon lived mainly in Dinwiddie.
How do we know these things?I own a copy of an account book of William Abernathy that mentions Laban and a copy of Charles Clayton Abernathy's Memento for his Children.There is one suit in the one surviving court book for Dinwiddie County that mentions William, Laban and Harmon, and their land and personal property are listed in the land and personal property tax rolls at the Library of Virginia in Richmond (these state records survived even when Dinwiddie Court House burned during the Civil War battle of Five Forks).Somewhere Elizabeth Ferguson has published information on the Cain wives of Laban and Harmon.
I assume that Laban and his sons and one of Harmon's sons came to Davidson County, Tennessee, in 1808 or thereabout.Although William's family mainly moved to Giles County, Laban and his offspring stayed in the area around White's Creek.
There is no information involving Charles's parents.A DNA project headed by Elizabeth Ferguson, among others, has proved a connection between the Robert Abernathys and the Charles Abernathys and the David Abernathys.I, for one, have not conceded that this means that Charles and David are children of Robert II or children or grandchildren of Robert I.The family tradition in both the Charles and David lines (my ancestors) is of origins in Scotland, but we have as little knowledge of this possibility as we do of multiple sons for Robert I or Robert II.So my conclusion is that we just do not know.I am not, however, pessimistic about ever knowing.We have come a long way in the last several years.
I would like to know more about Laban's line.Why not contact me by email and let me share with you what I can and let you share the same with me.