Long Shoals is right on the border between Lincoln and Gaston Counties, and both have excellent volunteers who've done extensive cemetery research, so I may already have them but in a "not yet connected" folder.
The spelling of Abernathy versus Abernethy seems to be a matter of decision, and I've run into some families where some of the children decided to go with one spelling and some of their siblings chose the other.
> If you know of any stories handed down in the Abernethy family, please let me know.
I, personally, am at least 7 generations removed from my Abernathy ancestors, so I have no stories that aren't already published in the history books.
I hope your friend is pleased with your efforts on her behalf.