There is an error being posted about the genealogical record of John Abington of Scotland, b. 1736 married between 1757 and 1759.His wife was Mary Watson born around 1740.
The error is one that claims Sarah Taylor was his second wife.After several days of research, in my opinion and supported by the evidence I've collected on-line, Sarah Taylor WAS NOT John Abington's wife.Sarah Taylor was the wife of John and Mary's son Bowles Abington who fought in the Revolutionary War.Bowles Abington married Sarah Taylor around 1799 in Stokes County, NC.She may have been living with her father-in-law when the census was taken but she was not his wife.I saw some reference on a genealogical site that claimed the marriage between Sarah Taylor and John Abington, of Scotland.Double check what you find by researching all parties to a marriage, and their children.Sometimes evidence is cleared up by additional evidence found for children.The records can get confusing when a younger family names their children after the older family.Then you have many children of the same names but born different years.In older days, it was common for children to live with their parents to help out, especially farmers.In times of war, those who go to fight send their families to live with their parents.Census records do not always have all the information.I frequently find misspelled names in my research.
John Abington of Scotland, and his wife Mary Watson had at least five children:Bowles Abington (1760 MD/VA), Lucy Abington (1762), John Abington (1764), Elizabeth Abington (1766), and Henry Abington (1768).
The error in the record is the result of a story posted on genealogical sites in 1976, which appeared in a book "Pioneer Families of Missouri", by Bryan, Wm. S. and Robert Rose, page 127.St. Louis, Mo., Bryan, Brand & Co., 1876.This story tells of children between Sarah Taylor and John Abington.This is an error. The story is not well written with a brief reference of Johan and Sarah as man and wife but upon closer scrutiny of the genealogical records, everything points to Sarah Taylor as the wife of Bowles Abington and NOT John Abington.
I believe the gods of coincidence could not pull off the joke of two wives sharing the same name for two different husbands living in the same house together and both wives bearing children with the same names!That was what sparked an interest in my researching the story's credibility.
Bowles Abington and Sarah Taylor had at least 7 children together:William N. Abington (1800), John T. Abington (Sept. 11, 1801), Susan C. Abington (1803 VA), Taylor Abington (1806), Bowles Abington (1808), Henry Abington (1810 VA), and Lucy Abington (1812).Bowles, who died in 1833, may have had a wife, before Sarah Taylor, who is unknown and they had two sons born 1790, which may have been twins.There is no record of what happened to this first wife and children and they may have died at birth.
I came to the conclusion John Abington, of Scotland, and Sarah Taylor were not married to each other based on genealogical evidence, collected on Bowles Abington who served in the Revolutionary War, information collected on his children, and the genealogical information collected on Sarah Taylor, in addition to evidence collected on John Abington and Mary Watson, plus family information given to me by other members of my family.There is no evidence showing a marriage between John Abington and Sarah Taylor.The story in the book "A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri," does not show any dates or reference any evidence to support its claims.This has led to confusion of some researchers as to who was John Abington's wife.Mary Watson was John's wife, NOT Sarah Taylor.
For my branch of the Abington Family, we now see that William Taylor (1727) and Sarah Scruggs (1740) were married and they had Mary Watson (1740 - 1830) who married John Abington, of Scotland.They had, in addition to other children, Henry Abington, brother of Bowles Abington of the Revolutionary War, Henry married Elizabeth (unknown maiden name), and was the father of William F. Abington and Francis Abington.William F. Abington married Francis Shelton, who had William A. Abington, who married Susan G. Kirkpatrick, who had Leland Carter Abington, who married Lula Winona Hall, who had Don Lacy Abington, who married Agnes Jewell Walker, who had Richard William Abington, who married Edith Jewell Sawyer, who had Walter Lacy Abington, Sr., who married Brenda Lynne Tolles, who had Walter Lacy Abington, II.That's my branch, and I'm sticking to it, or until someone proves to me I have my info wrong. :)