Posted By:John Abernathy Smith
Subject:Re: Abernathys in Greesville, 1650-1850
Post Date:February 25, 2001 at 18:55:56
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Forum:Greensville County, VA Genealogy Forum
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I am glad there is someone out there! It has been a long while since I posted my query.

I am from Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee, and the Brunswick history is right. A lot of Abernathys migrated here. I am descended from two different and, apparently, unrelated families. Both moved here from Brunswick, but it is more complicated than that. The earliest Abernathys in Virginia seem to have been three generations of Robert Abernathys, who derived from POW exiles from Cromwell's defeat of Scottish forces during the English Civil War. They came to occupy land in Dinwiddie County, but by the early eighteenth century they were joined by a number of apparently unrelated families of the same name--tobacco farmers, I presume, during the expansion of Scottish commerce in the English colonies following the union of the countries in 1707. These families were scattered up and down the Nottoway in Dinwiddie, Brunswick, Greensville and Sussex and frequently crossed back and forth. My maternal great-great-greatgrandfather, Jesse Abernathy (1778-1851), was presumably born in Brunswick, lived back and forth between Brunswick and Dinwiddie, married Lydia Bass in Greensville in 1801 and, after her death, married Rebecca Jackson in Sussex in 1806. He moved to Tennessee in 1828, leaving a daughter, Susannah Clayton Abernathy, who had married James Hall, in Greensville. Another great-greatgrandfather, William David Abernathy (1800-1849), left from Brunswick about the same time but had an uncle, whose children, at least, joined the migration, from Poplar Mound in Greensville County.

I have concluded that we are only going to straighten out this tangled family if we look at them on a four-county basis. The names you cite mean nothing to me personally although I once met a gentleman from Dinwiddie who was descended from a Maston Abernathy.

Take a crack at what I have said, and respond if you have anything to add.