States: North Carolina: Lincoln
Hi Otis, I am also an Abernathy descendant. My maternal great great grandmother was Frances Eve Abernathy (born in 1818 in Lincoln County, North Carolina). She married Richard Crow in Lincoln County, North Carolina and they moved to Perry County, Missouri (north of Cape Girardeau County) in the 1840's. She died there in 1891. Frances Eve Abernathy was the daughter of Turner Abernathy (born 1788; died 1859) and Susanna Gooding (born 1798). Turner Abernathy was the son of David Abernathy and Christina Forney. All of these people were from Lincoln County, North Carolina, from what I was told as a child. Many people from Lincoln County, North Carolina relocated to Southeast Missouri (Perry County, Cape Girardeau County, and Bollinger County) between 1815--1850. Many of their descendants remain there today. One of Frances Eve Abernathy's daughters was Nancey Susan Crow (born March 3, 1842, died December 15, 1931). Nancey Susan Crow married Richard Alexander Walker in 1859 in Perry County, Missouri. One of their daughters was Emma Elizabeth Walker (born September 19, 1866 in Perry County, Missouri; died February 14, 1962 in Lutesville (Bollinger County), Missouri). Emma Walker married Peter Emizar Baker. Their youngest daughter, Beulah Baker (born July 29, 1907; died June 28, 1980) was my mother. My Grandmother, Mother, and my Mother's brothers all told me that both the Crows and the Abernathy had a lot of Cherokee blood. Nancey Susan Crow was tall, very dark and looked like a Full Blood according to my Mother, my Grandmother, and my Uncles. My Grandmother and Mother told me Nancey Crow was close to full blood--about 3/4. One of my Uncles told me she was half Cherokee. I have been trying to verify this for several years, but have been unable to figure out who the European members of the family were, and who the Cherokees were. Do you by any chance have any information? Also, there is an old family story that two of Frances Eve Abernathy's sons went to St. Louis in the late 1800's, went into a bar, and got into fight because someone called them blacks (the impolite term)--so they must have been very dark. Most of my family have black hair, dark brown eyes, and olive complexions (I often get mistaken for Italian or Jewish). However, on all the census records I have found, everyone claims to be white. I am wondering if they might have been trying to hide their Cherokee blood, because after 1838, Indians owning land on the East Coast were required to have guardians if they admitted to having more than 1/4 Indian blood. Guardians could sell their land against their wishes, of course. Maybe they continued to have a fear of losing their land--even after they moved to Missouri. I think your ancestor, Joseph Abernathy, would have been a brother to Turner Abernathy. If so, I am guessing the Abernathy's had a lot of Indian blood and that most of them looked Indian rather than European. Do you have any pictures of your ancestors? I do not have any pictures beyond my grandmother. Your postings are the first I have seen also indicating Indian blood in the Abernathy's, and I found what you had to say very interesting, because of the information I was given as a child. There was a Benny Abernathy in Bollinger County when I was growing up. His wife's name was Mildred. I don't think he was a descendant of Frances Abernathy's. It is possible he was a descendant of Joseph Abernathy. I believe he was born in Cape Girardeau County. If I remember correctly, they moved to St. Louis. This would have been in the 1950's. That is all I remember about the Abernathy's. Laura Kinder.
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