States: Tennessee: McNairy
M.R. Abernathy was my great grandfather and is buried in Selmer tn. He was born in Athens Ala.in 1843 and came to McNairy co. Tn. in 1866-67. He was an educator and started a private school in Purdy,Tn..He married Rachael Cox of Adamsville, Tn.,and they had five boys and I believe four girls.He was a very well respected person of his time and so were all his children.The Abernathy's got into the newspaper business in the 1870's and the current Independent Appealin Selmer, Tn. is the direct product of their efforts.I have researched the family on both the Abernathy and Ramsey side of the family. M.R.'s father was a physician in Athens, Ala.and a surgeon in the Civil War.His mother was Sarah Ramsey from Chatam Cty. N.C.who moved with her father Mial to Lincoln Cty.Tn.M.R. died on the last day of the 1800'sand is buried in Oak Hill Cemetary,Selmer Tn.
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