Doctor Thomas Edwards Abernathy, Jr

Male 1861 - 1926  (~ 64 years)


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  • Name Doctor Thomas Edwards Abernathy, Jr 
    Title Doctor 
    Suffix Jr 
    Born Feb 1861  Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1926  Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3155  Abernathy, David and Ann Liles
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2008 

    Father Burwell Abernathy,   b. 1824, Giles County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869, Giles County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother Samuella Deweese Tannerhill,   b. Jan 1830, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1902  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1855  Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F352  Group Sheet

    Family Mary E Selman,   b. Abt 1872, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1903  Rome, Floyd County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edward Selman Abernathy,   b. 26 Apr 1903, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1977, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 12 Mar 2008 
    Family ID F355  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Feb 1861 - Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1903 - Rome, Floyd County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1926 - Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 1910 Census Hamilton County, Tennessee
      1920 Census Hamilton County, Tennessee
      1930 Census Hamilton County, Tennessee
    • DR. THOMAS EDWARDS ABERNATHY, one of the most prominent members of the medical profession in Chattanooga, was born and reared near Pulaski in Giles county, Tennessee, where he received his early education. He later attended the University of Louisville and received his degree from the medical department in 1893. In May of the same year he located in Chattanooga and has engaged in practice here continuously since that time. In 1904 he took a post-graduate course at the New York Polyclinic. During his career as a practicing physician he has held a number of positions of responsibility and honor. From 1896 to 1904 he was chairman of the Hamilton county board of health, and from 1904 to 1912 was a member of the Tennessee state board of health, and at one time president of the latter organization. He is a member of the leading medical societies of the country, and in 1908 was president of the Chattanooga Academy of Medicine. For a number of years he has been a consultant of the medical staff of the Baroness Erlanger Hospital, and at one time chief of staff; is one of the local surgeons of the Southern Railway Company. He is president of the local United States pension board, and during the world war was a member of the medical advisory board and served as physician for a number of charitable institutions during this period. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South; is a Mason, Knight Templar and a Shriner.

      The doctor is of Scotch ancestry and descended from the Burwells and Abernathys of Virginia. His father, Burwell Abernathy, was a native of Giles county and was one of its leading citizens. He was an extensive cotton planter and prominent in the religious and civil affairs of the county. The grandfather of Dr. Abernathy, Thomas Edwards Abernathy, was born in Virginia but moved to Tennessee in pioneer days and here spent the remainder of his life. He was known as a prosperous and influential citizen.

      On the maternal side Dr. Abernathy is descended from Lieutenant Josiah Tannehill and Captain John Wilkins, both of whom fought in the Revolution. His mother, Samuella D. Abernathy, was born in Lexington, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Wilkins Tannehill, who came from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Nashville when a young man to market the product of the large salt works of southern Illinois owned by his uncle, Hon. William Wilkins, who was United States senator in 1831-1834; secretary of war, 1844-1845; and minister to Russia. Wilkins Tannehill was the author of “Tannehill's Masonic Manual,” and editor in 1831 of the Nashville Herald. On April 22, 1851, he laid the cornerstone of the first public school in South Nashville. He was prominent in Masonry, and was for seven times chosen as grand master of the Grand Jurisdiction of Tennessee, and was eminent commander of the first commandery of Knights Templars of the state. He was the orator on the occasion of laying the cornerstone of the state capitol. On June 9, 1819, he delivered the address of welcome to President Monroe, who was on that day a visitor to Nashville. On May 5, 1825, he welcomed General LaFayette in behalf of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. He has four grandsons now living, namely: Admiral Albert G. Berry, U. S. N.; Admiral Albert Gleaves, U. S. N.; Farmer D. Bayless, a prominent business man of Nashville; and Dr. Thomas E. Abernathy of this review.

      Dr. Abernathy had three sisters: Helen A., deceased, who was the wife of Dr. George D. Butler; Mrs. Robert D. Abernathy; and Miss Fannie Abernathy of Pulaski. In 1900 Dr. Abernathy was married to Miss Mary Elizabeth Selman, of Crystal Springs, Georgia, a daughter of Dr. W. L. Selman, a prominent physician of that state. Dr. and Mrs. ABERNATHY have one child, a son, Edwards Selman Abernathy, who is now a student in the University of Virginia. (Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 2, John Trotwood Moore and Austin P. Foster, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1923, pp. 444-445)


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