William Abernathy

Male Abt 1700 - 1780  (~ 80 years)


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  • Name William Abernathy 
    Born Abt 1700  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Dec 1780  Winchester, Winchester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1808647897  Abernathy, William and Sarah Samuels
    Last Modified 6 Aug 2013 

    Family Sarah Ann Samuels,   b. Abt 1700,   d. Aft 1780, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Children 
     1. John Abernathy,   b. Bef 1740, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1806, Hampshire County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
     2. Elizabeth Abernathy,   b. Abt 1742,   d. Bef 1780  (Age ~ 38 years)
     3. James Abernathy,   b. Abt 1744, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1824, Morgan County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
    +4. Samuel Abernathy,   b. Abt 1748, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1839, Hampshire County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)
    +5. William Abernathy,   b. Abt 1758, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Sep 1804, Hampshire County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
     6. Sarah Abernathy,   b. Abt 1758, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Aug 1832, Montgomery County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     7. Eleanor Abernathy,   b. Abt 1760, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1780  (Age ~ 21 years)
     8. Anne Abernathy,   b. Abt 1762, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1780  (Age ~ 19 years)
    Last Modified 6 Aug 2013 
    Family ID F1079610274  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1700 - Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Dec 1780 - Winchester, Winchester County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From Elizabeth Ferguson at http://bellsouthpwp.net/n/s/nss8660/DNA/DNA.html

      The Will of
      William Abernatha
      24 Sep 1780
      Frederick County, VA
      In the Name of God - Amen. I William Abernatha of the said County and Common Wealth being at present (tho sick and weak of Body yet of perfect Mind and Memory thanks be to Almighty God) but calling to Mind the uncertainty of this frail and Mortal Body, and that it is appointed for all Men once to die and After Death to come to Judgment Do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First, and principally I recommend my Soul to Almighty God my creator who Gave it Assuredly believing that I shall receive full Pardon and free Remission of all my Sins and Obtain everlasting Life in and thro the Precious Death and Merits of Jesus Christ my Blessed Savior and Redeemer and my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be Decently Buried in a Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named. And as for such Worldly Goods and Estate with which it has pleased the Almighty to bless me with in this Life I Give and bequeath in manner and form following (Viz)
      Imprimis. I will that all my just Debts and funeral Charges be fully paid and Satisfied.
      Item. I Give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife Sarah Abernatha One Feather Bed and Furniture and so long as my Sons William and Samuel Abernath continues Single or thinks fit to Live upon my now Dwelling place that she my said Wife to be Decently and Sufficiently supported thereupon and if they should Marry or see fit to leave the said place then my will is that She my said Wife to have the whole of the said Plantation Dwelling House and the Appurtenances thereunto belonging for and During her Natural life.
      Item. I give and bequeath to my Eldest Son John Abernatha the Sum of thirty pounds Current Money to him his Heirs or Assigns He having already received his portion of Land.
      Item. I give and bequeath to my Son James Abernatha the Sum of thirty pounds Current Money to him his Heirs or Assigns He having already Received his portion of Land.
      Item. I give and bequeath to my Son-in-law Hugh Cook the sum of twenty pounds to him his Heirs or Assigns He having already received the full portion Allotted to his Wife my Daughter Elizabeth Deceased.
      Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Ann Miller Wife of John Miller the Sum of Forty Pounds Current Money to her Heirs or Assigns She having already Received her portion allotted her out of my Estate.
      Item. I give and bequeath to my said two Sons William and Samuel Abernath Four Hundred and some odd Acres of Land it being the whole Tract or parcel of Land I purchased from Bryan Ba n lying and being on Runnils Mill Run in the County of Hampshire in the said Common Wealth of Virginia the Deeds of Lease and Release for the same being Acknowledged and Recorded in the County Court of Hampshire as may appear by the Records of said Court the said Tract of Land be it more or less to be Equally Divided between them my said two Sons William and Samuel Aberatha to their Heirs and Assigns forever.
      Item. I give and bequeath to my Two Daughters Sarah and Ellener Abernatha to each of them One Good Horse and Saddle and Bridle and Bed and furniture to them their Heirs and Assigns.
      And further my Will is that while my family (to wit) my said Sons William and Samuel and my Daughters Sarah and Ellener continue to live as they now Do upon my said Dwelling Place in the said County of Frederick that they be all supported upon the same with Equal benefit and at the Decease of my said Wife Sarah the whole of the said Dwelling Place and plantation containing two Hundred Acres or be the same more or less (It being the same which I purchased of a certain William [Pepat?] for which James Dillion Son and Heir at Law of William Dillon Deceased is bound to make a good and Sufficient Title to me my Heirs or Assigns as may appear by writing from under his hand and Seal) That then the said plantation and Land be valued by Three Honest Judicious men to be Appointed for that purpose by them my said Sons William and Samuel and my said Daughters Ellener and Sarah or by the Justice of the Court of said County and if he my said Son William Abernatha shall then pay to his said Brother Samuel and each of his said Sisters Ellener and Sarah to each of them one fourth part of the said valuation money to them their Heirs or Assigns then my will is that my said Son William have the said Land and plantation to him his Heirs and Assigns forever. But if he the said William shall not then agree to pay the Valuation money as aforesaid then my will is that the said Land and plantation be sold at public sale and the money arising therefrom to be Equally Divided between them the said William and Samuel and Ellener and Sarah or their Heirs. And further my will is that all of my Moveable Estate be Equally Divided between my said Sons William and Samuel and my Daughters Sarah and Ellener to them their Heirs and Assigns forever.
      And Lastly I do hereby constitute ordain and Appoint my Loving son William Abernatha and my Trusty Friend Morgan Morgan of the County of Berkeley in the said Common Wealth Joint Executors of this my Last will and testament Revoking and making Void all former and other Wills Leaguices and Executors by me heretofore made Ratifying and confirming this and this only to be my Last will and Testament.
      In Witness whereof I the said William Abernatha have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Twenty fourth Day of September One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty.

      William Aberthy
      (s.s.)
      Signed Sealed Published and acknowledged by the Testators to be his Last will and Testament in the Presence of us
      Thomas Balding James Neray Robert Ferris

      At a Court held for Frederick County the 5th Day of December 1780 This Will was proved by the Oaths of Thomas Balding and Robert Ferris two of the witnesses thereto and Ordered to be Recorded and upon the motion of William Abernathy Junior one of the Executors therein named who made Oath thereto Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form Whereupon he with the Security entered into and Acknowledged bond conditioned as the Law directs. By the Court

      Source: Courtesy of Michael N. Abernathy: extracted from public records of Frederick County, VA and published by Mary Ann Needham Hollifield's "Ancestral tracks to Clermont-- and beyond"..
    • I found the following which contained information that I question. Most of it is correct and plausible BUT I do question the child, Isabel, as she was NOT mentioned in the will.




      From http://abernethygenes.info/VA.Biographies/1.0.William.1715.htm

      William Abernathy (guess 1715 to 1780)
      This biography includes my theory on his origin


      I am aware of 2 well documented Abernathy arrivals in the colonies that preceded him (William in Connecticut and Robert in coastal Virginia) and based on their respective genealogies available on the internet, neither seems to be the ancestor of this William.

      William is my earliest known Abernethy forebear. He was born in or arrived in the colonies sometime before 1741 when he is listed as 1 of 3 executors for his father-in-law?s will (John Samuels, 1675-1744). The will does not say ?son-in-law?, so I can?t be certain he was already married, but I will assume he was married until proven otherwise. He and Sarah Samuels had 9 children that were mentioned in his 1780 Will. None of the children's birth dates is known. The oldest documented grandchild was born in 1770, suggesting William and Sarah were both born by 1725. Since they appear to have lived in the Neshaminy settlement (below) and since 1 source states that Sarah?s father came from Antrim, Ireland, I will guess both Sarah and William were born in Antrim, Ireland before 1720. Another Antrim Abernethy was John Abernethy (1680-1740), a prominent Presbyterian minister, who preached there from 1703-1730. The dates make it possible that John could be William's father, but I am not aware of any facts to support this theory.

      Bucks County, PA - Neshaminy Settlement ? from 1720-40 the Neshaminy settlement grew and flourished. This was one of the earliest Scotch-Irish settlements in PA. Sarah?s family definitely lived here. Her brother John owned land in Buckingham Township and her sister Isabella with husband Moses Crawford owned land in Warwick Township. How William Abernathy came into the picture is not yet known, but he was there by 1741 (when his father-in-law?s will was written) and in 1751 (when he witnessed his brother-in-law?s will, Moses Crawford)

      Allen Township - Cumberland County, PA ? In 1753, William received a Warranty of Land for 25 acres in Cumberland County. By 1758 he was paying taxes there (I don't know when he physically moved there, but tax records show he had cleared 100 acres by 1766). In 1774, he sold this land and moved to Virginia. I haven't found absolute proof that the William of Bucks County PA and the William of Winchester VA are the same person, but the circumstantial information is overwhelming.

      Frederick & Hampshire County, (West) Virginia

      On July 20, 1774, William bought 123.75 acres in (past_? &) present day Frederick County, VA, near Brucetown (MAH-228C). It appears he sold this land on August 4, 1777 (MAH-229).

      On August 2, 1774, William bought 400 acres in Hampshire County for 300 pounds ?PA currency? and on March 8/9, 1775, he bought a contiguous 67 acres which comprise and surround present day Springfield, WV. He left this land to his unmarried sons, William and Samuel, and in 1790 they donated 100 acres of it to form present day Springfield WV (MAH-577).

      Presumably in 1777, William purchased the ?plantation? of 200 acres in Frederick County from William Pyat/Piatt/?. (On the internet, I found a William Piatt living in Frederick County, but he appears to be a little young). The way William worded the will, it appears the title to the "plantation" was not clear. Just speculating, but Frederick County parcel 380 was owned by a Dillon which is the same name mentioned as owing William the clear title. What makes this more interesting is that the parcel just north was owned by Morgan, perhaps Morgan Morgan, one of the executors of William?s estate (MAH-293).

      William was married to Sarah Samuels by 1740 and they had 9 children, here given in the order they are mentioned in William?s will:
      MANH # Name - 1 Born - 2 Died Marriage Spouse Kids
      1.1 John ~ 1741 1806 or 1807
      Hampshire Co, VA. ~ 1768, probably in Cumberland Co, PA Margaret McCrea 6
      1.6 James 1755 after 1792 when his last child was conceived 10 Nov 1772 or 25 Sep 1773 in Frederick, VA Anne Clarke 9
      1.4 Isabel 1749 before father's 1780 Will ? George Hutson* ?
      1.5 Elizabeth 1750 before father's 1780 Will ? Hugh Cook ?
      1.7 Ann 1752 head of household in 1782 Frederick VA census ? John Miller ?
      1.2 William 1744 09 Sep 1804, Springfield, Hampshire Co, now WV 1781 Nancy Hopkins 8
      1.3 Samuel 1745 Rev War Captain . age 94
      26 Sep 1839
      Springfield, Hampshire Co, now WV before 1780 Mary Unknown
      & Lydia Shores ** 7
      1.8 Sarah 1758 04 Aug 1832
      Montgomery Co, VA 02 May 1782 John Glen ?
      1.9 Eleanor 1760 after father's 1780 Will ? ? ?

      note 1 The names are in the order mentioned in the Will, which may or may not be the birth order. The Will specifically states John is the oldest.
      note 2 With the exception of Samuel, all the birth years are guesses. Samuel's is estimated based on his age of 94 in his 1839 obituary. (Unfortunately, I have also seen it transcribed as 91.) Some of the children were probably born in Bucks Co, PA and the rest probably in Cumberland Co, PA


      * could it be Hudson or Huston? Both names were in Cumberland Co, PA tax records, but there were no Hutson's there.
      ** There was Lander Shores in Springfield, Hampshire Co, VA in the 1810 Census.

      Sarah was alive at the time William wrote his will, but no later references to her have been found. Also, William and Sarah?s graves have not been located.

      TODO: research William's son & daughter in-laws names in Cumberland County PA and Virginia

      Chronology
      g 1710 born
      g 1740 married
      g 1740 first child born, John Abernathy
      1741 On December 8, William's father-in-law?s Will is written with William as an executor
      1744 On the 26th day of March, William's father-in-law?s Will is proven and William is a witness
      1751 Moses Crawford?s will
      1772 On March 22, William's brother in law, John Samuel, writes his Will including Sarah Abernathy. This was the information I found on-line which gave me Sarah's maiden name
      1774 Sold Cumberland County PA farm
      1774 On July 20, he bought 123.75 acres in Frederick County, VA
      1774 On August 2, he bought 400 acres in Hampshire County, VA (now WV)
      1777 Presumably in 1777, he purchased the ?plantation? of 200 acres in Frederick County, VA
      1780 September 24, Will dated
      1780 died
      1780 December 5, Will proven in Winchester, VA

      Information from William?s will

      The will was dated September 24, 1780 and it was proven December 5, 1780 in Winchester, VA. An inventory was proven _______

      John was specifically identified as the eldest

      4 children were unmarried: William, Samuel, Sarah & Eleanor

      7 children and his wife were still alive

      Isabel and Elizabeth had died, probably with kids, since William left their husbands part of his estate, presumably for his grand-children?s benefit.

      Transcript of his Will ... Summary of his Will

      Bequeathed:
      John 30 #s already got his land
      James 30 #s already got his land
      George Hutson 20 #s already got Isabel?s share
      Hugh Cook 20 #s already got Elizabeth?s share
      Ann Miller 40 #s already got her portion
      William share 400 acres in Hampshire w/ Samuel
      Samuel share 400 acres in Hampshire w/ William
      Sarah horse, saddle, bridle, bed & furniture
      Eleanor horse, saddle, bridle, bed & furniture

      His wife and 4 unmarried children (William, Samuel, Sarah and Eleanor) were all to benefit equally from the plantation and when Sarah (his wife) died, they were to get it valued. Then William could buy out the other 3 or they would sell the plantation and split up the money equally.

      Reference for his will: The first white settler in West Virginia, Colonel Morgan Morgan, built this cabin" in 1731-34. The restored cabin now houses the Berkeley County Historical Society Museum. Open May-Sept 2-5 pm. Private tours available (304)229-2742. ... http://www.theguide4u.com/ULcomm.htm



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