John Abernathy

Male 1852 - 1883  (~ 31 years)


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  • Name John Abernathy 
    Born Jan 1852  Battersea, Frontenac, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 May 1883  Ryde, Barkway, Muskoka, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Ryde Free Methodist Church Cemetery Ryde, Barkway, Muskoka, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I55  Misc Abernathy/Abernethy
    Last Modified 10 May 2008 

    Father Robert Abernethy,   b. 1819, Storrington, Frontenac, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jul 1900, Battersea, Frontenac, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Margeret Heuston,   b. Abt 1821, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1844 
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet

    Family Ann Brooks,   b. 02 Mar 1859, King, York, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935, Barkway, Ryde, Muskoka, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 01 May 1876  Ryde, Barkway, Muskoka, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Effie Jane Abernathy,   b. 24 Nov 1877, Houseys Rapids, Muskoka, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1967, Pennant, Riverside, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     2. Christine Abernathy,   b. 19 Aug 1878, Storrington, Frontenac, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1899, Muskoka County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     3. Robert John Abernathy,   b. 15 Apr 1880, Frontenac County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1882, Ryde, Barkway, Muskoka, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     4. Elsie Amy Abernathy,   b. 09 Mar 1882, Ryde, Barkway, Muskoka, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1905, Ryde, Barkway, Muskoka, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     5. John Upton Abernathy,   b. 21 Jan 1844,   d. Died in Infancy Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 10 May 2008 
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Jan 1852 - Battersea, Frontenac, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 01 May 1876 - Ryde, Barkway, Muskoka, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 May 1883 - Ryde, Barkway, Muskoka, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Ryde Free Methodist Church Cemetery Ryde, Barkway, Muskoka, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 1881 Census Storrington, Frontenac, Canada
    • Individual Note:
      1. From Carol Fraser: John Abernethy was born January 1852 at Battersea Canada. He was the son of Robert Abernethy born about 1819 in the U.S.A. and who died July
      5, 1900 and is buried Sandhill Cemetery Battersea and Margaret b. abt 1821 in Ireland. John married May 1, 1876 #007-070 to Ann Brooks, born King Twp. Mar 2 1859 the daughter of John Brooks of Lewisham, formerly of King Township an immigrant from England.

      John and Ann lived on lot 20 Con 7 between John St. Pierre and Henry Smith. He built a pine hewn log home for his family in 1878. Four children were born here but John did not live to see the fifth one born. He died May 20 1883 Ont. Death # 010703 age 30 of a contusion to the head, an injury he received while felling a tree in a nearby bush.
      Annie was 1 month pregnant with her 5th child John Upton Brooks. She gave birth to him in January. Perhaps her neighbour Henry Francis Smith felt a kindliness towards this widow of 5, or perhaps he had admired her
      from afar. In any case they were married not too long after John's death and joined their lots to make a 200 acre homestead. As the family grew a new larger home was built and the old log building was coverted to a hay barn, then a sheepfold. Years later another family purchased
      it, took it apart and reassembled it on another lot. It fell into disuse eventually. The S.S.J.E. was holding its services in the schoolhouse at Allen's Corners and they wanted to find some old logs and build a log chapel. The old abandoned log home came to their attention
      and they obtained it and disassembled it again and brought it to the Barkway Road about a mile north of the Village of Barkway and reassembled it on its new foundation by December of 1947. The alter was built in the shape of a manger and the church was named The Church
      of the Holy Manger and on the side wall hung an old ox-yoke with the inscription "Take my yoke upon you." Anglicans in the area worshipped in this church from that date until 1963 when the S.S.J.E. purchased the
      former Free Methodist Church right in Barkway (built in 1890) and it was renamed "The Church of the Holy Manger".

      Henry Francis Smith had been living with the Norris family in the 1881 Census, (Mrs. Norris being Ann's cousin Emily Jane Brooks. John is buried in the Ryde Pioneer Cemetery. Ann's second husband Henry Smith b. Nov. 15, 1863 d. 1949 (Buried in Barkway Cemetery with Ann) Ann died 1935 Barkway Ryde Twp. Below are her children with John and then her children with Henry.

      "Oct 18, 1900 Muskoka Herald "Mrs. James S. McCord (Elsie Abernathy) is visiting her parents Mr. & Mrs. Henry Smith. Mrs. McCord & Mrs. Freeman Plewis (Effie Jane Abernathy) are said to be in receipt of a fortune from their paternal grandfather." This means that Robert Abernethy (John's father) must have died 1900. Three of his grandchildren were already dead, Christine, Robert, & John Upton
      Abernathy.


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