James Abernathy is among the oldest and most substantial farmers of this township. He is the son of Robert and Mary (Davis) Abernathy, whose biographies appear elsewhere. The family came from Virginia, in 1815.
He was born March 1, 1819, on Duff's Fork, near where he now resides. He was married to Letitia Thomas, January 29, 1846. To their marriage five children have been born: Margaret Ann, born December 9, 1846, died December 5, 1847; Mary Josephine, born October 26, 1848, died July 15, 1851; Cynthia Alice, born May 15, 1850, died July 24, 1851; Mary Augusta, born February 22, 1854, and married A. C. Mace, of Ross County, April 14, 1874; William, born October 15, 1851, died May 4, 1855.
Mrs. Abernathy was born July 26, 1826. In the year 1851, he purchased of his brothers and sisters their interest in the homestead of two hundred and seventy acres, to which he has since made some additions. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church, and have, in their past lives, a record of Christian piety. He is an enthusiastic Granger, and one of the most active members of Madison Grange No. 229.
From R. S. Dills' History of Fayette County