Earliest Family Ancestor ~ Robert Ebernathell
Our branch of the family are descendants of Robert Ebernathell ~ Abernathy. Robert arrived in Charles City County, Virginia in 1652, when he was nineteen years old. He was still using the Gaelic spelling of Abernathy, which would indicate his being from Scotland; however, at this time, there is no documented proof of that or his parents names.
The Scots were defeated at the Battle of Dunbar on 3 Sep 1650 and the following year, The Battle of Worcester began
on September 3, 1651. Cromwell timed his attack on Worcester to coincide with the first anniversary of his victory at Dunbar. After the Scots were defeated at these two battles, they suffered horrible treatment and imprisonment. Eventually many surviving Scots prisoners were sent as forced laborers to the Colonies. Since Robert arrived in 1652 and worked for five years as an indentured servant, many researchers have assumed he was a prisoner of war, which
he very well may have been. There are not complete records of every prisoner of war sent to the Colonies and some
of the names on available records were illegible.
See the tab for Robert Ebernathell ~ Abernathy for more information.