No picture of pious resignation we have ever seen has equaled that which Mr. Abernathy displayed as he lay on his bed recently and talked so calmly and cheerfully to those around, never murmuring because of the confinement and suffering he had to endure, merely saying that those possessing good health should appreciate such a blessing.
Mr. Abemathy is one of the most interesting figures in Bartow County's history, He was among the pioneer settlers of the county, coming here from Lincoln County, North Carolina, at the age of seventeen, which was in 1842. He bought forty acres of land where he now lives on since his coming to the county and has lived there continuously for sixty-eight years.
When he came here the Western & Atlantic railroad was just being constructed. The grade had been about finished but the ties had not been put on. The road was put in operation about the year 1847. He helped lay the tracks of the road, The first bridge across the Etowah River was 600 yards long and Mr. Abernathy states that he walked the bridge many times.
The Abernathy family is quite a large one, and he is the oldest member now living. He has been a primitive Baptist preacher nearly all of his life, and has several brothers, all of whom are Primitive Baptists.
Parents: Nathan & Eve Cline Abernathy. Bardy Larkin Abernathy - 1827-1914.
From the branch of Miles Abernathy & Ursula Bradshaw, of NC