GEO W. & CLORINDA CATHERINE CHRISTOPHER ABERNATHY PARENTS OF LUTHER H. - ABERNATHY ~ ABERNETHY FAMILY GENEALOGY

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GEO W. & CLORINDA CATHERINE CHRISTOPHER ABERNATHY PARENTS OF LUTHER H.


LUTHER H. ABERNATHY'S PARENTS & SIBLINGS

GEORGE WASHINGTON ABERNATHY
Birth: 10 Jan 1860 Cherokee, NC
Death: 04 Oct 1914 Maryville, 
Blount, TN

Spouse
CLORINDA "CATHERINE" CHRISTOPHER      1864 – 1943
  Marriage 18 Sep. 1881
  Children
  LUTHER H. ABERNATHY      1886 – 1949
  Oscar George Abernathy   1888 – 1955
  Carl Otis Abernathy      1890 – 1979
  Cara "Carrie" Mabel A.   1892 – 1973
     George Washington Abernathy was the son of Rufus Pinckney Abernathy and Mary Deweese. He married Clorinda Catherine Christopher on Sep 18, 1881 in Cherokee County, North Carolina.
     Clorinda Catherine was the daughter of William Kimsey Christopher (also known as "King") and Elvira Walker.
     We are still searching for documented proof that Clorinda and her Mother, Elvira were Native Americans. On her marriage license, CC is listed as white and her father as unknown. Her Mother, Elvira Walker Christopher is standing next to her in the wedding photo below.  (an old tin type photo with a lot of deterioration, Brian cleaned it up as much as possible.)
     At the time, there were laws against whites marrying Native Americans; therefore, to get around the law, a person was often listed as an orphan or father unknown etc. The license does state that the ceremony took place at the home of W. Christopher - her father.
     The search continues, so if anyone has information on their background, please share!
Title: Marriage license of George Washington and Clorinda Catherine Christopher
 
Author:  State of North Carolina Publication: Register of Deeds
Note:  ABBR Marriage license of George W. Abernathy
Text: Cherokee County, Sept 1881, To any Ordained Minister of any Religious Denomination, or to any Justice of the Peace for said County:
R.P. Abernathey Having applied to me for a LICENSE for the Marriage of George Washington Abernathy of Murphy Township aged 21 years color White, the son of R.P. Abernathey and Mary Abernathey, the father now Living, the mother Living, resident of Hanging Dog;
And Catherine Christopher of School Screek Township aged 19 years, color White, the daughter of Not Known and Elviary Christopher, the father Living , the mother Living, resident of School Creek Township to the proposed marriage having been filed with me. R.A. Akins, Register of Deeds

Marriage Certificate: George W. Abernathy and Catherine Christopher, the parties licensed above, on the 18 day of September 1881 at the Residence of W. Christopher in (illegible) township in said County, according to Law. Witnesses Present at Marriage, (Illegible) Deweese, M.G.

Online publication - Ancestry.com. One World Tree [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc.

     The 1900 District 8, Polk County, TN Census lists George W. Abernathy’s occupation as a machine agent. He was driving his wagon from farm to farm, selling Singer Sewing machines and other items that the community needed, which included rolled up cotton mattresses and springs, tables, chairs, rocking chairs and other household goods. George cultivated multiple contacts
and outlets to provide the array of items that he sold.
     On the 1910 Civil District 8, Polk County, TN Census his occupation was listed as a Furniture Merchant. Sometime before
1910, George W. partnered with Carl Center opening the Abernathy and Center Mercantile Business. They moved into a two story frame building in downtown Ducktown, TN.      Continuing to offer a broad selection of commodities to Ducktown and the surrounding communities, the store offered furniture, coffins, caskets and a variety of hardware. 
     George also became a licensed Mortician.  His mortuary, Funeral Parlour was the only one in the area,
     The store thrived; but, its building and inventory were destroyed by a fire. The store soon relocated to a building on Main Street which was constructed in 1904 as the IOOF Hall -- Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The building still stands and today is the Ducktown City Hall.
Title: Marriage license of George Washington and Clorinda Catherine Christopher
Author: State of North Carolina Publication: Register of Deeds
Note: ABBR Marriage license of George W. Abernathy
Text: Cherokee County, Sept 1881, To any Ordained Minister of any Religious Denomination, or to any Justice of the Peace for said County:
R.P. Abernathey Having applied to me for a LICENSE for the Marriage of George Washington Abernathy of Murphy Township aged 21 years color White, the son of R.P. Abernathey and Mary Abernathey, the father now Living, the mother Living, resident of Hanging Dog;

And Catherine Christopher of School Screek Township aged 19 years, color White, the daughter of Not Known and Elviary Christopher, the father Living , the mother Living, resident of School Creek Township to the proposed marriage having been filed with me. R.A. Akins, Register of Deeds

Marriage Certificate: George W. Abernathy and Catherine Christopher, the parties licensed above, on the 18 day of September 1881 at the Residence of W. Christopher in (illegible) township in said County, according to Law. Witnesses Present at Marriage, (Illegible) Deweese, M.G.
Online publication - Ancestry.com. One World Tree [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc.

 
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