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ROBERT EBERNATHELL/ABERNATHY/ABERNETHY
Transcribed by Margaret Ogilvie ◦From: Elizabeth Ferguson 
Subject: [ABERNETHY] George Abernethy and alleged son Robert of Charles City County, VA 
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 06:12:29 -0800 (PST)

      I apologize in advance for an exceedingly long post, mainly to those who are already in possession of the facts instead of the errors.
      He is alleged to be a son of a George Abernethy of the lands of Barrie, but there is absolutely no proof to support this and rather strong evidence from penultimate experts denying it.
      George, Lord (Laird) of Barrie did exist. He is on record as being a great-grandson of the 6th Baron Saltoun and as having one and only one son: James. His Father was Thomas of Auchencloich and Barrie, having inherited the Barrie lands acquired the Auchencloich lands in 1609 via a wadset [akin to a lien against the estate] from his cousin, John Abernethy, the 8th Baron. George had two brothers: Alexander of Mayen (d. 1683) and James (d. 1665), an Advocate & Clerk of Session in Edinburgh [solicitor or lawyer].
      George was a landowner. Scottish Laws since the reign of James I King of Scotland (d. 1437) required Scottish landowners to have the son and heir educated, and at the proper age, to attend a university. By 1600 Scotland was not an uneducated country except at the very lowest levels of society, despite the fact that 90 percent of the land and wealth remained in the hands of less than 10 percent of the population. A rising middle class, educated and seeking wealth was rapidly emerging.
      The Abernethys of Barrie held that estate until 1722 when it was sold to Duff of Crombie.
      The Abernethies of Mayen went extinct in the male line in 1785 with the death of the unmarried 21 year old James of Mayen, last male of the cadet line originating from John/James, Laird of Barrie & Mayen, 3rd son of the Alexander Abernethy & Alison [Alice] Keith. In November 1785 eldest surviving sister married Major Alexander Duff, 68th Regiment; Major Duff bought out the shares of the other two female heirs-at-law and became Duff of Mayen.
      The 9th Baron of Saltoun, Alexander Abernethy, died broke and unmarried in Dec 1668. His unmarried sister, Margaret, was de jure Lady Saltoun, 10th of Saltoun until her death 9 Mar 1669. At that time, the title and what little estate was left was passed to Alexander Frasier, 10th of Philorth, who was son and heir of Margaret, sister of the 8th Baron Saltoun. Her son became the 12th Baron Saltoun and the title resides today in that family.
      If 'our' Robert had been a direct and legitimate male descendant of that cadet line, then when the 9th Baron Saltoun died, then one would think that 'our' Robert, no longer a lowly bondservant but a freed man, might have been in line for the title.

 
 
                                                                 Abernathy DocumentS

                       Land Patent of Robert West in which Robert Ebernathell is listed 
 
To all et whereas et Now Know yee that I the Said Richard Bennett Esqrer give and grant unto Robert West Seven hundred acres of land lying upon the branches of Baylies Creeke in Charles City County toward the South Side of the head of the said Creeke bounded as followeth South by East by James Warradins Land Commonly Called and known by the Name of High Peake? & Now in the Occupation of Mr. William Dibby and Robery Lanyman? East by North along in the woods having the Westery and Southerly branch running through the said Land the Said land being due to the Said Robert West by and for the transportation of fourteen persons & to have and to hold & yielding and paying & which payment is to be made Seven years after the first Grant or Seating thereof and not before provised & Dated the 2nd of August 1652.

          Robert West            Thomas Bowman              Jane Corell
          Susanna West          Mary Owin                        R.bt Ebernathell                        Jeffery Phillips   
          John West                Saml Garingoe                   John Coppin                             John Reeves             
          Dan: Everns             J?ow: Wentworth             George Nillett (?or Nebbett)

From the Library of Virginia Website
Source: Land Office Patents No. 3, 1652-1655, p. 144 (Reel 2). Part of the index to the recorded copies of patents for land 
issued by the Secretary of the Colony serving as the colonial Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the 
Library of Virginia.
Transcribed by Margaret Ogilvie 19 Feb. 2010
 

 
COW DOCUMENT

Charles City Co., VA

p. 98. to the wor'll Com'rs of Charles City Com at the Co'rt at Westov'r the 3rd of Apr 1657...
p.98. These presents witnes that I Robt Abernethy Do consent and agree the my now wife Sara Abernethy do make over to her child Sara Cubishe one cow called Goodluck and a heyfer called Browne and another heyfer called Jug to remaine for the use and good of the child, and if it please God to call this child by death when the next child to succeed heire to its sister, And this we desire to be recorded in Co'rt wittnes our hands this 3d of Aprill 1657

Robt x Abernathie, Sara x Abernathie her m'k.
Ack in Court same date. Rec 25 Apr. 1657

Fleet, Beverly, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III, p. 183 (Charles City County Court Orders, 1655-1657): 1988 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, originally published in 1937 and 1949 by mimeograph. Reproduced on Family Archive CD #503 (Genealogical Records: Colonial Virginia Records, 1600s-1700s).

Transcribed by Margaret Ogilvie
 ( to the right is a copy of the original record )

 
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1.
Robert Abernathie is Paid for Five Days Work

9 November 1657

At a Co'rt held at mer'chts hope 9ber. 18: 1657...Ordered that 47 lb tobbo per pol be forthw'th levied and recd by the sherr of every tytheable person in this Com and payd as fol vidzt...
Robert Abernathie for 5 dayes worke 050
[This was the least amount paid of any of 33 people listed, other amounts mostly around 400, and the highest being 2650.]
Fleet, Beverly, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III, p. 189 (Charles City County Court Orders, 1655-1657): 1988 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, originally published in 1937 and 1949 by mimeograph. Reproduced on Family Archive CD #503 (Genealogical Records: Colonial Virginia Records, 1600s-1700s).

Transcribed by Margaret Ogilvie
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2.

Robert is ordered to Pay

10br 3, 1658, Charles City Co., VA

p.164 Abstract. Robt. Abernethy ord. to pay Capt. Thos Stegge for estate of Geo. Armstrong dec'd., 340 lb. tobo. due by bill.

Fleet, Beverly, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III, p. 209 (Charles City County Court Orders, 1658-1661): 1988 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, originally published in 1937 and 1949 by mimeograph. Reproduced on Family Archive CD #503 (Genealogical Records: Colonial Virginia Records, 1600s-1700s).

Transcribed by Margaret Ogilvie

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3.
In Which a Boy Named Patrick Ramsey is Bound to Robert Abernathy

3 December, 1661, Charles City Co., VA

p. 302. Att a Co'rt holden att Westov'r December 3, 1661...

p. 309. Abstract. The court, with consent of Martha the relict of David Ramsey decd, binds Elizab: dau of sd Ramsey to Mr James Wallace to serve till she be 16. The like ordered for her son Patrick Ramsey bound to Robert Abernathy till 21.

Fleet, Beverly, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III, p. 255 (Charles City County Court Orders, 1655-1657): 1988 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, originally published in 1937 and 1949 by mimeograph. Reproduced on Family Archive CD #503 (Genealogical Records: Colonial Virginia Records, 1600s-1700s).

Transcribed by Margaret Ogilvie


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4.
In Which Robert Abernathy Serves on a Jury

13 March 1662/3, Charles City Co., VA

p.383 A Jury of Inquest impanelled the 13th of March 1662 to deliv'r their opinion concerning the death of a man belonging to mr Theoderick Bland, Esqr, who was drowned and taken up a mer'chts hope: Mr James Blamor foreman, Mr Ricd Dodd, Mr Tho" Holford, Mr Edd Ames, Mr Rowland Jones, Tho: Cuerton, Mr James Wallis, Geo: Mayden, Mr Tho; Douglas, Rbt Abernathy, Mr Patrick Jackson. We of the Jury do unanimously agree and give our verdict that the oxe standing upright in the boate with striveling pulled out of the thofts of the boate and splitt her, and by that meanes the man was drowned.

Fleet, Beverly, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III, p. 276 (Charles City County Court Orders, 1661-1664): 1988 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, originally published in 1937 and 1949 by mimeograph. Reproduced on Family Archive CD #503 (Genealogical Records: Colonial Virginia Records, 1600s-1700s).

Transcribed by Margaret Ogilvie

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5.
Robert Abernathy Participates in an Inquest

3 August 1665 Charles City Co., VA

In Which Robert Abernathy Participates in an Inquest
p.565 We underwritten being sum'oned and sworne to inquire and examine the cause of the unnaturall death of Katherine the daughter of John Lanier, do find and returne our verdict (as we have discovered by proffe and circumstance) that the 7th of this instant May the sd child being layd on a bed to sleepe (and none by to take care of her) tumbled, by reason of the heat till she came under a rayle fastened at the beds side where, with the face downward, she recd her accidentall death, haveing the body ov'r the bed and hanging by the head stivled agst the bed and clothes. Witnesse o'r hands this 8th Day of May 1665 Tho: Holford, Richard Dodd, Tho" T Cuerton, James Blamore, John Poytres, Tho: T Cahappel, Tho: T Douglas, Robt X Abernathy, Byron X Connell, Edward X Amas, Tho" X Parrham, Robt R. Godwin. I Parceval Barton do declare to the Jry that I found the child of John Lenier smothered and dead betwix the bed and a rayle, the 7th of May 1665. Parceval Barton.

Fleet, Beverly, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III, p. 324 (Charles City County Court Orders and Fragments, 1664-1696): 1988 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, originally published in 1937 and 1949 by mimeograph. Reproduced on Family Archive CD #503

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6.

Patent

Sir William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia to  Robert Abernathe
Charles City County, Virginia

7 March 1665/6

VA Land Office Patents No. 5, p. 567

Map of approximate location

To all & Whereas & Know ye that I the said Sir William Berkeley Knight Governor & give and grant unto Robert Abernathe one hundred Acres of Land in the County of Charles City and on the South Side of the James River, and on the head of the poplar run where it boundeth on the Land of James Wallis, South on the Land of Thomas Duglas, and the Quarter Land and West into the Woods and South Southwest on the head with marked trees. The said Land being part of a patent that was greater & Dividend granted to Patrick Jackson and Richard Barker and by the said Jackson out of his part sold unto the said Abernathe. To have and To hold & To be held & yielding and Paying & Provided & dated the Seventh of March one thousand six hundred and sixty five.

Transcribed by Margaret Ogilvie

This land wound up in the possession of one John Hamlin, and is mentioned in his 1724 will (probated 1725). Will of John Hamlin

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7.

James Wallace Receives Satisfaction from Robert Abernathy Regarding Cattle and a Gun

3 April 1665, Charles City Co., VA

p. 540. Abstract. A Court at Westover 3 April 1665…

p. 545 These presents Witness that I James Wallace have received full satisfaccon from Robt Abernathy of the cattle that he had in his custody perteyning to the Orphane Patrick Ramsey as also the gun for w’ch I do dicharg the sd Abernathy Witness my hand this 18th of Febry 1664. James Wallace. Teste Patrick Jackson. Rec 12 die Aprs 1665

Fleet, Beverly, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III, p. 320 (Charles City County Court Orders, 1655-1657): 1988 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, originally published in 1937 and 1949 by mimeograph. Reproduced on Family Archive CD #503 (Genealogical Records: Colonial Virginia Records, 1600s-1700s).

Transcribed by Margaret Ogilvie
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8.
A Claim Against the Estate of Robert Abernathy

3 February, Charles City Co., VA

p.10 ...Also attachmt to Ben Foster agst est of Robt Abernathy for 200 lb tobo on ret of non es enventus

Fleet, Beverly, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume III, p. 361 (Charles City County Court Orders and Fragments, 1664-1696): 1988 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, originally published in 1937 and 1949 by mimeograph. Reproduced on Family Archive CD #503 (Genealogical Records: Colonial Virginia Records, 1600s-1700s).

Transcribed by Margaret Ogilvie

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