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Samuel Joseph Stewart "Sam" Abernathy
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Birth: Apr. 16, 1840
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 1929
Palo Pinto County
Texas, USA

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4th Sgt. Company "I" 47th AL Inf. Regt. - CSA
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July 16, 1919 Issue of "The LaFayette (AL) Sun":

Letter From Mr. S. J. S. Abernathy.

Editor LaFayette Sun - I am one week behind this time in renewing my subscription for The Sun. I see now we cannot get along without the Sun, so here goes another year's subscription for our favorite paper, which will be thirty-nine years in Texas, and if I live till this time next year and am still pleased with a reasonable portion of health and my eye sight is good enough for me to see how to read, I will renew for another year.
We are all well at present. You heard about our sad bereavement - the death of our oldest son, Charles P. Abernathy, on the 29th of May at Deming, New Mexico. It was all very sad but he was fully prepared for death and expressed himself that way several times, and died in a full triumph of a living faith beyond the grave. We try to be reconciled to the will of God, knowing full well that He makes no mistakes.
I will now say something about Texas crops of all kinds. Wheat, oats, rye and barley, I think, is the best in twenty years. The fruit crop is fine and gardens are fine all over Texas. I would like to say something about the oil business in Texas, but I could not do the subject justice. But I know some people in this country who have lived here forty years, worked hard, used all economy and did not know what to do next. They are now worth $10,000.00 to $500,000.00 and then some. Well I will not say any more about it, but what I have just said is only a hint or beginning.
Well, I read in The Sun not long ago about the death of Judge J. J. Robinson, Sr. As honest, upright, and as true Confederate as ever lived, as good and as true a friend as I ever had. Peace to his ashes.
Mr. Editor, I know this letter is written very "scattering" and like the writer, very imperfect, all of which you will please overlook, and let The Sun continue to shine on us in Texas, and elsewhere.
Our love and best wishes to our dear relatives, and everybody else, God be with you 'till we meet again.

As ever,

S. J. S. Abernathy
Palo Pinto, Texas, July 7, 1919
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"The LaFayette (AL) Sun" - June 21, 1923:

Three Pioneers Are Chambers Citizens.

"The Weatherford (Texas) Herald" says:

S. J. S. Abernathy, of Mineral Wells, a resident of Palo Pinto County for the past 42 years, has been visiting his daughter, Mrs. W. C. Ragsdale, of this city, during this week, and incidentally meeting many friends and personal acquaintances.
Mr. Abernathy (Uncle Joe as he is commonly called), is a typical old timer of the rural South and during his pilgrimage of more than four score years has passed through many and varied experience and vividly recalls many incidents and events, historical, political and personal, that are quite interesting to the present generation. Mr. Abernathy vividly recalls political and social conditions that existed before the war between the states and while talking to his friend, Judge J. M. Richards, who he has personally known since the judge was an "infant in arms," stated that he had known the Richards family for 75 years; that his father and Judge Evan G. Richards, father of Judge J. M. Richards, and their families were personal acquaintances, living only a few miles apart in Chambers County, Ala., and that his father and the old judge were two of the sixty men in Chambers County, Ala., who voted in 1860 for Stephen A. Douglas for president of the United States - the large majority being in favor of John C. Breckenridge. Breckenridge it will be remembered, favored secession, while Douglas favored staying in the union. However, after Alabama seceded, both gave loyal support to the South. Uncle Joe and his brother, Dave and James, joined the 47th Alabama regiment and served in the Confederate Army, taking part in all of the noted battles on the fields of Virginia. Dave lost his left arm, and Uncle Joe received a serious wound in his right hip on the 6th of May 1864, during the battle of the Wilderness, where several thousand gallant men, under Lee and Grant, respectively, gave their lives fearlessly.
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"The LaFayette Sun" - June 4, 1924:

The Thin Gray Line Passes in Review.

That we may not forget the heroes who fought our battles of yore, and who crowned themselves with everlasting honor. The Sun will furnish this column for a short sketch of the lives of these great and good men.
The following letter from a former Chambers County citizen, and a member of the old Abernathy family, one of the best in Chambers County, will be read with interest by many who knew the writer of the letter, and especially by the Confederate soldiers. The writer of this letter is one of the few remaining veterans who were real men when knighthood was in flower. Mr. S. J. S. Abernathy, the writer of the letter below, is the great uncle of J. R. B. Abernathy, probate clerk of Chambers County, and is a brother of D. H. B. (Uncle Dave) Abernathy.

Palo Pinto, Texas
May 27th, 1924

To the Editor of The LaFayette Sun:

I notice that through your kindness you are printing short sketches of the old residents, who have lived at some time or other in good old Alabama, and especially in Chambers and adjoining counties.
I was born in DeKalb County, Georgia, April 16, 1840. Professed faith in Christ and united with the Primitive Baptist Church at Macedonia, Chambers County, Alabama, on the second Sunday in July, A.D. 1860, and I have tried to live a consistent member of the same faith and order to the present date.
In March, 1862, I volunteered and joined Company I, 47th Regiment, Alabama - was in the battle of Chicamauga September 19th and 20th, 1863, and in several skirmishes in East Tennessee. I was severely wounded in the hip in the battle of the "Wilderness" on May 6, 1864, which wound gave me quite a good deal of pain and trouble, but did not hinder me from again going to the front and doing the duty of a soldier. I was in almost all the battles and skirmishes in and around Richmond, Va., in the fall and winter of 1864 and 1865; also, was at the surrender of Lee's Army at Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865. I feel that I gave my country the best that was in me during the war, and I have no regrets to the contrary.
On November 8, 1866, was happily married to Miss L. A. Gilbert, eldest and accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Gilbert, of Louina, Alabama. To us were born ten children - six of whom are living. She was also a very devoted member of the Primitive Baptist Church, and lived happily in that faith until her decease. She departed this life September 25th, 1922, and in this connection, I desire to state, that a better and more devoted Christian never lived. She was a loving companion, and a noble mother, and was loved by all who knew her. I feel that it will not be long now before I, too, shall be called, and am waiting with patience ever with trust in the wise God, who I believe will land me safely across the deep and dark river of death, where all shall be peace and sweetly resting in the arms of the dear Christ.
I came to Texas about 44 years ago. Have farmed, and for many years was in the hotel business. I also served my county some few years ago for four years as county commissioner, and tried to give them the best service that was in me.
With the best wishes for all my dear kindred, and friends in dear old Alabama, I beg to remain in their memory as one who loves them very much.

Very respectfully submitted,

S. J. S. Abernathy.
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"The LaFayette Sun" - April 29, 1925:

S. J. S. Abernathy Celebrates 85th Birthday

S. J. S. (Uncle Joe) Abernathy celebrated his 85th birthday Thursday, April 16th, at the home of his son, Sheriff Gib Abernathy, in Palo Pinto. He was born April 16th, 1840, in DeKalb County, Georgia, near the celebrated Stone Mountain, now to the fore in the news stores on account of the wonderful piece of sculpture undertaken and the consequent sensational row which developed between the Stone Mountain executive committee and the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum.
In 1843, Mr. Abernathy's parents moved to Alabama, settling in Chambers County, near LaFayette. Here he was reared to manhood. He lacked just one week being 21 years old when the first gun was fired at Fort Sumpter and co-incidentally he lacked just one week being 25 years old when he surrendered and was paroled with General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. He enlisted in Company I, 47th Alabama Regiment in March 1862. Was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness and fought through the engagement at Chickamauga and was in many hot skirmishes around Richmond, Va.
Mr. Abernathy tells some interesting incidents connected with the surrender and paroling of Confederate troops. For four years these men had been engaged in the business of killing each other, but in a few hours after surrendering the Johnnies and Yanks were fraternizing together in an astounding way. A federal soldier of commanding appearance twitted them with: "Now, you Johnnies run home to your sweethearts clothed in homespun." Before answer could be made a hardened soldier on picket duty hastened to say, "Don't pay any attention to him, boys. He's just enlisted and has never seen active service. We boys who have been in from the first know how you feel and sympathize with you."
While Uncle Joe is now entering upon his 86th year, he is still hale and hearty for such an advanced age, having been able until this year to do work in his garden in Palo Pinto. Speaking of work he stated to an Index reporter that he started to work when he was eight years old and kept it up regularly for 76 years. During that time the highest wage he ever received for common labor was a dollar per day and board.
Mr. Abernathy came to Palo Pinto County in 1881, lading at Weatherford March 10, and driving over into this county, locating near Mineral Wells on or more exact, where Mineral Wells now is, for it was in the following July of 1881 that Mr. Lynch bored the well that served as the basis for the present city. In 1904 he was elected county commissioner which place he held for two terms. He spoke praisingly of the decided improvements made in transportation methods and highway conditions in the county in his past forty-four years of residence here.
Uncle Joe has nineteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren to help his children render comfort to him in his declining years.
These together with a host of warm personal friends wish for him many returns of the event celebrated Thursday, April 16th.

"Mineral Wells (Texas) Index"

Note: Mr. Abernathy is a brother of D. H. B. Abernathy, of Buffalo.
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"The LaFayette Sun" - October 14, 1925:

Uncle Joe Has Pocket Knife 118 Years old.

S. J. S. Abernathy, Uncle Joe, as he is familiarly known to all Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto County, was a pleasant caller at the Index office Monday and showed a souvenir of the Abernathy family that is very interesting. It was a two-blade pocket knife, in a good state of preservation considering its age, having been purchased in Charleston, S.C., in 1817 (sic, text actually reads 107), at a cost of fifty cents. It has a bone handle, once heavily mounted with silver, all of which is worn away now, and is capable of carrying a keen edge, despite its being one hundred and eighteen years old.
Uncle Joe says his two uncles, who were older than his father, made a trip to Charleston in 1807 (sic) to sell cotton and while there his uncle bought the knife. On the way home his uncle sickened and died, as it often took from three to four weeks to make the trip. The knife was given to Uncle Joe's father as the youngest son in the family, and when he died, he, in turn, gave the knife to Uncle Joe as the youngest son, and it has now been in his possession forty-seven years. - Mineral Wells (Texas) Index
D. H. B. Abernathy, familiarly known as Uncle Dave, states that the conditions outlined above are facts. He states that when they were boys that this knife was in their father's trunk, and the eldest son was to have the knife. Uncle Dave states that he never wanted to be the oldest son worse than he did then, but now he never wanted to be the youngest worse.
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 Parents:
  Samuel Abernathy (1798 - 1878)
  Jane Boyd Abernathy (1799 - 1870)
 
 Spouse:
  Ladora Aletha Gilbert Abernathy (1847 - 1922)
 
 Children:
  Charles P. Abernathy (1868 - 1919)*
  Frances Ladora Abernathy (1872 - 1872)*
  William Gilbert Abernathy (1875 - 1953)*
  Narcissa Isabella Abernathy Whatley (1877 - 1967)*
  Ada A. Abernathy (1879 - 1881)*
  Ray Boyd Abernathy (1884 - 1947)*
  Etna Elizabeth Abernathy Watson (1888 - 1958)*
  Samuel Ross Abernathy (1891 - 1891)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Davis Abernathy (1820 - 1854)*
  Mary Elizabeth Abernathy Lacy (1823 - ____)*
  Sarah Frances Abernathy (1825 - 1825)*
  Rosanna Permelia Abernathy Coggin (1828 - 1872)*
  Rhoda Louisa Abernathy Creed (1830 - 1895)*
  Nancy Lucinda Jane Abernathy (1831 - 1863)*
  James William Thomas Abernathy (1833 - 1917)*
  Margaret Isabelle Abernathy Hunter (1835 - 1910)*
  David Hugh Boyd Abernathy (1838 - 1931)*
  Samuel Joseph Stewart Abernathy (1840 - 1929)
  Edatha Naomi Abernathy Hammond (1841 - 1910)*
  Martha Ann Adeline Abernathy Dorman (1844 - 1940)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
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Palo Pinto Cemetery
Palo Pinto
Palo Pinto County
Texas, USA
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Maintained by: Churchwell
Originally Created by: Dana Ribble
Record added: Mar 08, 2006
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Samuel Joseph Stewart Sam Abernathy
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