He was born in Vermont to Abram F. Abernethy and Mary F. Goodrich. Married Phoebe M. McClatchey. The father of two children: Helen Edith (Nellie)/1880, George Earle/1883. He was 86 years, 11 months, 1 day old at the time of his death from hemorrhage due to carcinoma of the prostate with myocarditis and uremia contributing. George was a retired farmer.