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James Alonzo "J.A." Abernethy, Sr
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Birth: Nov. 17, 1851
Mount Holly
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 21, 1938
Lincoln County
North Carolina, USA

From obituary in Gastonia Gazette 22 Aug 1938. Died Sunday, funeral Tuesday.

"J. A. Abernethy Sr., one of North Carolina's most prominent textile manufacturers before his retirement 15 years ago, died at his home here Sunday afternoon after several months of ill health. He was 86 years old. James Alonzo Abernethy was born on the parental farm estate on Dutchman's Creek near Mount Holly on November 17, 1851, the son of Dr. James Abernethy and Mary Rankin Abernethy. He attended Catawba College at Newton and at the age of 19 engaged in the mercantile business at Mount Holly as a member of the firm of Abernethy and Rankin. From 1884 to 1887 he was deputy collector of internal revenue from Gaston County. In 1887 he and the late Daniel E. Rhyne, a brother-in-law, constructed a cotton mill at Laboratory, near Lincolnton and from that small beginning he and Mr. Rhyne became powerful in the textile affairs of the state. In 1896 Mr. Abernethy established a cotton mill at Southside and in 1904 he constructed the Wampum Cotton Mills of Lincolnton. He was president of the James Cotton Mills of Maiden. He also held large interests in other textile plants in this section. In addition to his textile interests, Mr. Abernethy was influential in the banking circles of this section. He was one of the organizers of the Independent Trust Company of Charlotte, and helped establish the First National Bank of Lincolnton. At one time he was vice-president of the old county National Bank of Lincolnton and was president of the Cherryville National Bank of Cherryville. Mr. Abernethy was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Lincolnton and for many years had served as elder. On December 16, 1875, he was married to Miss Sarah E. Rhyne, daughter of Moses H. and Margaret E. Huffman Rhyne of Gaston county. Mrs. Abernethy died about five years ago. Surviving are three sons, Robert S. Abernethy of Winter Haven, Fla., and John D. Abernethy and James A. Abernethy, Jr. of Lincolnton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian church and burial will be in Hollybrook cemetery."

NOTE: Although he seemed to spell his name Abernethy in later life, his father spelled the name Abernathy.
Family links: 
  James Abernathy (1807 - 1880)
  Mary C Rankin Abernathy (1820 - 1867)
  Sarah Elizabeth Rhyne Abernethy (1854 - 1931)*
  Loula Campbell Abernethy Hull (1876 - 1936)*
  Robert Sidney Abernethy (1878 - 1963)*
  John Daniel Abernethy (1881 - 1973)*
  Mary Elizabeth Abernethy Costner (1885 - 1917)*
  James Alonzo Abernethy (1896 - 1973)*
  William M Abernathy (1839 - 1874)*
  James Alonzo Abernethy (1851 - 1938)
  Marshal Abernathy (1855 - 1857)*
*Calculated relationship
Hollybrook Cemetery
Lincoln County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Robert Koehler
Record added: Dec 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63158555
James Alonzo J.A. Abernethy, Sr
Added by: Sue Leitzsey Bradley
James Alonzo J.A. Abernethy, Sr
Added by: Sue Leitzsey Bradley
James Alonzo J.A. Abernethy, Sr
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