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Sgt David Hugh Boyd Abernathy
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1838
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA
Death: Feb. 8, 1931
Chambers County
Alabama, USA

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"The LaFayette Sun" - July 9, 1924:

Social News - By Mrs. D. A. Holmes.

Mr. D. H. B. Abernathy's 86th birthday was celebrated Friday with a royal dinner and environment that reminded one of the grandeur and good times of antebellum days. Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Talley, Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Smith, Messrs. Abernathy, children of Mr. Abernathy, Misses Addie and Sallie Hunter, nieces, and other relatives were the hosts and hostesses on this delightful occasion. The scene of the dinner was the home at Buffalo, of Misses Hunter. The long tables were under the trees, chairs were everywhere for the guests to sit and talk. This is among the splendid homes, with every modern convenience of a city, lovely flowers were blooming in the front and back yards and the porches, and all formed an ideal place for this wonderful festivity, complimenting one of the county's most beloved and highly honored citizens. Mr. Abernathy for years filled high offices of Chambers County with that loyalty to duty and responsibility and singleness of purpose that has distinguished his entire life. He is a Confederate veteran of the 47th Alabama Regiment, Company I, and was in all the battles of Virginia and around Chattanooga. He, his brothers and cousins, who were all in the war, told many reminiscences of those days of the sixties, as they talked Friday. The long table covered by white damask with vases of flowers extending down the length was filled with everything good to eat, from tender fried chicken, salads, Brunswick stew, sandwiches, breads, olives, pickles, creamed potatoes, custards, ice cream, pies, cakes, ice tea and everything good that fine housewives excel in. Lemonade was served all during the day. After the large company had finished dining, the Negroes from the plantation were all given their dinner, with that real Southern spirit that wishes everyone to share in any enjoyment. Among the various means of entertainment were lovely music on the piano by the girls. Some recitations by Miss Mary Ford evidenced how talented she is in elocution and all, especially "Mary Cary" were much enjoyed. There were many Kodak pictures taken by the different ones present. Among the views photographed were several of an old Negro, Mary Barrow, in her working dress with a pan and dish in her hands, reminding all of her long years of faithful service in the Hunter family. Little darkies sang Southern folk songs in their weird, tuneful style. During the day the children played games and Mr. Lee Hunter devoted himself to a merry time for the tots. Just before dinner and congratulations for the honor guest, he was given a "shower" which included every gift that love and esteem could conceive of. At the close of the day there were good-byes and wishes of many more years for this one of God's true gentlemen and wishes of meeting on many other happy days like this one. Among those enjoying this delightful day were D. H. B. Abernathy, S. H. Abernathy, of Roanoke; Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Talley, Hoyt, Sara, Julia and Mamie Kate Talley, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. B. Abernathy and family, S. M. Abernathy, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Abernathy and baby, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Bullock, Miss Bullock, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Sharp and family, Dr. and Mrs. R. D. Stallings, of Atlanta, Misses Sallie and Addie Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Spence and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. Morgan Spence and baby, J. W. Hunter and daughter, Miss Marie Coggins, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hunter, of Roanoke; Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Hunter, Lee Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Smith and boys, Misses Maude and Minnie Hammond, S. R. Talley, Mrs. Lucile Dabbs, of Lanett; Mr. and Mrs. E. K. Davis, Misses Mary Ford and Sarah Landrum.
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"The LaFayette Sun" - July 13, 1927:

D. H. B. Abernathy Celebrates 89th Birthday.

"Uncle Dave" Abernathy, well-known and beloved Confederate veteran of Chambers county, was honored by his many friends and relatives on his 89th birthday, July 4th, at the home of Mr. Lee Hunter, of Buffalo. Occupying the spotlight Uncle Dave was happy to receive the congratulations of his host of friends and relatives in his usual friendly way. For several years this day has been set aside in that community as a day to celebrate Uncle Dave's birthday, and just as fitting as Independence Day was observed throughout the Southland, just so thoroughly was this day carried out at Buffalo.
There is something really added to the birthday of Uncle Dave to make the celebration complete, and when we think of July Fourth, the horrors of war and the tranquil gladness of peace, which our people have experienced in their early crusades for happiness and home, thrills us with pride and deeper love for those who have been the actors on the stage of war. Uncle Dave was there, he knows the "Hell of War" and the "Sweetness of Peace," and he is happiest when surrounded by loved ones and the stories of other days are told.
D. H. B. Abernathy was born July 4th, 1838, in DeKalb County, Ga., and moved with his parents to Chambers County about the age of five years, where he has lived since that time. He spent his youth on his father's farm, and when at the age of twenty-one he began teaching school, teaching from 1859 to 1861. In the spring of 1862 war between the north and south was raging, and in Company "I", 47th Alabama regiment, he shouldered his musket in defense of this fair Southland. He was first called into service near Richmond in July, 1862; later he fought in the battles of Cedar Run, August 9th, at Fredericksburg, August 13th, at Gettesburg and then at Chicamauga. Uncle Dave's face lightens with pride and enthusiasm when he tells the story of this battle and how the Southern army drove back the Yankees, and later when Longstreet joined the forces in the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5th and 6th. It was in this battle that one of the enemy's bullets wounded Uncle Dave in the left arm and today he carries an empty sleve as a constant reminder of the struggle of 1864. Uncle Dave was in Laws' brigade, which also included the Fourth Alabama, 15th Alabama, 44th Alabama, 47th Alabama and 48th Alabama, under Hood's division and Longstreet's corps of the Northern Virginia army.
In 1864 he was married to Miss Martha Stallings, of Carroll County, Ga., and brought her to Chambers county to build and rebuild a home. In 1871 he was honored by his people by electing him tax assessor of the county, in which capacity he served honorably until 1882. In 1874, after the death of his wife he was again married to Miss Rowland, the eldest daughter of the late P. M. Rowland. He has lived to rear a large family of children and to see them all happy and doing well.
Uncle Dave says he doesn't know why, but there was always something present with him that made him happy when in the thickest of battle. The shells dropping about him, blood spattered battlefields and comrades falling beneath the rifle fire of the enemy gave him courage to fight on and to loose himself in defense of home and country. He also recalls the three days he spent without food, nothing to eat except the grain that was carried along for the horses. Those days were trying ones and the memories of them are always coming back to me in scenes of yesterday.
It seems that eighty-nine years is a long time to everyone except Uncle Dave, but those who know his highly developed sense of humor, and his always cheerful attitude towards life realize that he is yet young. While time has placed on his head a silvery wreath, his steps grow feeble under the burden of years and his brow wrinkled by experience he faces the evening of life with hope. May he live on and with increasing years may there be the full fruition of the many virtues that have characterized his life up to today.

(Transcription of this article courtesy of Hank Rogers, F.A.G. Member #46596065.)
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1880 Chambers County, (Chappell Hill) AL Census:

#H60

D. H. B. Abernathy 41M Farmer Born GA
Sarah E. Abernathy 30F Wife Born AL
David S. B. Abernathy 15M Son Laborer Born AL
Albert S. C. Abernathy 14M Son Laborer Born AL
Jane A. E. Abernathy 8F Daughter Born AL
Lucius H. B. Abernathy 7M Son Born AL
Ina E. Abernathy 4F Daughter Born AL
Peter H. S. Abernathy 8/12F Son Born AL
S. M. Hurst 77F Grandmother Born GA
Tom Boyd 23M (Black) Laborer Born AL
Jane Blasengame 26F (Black) Cook Born AL
Lucius Blasengame 1M (Black) Born AL
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1900 Chambers County, (Hamburg) AL Census:

#H234

David Abernathey 61M Farmer Born July 1838 in GA
Sarah Abernathey 50F Wife Born June 1849 in AL (Mother of 7 children; 5 living)
Lucious Abernathey 27M Son Farm Laborer Born March 1873 in AL
Ina E. Abernathey 24F Daughther Born Aug. 1875 in AL
Peter H. Abernathey 20M Son Farm Laborer Born Sept. 1879 in AL
Julia E. Abernarhey 18F Daughter At School Born Feb. 1882 in AL
Henry S. Abernathey 16M Son Farm Laborer Born April 1884 in AL
Sam'l M. Abernathey 13M Son At School Born Oct. 1886 in AL
Estelle Newman 28F Daughter Born Dec. 1871 in AL (Widow. Mother of 1 child; 0 living)
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1910 Chambers County, (Hamburg & Five Points) AL Census:

#H235

David Hugh Boyd Abernathy 71M Own Income Born GA
Henry Stewart "Lube" Abernathy 26M Son Farmer Born AL
Sam M. Abernathy 24M Son Farm Laborer Born AL
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1920 Chambers County, (Hamburg) AL Census:

#H171

Dave Abernethy 81M Farmer Born GA
Lube Abernethy 35M Son Farm Laborer Born AL
Sam Abernethy 33M Son Farm Laborer Born AL
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1930 Chambers County, (Hamburg & Five Points) AL Census:

#H330

Henry S. Abernathy 46M Farmer Born AL
Docia Abernathy 29F Wife Born AL
Stella Abernathy 8F Daughter Born AL
Vinson Abernathy 6M Son Born AL
Nellie R. Abernathy 2F Daughter Born AL
D. H. B. ABERNATHY 91M Father Born GA
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Family links: 
 Parents:
  Samuel Abernathy (1798 - 1878)
  Jane Boyd Abernathy (1799 - 1870)
 
 Spouses:
  Martha Ann Stallings Abernathy (1840 - 1873)
  Sara Elizabeth Rowland Abernathy (1849 - 1891)
 
 Children:
  David Shamariah Benjamin Abernathy (1865 - 1938)*
  Albert Sidney Charles Abernathy (1866 - 1886)*
  Jane Alice Estella Abernathy Stallings (1871 - 1959)*
  Lucious Hugh Boyd Abernathy (1873 - 1950)*
  Ina Eudora Abernathy Smith (1875 - 1963)*
  Addie M. Abernathy (1877 - 1878)*
  Peter H. Abernathy (1879 - 1900)*
  Julia Abernathy Talley (1882 - 1967)*
  Henry Stewart Abernathy (1884 - 1968)*
  Samuel Monroe Abernathy (1886 - 1960)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Davis Abernathy (1820 - 1854)*
  Robert Boyd Abernathy (1822 - 1823)*
  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
 
Inscription:
"Company "I" 47th AL Inf. Reg. CSA"

 
Burial:
Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
Chambers County
Alabama, USA
 
Created by: Churchwell
Record added: Jan 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33307331
Sgt David Hugh Boyd Abernathy
Added by: Churchwell
 
Sgt David Hugh Boyd Abernathy
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Sgt David Hugh Boyd Abernathy
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Grandson of John Abernathy & Rhoda Davis...Great Grandson of William Abernathy & Elizabeth/Unknown...RIP
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