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William Murfree Abernethy
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Birth: Mar. 13, 1851
Murfreesboro
Rutherford County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jun. 30, 1931
Pleasanton
Atascosa County
Texas, USA

William Murfree Abernethy was the son of Dr. Jesse Jones and Mary Moore (Murfree) Abernathy. He was born 13 Mar 1851, Rutherford Co., Tennessee and died 30 Jun 1931, Atascosa Co., Texas. His mother passed away when he was a toddler and his father married Susan Elizabeth (Sumner) Williams and they began to have children. When William Murfree Abernethy was a young teenager, the family moved to Alto, Franklin Co., Tennessee.

(Note that he spelled his last name with an "e" ("Abernethy") and his parents and siblings spelled their last name with an "a" ("Abernathy").

It is of interest to note that Murfreesboro, a city with a population of about 120,000 people, located in and the county seat of Rutherford County, located in middle Tennessee, was named for Hardy Murfree, gret-grandfather of William Murfree Abernethy. (Murfreesboro is also home to Middle Tennessee State University, the largest undergraduate university in the state of Tennessee.)

United States Census Records reveal the following information concerning the life of William Murfree Abernethy:

1860 - Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., Tennessee, age 9, living with his father and stepmother.

1870 - District 9, Franklin Co., Tennessee, age 19, with his father and stepmother.

1880 - Gonzales Co., Texas, age 30, living as a boarder in the home of Delilah Glover (age 37, and head of household), Richard Glover (age 18, and son of Delilah Glover), and Eliza Burdick (age 29, and sister of Delilah Glover). He was age 30 and his occupation was Teacher. (Note he would later marry Eliza Burdick.)

1900 - Justice Precinct 1, Atascosa Co., Texas, age 49, living with his wife, Eliza, and daughter, Zella. His occupation was Deputy Tax Collector.

1910 - Justice Precinct 1, Atascosa, Co., Texas, age 59, living with his wife, Eliza. His occupation was County Judge.

1920 - Jourdanton, Atascosa Co., Texas, age 69, living with his wife, Eliza. His occupation was Lawyer, General Justice.

1930 - Precinct 8, Atascosa Co., Texas, age 79, living with his son-in-law and daughter, F. P. and Zella Cook. His occupation was Attorney, General Practice.

An interesting news article:

Judge W. M. Abernethy -

For the past eight years W. M. Abernethy has served Atascosa county, as county judge and ex-officio superintendent of schools and again is the democratic nominee for the same position, having no opposition. Judge Abernethy has been a resident of Pleasanton for the past 14 years, and aside from his official duties, finds time to look after his land holdings in Atascosa county, which are considerable. Judge Abernethy is enterprising and it has been during his administration that the Pleasanton road to the Bexar county line has been placed in such excellent condition.

Source:
San Antonio Light
San Antonio, Texas
November 14, 1908

His Obituary:

William M. Abernethy, 78, died here today. He was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., a town named for his mother's family, and came to Texas in 1873, and settled near Waelder in Gonzales County. He made several trips up the trails to Kansas with the cowmen of his day. Later he taught school several years in Gonzales and adjoining counties. He was married to Jane (Eliza Gertrude?) Bundick of Gonzales County. A daugher, Zella Cook of Pleasanton, and William Abernethy Cook, a grandson, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Cook, survive. Mrs. Abernethy died several years ago. Judge Abernethy came to Atasosa County in the middle 90s, shortly after the late Mathis Avant was elected sheriff of Atascosa County, and served as chief deputy sheriff until 1903, when he was elected county judge, which office he held until 1913. Upon his retlrement from the office of county judge at age 60, he successfully passed the bar examination before the examiners at San Antonio, and thereafter practiced law, with offices at Jourdanton and Pleasanton, successively, retiring from active practice a few years ago. He owned a large farm six miles northwest of Pleasanton, in the artesian belt, which he and his son-in-law developed 10 years ago into an extensive berry and fruit growing enterprise, shipping this spring the first full carload of Bruce plums to leave Atascosa County.

Source:
San Antonio Express
San Antonio, Texas
July 2, 1931, page 15

 
 
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 Parents:
  Jesse Jones Abernathy (1817 - 1897)
  Mary Moore Murfree Abernathy (1819 - 1854)
 
 Spouse:
  Eliza Gurtrude Bundick Abernethy (1851 - 1924)*
 
 Children:
  Zella Abernethy Cook (1883 - 1971)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Alice Abernathy (1844 - ____)*
  Jesse Mathias Abernathy (1846 - ____)*
  Benjamin Roberts Abernethy (1848 - 1905)*
  William Murfree Abernethy (1851 - 1931)
  Henry Jones Abernathy (1856 - 1923)**
  Susan Elizabeth Abernathy Bell (1858 - 1941)**
  Samuel Sumner Abernathy (1860 - 1937)**
  Mary Abernathy (1863 - 1883)**
  Martha Philips Abernathy (1866 - 1874)**
  Joseph Exum Abernathy (1868 - 1871)**
  Ida Abernathy Bell (1871 - 1945)**
  Ellen Abernathy (1871 - 1871)**
  Charles Abernathy (1874 - 1876)**
  Alfred Howard Abernathy (1879 - 1963)**
  Anesta Abernathy Glovier (1881 - 1975)**
  Eleanor Abernathy Crawford (1888 - 1971)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Pleasanton City Cemetery
Pleasanton
Atascosa County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Michael Pitcock
Originally Created by: Eugene Cornelius
Record added: Oct 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77550705
William Murfree Abernethy
Added by: Eugene Cornelius
 
William Murfree Abernethy
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