Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Abernathys in:
 • Abernathy Cemetery
 • Hildebran
 • Burke County
 • North Carolina
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
Rev Alexander J "Old Aleck" Abernathy, I
Learn about upgrading this memorial...
Birth: Mar. 13, 1790
Lincoln County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 31, 1866
Burke County
North Carolina, USA

Alexander was the grandson of Robert & Sarah Abernathy.
Alexander was the son of "Smith Abernathy" - mother unknown. They had 3 sons, and 4 daughters. Alexander Abernathy I, is the only child I have record of (no names on the early Census records)
At age 22, Alexander joined the Methodist Society. And shortly after, professed Religion and was licensed to preach. Alexander (age 24), married Elizabeth Wilkie in Rutherford County in 1814. After laboring with the Methodist for several years(1812 - 1815), he and his wife moved to Burke County. Shortly after the move to Burke County, he and his wife joined the Baptist Church. Alexander was Baptized by Hosea Holcombe on April 26, 1817.
"Alexander Abernathy five foot 10 inches in height, of round and heavy build, though not corpulent; large chest, complexion brown, eyes of hazel color, features fine and handsome, gestures attractive, and his general make up was that of a good looking Dutchman."
Logan's history of King's Mtn & Broad River Baptist Assoc.
1887, page 254, Biological sketches
He was a minister with a passion, and was very active with many churches and various Baptist associations of the area during these early years. Alexander died in 1866, before the establishment of Bethany Church in Hildebran (today's First Baptist Church of Hildebran), but his groundwork in the ministry leading up to the founding of the Church - was most likely pivotal in the formation of this Church in 1888.
"Both Aleck I, and Elizabeth, were buried in the family cemetery on the land known as "Anne's Place", so called because their daughter Anne never married, and made it her lifetime home. Anne and some other members of the family are buried there."
Writings of J. Perry Abernethy
Children: 4 sons, 2 daughters
(m) Smith Abernathy (b 1815)m Nancy
(m) William Abernathy (b 1821)
(m) Alexander Abernathy (b 1824)
(f) Anne Abernathy (b 1830 - per census)
(f) Martha "Patsy" Abernathy (b 1833)
(m) George Abernathy (b 1834)
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Wilkie Abernathy (1796 - 1868)*
  Smith Abernathy (1815 - 1876)*
  T. William Abernathy (1821 - 1899)*
  Alexander J Abernathy (1824 - 1865)*
  Ann Abernethy (1830 - 1917)*
  Martha Abernathy Johnson (1833 - 1901)*
  George Washington Abernathy (1834 - 1865)*
*Calculated relationship
Abernathy Cemetery
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
Maintained by: tsmart
Originally Created by: Dawn Shelton
Record added: May 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91039077
Rev Alexander J Old Aleck Abernathy, I
Added by: Dawn Shelton
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Lanie
 Added: Jan. 22, 2017

- Carolina.Tepee
 Added: Jun. 10, 2015

- Lanie
 Added: Jun. 30, 2014
There is 1 more note not showing...
Click here to view all notes...

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service