Phillip and Margaret (Bates) Abernathy found land on the east side of Big Fork which included the land that is now the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Their children were Canzada Abernathy who later married William J. Lewis; Columbus C. Abernathy; James W. Abernathy; Elizabeth Hortense Abernathy and Minervah Abernathy. The mother, Margaret, died before 1864 at an early age. The father, Phillip, then married Mary Lewis and their children were Phillip R. Abernathy, Guilford Abernathy, Thomas Abernathy and either another son or daughter, the name is uncertain.
James A. Abernathy,Sr. and his wife, Mary P. (Vandiver) had a son named Joshua Abernathy. Joshua married Lucretia E. Goss, the granddaughter of one of the early settlers, Elijah B. Goss.
James A. Abernathy, Jr. married Sarah Jane Standridge. Their daughter, Myrtle Abernathy, married Elijah A. Bates, son of John Calvin and Malinda (Goss) Bates. Myrtle and "Lige" broke up and some people say she died of a broken heart at the age of 34. She's buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Big Fork and the name on her gravestone is simply "Myrtle Abernathy".
|Abernathy Spring near Big Fork on Hwy. 8 East|