During the American Revolution, at Hays’ Station in Laurens County, South Carolina, Samuel Abney was killed and his farm burned by Tory renegades. His pregnant wife, Martha, who had 4 children under 10, survived him. She never remarried, and in her thirty years of widowhood, raised her five children with the help of friends and family. (Brewer) Her youngest, Zachariah Abney (1782-1838), married Tabitha Townsend (1789-1868) in 1809, and had nine children who survived childhood. Their youngest child, Zachariah Taylor Abney (1829-1862), married Susan Elizabeth McClure (1830-1864), and between 1850 and 1855, the family moved to east Texas and established a large plantation just south of Waskom, between Marshall, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana. They had three children: Cary McClure Abney, Olin M. Abney (15 Dec. 1852-30 May 1923), and John Gilliam Davenport Abney. Cary and John attended the University of Virginia.
Cary McClure Abney Sr. (13 Dec. 1850-24 May 1923) attended U.Va. in sessions 45-46 (1868-1870). He was born in Newberry County, South Carolina. Evidence in Texas vital records indicates Cary M. Abney married twice. His first wife was Minnie Taylor (1857-1876), whom he married on 30 Jan. 1872. His second wife was Anna Josephine Jones (1857-1921); they married on 28 Feb. 1878. The children of this second marriage were: Bessie Abney (d. young), Zachariah Abney (1881-1917), Cary McClure Abney Jr. (1883-1969), and Genevieve Abney (1888-1957). Cary McClure Abney Sr. was a merchant and planter; Barringer reports Abney’s home was in Elysian Fields, Texas. He is buried in Algoma Cemetery, Marshall, Harrison County, Texas.
John Gilliam Davenport Abney (20 Feb. 1855-18 May 1896) attended U.Va. in sessions 47-48 (1870-1872). In 1873, he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He married Brunetta Wilkinson Thompson (1860-1905). They had three children: John Dixon (1886-1960), Frances Elizabeth (d. young), and Brunetta Wilkinson “Nettie” Abney (1892-1980). At the time of his death at age 41, John G. D. Abney was living in Hillsboro, Texas and had been a county judge in Hill County for several years. He was originally buried in the Abney-Rudd Cemetery but his remains were later moved to the Colonial Gardens Cemetery.
[Note: The Texas Death records give Cary M. Abney Sr.’s death date as 24 May 1923. Thanks to Abney H. Brewer for information on the John G. D. Abney family.–JLC]
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- “Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976,” index and images, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J6MY-77H : accessed 20 Dec 2012), Cary Mcclure Abney, 24 May 1923; citing reference cn 15679, State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas.
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