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Collection Number: 04186

Collection Title: Abernathy Family Papers, 1831-1952.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract The Abernathy family was located in Tennessee and Texas. Family members include Jesse Jones Abernathy (1817-1895), his wife Sarah Esther Howard Abernathy, and the Abernathys's children, Alfred (b. 1879) and Anesta (1880-1973). Both Jesse Jones Abernathy and Alfred Abernathy were physicians and professors at the Medical College of the University of the South, and Anesta Abernathy was a nurse. During the Civil War, Jesse Jones Abernathy worked as a Confederate Army surgeon in Bowling Green, Ky. The collection contains family correspondence and other papers of the Abernathy family of Tennessee and Texas. The correspondence, chiefly 1907-1913, relates to family matters and social affairs in Devine, Medina County, Tex., and Alto, Tenn., and Monteagle, Tenn.; Alfred Abernathy's activities at the University of the South; and Anesta Abernathy's activities as a nurse at various locations. Also included is an account book, 1868-1874, with records of medical services rendered by Jesse Jones Abernathy; writings by Jesse Jones Abernathy on religious topics; genealogical materials; and photographs.
Creator Abernathy family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Abernathy Family Papers, #4186, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Miriam Rabb of Leesburg, Va., 1979.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Abernathy family was located in Tennessee and Texas. Family members include Jesse Jones Abernathy (1817-1895), his wife Sarah Esther Howard Abernathy, and the Abernathys's children, Alfred (b. 1879) and Anesta (1880-1973). Both Jesse Jones Abernathy and Alfred Abernathy were physicians and professors at the Medical College of the University of the South, and Anesta Abernathy was a nurse. During the Civil War, Jesse Jones Abernathy worked as a Confederate Army surgeon in Bowling Green, Ky.

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The collection contains family correspondence and other papers of the Abernathy family of Tennessee and Texas. The correspondence, chiefly 1907-1913, relates to family matters and social affairs in Devine, Medina County, Tex., and Alto and Monteagle, Tenn.; Alfred Abernathy's (b. 1879) activities at the University of the South; and Anesta Abernathy's (1880-1973) activities as a nurse at various locations. Also included is an account book, 1868-1874, with records of medical services rendered by Jesse Jones Abernathy (1817-1895); writings by Jesse Jones Abernathy on religious topics; genealogical materials; and photographs.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1874-1952 and undated.

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The account book contains payments to Jesse Jones Abernathy for medical services; the genealogical material contains information on the Bryan, Howard, and Abernathy families; the other papers include receipts, prescriptions, school report cards and other items.

Folder 20

Account book, 1868-1874 #04186, Series: "3. Account Book and Genealogical Materials, 1868-1874 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

Genealogical material, undated #04186, Series: "3. Account Book and Genealogical Materials, 1868-1874 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

Other papers, undated #04186, Series: "3. Account Book and Genealogical Materials, 1868-1874 and undated." Folder 22

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17 items.

Photographs, including cabinet cards, of members of the Abernathy, Howard, and related families.

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Mr. and Mrs. David L. Howard, circa 1900 #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/1

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Earl and Dellah Ferguson Howard, 1899 #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/2

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H. J. Abernathy, circa 1900 #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/3-4

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Alfred Howard Albernathy in uniform, circa 1918 #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/5

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Cabinet cards of unidentified people, circa 1900 #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/6-9

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"Camping on the Camarron in the Rockies, 1899" #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/10-11

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Group portait, Monteagle, Tenn., circa 1927 #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/12

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Swimming group, Altamont, Tenn., 1928 #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/13

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May Day group, 1929 #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/14

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Street scene, Devine, Tex., circa 1900 #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/15

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Woman doing laundry at a river, Devine, Tex., circa 1900 #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/16

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Coffin, Devine, Tex., circa 1900 #04186, Series: "4. Photographs, 1899-1929." P-4186/17

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, February 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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