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Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 948715200000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1374460294000
I'd like to hear from any fellow descendants of James ABERNETHY & Jane FERGUSON from Antrim, Ireland, who settled in Frontenac County in Ontario. Some lived in Kingston & some in Storrington. Two of their sons married two of the daughters of William STRONG & Ann RAMSAY, also from Antrim & also immigrants to Frontenac County.


Bob Smothers (View posts)
Posted: 1131647049000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1374460314000

I'm wondering if possibly the Abernethys from Ireland that you mention might yield a clue regarding my great grandfather Robert Abernethy who was born in northern Ireland in 1815, however, we don't know what County or parish. His parents names are also unknown except census information indicates they were both born in Scotland.

Robert immigrated to and settled in London, Ontario, Canada, probably between 1830 and 1840. We know he was in London by 1841 when he married Caroline P. Travers. There is no indication that other members of his family traveled with him. He was a blacksmith and he and Caroline ended up having nine children in London prior to relocating to first Wisconsin and later California.

Do you have any information about your Abernethy family in Ireland and whether they might have had a relative named Robert born around 1815?

Re: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1142633328000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1374460333000
Dear Pam:

I am researching an Abernethy family that came to Michigan in 1832 from Rush, Monroe Co., NY (near Rochester). There is another Abernethy family in this area that has the same descriptions, and according to a descendant, there is a letter (about 100 years old) saying the father was James Abernethy who was born in Kingston, Ontario.

The Marvin Abernethy (1825-1892) I am researching was the youngest of 11 children. I wonder if there is a connection?

Some of the family names include Charles Todd; Eugene S; Louis Elmer; Nelson G; Florence; Lyle; Arthur; Nellie; Glen, Ethel.

Thank you!

Marilyn Arnold

Re: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1199075430000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1374460369000
I do have a James Abernethy (1811-1888) married to a Jane (nee Ferguson) (Abt1816-1881) whom immigrated to the Kingston area from Ireland - where 7 of their 8 children were born. Sara Jane b. 1833 Ireland; Mary ; Alexander; John; William; Thomas; Matilda and James. I descend through Thomas. I have had no information on James' b. 1842 Kingston. Could he be the James you are referring to?

The 100 year old letter sounds interesting....

E. Conrad

Re: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1199132908000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1374460391000
Hi & Happy new Year! James Abernethy & Jane Ferguson are my GGG grandparents. Your Thomas married Margaret Strong & my James married her sister Mary. James & Mary are a bit of a mystery couple as they seem to have vanished sometime after 1871 when Mary was with her parents on the census. I have found James only on the 1851 census. They had 3 girls but the girls stayed in Kingston. My Great Grandmother Jennie (Anjane) was raised by Anthony Strong, her uncle. I too would be interested in the letter. AnJane (1874-1953) married Hugh Bennett, Minnie (1872-1955) married James Kirkwood in Goodlands, Manitoba (& later Fred Ford) and Tillie married Thomas Dine.She was born about 1876 & died between 1895 & 1901.

Re: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1203780157000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1374460415000
Surnames: Abernethy, Abernathy
Do we know specifically where James was born? There seems to be an important distinction between those in this surname group with a common ancestor in Scotland vis-a-vis Ireland. My ggg-grandfather John Abernethy came from somewhere in County Antrim, Northern Ireland and there are several North Americans and others in this surname group who appear to have a common ancestor in Ireland. On the other hand there are several others who have a common ancestor Robert Abernethy born in the town of Abernethy, Perthshire, Scotland who was transported to the US as a guest of Oliver Cromwell.

John Abernethy

Re: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1203794768000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Abernethy
I have a christening date for James Abernethy- not sure who gave it to me & I've never verified it. I know one branch of descendants were LDS members and did quite a bit of research. The info I have says that James was the son of John Abernethy & that he was christened/baptized on 24 March 1811 in Aghalee, Antrim, Ireland.

Re: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1217638052000
Classification: Query
We do __NOT__ know where Robert Abernethy of Charles City County, VA colony was born, neither region nor town. Nor do we know for sure that he was transported to the US as a "guest" of Oliver Cromwell. All that is mere surmise. And not all in the "Scottish" group of the Abernethy/Abernathy surname study descend from Robert, just as not all in the "Irish" group descend from the oldest ancestor in that group. The DNA is closely related and family lore told to several individuals indicates origin in the respective countries but DNA does not, CANNOT, equate with proper documentation of a pedigree.

Re: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1245342567000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1374460440000
I located a christening record for James Abernethy which states:
Baptism Date: 24 Mar 1811
Childs Name: Jas
Parents Name: Christian Name, Surname: John and Mary Aberneathy
Abode: Ballinderry

LDS Microfilm #: 908817, Item 2, 3
Titled: Registry book of the united parishes of Aghalee, Augallon, and Magheramisk, County Antrim

The record states that James was christened 24 Mar 1811 in Agahalee then names his parents John and Mary OF BALLINDERRY.
Questions to answer:
I presume then that they resided in Ballinderry and came to Aghalee to christen their children?

Could it be that John's family resided in Ballinderry, so he did as well, and Marys' family resided in Agahalee - and they went there for the christenings?

Or could it be that Agahalee is where the church they chose to attend was?

Have tried to research Ballinderry area, with no success to date.

Re: Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1245351210000
Classification: Query
Ballinderry and Aghalee are parishes within County Antrim that touch one another. Both townships are now joined by a rather minor north-south 3rd class road. Both locations had Church of Ireland congredations at that time.

The couple could have lived just over the parish line in Ballinderry but it was easier and closer for them to attend church in Aghalee. At all events, records for the Church of Ireland, Aghalee Parish, County Antrim, Ireland show the baptism of three children for John and Mary Abernathy between 1810 and 1820: James, Sarah Anne, and Jane. All three parish records show the couple as living in the Ballinderry Parish, and all are found on the LDS website: in the IGI section.

And no, my husband is probably not, to my knowledge, related to your Fergusons.

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