Old Macedonia Cemetery
Willie Abernathy

William and Annie Blackburn/Blackman Abernathy


William Robert Abernathy, son of Daniel Abernathy and Sarah Coley, husband of Annie Blackburn/Blackman.

Annie's name appears in different places as both Blackburn and Blackman.

It is possible that the family changed their name from Blackman to Blackburn at some point. There are conflicting records showing both names.
The death certificate for Mary lists her name as “Mrs. Mary (Blackman) Lanham.” She died in Fairplay, Cherokee (on the Bartow County line). The informant on the certificate is W.R. Abernathy. This is probably the son-in-law of Mary.
Family information lists the wife of W.R. (William Robert) Abernathy as Annie Blackburn.
The 1900 U.S. Census for Bartow County shows Mary Blackburn with children William C. and Annie living in the Wolf Pen section of Bartow.
William Cicero Blackburn is buried at Old Macedonia. The Bartow County marriage records show Cicero Blackburn marrying Nancy Summey. The death certificate for William states his name is Blackman, but his obituary and tombstone state Blackburn.
However, the Bartow County marriage records show Annie Blackman marrying Willie Abernathy.
The records also show Mrs. Mary Blackwell marrying Hosea L. Lanham, but the Cartersville News, September 21, 1905 contained this announcement:
We had another wedding in our vicinity September 7. Mrs. Blackman and Mr. Hose Lanham were married and left the next day for the groom’s home near Bethany, carrying the good wishes of many friends.
The tombstone for Mary lists her name as Mary Blackburn. Since this was most likely place here by family, it appears that they have gone with the name Blackburn.
Mary’s second husband Hosea Lanham was first married to Hannah Ponder who died February 1905 and is buried at Bethany Cemetery.
A death certificate for a daughter of Will and Annie Abernathy lists Annie’s maiden name as Blackman.

Annie Blackburn Abernathy

The Tribune (Cartersville, Georgia) March 30, 1972 — Page 8

Mrs. Annie B. Abernathy, of 114 Summit Street, died Saturday, following a lingering illness.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Eliza Keever, Cartersville; Mrs. Lillian Milsap, Canton; two sons, the Rev Nat Abernathy and Frank Abernathy, both of Cartersville; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Macedonia Baptist Church, with Elder Willie Howell and Rev. Tom Bill Blackburn officiating. Interment was in the old Macedonia Cemetery.

Mrs. Abernathy was a native of Lumpkin County and is the widow of the late Rev. Will R. Abernathy.

William Robert Abernathy

Weekly Tribune News (Cartersville, Georgia) April 22, 1954

W.R. Abernathy Dies Wednesday At His Home

William Robert Abernathy, 88, of Cartersville Route 1, died Wednesday, April 14, at his home, after a lingering illness.
A native of Bartow County, he was born November 1, 1865, a son of Daniel and Sarah Coley Abernathy. He was a retired farmer and had done considerable preaching; Old Macedonia being among the churches where he spoke. He was affiliated with the Baptist church.
He was married many years ago to Miss Annie Blackburn, who survives.
Funeral services were held at 1 o’clock Friday afternoon, April 16, at the New Macedonia church, on the Canton Highway, with the Rev. Will Howell and the Rev. Bartow Abernathy officiating. Interment was in the Old Macedonia cemetery, with the Owen Funeral Home in charge.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Frank Abernathy of Cartersville, and Nat Abernathy of Cartersville Route 2; two daughters, Mrs. Eliza Keever, of Cartersville Route 3, and Mrs. Lillian Millsap, of Cloverdale, Alabama; 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.


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Old Macedonia Cemetery, Bartow County, Georgia