Martha Ann Abernathy

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Martha Ann Abernathy (Rea)

Death: December 02, 1899 (60)
Matthews, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States (Fell in fireplace and died as a result of the burns)
Place of Burial: Matthews, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Green Lee Rea and Levica L Rea
Wife of Reverend John Wesley Abernathy
Mother of William W Abernethy; Robert L Abernethy; Henry Walter Abernethy; Fannie Levica Rea Abernethy; Franklin McCollum Abernethy and 4 others
Sister of John Laney Rea; James Milton Rea; Mary Roxana Maxwell and Zebulon Morris Rea
Half sister of Nancy M Harris; Dr Green Lee Rea, II and Roberta Estelle Kilgore

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About Martha Ann Abernathy

For a close up picture of the monument inscription, go to the Media section.

IN MEMORIAM - "Mrs. Martha Ann Abernethy, nee Rea, daughter of G. L. and Levics (sic) Rea, was born August 6th, 1839, was married to Rev J. W. Abernethy, at that time a member of the South Carolina Conference, on June 11th, 1861, and died in the town of Matthews, December 3d, 1899. For 16 years Sister Abernethy was the willing, uncomplaining and cheerful helpmeet of her itinerant husband, gladly foresaking a home where she had abundance and comfort, to follow him, at the bidding of the chuch, to hard and unpromising fields of labor, in which she served her Lord, without murmuring, joyously. In this service she accepted sacrifices, and endured hardships, as unto the Lord. Of a hopeful, buoyant and sunny disposition; modest, retiring, yet courageous, she was a stimulant and brace to her husband; always to speak a word of cheer and comfort. Some 12 years ago she was striken with epilepsy, since which time she has had frequent strokes. During thses years her husband, sons and daughter, have anxiously and tenderly cared for her, keeping loving and untiring vigil over her, lest some accident should befall her. Naturally industrious, she would busy herself about household affairs, which laid her liable to mishap. On the morning of November 29th, her daughter, Miss Mary, had left her for a few minutes in the cookroom, and while sweeping and singing, "God Be With Us Till We Meet Again" she was stricken and fell into the fire, which resulted in her death. She leaves the odor of a good name. The writer has heard more than one say, "She never said aught against any one" -- a fitting eulogy to a good woman."

Charlotte Observer - Sunday, December 10, 1899, Page 11. 

Parents: Green Lee Rea (1799 – 1890) and Levica L. Laney Rea (1808 – 1865).

Children of John Wesley & Martha Ann (Rea) Abernathy:

  • William W. Abernethy (1862 – 1945)
  • Henry Walter Abernethy (1866 – 1931)
  • Franklin McCollum Abernethy (1870 – 1958)
  • Coleman Wallace Abernethy (1873 – 1958)
  • John H. Abernethy (1878 - 1964)


  • John Laney Rea (1827 – 1915)
  • James Milton Rea (1832 – 1863)
  • Mary Roxana (Rea) Maxwell (1836 – 1859)
  • Zebulon Morris Rea (1842 – 1859)
  • Nancy M. Rea Harris (1878 – 1954)
  • Green Lee Rea (1880 - 1958)**

Note: Green Lee Rea is thought to be a Half-sibling**

Inscription: Wife of Rev. J.W. Abernethy  

Note: Shares marker with Z. M. Abernethy and Rev. Jno W. Abernethy.

Find A Grave Memorial # 22604090.