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DR. JONES CADWALDER ABERNETHY
Biography and Genealogy
Marengo and Jefferson County, Alabama
This biography is included in the Book Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Vol. III
Dr. Jones Cadwalader Abernethy was born September 6, 1836, at Old Spring Hill, Marengo County, and died February 28, 1915, at Birmingham. He was the son of Rev. Thomas Smith Abernethy and Martha W. (Lucy) Abernethy. He received his elementary education in the common schools of his native county and studied medicine in Nashville, Tenn., 1856-57. In 1859 he graduated from the medical department of the University of Louisiana, and entered upon the practice at once in Marengo County.
In l861, he entered the C. S. Army as surgeon of the 32nd Alabama infantry regiment: was transferred to the 43rd Georgia infantry regiment; was at one time surgeon of Gen. H. D. Clayton’s brigade and was chief surgeon of Gen. Breckenridge’s division during his Mississippi campaign. He resumed the practice of medicine in his native county but in 1882 he removed to Birmingham. He was elected president of the Jefferson County medical association, and commander of Camp Hardee, United Confederate Veterans, of which he was one of the founders. He was also president of the Surgeons of the Confederacy, United Confederate Veterans.
He was a Democrat; a Methodist and a Mason. Dr. Abernethy married August 31, 1858, at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox County, to Caroline O. Mobley, daughter of Thomas Barnett Mobley and Rebecca (Campbell) Mobley of that place.
Their children were:
- Jones C, Abernethy, Jr. . (b. Oct 12, 1865 AL – Oct. 17, 1940 TX), m. Cora Elizabeth Hughes,(Feb. 8, 1873 Houston, Texas – Jan. 28, 1950 Houston, Texas)
- Judge Heustis Barnett Abernethy, m. Ninette Eugenia Wood, Birmingham;
- William H. Abernethy, Birmingham;
- Thomas Smith Abernethy, m. Grace Dyer, Birmingham;
- Marie Antionette Abernethy, m. Charles Worthington, Tuscaloosa;
- Ellen Lauden Abernethy, m. Henry Earle Parke, Sylvester, Ga.
Dr. Abernethy’s last known address was in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
- History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen
- Find A Grave.com # 35392126