Old Macedonia Cemetery

Bardy Larkin and Matilda Bradshaw Abernathy

Bardy Larkin Abernathy


Bardy Larkin Abernathy, son of Nathan Abernathy and Eve Cline, husband of Matilda Bradshaw

Matilda Francis Bradshaw, wife of Bardy Larkin Abernathy.

Newspaper Article: Cartersville News (Cartersville, Georgia) March 16, 1905

Rev. Abernathy tells of Things of Long Ago

A Pioneer Citizen

Traveled Three Hundred Miles
Without Crossing a Railroad
Fording the Streams

"The cold weather has kept me in or I would have been down earlier to settle my subscription," said Rev. Bard Abernathy of Stamp Creek, as he seated himself in a chair of the news office on one of the recent bright days following the Blizzard.

"I was one of the first subscribers to the newspapers in this town" he continued, "I took the old Standard and Express and all of the papers that have come on after it right straight along to now, and I can't begin to do without your paper, that is right up to the times".

"You were among the early settlers," we ventured carefully.

"Yes, my father moved here from Lincoln County, North Carolina in 1836. I was a very young boy at the time and we came in a wagon across the country traveling 300 miles and never crossing a railroad track and forded nearly all the rivers as we found only two or three bridges over streams on the whole trip."

"The Indians had just gone and we could see their bark shanties they had left about in the woods. There were only pig trails over most of the territory around here and human habitations were far apart."

"Living near them, you knew the old Cooper Works on their better days," we queried.

"Perfectly, perfectly," he said. "People from far and near came to buy these wares and iron before the war, and during the war a contract was made with the Confederate government for supplying cannon and cannon balls for the army."

"Why, they were a very ???? looking gun, made each bore and many of them were turned loose on the Yankees to their sorrow, I reckon."

"Here let me pay you, I might tire you and talk longer," and he drew a wallet well wound with cords from his pocket and as he went out at the door he turned his face inward to finally ???? "Send me up some writing material and I will tell you the ???? and ???? from Macedonia settlement where lots of Abernathys live."

Newspaper Article: Cartersville News (Cartersville, Georgia) March 31, 1910

Rev. Bard Abernathy Was Among Those Settling in Bartow After Indians Left

The many friends of Rev. Bard Abernathy will be pleased to learn that he has sufficiently rallied from the effects of the accident that ten months ago put him in bed as to be able to sit up again. One day in the month of May last year while going into his front yard from his house his foot creened and he fell from the step to the ground and in the fall his hip was dislocated. He took his bed and his injuries were so great and lasting that he had to lay in one position, flat of his back, for ten long months. He has also acquired better use of himself and sits up, and Captain John J. Calhoun, with his characteristic generosity and thoughtfulness has secured for Mr. Abernathy a wheel chair in which he can roll himself about.
No picture of pious resignation we have ever seen has equaled that which Mr. Abernathy displayed as he lay on his bed recently and talked so calmly and cheerfully to those around, never murmuring because of the confinement and suffering he had to endure, merely saying that those possessing good health should appreciate such a blessing.
Mr. Abernathy is one of the most interesting figures in Bartow County’s history. He was among the pioneer settlers of the county, coming here from Lincoln County, North Carolina, at the age of seventeen, which was in 1842. He bought forty acres of land where he now lives on his coming to the county and has lived there continuously for sixty-eight years.
When he came here the Western & Atlantic railroad was just being constructed. The grade had been about finished but the ties had not been put on. The road was put in operation about the year 1847. He helped lay the tracks of the road. The first bridge across the Etowah River was 600 yards long and Mr. Abernathy states that he walked the bridge many times.
The Abernathy family is quite a large one, and he is the oldest member now living. He has been a primitive Baptist preacher nearly all of his life, and has several brothers, all of whom are Primitive Baptists.


Matilda Abernathy

Tribune-News (Cartersville) - January 12, 1922

In Memory of Mrs. Matilda Abernathy

Last Saturday night the death angel vistied the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Howell and carried away the latter's darling mother. She had long been ready and was only waiting for the Lord to call her away, where she will join her husband, Mr. B.L. Abernathy, who had gone on before.

She was nearly 90 years of age, andhad long been a member of the Baptist church at Macedonia.

She is survived by four sons, Messrs L.D. and H. Abernathy of this place, Mr. J.S. Abernathy, of near Pumpkin Vine creek, and Mr. Felix Abernathy of Paulding county and four daughters, Mrs. R.E. Howell, of this place; Mrs. C. Young, of near Cartersville; Mrs. John Puckett, of Paulding County, and Mrs. E. Elley, of near Adairsville, besides many other relatives and friends.

She was laid to rest in the Macedonia Cemetery last Monday. A large concourse of friends and relatives attended the funeral. Rev. J.T. Abernathy, Rev. W.E. Hembree and Rev. J.P. Cox holding services.

She will be greatly missed by her many friends and relatives for to know her was to love her.

-- Naomi Howell


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Old Macedonia Cemetery, Bartow County, Georgia