The Name of Abner
The name of Abner entered the family through the family of Hezekiah and Keziah (Banks) Hall. It is thought to have stemmed from Abner Anthony a powerful and well-known Methodist preacher of colonial Bedford county, Va. It was not a traditional family name at the time of its introduction. It became popular in the family.
|Abner Hall, d. 1843|| son ||Hezekiah Hall, d. 1811|
|Abner Banks Hall, d. 1896|| son|| Abner Hall, d. 1843|
|Abner Smith,|| son|| Sarah, dau. Hezekiah, d. 1811|
|Abner Miles,|| g/son|| " " " "|
|Abner Overstreet|| son|| Dabney Overstreet, d. c. 1858|
|Chas. Abner Hall|| son|| Chas. W. Hall, d. 1938|
|Abner Banks Hall, d. 1924|| son|| Jas. Wesley Hall, d. 1870|
|Chas. Abner Hall, d. 1971|| son|| Jas. Newton Hall, d. 1928|
From the data shown, the name Abner entered the family in 1795 and continued until 1971 - a little less then 200 years. Not the duplication of names in different generations; i.e., Abner Banks Hall and Chas. Abner Hall.
This name does not appear among our southern cousins - most of them were Baptists!
Add one more:
Earl Abner Hall, 1889 - 1909, killed while learning the trade of brickmason.
His line: William, d. 1757; Hezekiah, d. 1811; Abner, d. 1843; Abner Banks Hall, d. 1896; Calvin Francis Hall, d. 1955; Earl Abner Hall, d. 1909. ____________
And still another:
Abner Banks Hall, d. 1896, had a son named for him that died as an infant.
William Abner Clark, 1855 - 1881, son, Corydon and Matilda Jane (Hall) Clark.