Abernethy, William D.


8 Apr. 1801–3 July 1850. Postmaster, storekeeper, sheriff, farmer. Born in Harwinton, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Son of William Conant Abernethy and Azubah Dexter. Moved with family to Jacksonville, Morgan Co., Illinois. Cofounded Augusta, Hancock Co., Illinois. Married Evelina Hawley, Mar. 1833, in Jacksonville. Appointed first postmaster of Augusta, 1834. Attempted to arrest JS on charges of treason, 6 Sept. 1840, in Nauvoo, Hancock Co. Identified as member of mob who participated in murders of JS and Hyrum Smith. Died during cholera epidemic in Warsaw, Hancock Co.; buried in Augusta.