In 1891 at the age of 21, he married Diane "Annie" Jones in Arkansas. The Census of 1900 shows Ab and Annie living in Grubbs with three of their children; Jane (7), Andrew (4) and Viola (1). They had a son named Samie who died in 1895 when he was about 7 weeeks old. They would go on to have 2 more children and by 1904 Annie and the other 4 children would be dead. There had to have been an epidemic of some kind. Annie (34) died 2 weeks after giving birth to William in October 1903. 6 months later, James (3) died, 2 weeks later, Viola (8) and only 5 days later Jane at 12 was gone. By early May of 1904, Abner at 34 had lost his whole family. Can't even imagine what he went through.
The next few years had to have been a very rough time for Abner. Don't really know when Polly Devore at the age of 16 stepped into his life, but, in December of 1907 they got married. A new wife and a new life had started for Abner at the age of 37. 10 months after they got married, their first born William Robert was born. I'm sure he must have been named after the William that Abner lost and/or for Polly's brother William. Abner is listed on the 1910 census in Jackson County, Arkansas. Living with wife Polly and son William R. Also living in the home were James Heltez (age 7) and Walter Smith (age 23), they probably worked on the farm since Abner was listed as being a farmer on every census that I found.
Over the next 8 years from 1908 to 1916, 4 more children would follow; Albert, Woodrow, Gladys and Doyle. Doyle was born in June of 1916 and in February of 1917, Abner had passed away at the age of 47. Polly was a widow alone with 5 children at the age of 26.