Born in Lincoln County, Tennessee, Abner M. Templeton was the son of Avis W. Cashion and John H. Templeton, and the husband of Mary Ann Couch. According to census records, his parents were born in North Carolina.
1850 Census - Subdivision 2, Lincoln Co., TN
John H Templeton 38 - miller Whitty Templeton 34 Sarah E Templeton 12 James A Templeton 10 Mary Templeton 8 Robert W Templeton 6 Wm E Templeton 4 Abner M C L Templeton 0
1860 Census - District 25, Lincoln Co., TN Post Office, Georges Store
John H Templeton 50 - farmer Whittie Templeton 40 Mary Templeton 17 - seamstress Robert Templeton 16 - farmer William Templeton 14 Abner Templeton 12 Nancy Templeton 8 Rufus Templeton 1
December 10, 1868, Abner married Mary Ann Couch in Lincoln County where they established their home and Abner farmed.
1870 Census - District 25, Lincoln Co., TN Post Office, Lynchburg
A M Templeton 20 M A N Templeton 18 S E Templeton 7/12
1880 - Census - District 25, Lincoln Co., TN
Abner M. Templeton 30 - farmer Mary A. Templeton 29 Sarah E. Templeton 10 Luther M. Templeton 7 William P. (R.) Templeton 3 Jhon R. Templeton 6m
His father passed in 1877, in Tennessee. Though some remained, Abner, his mother, and other siblings removed to Sebastian County, Arkansas where his mother died a few years later, in 1881.
Abner passed March 14, 1900 in Sebastian County, Arkansas. He is buried at Steep Hill Cemetery along with his mother, sisters, and son, Luther.