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George Dabney, I

Male Abt 1670 - 34


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  • Name George Dabney, I 
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    Died 1729-34  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born Abt 1670  New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I107  Dabneys of Virginia
    Last Modified 19 Jan 2017 

    Father Cornelius Dabney, I,   b. Dec 1631, Bucknall, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1693/94, New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Mother Eedeth (__),   d. Aft Jun 1678 
    Family ID F71  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth (Eliza) (__),   d. Aft 1729 
    Married C1693/94 
    Children 
     1. Mary Dabney
     2. Elizabeth Dabney,   b. 11 Nov 1698, King And Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1725  (Age 26 years)
     3. George Dabney, II,   b. 1697-1701, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1782-84, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Susannah Dabney,   b. C1702, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1750  (Age ~ 49 years)
     5. Sarah Dabney,   b. Abt 1704, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Judith Dabney,   b. C1706, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1782/83, Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
     7. Col. William Dabney, of Aldingham,   b. C1707-10, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1773/74, Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 176 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F81  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • George Dabney I was born to Cornelius and Edith Dabney ca. 1670 in New Kent County (later Hanover County), Virginia. He was probably their second son in birth order because he was listed second after James in the government committee report recommending issuance of patents to Cornelius’ four eldest children and second in the order of issuance of patents.
      He was married to Elizabeth (Eliza) (__) ca. 1685 or a little later. They had 7 children, of whom at least 6 lived into adulthood: Mary; Elizabeth, born November 11, 1698; George II, born ca. 1701; Susannah; Sarah; Judith; and William, born about 1707-1710.
      In 1701, he received a patent for 293 acres on the Pamunkey River in Pamunkey Neck, a part of King and Queen County that became King William County in 1703. His brother James and sisters Sarah and Dorothy Anderson received adjoining patents shown in Figure ____ because their father, Cornelius, had an earlier lease from the Pamunkey tribe during a period when patents were not issued because of a treaty with the tribe. In 1704, he paid a quit rent on 290 acres.
      He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in March, 1702, when King William County was first set up after its separation from King and Queen County. He was reappointed Justice in 1726 and 1729. On November 1, 1705, the House of Burgesses summoned George Dabney and 11 others to appear concerning a grievance they sent from King William County to the Council. On November 9, George and the others appeared before the House and were examined. The House resolved that the grievance should be publicly burned as a scandalous and seditious paper. George and the others were required to express their regrets and beg pardon, which they did. In 1707, he bought a lot in Delaware Town (later West Point), which was laid out in 1706. In 1713, he petitioned the state Council to be made sheriff of King William County, citing his years of service as a Justice of the Peace from the formation of the county. He received a prompt appointment from the Governor and Council 10 days later.
      In 1724, he obtained three patents foru a total of 1200 acres on Cub Creek in Hanover County (later Louisa County) that were about 36 miles from his first grant in King William County. In his will, he also mentioned an additional 500 acres and another property of unspecified size on Wolf Swamp (a creek) in Louisa County that were evidently purchased from private owners. George I and the four generations of George Dabneys that followed him continued to own the original 1701 tract in King William County until the mid 1800’s. In two of his later patents, he is described as Captain George Dabney, indicating that he was an officer in the county militia.
      In 1722, he asked the Virginia authorities for permission to operate a ferry across the Pamunkey River from his property to the opposite bank and an enabling act was passed by the House of Burgesses. The act set the fares he could charge at 3 pence per man and per horse. In 1748, An Act for the Settlement and Regulation of Ferries that listed a large number of ferries on the James, York, Rappahannock, and other Rivers raised George Dabney II’s permitted fees to 6 pence per man and per horse. George Dabneys III and IV continued to operate the ferry and George IV left it to his sons George H. and Benjamin, George H. sold his share to Christopher Tompkins, a prosperous neighbor, in 1838. Benjamin and Christopher continued the ferry with an assessed valuation of $1,621 until 1851, when the valuation fell to $5 and by 1856 was no longer listed for taxes.
      George Dabney I signed his will October 24, 1729, and was deceased before April, 1734. He bequeathed his home farm, which he obtained by patent in 1701, to his elder son, George Dabney II, together with the tract currently occupied by George II, probably the brick house near Enfield now called Seven Springs. He also gave to George II 600 of his 1200 acres on Cub Creek, half of his animal stock and household stuff on the Cub Creek property, all of the slaves in George’s possession, his new trooping saddle, new pistols, new silver hilted sword, brandy still, and half of his wearing apparel.
      To his younger son, William, he gave the other 600 acres of his Cub Creek land, 500 acres located between the South Anna River and Taylor’s Creek, and his property on Wolf Creek. He also gave William half of the animal stock and household stuff on the Cub Creek property and all of the same on the 500 acres and Wolf Creek properties. He also gave William his walnut writing desk, old pistols, silver buttons, silver tankard, twelve silver spoons, half of his wearing apparel. and six named slaves.
      To his daughter Susannah, he gave six slaves, her riding horse, side saddle, a feather bed and furniture of the best in the house. He gave his daughter, Mary Pettus, 20 shillings and his grandson, Dabney Pettus, son of Stephen and Mary Pettus, a slave named Frank. To his grandson, George Anderson, a son of his daughter Elizabeth and her husband, Matthew Anderson, he left a named slave and £20 when he when he reaches age 21, provided that his father would permit him to live with one or more of the will’s executors. He left the remaining part of his estate for the use and support of his wife, Eliza, and youngest daughters, Sarah and Judith. After Eliza’s death, any remaining proceeds of crop shipments to be divided among William, Susannah, Sarah, and Judith, and any remaining slaves, animal stock, and crops to be divided among Sarah and Judith.
      He appointed his wife and sons George and William executors and signed the will October 24, 1729. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19]

  • Sources 
    1. [S837]

    2. [S169] p. 109..

    3. [S167] article 2, p. 3,4..

    4. [S912]

    5. [S1209] p. 223..

    6. [S1113]

    7. [S247] v. 1702-1712, p. 141, 1 Nov 1705..

    8. [S247] v. 1702-1712, p. 150, 9 Nov 1705..

    9. [S1029]

    10. [S155] v. 3, p. 338, 25 Apr 1713..

    11. [S96] v. III, p. 265..

    12. [S247] v. 1712 - 1726, p. 328, 15 May, 1722..

    13. [S248] v. 4, p. 113, May, 1722..

    14. [S248] v.6, October, 1748, p. 16..

    15. [S1112]

    16. [S244]

    17. [S1209]

    18. [S247] v. 1702-1712, p. 141, 1 Nov 1705; p. 150, 9 Nov 1705; v. 1712-1726, p. 328, 15 May 1722..

    19. [S96] v. 3, p.265..