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William Dabney

Male 1721 - 1767  (46 years)


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  • Name William Dabney  [1
    Born 1721  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1767  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I35  Dabneys of Virginia
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2017 

    Father Cornelius Dabney,   b. 1690-98, King And Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1738, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 164 years) 
    Mother Lucy Winston,   b. Abt 1710-20,   d. 1784, Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 176 years) 
    Married Abt 1720  [4, 5
    Family ID F65  Group Sheet

    Family Philadelphia Gwathmey 
    Married 1745-1749  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Isaac Dabney, Sr.,   b. 1745-49, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1784, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 173 years)
     2. Richard Dabney,   b. 1750/51, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1800, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     3. Lucy Dabney,   b. Abt 1745-53, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Owen Dabney,   b. Abt 1754, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1796/97, Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years)
     5. Cornelius Dabney,   b. 7 Jun 1756, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1821, Louisa County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     6. Sarah Dabney,   b. Abt 1752-58, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1794, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 173 years)
     7. Philadelphia Dabney,   b. Abt 1757-62
     8. William Dabney,   b. Abt 1757-62, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1828, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 176 years)
     9. Gwathmey Dabney,   b. 1762-67, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1815/16, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 174 years)
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2011 
    Family ID F31  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • William Dabney was born to Cornelius and Lucy (Winston) Dabney about 1721-25 in King William County, Virginia.
      He married Philadelphia Gwathmey, a daughter of Richard and Diana (Moore) Gwathmey of neighboring King and Queen County, born about 1745-49 in King and Queen County. They had nine children. As listed in William’s will, they were: Isaac, born 1745-49; Richard, born 1750/51; Owen, born in 1754; Cornelius, born June 7, 1756; William, born 1757-62; and three daughters, Lucy, born 1745-56; Sarah, born 1752-58; and Philadelphia, born 1757-62. A sixth son, Gwathmey, was born about 1762-67, after the will was written. The three daughters were mentioned after all of the sons in William’s will, but probably because their legacies were different from those of their brothers.
      William was appointed a Justice of the Peace for King William County by the Council of Colonial Virginia in 1749.
      William’s home farm in King William County, which he left to his eldest son, Isaac, consisted of two tracts of exceptionally rich land (indicated by their later tax rates) originally patented in April, 1701, by his grandfather, James Dabney, and his great aunt, Sarah (Dabney) Winston, both children of Cornelius Dabney, the immigrant. This is the clearest evidence for a line of descent from the first Cornelius to the children of William Dabney of King William County.
      From his father, Cornelius Dabney of King William County, a grandson of the first Cornelius, William inherited two adjoining tracts on the north side of the South Anna River in Louisa County that were originally patented by his father in 1724 and 1729. In accordance with William’s will, this property was divided into two parts along a line different from the boundary between the two patents, and the two tracts were transferred by Isaac, William’s eldest son and administrator, to his brothers Richard and Owen when they reached 21 in 1771 and 1775.
      William made an effort to acquire comparable land for his fourth son, Cornelius. In October, 1760, he purchased a tract of 250 acres in Louisa County on the south side of the South Anna River for £200. In February, 1763, after the date of his will, he purchased a neighboring tract of 100 Acres for £55. These two tracts were transferred to Cornelius by Isaac in 1777. William, who was the youngest son when the will was written was left £400 to purchase a comparable piece of land. The youngest son, Gwathmey, was born after the will was written and the provisions of the land transfers suggest that the older brothers contributed toward a comparable inheritance for him when they received their tracts.
      Each of William’s children, both sons and daughters, inherited a bed and furniture, a horse and saddle, and an equal share of the slaves. The cattle, sheep, and pigs were divided among the sons and Isaac received William’s sword, pistol, cutlass, and silver watch. William bequeathed to his wife, Philadelphia, the remainder of his personal estate, 5 slaves, and the right to live in the family homestead for the rest of her life.
      William died in 1767, probably aged about 42-46 [2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13]

  • Sources 
    1. [S38] p. 145..

    2. [S151]

    3. [S37]

    4. [S85]

    5. [S17] p. 889..

    6. [S83]

    7. [S48] p. 26..

    8. [S151] p. 199..

    9. [S53]

    10. [S155] v. 5, p. 283..

    11. [S603]

    12. [S604]

    13. [S605]