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Cornelius Dabney

Male 1797 - 1837  (40 years)


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  • Name Cornelius Dabney 
    Born 6 Jan 1797  Louisa County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Jun 1837  Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I167  Dabneys of Virginia
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2017 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Elizabeth Smith Winston,   b. 24 Dec 1766,   d. 11 Jan 1840, Hickman County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1783  [1
    Family ID F40  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Eggleston Catlett 
    Married 28 Jan 1819  [1
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F126  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Cornelius Dabney was born to Cornelius and Elizabeth Smith (Winston) Dabney January 6, 1797, in Louisa County, Virginia.
      He married Mary Eggleston Catlett January 28, 1819. They had four children who survived to adulthood: Ann Eliza, born about 1820, married William W. Jones before 1847; Cornelius T., born in 1823, married Mariah Louisa Wylie in 1844 in Caldwell County, Kentkucky; Charles C., who died as a young adult in early 1849 after a bitter lawsuit; and Caroline, born about 1830, married Thomas C. Baytop before 1870.
      In the 1820 census, they were living in Goochland County and in 1830, in neighboring Louisa County. In 1820, Cornelius and Mary exchanged their interest in 199 acres occupied by Mary’s mother, Ann Catlett, to John Catlett of Gloucester County, Virginia, for a woman slave named Agnes. One witness of the deed was Henry Dabney, son of Richard Dabney of the Dorrell farm in King William County. In 1827, Cornelius sold his share in his father’s land to his brother, Albert G. Dabney, for $300.
      On September 9, 1831, Cornelius sold his farm of 159 1/2 acres in Louisa County to Charles Nuckolls for $1,025 and moved to Christian County, Kentucky, where he purchased 103 acres on which he was taxed from 1833 to 1835). He then moved to neighboring Trigg County, where his brother Albert was living. He was listed in Trigg County without land in 1836.
      In January, 1837, he and his son Charles moved back to Hanover County, Virginia, where he planned to open a store. However, he was in very poor health and lived with Nathaniel H. Wash, a nephew, for a few months and then died in June. Before his death, he arranged for Charles to live with Wash until he reached adulthood. He left a sum of money ($400-$900, according to different reports) for Charles’ care and education. Charles stayed with Wash for about three years, but then they had a falling out and Charles left, probably due to Wash’s harsh discipline. Charles went to the house of a neighbor, who advised him to go back, but Charles said he could not bear living with Wash and the neighbor said he could stay with him. Wash then went to the neighbor’s house and ordered Charles to return to his house and threatened him with a whipping. The neighbor said he would not allow it and would defend the lad, which ended the encounter.
      It appears that Charles may have become obsessed with his grievance against Wash and about seven years later, in 1847, he sued Wash for the funds left with Wash for Charles’ care. After collecting numerous depositions, followed by court delays, Charles died about March or April, 1849, but that did not end the suit. Charles’ administrator continued the suit, at first in the interest of William W. and Ann (Dabney) Jones, Charles’ sister, then in the interest of his brother, Cornelius T. Dabney of Caldwell County, Kentucky. After many continuances, it was finally struck from the docket in 1861. [1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]

  • Sources 
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    2. [S175]

    3. [S171] p. 81..

    4. [S57]

    5. [S176]

    6. [S174]

    7. [S38] p. 153..

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    9. [S525]

    10. [S151] p. 153..

    11. [S813]