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William Dabney

Male 95 - 1848  (175 years)


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  • Name William Dabney  [1
    Born 1790-95  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Jun 1848  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I30  Dabneys of Virginia
    Last Modified 28 May 2017 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Sarah (Sally) Gwathmey,   d. 1829/30 
    Married Abt 1785-87  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F45  Group Sheet

    Family Louisa Turner,   b. 1815 
    Married 22 Apr 1846  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F23  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • William Dabney was born to William and Sarah (Gwathmey) Dabney between about 1791 and 1794 in King William County, Virginia. William H. Dabney’s Sketch of the Dabneys of Virginia gives him a middle initial of D, but this researcher has never seen it in any of the tax, land, census records or newspapers in which his name has appeared.
      He may have been one of the 2-3 white males taxed to his father in the 1805-1815 personal property tax lists for King William County. He probably left the County and moved to Richmond after 1815, when he was absent from the tax rolls and his father was not taxed on extra white males. In 1819, he was listed in the Richmond Directory as William Dabney, grocer, H St. between 8th and 9th. In the same year, he signed a deed as one of the trustees of the Baptist Church of Richmond. In December, 1820, he purchased a lot in Richmond from Robert McKim (another Baptist Church trustee) and sold it back to McKim in June, 1821. He bought a lot from James Bosher in June, 1821 and sold it in January, 1829 to Daniel C. Hutchison. From 1827 to 1830, he was the treasurer for the Virginia Baptist Missionary Society. In 1828, he was listed as an agent for the Baptist newspaper, The Religious Herald. In February, 1832, as the last surviving trustee for the lot where the Richmond First Baptist Church was located, he appointed a new set of trustees for the future. He was also an active teacher in the Sunday School.
      In September, 1840, he was elected a trustee for Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia and at the same meeting made a donation to the College of $500. In his will, William made a bequest to the College of $562.90 and 50 shares of stock in the James River and Kanawha Company.
      In 1843/44, William retired from Richmond to King William County where he first appeared in the personal property tax list in 1844. He married Louisa Turner April 22, 1846. She was about 31 and he was about 53. They had no children. In the same year, he purchased 205 acres from John Powell, the administrator of Eldred W. Satterwhite’s estate. He was charged land tax on the 205 acres in 1848.
      William died June 8, 1848 in King William County, aged about 55. His will has not survived the several fires at King William County courthouse. His land was divided between 29 acres to Louisa, 111 acres to his unmarried sister, Martha W., who purchased William’s brother Mordecai’s share, and 65 acres to the heirs of his deceased brother, Cornelius. His estate also included $13,200 in bonds of the Corporation of Richmond and the James River and Kanawha Canal Company, and 231 shares of the Virginia Fire and Marine Insurance Company, Kanawha and James River Railroad Company, Bank of Virginia, Brook Turnpike Company of Richmond, James River and Kanawha Canal Company, and Franklin (illegible). The distribution of these securities is somewhat unclear due to the fire-damaged condition of the King William County records, but portions went to Louisa, Mordecai, Martha, Cornelius’ children, and Bethany College. [2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15]

  • Sources 
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    3. [S556]

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    5. [S1074]

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    7. [S471]

    8. [S1380]

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    12. [S1150] p. 175.

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    14. [S1150]

    15. [S1074] p.175..