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William Dabney, Jr.

Male Abt 1776/77 - 1802/03  (~ 26 years)


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  • Name William Dabney, Jr.  [1
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born Abt 1776/77  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1802/03  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I46  Dabneys of Virginia
    Last Modified 19 Dec 2018 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Ann/Susannah Hill,   d. 1778-80 
    Married Abt 1775/76  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F38  Group Sheet

    Family Hannah Temple Dabney,   b. Abt 1781/82, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1818-19, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1796/97  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Diana Dabney,   b. 1799/1800, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863/64, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F41  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • William Dabney Jr. was born to Isaac and Ann (Hill) Dabney about 1776/77 in King William County, Virginia. He was consistently called William Jr. in legal records to distinguish him from two other William Dabneys in the county: his uncle William and his distant cousin William who was a son of James Dabney of Louisa County and was called William Dabney BH in records because he lived in a brick house.
      In 1793, William was first listed in the county tax rolls as the owner of his deceased father Isaac’s farm, Springfield, indicating that William had probably just passed his 16th birthday and therefore was probably born in 1776/77.
      When he first appeared in the county tax lists, he was charged with 383 acres, 13 slaves and 5 horses. In May, 1794, he exchanged 20 acres of his land for 30 acres from his neighbor Ralph Wormley. In January, 1795, he purchased 220 acres from the legatees of Robert Brooke and in exchange gave them a deed of trust mortgage. These two acquisitions increased his taxable acreage to 614 in 1795.
      In 1796/97, he married Hannah Temple Dabney, a daughter of his uncle, Richard Dabney Sr. They had two children: Diana, born in 1799 or 1800 and Richard, born about 1803.
      In 1798, William and his cousin and brother-in-law, Owen Dabney Jr., a son of Richard Dabney opened a neighborhood store. From 1798 to 1802 they paid King William County $15 annually for a retail license. During that period, the store failed to earn enough income to pay their numerous debts to Richmond merchants for the store’s inventory. To raise funds to pay for the inventory in September, 1800, William sold William Cock, a neighbor, 140 of the 220 acres bought in 1795. On July 2, 1801, William made a deed of trust conveying his 400 acre farm named Springfield to Isaac White of Richmond to secure a debt of £919 from Thomas White, a Richmond merchant. In July, 1802, William deeded two slaves to his brother, Humphrey Dabney of Richmond, with the understanding that Humphrey could sell the slaves if William failed to pay five creditors in Richmond for debts that Humphrey had guaranteed. In September, 1802, William and Owen mortgaged Dublin Mill, a pregnant jenny (donkey), and 25 acres to Owen’s brother, Richard Dabney Jr., to obtain a loan of £2,000. Shortly before his death in late 1802 or early 1803, William gave Richard Dabney Jr. a deed of trust mortgage on some of his land and perhaps personal property, the description of which has not survived the fires that damaged the King William records. His expressed purpose was to protect Richard against financial loss from his involvement in the store’s financial problems. During 1803, William’s brother Isaac liquidated the remaining inventory of the store in a closure sale. In June, 1803, Richard Jr. signed a deed of trust mortgage on some of his personal property to his uncle, Cornelius Dabney of Louisa County, administrator of the estate of Richard’s uncle, Owen Dabney of Hanover County, to postpone payment of William and Owen’s debt to the estate. From 1802 to 1803, the number of William Jr.’s slaves in the personal property tax list dropped from 14 to 6, perhaps to pay his debts to Richard and the estate of his uncle Owen and others.
      William Dabney Jr. died between October 15, 1802, when he signed a bond for an estate administrator, and February, 1803, when he failed to appear in court when a mortgage, a deed of trust, and a transfer of slaves to his brother Humphrey had to be proved in court. He was about 25 or 26 years old, and his death was probably related in some way to his financial losses and their effects on his relatives. His executor was his uncle, Cornelius Dabney, of Louisa County. After his death, the widow’s dower portion of his land was set off by an appointed commission for Hannah T. (Dabney) Dabney, who leased it for four years to her brother, Richard Dabney Jr., who died a year later. The map made for the dower division shows that the Springfield farm included all or almost all of the patents issued in 1701 to James Dabney and Sarah Dabney.
      Hannah remarried to Henry Jarrauld in 1814/15, when her children were about 11-15. She died in 1818/19 aged about 38. [1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16]

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