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William Dabney

Male Abt 62 - 1828  (~ 176 years)


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  • Name William Dabney  [1
    Born Abt 1757-62  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Dec 1828  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I54  Dabneys of Virginia
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2016 

    Father William Dabney,   b. 1721, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1767, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Philadelphia Gwathmey 
    Married 1745-1749  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F31  Group Sheet

    Family Sarah (Sally) Gwathmey,   d. 1829/30 
    Married Abt 1785-87  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Cornelius Dabney,   b. 1786-88, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1843/44, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 175 years)
     2. Mordecai Booth Dabney,   b. 1788/89, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1857, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     3. William Dabney,   b. 1790-95, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1848, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 175 years)
     4. Martha Washington Dabney,   b. 1796/97, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1857, King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F45  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • William Dabney was born to William and Philadelphia Dabney about 1757-1762 in King William County, Virginia. In county records, he was most often called William Dabney Sr. to distinguish him from two contemporaries, William Dabney Jr., the eldest son of Isaac Dabney Sr., and William Dabney BH (Brick House), a son of James M. Dabney of Louisa County.
      He married Sarah (Sally) Gwathmey about 1784/85 in King William County. She was a daughter of Owen and Hannah (Temple) Gwathmey and a niece of Philadelphia Gwathmey, William ‘s mother, and therefore a first cousin of William. She was also a sister of Diana Gwathmey, who married Richard Dabney, an elder brother of William. They had four children: Cornelius, born 1786-88, died 1843/44; Mordecai Booth, born 1788/89, died June 9, 1857; William D., probably born 1790-95, died June 8, 1848; and Martha Washington, born 1796/97, died Feb 10, 1857.
      William was first listed in the King William County personal property tax lists in 1787 and continued to be listed through 1828. He first appeared in the land tax list in the same year, when he purchased 373 acres from John Perrin. He apparently found that tract unsatisfactory because he sold it the next year to Richard Gwathmey. He did not reappear in the land tax lists until 1794, when he bought 400 acres of the Brookefield farm from Humphrey, Robert, and William Brooke, heirs of Robert Brooke. He continued to be listed with the property until his death. In 1820, William needed to borrow funds from Horace White and made a deed of trust (a kind of mortgage) of his farm to his cousin, Thomas Dabney, as trustee to hold the land as security for repayment of the debt. The debt was evidently repaid because William still owned the property when he died in 1828. In 1829, the land was listed as Sarah’s under a life tenancy. In 1830, Sarah dropped out of the personal property list and the 400 acres were added to William’s eldest son Cornelius’ 200 acres, indicating that Sarah probably died in 1829/30. This is supported by the absence of a woman her age in the households of her sons, Cornelius, Mordecai, and William. [2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]

  • Sources 
    1. [S20]

    2. [S153]

    3. [S35] p. 124 (from Religious Herald, 5 Dec. 1828). Last listed in land and personal property tax lists in 1828. In 1829, his wife Sally was listed with his 400 A.

    4. [S83]

    5. [S452]

    6. [S877]

    7. [S1076] Her age at death was 60. Her age in the 1850 census, 45, was probably understated..

    8. [S454]

    9. [S1076]