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Gwathmey Dabney

Male 67 - 1815/16  (174 years)


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  • Name Gwathmey Dabney  [1
    Born 1762-67  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1815/16  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I55  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 Elizabeth Maddocks,   d. 1825/26 
    Married 15 Jun 1786  Goochland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Sarah Dabney
     2. James Dabney,   b. ca 1788/89
     3. John Dabney,   b. ca 1791/92
     4. Nancy Dabney
     5. Elizabeth Dabney
     6. Mordecai Dabney
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F46  Group Sheet

  • Notes 

    • Gwathmey Dabney, the youngest child of William and Philadelphia Dabney, was probably born between 1762 and 1767 in King William County, Virginia.
      He married Elizabeth Maddox June 15, 1786, in Goochland County. They had 6 children: Sarah, James, John, Nancy, Elizabeth, and Mordecai. Very little has been found concerning their children
      In the month of his marriage, he opened an account at William Winston’s store in Goochland, which he continued for a year. Over his lifetime, he appears to have been somewhat peripatetic, perhaps partly because he did not inherit any land from his father’s estate as his older brothers did. The details of the deeds to his brothers’ inherited land suggest that they may have contributed toward a compensatory fund for him.
      In 1787, he obtained 418 acres in Goochland County from Thomas Pollock, probably by lease, since deeds for its purchase and sale could not be found. He continued to pay taxes on it through 1790, but was listed as a non-resident landowner during the last two years. He moved to King William County and paid personal property taxes there during 1792. He was not listed again in King William until 1800, where he remained until 1807. By 1809, he had moved to Middlesex County, where he was listed in the land tax list as a co-owner (or co-taxpayer) of 727.5 acres with Robert Dabney of Gloucester County. This Robert Dabney has not been identified and may be a tax commissioner’s entry error. In 1810, his partner’s name changed to James Dabney of Gloucester County, probably Dr. James Dabney, son of Major George Dabney III of King William County. He continued to be listed in the Middlesex land tax list through 1813, but moved during 1812 or 1813 to King William County, where he witnessed 2 deeds March 1 and 2, 1812 and was listed in the King William personal property tax lists for 1813 - 1815, after which his tax entry changed to Gwathmey Dabney estate charged to his widow, Elizabeth Dabney, indicating his death in 1815/16. He did not leave a will. Elizabeth continued in the King William personal property tax list through 1825, indicating that she probably died in 1825/26 or moved out of the county to live with one of her children elsewhere.
      It has not been possible to find records of the lives of Gwathmey and Elzabeth’s children except for James, whose data is sparse. [2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]

  • Sources 
    1. [S38] p. 162..

    2. [S60]

    3. [S108]

    4. [S83]

    5. [S58]

    6. [S38] p. 162-163..

    7. [S1065]

    8. [S1162]

    9. [S1066]

    10. [S90]

    11. [S126] pp. 157 & 278..