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Humphrey Dabney

Male Abt 80 - 1808  (~ 172 years)


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  • Name Humphrey Dabney  [1
    Born Abt 1779-80  King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1808  Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I60  Dabneys of Virginia
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 

    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 Catherine Collins,   b. 1765-70,   d. 5 Feb 1844, Richmond, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 177 years) 
    Married Bef 11 May 1796  [5
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F51  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Humphrey Dabney was born to Isaac Dabney about 1779-1780 in King William County, Virginia. Since Ann (Hill) Dabney’s death could have occurred between Frances’s birth in November, 1778, and Isaac’s remarriage to Elizabeth Smelt in 1780, his mother could have been either Ann or Elizabeth.
      Humphrey married Catherine Collins, the widow of John Collins of Richmond before May 7, 1796, when they were sued in Richmond Court, but acquitted due to nonappearance of the plaintiff. Catherine and John Collins had four children: Ann, Jane, John, and Adam. With Humphrey, she had five more children: Catherine, born 1796, married Judge John Prentiss of Sussex County; Sarah E., born 1798, married John Carter Page, a son of governor John Page; Mary Ann, born 1799/1800, unmarried; Albert Gallatin, born 1803/04, married Susan Hill Segar, a daughter of Dr. John and Frances (Dabney) Dabney Segar; and Susan Hill, born 1805/06, married John A. Baber.
      Humphrey purchased 82 acres in Henrico County 6 Dec 1797, but farming evidently didn’t suit him because he and Catherine sold the property October 7, 1799. In 1800, he was living in Richmond where he was taxed on two slaves and two town lots.
      In 1802 and 1803, Humphrey was involved in three suits in the Richmond Hustings Court concerning debts, indicating that he was an active businessman. From 1803 (and perhaps earlier) to 1807, he kept an ordinary (saloon) opposite the market. In 1804, he advertised receipt of a sizable shipment of rum, loaf sugar, cognac brandy, apple brandy, ginger, cotton cards, pine lumber, cedar posts, and New York prime pork, which he offered on very moderate terms. In 1807, Humphrey was a captain in the 4th Regiment of Virginia.
      From 1805-1808, he was the plaintiff in several suits concerning different kinds of debts owed to him. His last appearance in court was in January, 1808. In May, 1808, Ralston and Hovey, Humphrey’s trustees, published an advertisement notifying his creditors that a second dividend would be paid on June 6, indicating that Humphrey was deceased and that some of his assets were being liquidated to pay his debts. In July, 1809, his wife, Catherine, signed a deed of trust without his signature, confirming his death.
      After Humphrey’s death, from 1809 to 1816, Catherine was involved in 20 land sales and purchases and deeds of trust concerning properties left by her first husband, John Collins, to her and their 4 children. When the 1810 census was taken, Catherine was living in Richmond City with six children. In 1820, she was living outside Richmond in rural Henrico County with six younger persons, and in 1830, when she was 60-70, she was living there with 3 younger persons. In 1830, Catherine and Humphrey’s children sued Sheriff Wien, administrator of Humphreys estate for the undistributed assets remaining in the estate. As a result, the court ordered the sheriff to pay $93.13 to Catherine and $37.25 each to Albert G. Dabney, John B. and Catherine Prentiss, John C. and Sarah E. Page, Susan H. Dabney, and Mary Ann Dabney. Catherine died February 5, 1844, at the home of her son-in-law, John A. Baber. [2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16]

  • Sources 
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    4. [S22]

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    8. [S119]

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    10. [S134] p. 704..

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