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Subject: [VAALBEMA] Follow-up on Harris and Dabney of Louisa & AlbemarleCos., VA;
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 23:38:21 EST
I sent a message a day or so ago concerning the abstracted will of one
James Harris of Albemarle Co. VA dated 25 Feb 1792. I have a reply from a
non-subscriber concerning the connection with the Dabney family.
(See the rootsweb archives of 12/9/08 for Louisa Co., Albemarle Co., MadKY,
and Harris-Hunters for my message.)
If you have any inkling that any of your ancestors may have been of
pre-Revolutionary [or post-Revolutionary, for that matter] Louisa and Albemarle Cos.,
VA, you may want to stash these notes away for future reference. Many of
these families were intermarried--for generations--and in different parts of
Here is what my correspondent wrote--which contradicts my statement about
the granddaughter of James Harris (wife Mary Harris, daughter of Major Robert
Harris, surveyor of Louisa Co.).
I am not on your mail list, but perhaps you would forward this. The
granddaughter of James Harris, Lucy Dabney, was the daughter of Anna Haden by her
first husband, William Dabney. Anna married Anthony Haden, 21 Dec 1787. She
was his third wife. Two of Anna & Anthony's sons were named Nathan & Joel for
two of her brothers. Their remaining son was named William Dabney Haden.
Here's an old post from a newslist:
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 16:57:28 EST
Subject: Lucy Harris Dabney
Lucy was B 5 Sep 1779 in VA, M 3 Apr 1801 in Campbell Co VA to John Morris
Smithson. Their son was William Dabney Smithson B 14 Feb or Mar 1802 in
Campbell Co VA and D 22 Mar 1874 in Winchester, Scott Co IL. Their son was Nathan
Haden Smithson B 7 Jun 1834 and he was my great grandfather.
If you are interested in the Smithsons there is a lot of info on the web.
Pauline Witten Jefferson
When Lucy Dabney married in Campbell Co VA, and the Haden book says she
married 3 Apr 1808 rather than 1801 and I've not checked to see which is
correct, Anthony Haden wrote a note to the clerk that Lucy was of age.
John Haden of Virginia, His Parents, and Some of His Descendants, by Dorothy
K. Haden, Adams Press, Chicago, 1968
My additional comment: If any of you subscribe to a genealogical website
which involves the Dabneys, will you consider sharing this information [copying
and pasting in toto] with that website.
As one of the compilers of the online genealogical database called
HeritageQuest said in a recent lecture: You must SHARE if you are going to really
learn about your family.
Just don't give too much personal information about yourself or your living
family--at least in the beginning. I am amazed that genealogists still do
a collector of Harrises of early Louisa and Albemarle Co.s--and when I am
lucky, of Hanover Co.!!!
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