In 1868, William Winston Dabney, recorded several wills in his possession to replace those destroyed when Richmond burned during the Civil War.
Susanna, widow of the first Cornelius Dabney, (who died before May 1694 in New Kent Co., Virginia, his land would fall in Hanover when it was created) & __ Anderson
Hanover County Will Book I. (At Hanover Court House.) Page 632.
In the name of God Amen I Susannah Anderson of St. Paul's Parish in the county of Hanover, widow being in perfect health and disposing mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament that is to say: Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give, devise, bequeath and dispose of the same in manner and form following: viz:
Then I give to my grandson, William Anderson, one young negro and if there is no young negro living at the time of my death, I do hereby will, order and require that one young negro be bought for him the said William Anderson out of my Estate which negro I do hereby lend to his father-in-law James Trice for maintaining and bringing up the said William Anderson in schooling &c. 'till he comes to the age of eighteen years to be fully completed and ended and then the said negro with the increase or issue if any to be possessed and enjoyed by him the said William Anderson and his heirs forever, but if the said William Anderson depart this life without any heir of his body for ye said negro to go to my son Cornelius Dabney and to his heirs forever.
Then I give to my loving son Cornelius Dabney one Desk and one Large Case of bottles and all my ready money and money debts in England & Virginia to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give all such Negroes whatsoever as I now own or thereafter shall be possessed or invested with at the time of my death. I do hereby give, devise and bequeath the same unto my dear children three Cornelius Dabney, Dorothy Trice ye wife of James Trice and Mary Carr ye wife of Capt. Thomas Carr to be possessed and enjoyed by them with the said Negroes issues and increase forever to be equally divided among them and their heirs forever.
Then all such goods, chattels and estates whatsoever as I now own or hereafter shall be possessed or invested with at the time of my decease. I do hereby give, devise and bequeath the same unto my Dear Children four Cornelius Dabney, David Anderson, Dorothy Trice ye wife of James Trice and Mary Carr ye wife of Thomas Carr to be equally divided among them and their heirs forever after all my debts and legacies is paid.
Then my will is that my two dauters shall have all my wearing apparel. I do hereby give unto my two dauters above named Dorothy Trice and Mary Carr to be equally divided between them.
Item. My will and desire is that my estate is not to be appraised, I do hereby ordain, nominate, name and constitute and appoint my said son Cornelius Dabney my only and sole executor of this my Last Will and testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, Revoke and disannul all and every former Testament, Wills Legacies and Executors by me at any time heretofore named, willed and bequeathed. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to stand for and be my only last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 4th day of March 1722.
Susannah Anderson (seal)
Signed, sealed and
declared in presents of us
Mary "X" Smith
At a Court held for Hanover County February the fifth, 1724 this will was proved by the oaths of John Smith and Mary Smith the witnesses thereto and admitted to record.
Test: Arch. Clayton. C. C.
A Copy Test: Thos. O. Winston, C.H.C.
At A Court of monthly Session held for Hanover County at the Courthouse on Tuesday the 22nd of December 1868. On motion of William Winston Dabney who this day produced in Court a copy of the last will and testament of Susanna Anderson, deceased. And it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the same is a true copy duly attested by a former Clerk of the Court that the same is a true copy duly attested by a former Clerk of this court doth order the same to be recorded.
Test: R. O. Doswell, Clerk
(1) father-in-law, at that time was step-father -
(2) Doddridge's Family Espositor, London, printed 1756, which John Carr (b 1706) of "Bear Castle" entered many family records has survived. Including these dates for his mother: Mary (Dabney) Carr was born 22 Jan 1682, married 20 Sep 1704 and died 7 Sep 1748 at their home, "Topping Castle" in Caroline Co., Va.