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George Abney (abt. 1695 - 1766)

George Abney
Born about in Henrico County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1728 in Halifax, Halifax, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 71 in Halifax, Halifax County, Virginiamap
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George Abney was a Virginia colonist.
George married Unity Unknown around 1728 in Virginia.
George ABNEY was born between 1692 and 1695 in Henrico County, Virginia. His father may have been Paul ABNEY[1][2] (see Research Notes). His mother was Mary LEE.[1][3] He was a farmer.
George married Unity (?) circa 1728 in Virginia.
George ABNEY was granted land between 1728 and 1760 in Hanover, Henrico, Lunenburgh, and Halifax Counties, Virginia. He lived (or held land in) Hanover County from ca.1728 to ca.1735; in Henrico County from ca.1735 to ca.1745; in Lunenburg County. from ca.1746 to 1754; and in Halifax County from 1754 until his death.[4]
The land George purchased in Lunenburg/Halifax was along the Catawba Creek off the Staunton (Roanoke) River. Here he lived for almost twenty years with his family near his brothers Abraham and Dannett (Jr.) and other relatives amassing a good-sized estate of over 1000 acres.
George ABNEY was mentioned in the land patent of Dr. Abraham ABNEY and Dannett ABNEY Jr. on 20 June 1733 in Henrico County, Virginia. Dannett and Abraham bought a land patent bordering the land of George on north side of James River on southern branch of Gilly Creek.[5]
George ABNEY witnessed the deed of Dannett ABNEY Jr. and James Hunt on 6 April 1752 in Lunenburg County, Virginia. James Hunt of Lunenburg sold Dannett Abney of Lunenburg land on the north side of the Staunton River that was part of a larger tract of land granted to John Ellis in 1736 and 1745. George Abney, William Glass and Jacob Robinson (Roberson?) witnessed the deed.
George was active in the affairs of his community. He served as a constable, was appointed a surveyor of roads in Halifax and also a "processioner" by Antrim Parish as he had been in Henrico County. Samuel's father George Abney died in Halifax County, VA in 1766 leaving a will that divided his land holdings among four of his five sons."..per A.H. Brewer.
George ABNEY left a will dated 1765 in Halifax County, Virginia. His will mentions four sons: Samuel, Michael, Dannett, and William. No daughters were listed. The will was proved 16 Oct 1766.
George ABNEY died on 1 October 1766 in Halifax County, Virginia.[6]

Research Notes


There is disagreement about whether George's father was Paul or his brother Dannett. Douglas Richardson thinks the father may have been Paul.[1][7] John Robert Hensell, according to a 2000 issue of the 'Abney Family Researcher', argued it was Dannett.[8]

In these circumstances the policy of the Magna Carta Project, which is a manager of Dannett's profile, is to follow Richardson unless there is very clear, preferably primary, evidence that Richardson is wrong. So George‘s father is given as Paul, but with an uncertain marking.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Douglas Richardson.Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd Edition” Vol 1, p 4, ABNEY 15.ii. Accessed June 23, 2020. Google Books.
  2. Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors. Mackenzie, George Norbury, and Nelson Osgood Rhoades, editors. Colonial Families of the United States of America: in Which is Given the History, Genealogy and Armorial Bearings of Colonial Families Who Settled in the American Colonies From the Time of the Settlement of Jamestown, 13th May, 1607, to the Battle of Lexington, 19th April, 1775. 7 volumes. 1912. Reprinted, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1966, 1995. Accessed on, June 2020. View Ancestry Record 61175 #30131 (requires subscription). View free Ancestry Sharing Image.
  3. Abney Hintgen Brewer, "Abney Research," e-mail to John K. Brown, 25 January 2006. NB Hearsay.
  4. Robert Abney, Editor, Abney Family Researcher. August, 2000 Volume IV, Issue I. page?
  5. "Virginia Land Patents." (please upload copies of original to his images)
  6. Raymond R. Abney, Abney Family Research. January 2001. n.p.
  7. Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013), Vol. i, p. 109, ABNEY 19.i
  8. 'The Abney Family Researcher', Vol. IV, issue 1, August 2000, n.p., footnote 2, Rootsweb, accessed 27 June 2000

See also:

  • Spotsylvania County records, 1721-1800 : being transcriptions, from the original files at the County Court House, of wills, deeds. "Originally published 1905; reprinted Southern Book Co. 1955"--page ?
  • Robert Abney, "Abney Family Research," e-mail to John K. Brown, 12 Nov 2002 Lists the children of George and Unity Abney as Dannett, Dorcas, Capt. Nathaniel, Capt. William, Sgt. Samuel, and Pvt. Michael Abney. These are the 5 brothers and 1 sister mentioned by Thomas Hamilton Abney in his letter to his son, Alexander.
  • Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America Before 1700, Eighth edition, By Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall, Kaleen E. Beall.
  • Abney Hintgen Brewer, "Abney Research," e-mail to John K. Brown, 25 January 2006. Need actual records/documents source; this is heresay.
  • Robert Abney, Editor, Abney Family Researcher. August, 2000 Volume IV, Issue I. page?
  • "Virginia Land Patents." (please upload copies of original to his images)
  • Raymond R. Abney, Abney Family Research. January 2001. page?

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Abney-1637 and Abney-297 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicate
posted by Lisa Franklin RN, BSN
Fyi... Hensells work, which was undocumented and unsourced has been proven by many researchers to be riddled with errors and is now deemed by most as unreliable as a source.
posted by Lisa Franklin RN, BSN
edited by Lisa Franklin RN, BSN
I have changed George's father from Dannett Abney senior,, to Dannett's brother Paul,, and amended his birth date, to fit with the source given in the bio. The confusion may have arisen because George's mother was Mary Lee, who married both brothers - first, Paul, and then, after Paul's death, Dannett.
posted by Michael Cayley
edited by Michael Cayley
George now shows as "father unknown". Was that intentional or should it be Paul (Abney-163)? Thanks! Bo Abney
posted by Bo Abney
I have restored Paul as uncertain father.
posted by Michael Cayley
Is there a record of both marraiages
posted by Nancy Johnson
I am a descendant of the Dannetts. John Floyd Abney was my grandfather
posted by Nancy Johnson
In the sources for "Abney Research" by Robert Abney a letter from Thomas Hamilton Abney names 5 brothers and 1 sister, Dorcas. I am adding Dorcas Abney (Abney-141) as a child so that Abney-189, Abney-296 and Abney-141 can be merged. They are the same person. Mary
posted by Mary Gresham
Abney-297 and Abney-904 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicate of historically documented person - merge into PPP profile.
Abney-904 and Abney-297 do not represent the same person because: These do not appear to be the same person
posted by Michael Sackett
Abney-904 and Abney-297 appear to represent the same person because: same name and father, neither profile has a source for the birth, so it is a guess on both profiles, just merge an document the possibilities.
posted by Robin Lee

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