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James Chelsey Daniel (1762 - 1841)

James Chelsey Daniel
Born in Granville, North Carolinamap
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Husband of — married 19 Nov 1795 in Prince Edward County, Virginiamap
Died in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United Statesmap
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James was born in 1762 on Tranquility Plantation, Granville, North Carolina He was the son of Chesley Daniel and Judith Christian. [1]

James married Ann Venable on 19 Nov 1795 in Prince Edward County, Virginia [2]

Children of James and Nancy Ann

  1. Ann Venable Daniel 1797–1842
  2. Nathaniel Chelsey Daniel 1797–1853
  3. Eliza Woodson Daniel 1799–
  4. Judith Christian Daniel 1801–1870
  5. Nancy Venable Daniel 1803–1873
  6. James Beverly Daniel 1805–1853
  7. Mary Jane Daniel 1806–1884

In 1810 the family is living in Granville, North Carolina [3] there are 49 persons counted and 40 are slaves

In 1818 wife Nancy Ann has passed away

In 1820, James Daniel has been taxed in Nutbush with 634.5 acres located on Island Creek. In 1819 a store called Daniel & Griffin is also taxed which may be his. In 1820 his entry in Nutbush is: James Daniel 634.5a Island Creek, 1903.??, 0-8 and 1072a Grassey Creek, 4874, 0-0. Nutbush District, Granville, North Carolina [4]

He passed away in 1841[5]

When James Daniel died (son of Chesley and Judith and father of Nathaniel C. and James B. Daniel), there was probate of his estate in Mecklenburg VA.

James had died intestate in Mecklenburg and the heirs executed two deeds to even out distribution of his estate. The heirs named in these deeds were: Nathaniel C. Daniel and wf Ann H. of Granville, James B. Daniel of Granville, Saml L. Graham and wf Judith C. of Prince Edward VA, Saml D. Booker and wf Mary of Mecklenburg VA and Ann V. Watkins of Halifax VA.
The deeds state that James had advanced tracts of land in Granville to his sons James B. and Nathaniel C., but that title had not been made yet. The deeds also explain that James intended to leave his Mecklenburg lands to his two daughters Judith C. Graham and Mary J. Booker, and that besides slaves, he had intended to give his daughter Ann V. Watkins cash to balance her share out. They further state that the heirs intended to carry out those wishes and had settled on $1000 to go to Ann V. Watkins to make her share even. (Tranquility Plantation went to Nathaniel Chelsey Daniel on 26 Sep 1843)

(Excerpt from PMiller's Tranquility Research)

When James Daniel died (son of Chesley and Judith and father of Nathaniel C. and James B. Daniel), there was probate of his estate in Mecklenburg VA. Included are the names of slaves, as many of them may have ended up in the hands of his daughters as described in later transactions between his heirs, but some may have gone to his sons and ended up back at Tranquility.
Mecklenburg Will Bk16-46 Inventory [2.5 pp, double columns] by Joel T. Watkins, appr Samuel V. Watkins, N. C. Read, Jno L. Burwell, recd 20 May 1844


Little Dick Age 61 years $80
Jinney 66 - expence 100
Jordan 44 - 400
Aggy & child 39 - 400
Whitfield 25 - 750
Marcellus 20 - 700
Sally 17 - 600
Abram 11 - 450
Horace 8 - 400
Daniel 6 - 250
Fancy 3 - 150
Celah 7 - expence ?500?
Big Dick 54 - 250 [or 280]
Eva 53 - 100
George 81 [very clear] - expence 50
Besley/Besbey 32 - 250 [not Betsey, but totals say Betsey]
Hannah 83 [very clear] - expence 100
Lucinda 59 - expence 200
Theodore 42 - 450
Ned 52 - 300
Lizzy 46 - 150
Beverley 13 - 425
Amelia 7 - 200
Martha Jane 5 - 175
Frank 3 - 150
Jim 53 - expence 100
[total] 7350
off expence 750
[total] 6600
off for Betsey 100
[total] 6500

followed by plantation equip/tools, tools, household, kitchen, guns, furniture, cattle/hogs/etc., tons of books listed by title (about 50). [i.e. there's a full household here. The coffin was paid here.]

Bk16-62 acct of Joel T. Watkins
starts 1841/2, recd 15 Jul 1844
$ to H. W. Dunkley, H. M. Radford, G. B. Scott, Lynch's a/c, Revd E. Hines, :Carkwell & Clack, D. Sturdivant, J. M. Bullock, Jas Lewis, Jas H. Wells
$ from A. & R. Overbey, John G. Daniel, Revd, E. Hines.
Will Bk18-56 acct with Joel T. Watkins his admr:
[these first lists are fr Nov 1841]
$ to James H. Wells, H. W. Dunkley, H. M. Bedford for coffin, freight on Tobacco, bond due J. B. Scott assee of Jno S. Field.
$ from "cash on hand at intestates death" [this entry dated Nov 1841], sale of est 8 Dec 1841, 3 Hhds Tobacco, recd of Ro. Y Overbey.
1843 accts: $ to W. F. Lych [sic], S. M. Bullock, admr J/I Lewis, Cardwell Clack, Chas ?Sturdivant, Rev. Wdwd Hines, A. C. Finley & Co, clerks Tickets, expenses on N. Carolina about Estate, fee Tax Suit v. Thos R. Feild, ....pd Geo W. Haywood for his expenses about estate prict[?], amt Bals on Note of A. &? R. Overbey.
note at Commissioner Dalys Office, Boydton 20 Dec 1852. His exam note says Joel T. Watkins is dead and Edward Tarry as his admin and Samuel D. Booker is the admr de bonis now of James Daniel decd. presented 19 Sep 1853, recd 18 Aug 1853
Will Bk18-95 acct of Samuel D. Booker admr de bonis non Mar 1852
$ to Richd V. Daniel exr of John G. Daniel & Trustee for Woodson Daniel & his wife & Children under a decree of Court
Aug 1853 $ to Ann V. Watkins
Sep 1853 $ to N. C. & James B. Daniel, James B. Daniel, Ann V. Watkins
Nov 1853 Decree for costs of Chancery Suit in favor of Woodson Daniel. R. V. Daniel &c.
Nov 1853 $ to S. T. Daly for motion and this report....
Mar 1852 $ fr Daniels, Ligon & Watkins on part of their bond
Aug 1853 $ fr R. H. Jenkins in full of Strums bond and int to date
Sep 1853 $ fr James B. Daniel; Daniels Ligon & Watkins balance due on their bond this day; balance due fr Edward Tarry admr of Joel T. Watkins to est of James Daniel on settlement made by comr Daly...examd note: comr Daly's Office, Boydton 1 Nov 1853., returned 21 Nov 1853, recd 21 Dec 1853.

(More information on the Wills can be found on Tranquility Plantation by PMiller)


  1. Parentage Recorded
  2. Marriage
  3. 1810 Census
  4. 1820 Census Nutbrush, North Carolina
  5. Death Recorded
  • North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, Daughters of the American Revolution, Book Title: Lineage Book : NSDAR : Volume 142 : 1918
  • Virginia, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800, Original data: Dodd, Jordan, comp.. Virginia Marriages to 1800. (cardex)
Name: James Daniel
Spouse: Anne Nancy Venable
Marriage Date: 19 Nov 1795
Marriage Location: Prince Edward County, Virginia
  • U.S., Surname Files Expanded, 1702–1981, Daniel, Record Type, Date Range, Volume: Daney - Dannelly, Department of Archives and History. Public Information Subject Files—Surname files, 1901-1984 available via microfilm in reference, SG002624-2652 and 13361-13362
  • 1810 United States Federal Census, Year: 1810; Census Place: Granville, North Carolina; Roll: 40; Page: 900; Image: 00270; Family History Library Film: 0337913, Original data:Third Census of the United States, 1810. (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls). Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775, Table of Contents: Venable Family, Original data: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.

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