Milly Grave’s marriage bond was the first reference to her name.
“Abney, William, bachelor, and Milly Graves, spinster, December 19, 1785. Consent of Gean Graves, mother of Milly. Securities & witnesses were Jno. Taliaferro, George Loving, Alexander Reid, Jr. and John Sutten.” (From "Marriage Bonds and Other Marriage Records of Amherst county, Virginia, 1763-1800", by H. W. Sweeny)" It should be noted that this was not the original marriage bond or image thereof, but a transcription.
The second and only other known reference to Milly was a deed dated 15 September 1794, when she signed with her mark. This deed recorded the sale of William Abney’s land in Amherst County. Since Milly signed with her mark, the clerk who copied the deed probably assumed that Mildred was her proper name. The source for her name as “Amelia” is unknown; probably another assumption that Milly was a nickname for Amelia.
Milly died before 29 July 1811, the date of William Abney’s marriage to his second wife, Judith Clark, widow of Joseph Clark, in Estill County, Kentucky.
Some have claimed that Milly and Judith were sisters but Judith’s son, Wallis Clark, married Milly’s daughter Mary Abney. This couple would have been first cousins if Milly and Judith were sisters. While it is possible that first cousins married, it is also possible that their mothers were not sisters.
Some person, several years ago, decided that Milly Graves was the daughter of Rice Graves because Rice Graves’ wife supposedly was Jean and Gean Greaves” gave permission for Milly’s marriage. Many have accepted this as fact.
However, in 1806, [Rice Graves] describing himself as old and infirm, appointed his son John to act as trustee in an equal division of his property among his children. (Louisa Co., VA, Deed Book K, p. 253)
A second deed recorded in Louisa Co., Deed Book L, p. 225, shows the division of Rice Graves’ estate.
July 11, 1809, begins: “This Deed entered into betwixt John Tate executor of Elizabeth Tate, dec’d. of the first part and William Arnett attorney in fact for Richard Graves of the second part.
James Arnett, Thomas Arnett, William Arnett and Susan Arnett who intermarried with John Long of the fourth part.
Lawrence Young attorney in fact for Thomas Graves of the fifth part,
William Graves of the sixth part.
Joseph Pettus of the seventh part.
Benjn Graves of the eighth part.
Nancy Graves of the ninth part
Catharine Graves of the tenth part.
John Graves of the eleventh part”.
Milly (Graves) Abney was not mentioned. She was not Rice Graves’ daughter.
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Louisa Co., VA, Deed Book K, p. 253
Louisa Co., VA, Deed Book L, p. 225
Marriage Records of Amherst county, Virginia, 1763-1800", by H. W. Sweeny)
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N53Marriage Year: 1785 Marriage Location Code: Am The location code shown here is as originally provided to Broderbund - a one or two-character code, sometimes based on the first one or two letters of the location and sometimes based on other abbreviations. Unfortunately, these codes can not be accurately converted into a fully spelled-out form, due to potential conflicts in interpreting the codes. For example, the code "NE" could be New York, Nevada, or Netherlands. Therefore, we strongly recommend you take caution in making any assumptions about this location field. Please see the Introduction to this Archive for further information about locations. The gender of Amelia Graves is female. Spouse: William Abney Birth Year: 1757 Birth Location Code: VA The location code shown here is as originally provided to Broderbund - a one or two-character code, sometimes based on the first one or two letters of the location and sometimes based on other abbreviations. Unfortunately, these codes can not be accurately converted into a fully spelled-out form, due to potential conflicts in interpreting the codes. For example, the code "NE" could be New York, Nevada, or Netherlands. Therefore, we strongly recommend you take caution in making any assumptions about this location field. Please see the Introduction to this Archive for further information about locations. The original source document is located in the Yates Publication's archive. The original source may have additional information about the descendants and parentage of this couple. Please refer to the "Ordering Additional Information" chapter of the Introduction to this Archive for details on how to order additional information. Use the following data when submitting your order request to Yates Publishing Company. Source Number: 1440.000 Source Type: Electronic Database Number of Pages: 1 Submitter Code: VNK
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Amelia by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Amelia: