There is absolutely NO error here. Lucy IS a COLLINS, and the daughter of Joseph COLLINS & Lucy MARCHBANKS. This is not an assumption. This is shown by a greater weight or preponderance of the evidence. This is fully documented, although there is no document stating her last name. To make the statement “Lucy is not a Collins” misleads the reader into believing you can prove she is not…which you cannot. The evidence begins (but comes nowhere close to ending) with the fact that her son was named Paul Collins ABNEY. These folks didn’t just grab a surname and give it to their children. His wife was Dorothy RUTHERFORD, and they named a son Robert Rutherford ABNEY. The latter married a ROBERTS, so perhaps naming a son Roberts would have been redundant. However, their son married a CROSBY and named a son Robert Crosby ABNEY. There are many instances in this family branch alone. We were able to show a very close relationship with this ABNEY branch, the DEAN’s, and the COLLINS’.
For many decades family researchers were willing to believe the nonsense that Lucy was a NORVELL, additionally mistaking that family with the NORRELL family. I worked many years on Lucy’s parentage and am quite certain that the COLLINS researchers and I have arrived at the correct conclusion. To deny Lucy her ancestral family is also to deny the incontrovertible facts which caused us to arrive at this conclusion. To expect a single document to prove all lines is unreasonable and most often unobtainable. For example, where is the document to prove George was, as you stated, brother of Dr. Abraham? I believe he was, but you’ll not prove it by one document (Do you have a baptismal record? A birth record? Was he mentioned in his father’s will? Is there a deed declaring him son of Dannett or brother of Abraham? Do you also disbelieve that Bathshua m. Thomas HILL was a daughter of Dannett ABNEY Sr.?Was Williams SPRAGGINS’ wife an ABNEY? Was John BERNARD’s wife an ABNEY? There are many such cases which are obvious, but unable to prove by a single document. My dissertation on Lucy COLLINS was 10 pages excluding the documents. It is not, as you declare, an assumption.
Again, you make a statement that Lucy did not have a brother-in-law named Dannett. This is also your opinion as you could not have proved this. For many decades, the statement that Dannett ABNEY was Edward DEAN’s brother-in-law was mistaken to mean that Rebecca (Edward’s wife) was Dannett’s sister. I have shown with many pieces of evidence that the reason Edward DEAN was brother-in-law to Dannett ABNEY was through their wives, Rebecca & Cassandra, respectively, sisters, and daughters of Dr. Abraham ABNEY m. Cassandra. Since Lucy married Dr. Abraham’s son, Dr. Nathaniel, that would make her sister-in-law to Cassandra ABNEY, hence sister-in-law to her husband Dannett ABNEY, s/o George m. Unity. Yes, Lucy did have a brother-in-law named Dannett ABNEY. Remember that there are several ways in which one can be an “in-law”. The reason the error occurred in the first place is the tunnel vision of the earlier researchers to believe that since Edward DEAN called Dannett ABNEY his “brother-in-law”, Edward’s wife must have been Dannett’s sister. This was in error. The reason Lucy was Dannett’s sister-in-law had nothing to do with Capt. Nathaniel being Dannett’s brother. It was through her marriage to Dr. Nathaniel, brother of Cassandra, wife of Dannett. My ancestral grandfather was Dr. Nathaniel ABNEY m. Lucy COLLINS. I would not confuse the Nathaniel’s. In fact, I worked hard to get these Nathaniel’s in their proper place in the ABNEY family history.
Now you state that you’ve seen documents of Lucy in a different county, but not in Edgefield (where George’s family was). While it is true that Lucy was in Union and Winton (later Barnwell) Counties. It is also a fact that sometime after the death of Dr. Nathaniel (1787), Lucy moved to Edgefield where she appears on the 1790 census. From that point on, it is apparent that Lucy remained in Edgefield. The Union County land was given to her son-in-law, Absalom POSEY while the Winton County land ended up in the hands of her grandson, Abraham POSEY. Why would we doubt that the Lucy ABNEY who witnessed the deed in question was the widow of Dr. Nathaniel ABNEY when we can show her last residence as Edgefield? Do you know of another Lucy ABNEY or Lucy nee ABNEY of this time period in Edgefield?
You wrote: “You can only tie a last name to someone when you have a document to prove the statement.” I agree, but only in part. You can tie a last name to someone when you have a document OR DOCUMENTS to prove the statement. Many times it takes detective work, several documents and nomenclatural evidences. I suggest a thorough reading of an absolutely wonderful book, “Genealogical Evidence: A Guide to the Standard of Proof Relating to Pedigrees, Ancestry, Heirship and Family History” by Noel C. Stevenson (1989). Do not expect all these relationships to jump out and reveal themselves. If we are to learn our correct ancestry, sometimes we need to dig much deeper.
I hope this helps you get these relationships straight.