Firstly, thank you very much for the welcome to Florida. Unfortunately, I will be unable to make the move to Florida at this time. We've discovered that my wife is carrying my 6th child, and she wants to wait until after the baby is born before we make such a move. This, additionally means, waiting until my children our out of school. So...IF we make the move, it will be mid-2001. I love Florida and hope I make it over there.
Now, to your VERY interesting theory...
Do you actually have record of a "Charity 'ABNEY'" b.ca.1785?
If you show a Charity ABNEY b.ca.1785, she'd have to be a daughter of Dr. Nathaniel ABNEY (in order to be a d/o a British surgeon) because his father died around 1784 (Dr. Abraham ABNEY was age 82 in 1784). Dr. Nathaniel died in 1787 or so. The last child we know of was Nathaniel born 1786.
If Dr. Nathaniel ABNEY & Lucy COLLINS had a daughter named Charity ABNEY b.ca.1785 (or so), she can definitely be accounted for on the widow Lucy ABNEY's 1790 census enumeration in Edgefield County, SC. I had believed that the "extra" female on that census was a daughter. However, I could never find her; and one cousin suggested the "extra" female might be Cassandra (widow of Dr. Abraham ABNEY). I have no evidence for this, however. Cassandra may have died earlier back in Winton Co., SC.
Now, if such a daughter existed, she would have to have died before 1808. In that year, Joseph ABNEY (son of Dr. Nathaniel) died in Liberty County, GA, and his "considerable property" was, by inheritance, his brothers', Paul [Collins] ABNEY & Nathaniel ABNEY. If a sister Charity was alive in 1808, she would also have shared in her brothers' inheritance.
The only other sibling I know of, Jean (or Jane) ABNEY who married Absalom POSEY, died around 1806.
Does a pre-1808 death eliminate the Charity ABNEY you mentioned?
Now you mentioned Charity's "grandson that stated in a letter that his Grandmother Charity Abney Dean was the daughter of an English Doctor..." Actually, he wasn't her grandson, he was her son, Simeon Cobb DEAN who first made the statement that his "mother" was a daughter of a British Surgeon. Later, his nephew, Emory Franklin DEAN, reiterated this statement. Now we have a son claiming that his "mother" was daughter of a British Surgeon. However, this cannot be "perfectly" correct as Elizabeth Malonia "Charity" ABNEY was b.ca.1800; and both British doctors (Abraham & his son, Nathaniel) were deceased by this time.
Simeon had his facts wrong, but how? Perhaps he meant to write "grandmother" instead of "mother"...and his nephew just repeated the error?
I (and several other of our dear cousins) am very interested in resolving this problem!
Your cousin R.R. Abney Jr. Centralized Abney Archives Abney-CAA@email.msn.com
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