There is an interesting connection between the family of Josiah/Mary Dabbs of Henrico County, VA, and that of David Sidney Dabbs/Eliza Webb Dabbs.That connection is Robert E. Lee and "Dabbs House" near Richmond, in Henrico County, VA. The place was called "High Meadow" before the war.
As per the literature published regarding Dabbs House and what is known as the "Seven Days Battles" in the Civil War: 1.In 1859, Josiah Dabbs moved to High Meadow (now called Dabbs House) with his wife Mary Catherine. Josiah Dabbs succumbed to an illness and died at his home on Nine Mile Road on January 19, 1862. Recognizing that her home was in the direct path of the invading Federal Army, Mary Catherine Dabbs moved to another residence in the city of Richmond. General Lee and his staff received permission from Mrs. Dabbs to use her vacant home at High Meadow as his new field headquarters. Early in the war, On June 23, 1862, Lee and his generals conferred at Dabbs House, and plans for the protection of Richmond were crafted. General Lee’s strategy for defending the Confederate capital resulted in the Seven Days Battle. 2.At the end of the war Jonathan Jackson Dabbs, first born of David Sidney and Eliza, was sent by Robert E. Lee, in advance, to arrange for his surrender at Appomattox.Jonathan Jackson Dabbs' military discharge was personally signed by General Robert E Lee. I doubt this is coincidental.
Sidenote: From recollection only, I believe Jonathan Jackson Dabbs served under both Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Stonewall Jackson's real name was Thomas Jonathan Jackson. However, Stonewall Jackson was only 10 years old when Jonathan Jackson Dabbs was born.The similarity of their names must be just coincidental.