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Hannah Clay [1848.4.6] married Matthew Cabanis [C.3]. Matthew’s name appeared first in Amelia County when the governor granted him and his brother, George, a land patent of 347 acreson the upper side of Cellar Fork of Deep Creek on 2 January 1737/8. About that same time, Matthew and Hannah were at the Prince George County courthouse seeking legacies promised in her father’s will. Amelia County listed Matthew as a tithable in 1737 and George not until 1738.
On 19 September 1740, the Amelia County court clerk reported “Matthew Cabiness, Surveyor of a road to be cleared from James Anderson’s road into Jordan’s road and so to Nottoway Chapel.”He surveyed a bridle way from Lazaretto Creek to Nottoway Chapel in April 1745.Nottoway Chapel was an early Episcopal chapel in what is Nottoway County. Jordans Road was near what is now Nottoway Avenue in the town of Blackstone.
In 1742 Matthew secured a patent for 390 acresin Amelia County on the south side of the Little Nottoway River but failed to cultivate this land. Samuel Terry [BK.3.5/S] obtained a grant for the land and assigned it to Marston Green [G.2.8] who received a patent for the property in 1753.
In 1743 Matthew obtained 400 acresin Amelia County on Lazaretto Creek. Matthew renewed this second patent with an additional 212 acreson 20 September 1748. He appears to have methodically subdivided this land into six parcels of precisely 102 acres each and conveyed it to his sons. On 24 November 1768, Matthew Cabanis Sr. conveyed to his three sons, Matthew Jr., John, and Charles Cabanis 102 acres of land each.Ten years later, on 25 July 1778, he sold Matthew Jr. another 102 acresfor £102. Perhaps Matthew Sr. had set this parcel of land aside for another son who died or moved away. Matthew later, on 15 April 1787, conveyed to Henry Cabanis land in Amelia County for £102.The unrecorded deed did not specify the acreage. This was probably his son Henry Cabanis [1818.104.22.168]. Yet Matthew conveyed land to his other sons for a nominal consideration and Henry paid £102. Perhaps this was his nephew Henry Cabanis III [C.1.1].
The number 102 appears to have been popular with Matthew. He carved his land into parcels of 102 acres and twice conveyed land for £102. One must wonder if he sold 102 acres of land to Henry Cabanis.
Matthew died in Nottoway County about 1789 (will dated 6 June 1789, recorded 4 Aug. 1790).