On 20 May 1769, Stephen Collens (Collins) was granted land on Tosety's branch of the Saluda, which he later conveyed to Samuel Abney. This land lies very near to Persimmon branch of Big Creek of the Little Saluda, where Ann, mother of George Dean, was granted land on 8 July 1774. John Brooks was also granted land on 8 July 1774, (the same date) adjacent to the afsd Ann. If George Dean was Lucy Collins Abney's nephew, as you say, Robert, then do you think that she was an Abney, or a Collins?- I find that Dannett Abney was also granted land there, on 19 March, 1773.
Finally, William Dean, the presumed father of George, along with Nathaniel Abney, was in Wilkes Co., GA in September of 1773, on the first page of the Settler's List of the Ceded lands Journal (which is the first chapter of the Wilkes County Papers). They bought 100 acres each, from Edward Barnard and Thomas Waters, both of whom were Loyalists, and who respectively later became Capt. and 1st Lt., heading up"His Majesty's Georgia Rangers." Thos. Waters was promoted to Col. after Barnard was killed in 1775, and became an infamous terrorizer of the settlers, who seem to have been mostly Patriots. We all know of course, that Nathaniel was a Rev. Patriot and a Captain, and had to have returned to SC by at least the outbreak of hostilities, but the question of William Dean's fate remains a real mystery. Perhaps someday..... Cousin Otis Fuller