Jane & Lynn, David Adams is my 4th great-grandfather, and a most troublesome one he is... but here is what I have figured out so far:
David married for the first time in about 1766 at about age 24. His first wife was Prudence Talley. This is why he was due slaves from the William Talley estate. In 1769, David and his wife Prudence sold Dancy Standley a 50 acre parcel. I arrived at the marriage date based on when David is included on his father, William's tax list (1763-21=1742) and when he is taxed on his own (1767). Currently it is my belief that William, Dancy and David jr. were his children from this marriage.
Then in 1782 he married Rachel Coleman. She also appears in some of the Amelia County deeds around 1782. I believe that Frederick F and Lucy Rebecca were her children. However, I think she diedbefore1787 and that David married a third time.
About 1788, He married Rebecca. I'd dance for a week if I could find her surname, however she may have also been a Coleman. She is the Rebecca appointed guardian of Francis, whom I think is Frederick F... but could be wrong... and it is also possible that Frederick/Francis was Rebecca's son. Rebecca jr. and Dolly were definitely her children.
The David who married a Tanner is probably Prudence's son, and it may be that her name was Sally as in 1801, when the sons were selling some of the land, Sally Adams wife of David is mentioned.
It is also my belief that David Sr. died in August/September 1799, between the date of his will, July 25, and the date his property was inventoried, September 26. Another proof that his last wife was Rebecca is that she is listed in the 1815 Amelia tax list as having a life estate in her property, which conforms to David's will.
Would be delighted to have further information or to discuss possiblities for this family.
Connie Moretti CWMoretti@aol.com Redondo Beach, CA