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The Second Generation

21 Henry2 Cavinis (Henri1) has been a subject of much guesswork and conjecture. The late Mrs. Leigh C. Anderson, nee Alloa Caviness, spent vast efforts on this difficult line, now recorded in her excellent study, Henry Cavinis: The Immigrant Infant (note the important change of spelling from his father's will). The following is derived from her book.

21 Henry2 Cavinis, born about 1696 in France or England and died after December 10, 1770 and before August 1771 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, and spent most of his adult years in the area of Edgecombe and Halifax counties, North Carolina.

He was first married to ----------- from 1712+ to 1729+. From this first marriage he had at least two sons.

About 1729+, he married second to Jane Allen (born 1700+ died 1744+), daughter of William and Eleanor Allen, of Elizabeth City County, Virginia. This information is found in the Will of William Allen, Pilot, dated 1731, in which the name "Cavinis" appears. In it he names his heirs and those to whom legacies were to be paid: - "John Allen; Wm. Henry Allen; Jane Allen, now Cavinis; the widow, Eleanor; and Ann Allen."

The only other known document which might help to identify this family, is a record of a grant of 550 acres of land to Thomas Allen, "on the first branch of the Long Creek, on the east side of the Chisopeacke toward the Great Indian Field". This Thomas Allen could well have been the grandfather of the Jane Allen in whom we are interested.

The genealogist, Hugh S. Watson, Jr., makes this comment: - "The strange appearance of the Cavinis name among the Elizabeth City, County records, and showing that Jane Allen, daughter of William Allen and his wife Eleanor, had married to a Cabaniss, the French Huguenot, who came to Manakintowne in 1700 in the ship, Mary and Ann". Since the marriage records of the sons, 22 Matthew (Hannah Clay) and 23 George (Grace) are documented, obviously, it was the eldest son Henry, who had married Jane Allen.

The records of the activities of this particular man are the most difficult to find, and the lack of them produces the greatest problems.

There is so little to use that it is necessary to identify him by the actions of those men who, most reasonably, can be proved to have been his sons, - and the events connected with their lives. The findings which support these conclusions are:

1) The tenable presumption that 21 Henry and Jane (Allen) Cavinis went to North Carolina is based on: A) many Huguenots were settling in this area from Manakintowne; B) due to the great expanse of the Dismal Swamp, travel from Elizabeth City County (Newport News) where Jane Allen lived, to the area on the Roanoke River near Halifax, North Carolina was by water. Her father was a professional pilot. C) The period of time from 1719 to 1759 provides chronological proof that some members of the family (on Isaac's side) moved into North Carolina and patented land "bordering on that of" earlier Cavinesses. If some were there, and the best means of travel was provided by the profession of a close member of the family, it seems reasonable to accept the forthcoming evidence for what it can signify.

2) Although there are no proven records for 21 Henry in North Carolina, the fact that a Henry Cavenah owned land in Halifax County (then Edgecombe) by 1739 is a clue. The next evidence come from the purchase of Mecklenburg County, Virginia land by Henry Caviness in 1764. The Deed is extant and provides many usable facts. It was sold to him by a North Carolina agent, one John Buzby, and the purchased was witnessed by men who are later identified with North Carolina court records; particularly, several men who also signed the Halifax Petition - perhaps, they were 21 Henry's friends.

3) The location of this land is provided by four means: A) Cary's General Atlas Map of 1796 shows that there were good roads from Tarboro, North Carolina and Halifax, Edgecome County, North Carolina directly to the place across the state line in Virginia where 21 Henry's land purchase was located. B) A Washington Campaign Map shows in detail, the names and locations of plantations, ferries and bridges, and identifies Col. Taylor's Ferry. C) A Henry Mouzon Map shows in greater detail, this area. D) 214 Matthew Caviness purchases (1765) include specific descriptions such that the area on both sides of the North Carolina - Virginia state line can be identified. He also purchased from the same agent, "John Busbee", and it was witnessed by 215 William and 216 Thomas Caviness; E) the Henry Caviness who bought the "230 acres" in 1764, also established a home there, and paid tithes on himself and two sons, William and Thomas, in Lunenburg (Mecklenburg, in 1764) County, Virginia. In 1770, Henry gave this land to "my son William".

4) Tarboro and Halifax communities in North Carolina, are the locations of the court records of all of these men. Halifax County was the home of the "Halifax Petition" Henry Cavanes; this county was formerly a part Edgecombe County, in which area Charles Cavenah received a patent in 1739 for 696 acres "bordering on lands of Henry Cavenah of Halifax County"; and where sons of Isaac, Charles and Arthur Cavenah bought 200 acre units beginning in 1742.

5) 215 William's death in 1775 provides closer connections; one of the witnesses to 21 Henry's gift to his son 215 William, was John Camp, who appeared in 1775 as the guardian of "William's orphans". In Camp's Will of 1783, he named daughter, Lucy, as the mother of John Caviness; and "I give to my grandson, John Caviness." So the relationship of these persons is defined.

Having shown that the "230 arce Henry" was the father of 215 William and the grandfather of 2152 John and 2151 William Caviness, then these other Caviness men who appeared in court records relating to the properties inherited by 2152 John and 2151 William can be presumed to have been closely related, probably uncles; e.g.

a) in 1773, 214 Matthew bought land in Mecklenburg County, Virginia from Edmund Taylor, between the state line and Henry's 230 acres. This was three years after 21 Henry had died.

b) in 1775, the year in which 21 Henry's son 215 William, died, the "Halifax Petition" 213 Henry and his wife, Elinor, sold their holdings in North Carolina and settled in Mecklenburg County, Virginia.

c) Finally, in 1782, taxes began to be collected and recorded regularly in Mecklenburg County and this list is the source of further information on sons and ages for this family. Henry, Matthew and a John Caviness all paid tithes in this year.

d) in 1785, 213 Henry and Elinor sold the original 230 acres (with the same surveyor's description, but reported as 215 acres) to John Clardy and bought 218 acres for themselves, from the heirs of Edmund Taylor, William Taylor and Martha Taylor. This sale to Clardy did not close the records on the 230 acres, for in 1787, Timothy Smith, the original owner from whom Henry had bought the additional 10 acres, and from whom Busbee had bought the 220 acres, gave this question fifteen acres and more to the amount of 100 acres to his godson, Charles Kelly. Immediately, Henry, Matthew and the two "orphans", William and John, hailed Kelly into court to clear the title to the contested land. In 1796 the "orphans" reported to the court that all was settled to their satisfaction.

The cause of the contentions was as follows: - "230 acres, being a piece of land where Caviness now lives, containing part thereof Patented by Timothy Smith Baring the Date July the fifteenth one thousand seven hundred and sixty the other ten acres being laid off by a line of Marked trees and taken out of the Tract of land whereon the aforesaid Smith now lives...."

We can thank 213 Henry for that "ten acres set off by a line of Marked trees where Smith now lives".

Thus the development of the records of this family is based upon the use of the Mecklenburg County, Virginia Tithes, or Personal Property Lists begun in 1782, the use of Deeds, and Signatures and witnesses to those Deeds; the few Wills available; the sureties of Marriage Bonds; the chronological order of the court records; the specific identification of the parcels of land mentioned in the Deeds; and such other material as appeared along the way.

It has been shown that the men listed as "children of 21 Henry and Jane (Allen) Cavinis" reasonably and legally were their sons, and that there were no other families in that area with these limiting conditions; is was also shown that the next chronological record places 21 Henry and Jane Allen in an appropriate geographical location to be connected with the records of the men identified as their sons. While there is only the indirect reference to him in the later sale of North Carolina property by the children of Charles Cavenah, it is evident that another, and earlier Caviness man had established himself in the area. Since Charles Cavenah left a Will, and so did his last living child, Mary the court transactions of that family prohibit confusing any 21 Henry activities with them. Yet 21 Henry lived long enough in that area to have two of his sons grow up and buy tracts of land, sell and buy more; and one of them developed sufficient prestige to have been asked to sign the Halifax Petition.

When some reason, whatever it may have been, urged 21 Henry Cavinis to leave the Halifax area of North Carolina, (possibly the death of Jane, his wife) he followed a well-traveled road in the direction of the most available ferry across the Roanoke River. Fate caused him to pause, survey the beauties of the hills and valleys on the near side of the river, and never did he cross it.

The location of that 230 acres finds it under the waters of Buggs Island Lake, today; maps of the original river bed, and the naming of particular plantations and ferries, makes it possible to define, accurately, its location.

21 Henry was about sixty years old when he began his travels from Halifax, North Carolina, - he was sixty five when he bought the 230 acres, - and seventy, when he died. This is a long life-span for those days, yet other men and women in this family and in those times, have lived as long or longer, so it cannot be ruled out that the 21 Henry Caviness who bought the 230 acres in 1764 was not identical with the Immigrant Infant Henry who come in the Mary and Ann with his parents, Henri and Marie Cabanis.

21 Henry married third from 1750+ until his death (1770) Mary -------, who died 1785+ in Virginia. In his later years he moved just across the state line into Mecklenburg County, Virginia, where he died.

21 Henry's children include the following:

From 21 Henry2 (Henri1) his first marriage to wife unknown (from 1737 Amelia, Co. Virginia tithes): 211 Jack and 212 Unidentified Son implied in "Henry Caberness 3" [himself and 2 sons] are now assigned to 21 Henry since no other known Caviness lived in that area of Amelia County, Virginia. Southside Virginia (v. 1 #1, 1982) shows Amelia County Taxables 1737:

Henry Caberness, son Jack 3
Matthew Caberness 1

211 Jack3 Cabanis born 1714+ in Amelia Co. Virginia; died 1783+ Virginia; married about 1740 to wife unknown. They had at least one child:
2111 John Cuit4 Cabanis
212 (Son)3 Cabanis born 1716- in Virginia
From his second marriage to Jane Allen:
213 Henry3 Cavanes born 1738, died ca. 1823 North Carolina, married Eleanor -----. Their children include the following:
2131 John4 Caviness
2132 Mary4 Caviness born about 1773 North Carolina
2133 George4 Caviness
2134 William4 Caviness
2135 Nancy4 Caviness born about 1778 Virginia
2136 Lucy4 Caviness born about 1781 Virginia
2137 Susannah4 Caviness born about 1787 Virginia
214 Matthew3 Cavinis born 1740, died after 1806 North Carolina, married Ann -----. Their children include:
2141 William4 Caviness
2142 Matthew4 Caviness
2143 Thomas4 Caviness
2144 Henry4 Caviness
2145 George4 Caviness
2146 Richard4 Caviness
2147 Robert4 Caviness
2148 John4 Caviness
215 William3 Caviness born 1741, died 1775 Virginia, married Lucy Camp. They had two children:
2151 William4 Caviness who married Elizabeth Culbreath on February 8, 1791.
2152 John Camp4 Caviness
216 Thomas3 Cavenah born ca. 1743, married Rachel Wallace, no known issue.
From his third marriage to Mary -------:
217 Richard3 Caviness, born North Carolina ca. 1751, died Chatham County North Carolina before 1830, married ------. His children include the following, but there were probably others:
2171 John4 Caviness
2172 Joab4 Caviness
2173 Cretia4 Caviness
2174 Patchey4 Caviness
2175 Betsy4 Caviness
2176 daughter4 Caviness
218 Amos3 Cavness born ca. 1753, died 1810 North Carolina, married -----. His children include:
2181 Henry4 Cavness
2182 John4 Cavness
2183 Martha4 Cavness
2184 son4 Cavness born 1785 Mecklenburg County, Virginia
2185 son4 Cavness born 1786 Mecklenburg, County, Virginia
219 Frederick3 Caviness, born ca 1759, died North Carolina 1825, married Elizabeth Carr. Their children included:
2191 Walker4 Caviness
2192 Nancy4 Caviness
2193 Elizabeth4 Caviness



22 Matthew2 Cabanis(s) (Henri1) was born presumably in Prince George County between 1709 and 1720. He married Hannah Clay, daughter of Thomas Clay (great-grandfather of the Kentucky statesman Henry Clay), for on May 9, 1738 occurs the following statement in Prince George Marriage Book: "In the Suit in Chancery brot by Mathew Cabinis & Hannah, his wife, one of the Daughters of Thomas Clay deceased ...." On September 19, 1740 and again in April 1745, he was appointed by court as surveyor of a road.

On May 12, 1780 he petitioned for dissolution of vestries and for the election by free vote of the people, for marriage licensed to be issued to any regularly ordained ministers, for marriages without the ring by dissenting ministers to be declared lawful and every doubt of their validity removed, and for the good people of the state to be apprised of their just rights. That petition, deemed reasonable by the court on June 7, 1780, was ordered to be presented.

22 Matthew's Will disposing of his extensive estate of lands and slaves, date June 6, 1789, was admitted to probate on August 5, 1790. His children are therein named in the following order:
221 Ann3 Cabanis, born about 1735 in Amelia County, Virginia; married before 1790 to Mr. Lumpkin.
222 Charles3 Cabanis born about 1738 in Amelia County, Virginia; died in Lunenbury County, Virginia (Will probated 1816); married about 1765 to Ann. Charles processioned land in Cumberland Parish (Lunenburg County) Virginia on March 15, 1776, deeded land in Amelia County, Virginia in 1787 to his cousin, George Cabaniss.
Charles's children include:
2221 John4 Cabaniss
2222 Charles4 Cabaniss
2223 Charlotte4 Cabaniss
2224 Mary Polly4 Cabaniss
2225 William4 Cabaniss
2226 Matthew4 Cabaniss
2227 Jane4 Cabaniss
2228 Martha4 Cabaniss
2229 Asa4 Cabanisss
223 Matthew3 Cabanis, Jr. born about 1740 in Amelia County, Virginia. His Will, dated January 7, 1781, was probated in Amelia County on September 25, 1788. A witness to the Will was Simeon Walton, a Baptist preacher. Matthew married about 1765 to Mary probably in Amelia County, Virginia. Their children include:
2231 Cassimer4 Cabaniss
2232 Courtland4 Cabaniss
2233 Susanna4 Cabaniss
2234 Hannah4 Cabaniss
2235 Polly4 Cabaniss
2236 Rachel4 Cabaniss
224 Mary3 Cabanis born about 1748 in Amelia County, Virginia; died before her father; married about 1773 probably in Amelia County, Virginia to Mr. Belcher.
225 John3 Cabanis born about 1742 in Amelia County, Virginia; deeded land in Amelia County, Virginia to his brother, George Cabaniss in 1773; died 1822 in Jones County, Georgia.
226 Phebe3 Cabanis born about 1750 in Amelia County, Virginia; married Francis Belcher who died 1781. This couple had a daughter Phebe who married Mitchell Clay (1735-1810, Giles County, Virginia) son of William Mitchell Clay, first cousin of Hannah (Clay) Cabaniss.
227 George3 Cabanis born about 1744 in Amelia County, Virginia; died 1815 in Jones County, Georgia without leaving a Will. He married first to Miss Carter; married second to Palatea Harrison, who was the daughter of Henry Harrison. George moved to Rowan County, North Carolina then moved from there to Georgia in 1797. He was granted land in Oglethorpe County, Georgia in 1799, moved to Greene County and then to Jones County, Georgia. He was a member of the Baptist Church. His children include:
by his first wife, Miss Carter:
2271 Matthew4 Cabaniss
by his second wife, Palatea Harrison:
2272 Harrison4 Cabaniss
2273 Elijah4 Cabaniss
2274 Henry Benjamin4 Cabaniss
2275 George4 Cabaniss
2276 Elbridge Gerry4 Cabaniss
2277 Mary4 Cabaniss
2278 Sandall4 Cabaniss
2279 Rebecca4 Cabaniss
227A Palatea4 Cabaniss
227B Mrs. Elijah Greer4 who was listed as a tither in Lunenburgh County, Virginia in 1775.
228 Henry3 Cabanis born about 1764? in Amelia County, Virginia; probably moved to Georgia between 1782 and 1785; married December 24, 1781 Jane Williams, Amelia County, and had three children.
229 Elijah3 Cabanis born about 1752 in Amelia County, Virginia; died in Nottoway County, Virginia in 1799. His Will was probated in Nottoway County. He married, probably in Amelia County, Virginia to Miss Patsey. He was willed the family plantation in Amelia County by his father with duty imposed upon him and his family to care for his two single sisters, 22B Elizabeth and 22C Amey. Elijah's children include:
2291 Alice4 Cabaniss
2292 Asa4 Cabaniss
2293 Anthony Roland4 Cabaniss
2294 Abner4 Cabaniss
22A Hannah3 Cabanis born about 1753 in Amelia County, Virginia; married March 10, 1787 John Clarke in Amelia County Virginia.
22B Elizabeth3 Cabanis born about 1755 in Amelia County, Virginia and was unmarried when her father's Will was made. She was living on the family plantation in Amelia County (Nottoway County) at that time, June 6, 1789.
22C Amey Clay3 Cabanis born about 1760 in Amelia County, Virginia and was unmarried when her father's Will was made. She was living on the family plantation in Amelia County (Nottoway County) at that time, June 6, 1789. Amey was named for her Aunt Amey (Clay) Williamson.


23 George2Cabaniss (Henri1) born presumably in Prince George County between 1709 and 1720, married Grace -----. He and his brother, 22 Matthew, patented 347 acres in Amelia on January 2, 1737, which they divided on August 20 and 21, 1741. 23 George paying 22 Matthew 30 pounds for approximately 175 acres. In 1737 23 George, mate of the sloop Betty owned by Colonel Benjamin Harrison, was attacked along with the captain while the boat was en route from Jamaica to Williamsburg, but he escaped serious danger. Later he was listed as master when the boat cleared the upper district of the James River.

23 George's undated Will was offered for probate by his brother, 22 Matthew, May 18, 1744. On the same date in Amelia Order Book 1 appears a curious notation that a writing of July 1, 1743 at Kingston, Jamaica, purporting to be his last will and testament was also presented, but no witness being available to substantiate it, it was ordered lodged in the clerk's office. It is of interest that 23 George was witness to the will of Rebecca Shute of Port Royal, Jamaica, dated August 12, 1732, probated in Bath County, North Carolina on May 28, 1743.

The will of 23 George (very faded and obviously overwritten) names his wife Grace and the following children:
231 Mary Ann3 Cabaniss married Edward Robertson who died in Amelia County, Virginia in 1769. They had among their children:
2311 George Cabaniss4 Robertson
2312 John4 Robertson born 1750; died 1826; married Sarah Jennings and became a maternal ancestor of the poet Sidney Lanier.
232 Sarah3 Cabaniss
233 George3 Cabaniss married first Ruth Hall daughter of James and Ruth Hall; married second Sarah Jennings. George's Will was dated April 8, 1799 and probated in Nottoway County on October 3, 1799. His children include:
with wife Ruth Hall:
2331 William4 Cabaniss
2332 Matthew4 Cabaniss
2333 Sarah4 Cabaniss
with wife Sarah Jennings:
2334 George4 Cabaniss
2335 John4 Cabaniss
2336 Mary4 Cabaniss
2337 James4 Cabaniss
2338 Elizabeth4 Cabaniss
2339 Martha4 Cabaniss
234 Jemima3 Cabaniss married Richard Thompson on May 13, 1756.
All of the children of 23 Charles2 Cabaniss were under age at the time of his death. On October 21, 1748, 231 Mary Ann chose her uncle 22 Matthew as her guardian; in August 1751, 232 Sarah chose Alexander Erskine, who had as his surety James Cabaniss (otherwise unidentified, unless this is the same James Cavena, who with Thomas Wilkinson witnessed the will of Isaac Wilson, date June 13, 1714, probated Perquimans County, North Carolina, July 13, 1714). Erskine failed to return account, so on February 26, 1756, 232 Sarah chose William Westbrook. In March 1752, 22 Matthew (her uncle) was appointed for 234 Jemima; and on September 22, 1757, 233 George chose James Hall, his future father-in-law.


The Third Generation

225 John3 Cabaniss (Matthew2, Henri1) received 102 acres from his father, November 24, 1768, and sold them, July 22, 1773 to his brother 222 Charles. He is reported as paying tithes in Lunenburg in 1769, 1772, 1776, and 1783, and the "specific tax" in March 1781. His brother 222 Charles had also removed to Lunenburg; both are named as taxpayers there in 1782.

On October 9, 1779 225 John sold, for 1,000 pounds, land in Lunenburg to Craddock Vaughn, a transaction acknowledged in court five days later, with notation that "Elizabeth the wife of the said John relinquished her right of Dower." Elizabeth's maiden name is not known, but there is strong reason to suppose that she belonged to the Epes family, also that she died after the sale referred to, and still further that 225 John never married again. In the 1820 census of Jones County, Georgia, he is listed with nine slaves but no whites in his household.

The 1811 tax digest of Jones County, indicated that he owned 505 acres partly adjoining land of his brother 227 George. It appears that he died there in 1820, for on August 14 of that year the Inferior Court of the county adopted an order:

	that letters of administration on the estate of John Cabaniss, 
	decd. be granted to John Martin on his giving bond and security 
	in the sum of $20,000.00.  Apraisors James George, Larkin Wilson, 
	Wilkins Jackson, and Robert Baldwin, and Williams Jackson.
In the complicated and prolonged settlement, much of the estate went to the children of his brother 222 Charles, implying that he made his home with them. Ultimately, however, a slightly larger portion went to his only son, who was apparently his only (or only surviving) child.
2251 William4 Cabaniss

The Fourth Generation

2251 William4 Cabaniss (John3, Matthew2, Henri1). According to Nottoway County personal property tax lists, 2251 William Cabaniss was above the age of 16 in 1789 and not in Nottoway after 1804. In July 1789 he is noted as lieutenant of Nottoway. In 1792 he signed a petition respecting parish boundary lines and on April 5, 1793, he was appointed 4th Captain, 2nd battalion, Nottoway Militia. On November 7, 1793, he was appointed deputy sheriff under Sheriff William Greenhill and early the next spring on April 4, 1794, he was recommended as escheator for the commonwealth in Nottoway. Again in 1795 he was deputy sheriff under Sheriff Freeman Epes.

In Nottoway Order Book July 2, 1797 - July 1801, there is an important statement:

	William Cabaniss Gentn is recommended to his excellency James 
	Wood esquire Governor, and the Council as a proper person to 
	execute the office of a Major in the Second Battalion in the 
	Militia of the County in the room of Samuel Pincham deceased.
Samuel Pincham had on December 18, 1787 in Amelia married Sophia Sherwin, daughter of Samuel Sherwin and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Randolph, IV and his wife Tabitha (daughter of Robert Poythress and wife Elizabeth Cooke.) To that union one child, Elizabeth Kennon, was born ca 1788-1790. Pincham died in November 1797 (will dated November 3, 1797, probated December 7, 1797, Nottoway)

Nottoway Order Book 2, shows that on February 1, 1798 the court received:

	a writing from under the hand and seal of Sophia Pinchman 
	declaring that she will not take or accept the legacy or any 
	part thereof devised her by the last will and testament of her 
	late deceased husband, Samuel Pincham, deceased, and renounced 
	all benefit which might be claimed by such will....
That statement may be interpreted to mean that she was already contemplating another marriage. As a matter of fact she did marry second 2251 Major William Cabaniss.

The marriage of 2251 William and Sophia was solemnized after February 1, 1798, before November 1801, probably on or after February 7, 1800, for on that date the following is recorded in Nottoway Deed Book 2:

	Know all men by these presents that I William Cabaniss of Nottoway 
	County for and in consideration of the natural love and affection 
	which I bear to my four children to wit: Rebeckah, William , Ruth, 
	Frances Epes Cabaniss of said county.... have given and granted.... 
	unto the said Rebeckah, William, Ruth, and Frances Epes Cabaniss, 
	their Executors, Administrators, or assigns the five following 
	Negros to wit:  Nancy and Lucy, her child Milley, Stephen and Peggy 
	together with their increase to have and hold to the said Rebeckah, 
	William, Ruth, and Frances Epes Cabaniss (to be equally divided 
	amongst them so soon as either of them shall arrive at the age of 
	21 years or marry) to them and their heirs forever.... In Witness 
	whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this fifth 
	day of February, 1800
The document, signed by 2251 William Cabaniss and witnessed by Jordan Jackson, Freeman Epes, Matthew Cabaniss, and Cassimer Cabaniss, indicated that 2251 William had already been married at least once before and that he had four unmarried children under 21 years of age, but the name of the earlier wife (or wives) is not a present known.

Substantial tradition affirms that the mother of 22514 Frances Epes Cabaniss died when Frances Epes was born, that the child was taken and reared by her half-uncle, Isham Epes Dabney of Dinwiddle County (a fact which intimates that her mother was not the mother of 22511 Rebeckah, 22512 William, and 22513 Ruth), and that her father 2251 William migrated west or south with a cousin, William Wells. It is established that Frances Epes did remain in Virginia, but Rebeckah and Ruth accompanied William on his migration (William, Jr. presumably died young)

On three occasions, November 7, 1801; February 4, 1802; and August 6, 1802, there were chancery court cased in which "William Cabaniss and his wife Sophia" were complainants. Between Februray 7, 1800 and August 28, 1803, a son, 22515 Peter Randolph Cabaniss, was born and Sophia died. On the latter date 2251 William executed the following indenture, recorded September 1, 1803 Nottoway Deed Book 2:

	This indenture.... between William Cabaniss of the County of Nottoway 
	of the one part and Peter Randolph Cabaniss his son of the same county 
	of the other part Witnesseth that the said William Cabaniss for and in
	consideration of the natural affection which he hath and doth bear unto 
	his said son Peter Randolph Cabaniss.... doth give, grant and forever 
	quit claim unto a certain Negro girl by name Tamer unto the said Peter 
	Randolph Cabaniss his heirs and assigns forever together with all her 
	future increase....
The deed was signed by 2251 William Cabaniss and witnessed by Thomas V. Brooking, Elizabeth M.A.M. Brooking, and Matthew Cabaniss.

Among the witnesses of the deeds of February 7, 1800 and August 28, 1803, the following may be tentatively identified. It is reasonable to suppose that Matthew (both deeds) was either 2226 Matthew (Charles3, Matthew2, Henri1) a first cousin, or 2271 Matthew (George3, Matthew2, Henri1) also a first cousin, but not 2332 Matthew (George3, George2, Henri1) a second cousin, although all three men lived relatively near at hand, the first two in Lunenburg, third in Amelia. Cassimer was 2231 Cassimer (Matthew3, Matthew2, Henri1) another first cousin. Freeman Epes was William's superior as sheriff in 1795 and may have been a relative. Jordan Jackson, Thomas V. Brooking, and Elizabeth M.A.M. Brooking have not been investigated at the present.

Not long after the death of his wife Sophia and deed of gift to his son 22515 Peter Randolph Cabaniss, 2251 William began his journey to greener pastures. On March 2, 1805 he sold the land on which he lived in Nottoway (about 300 acres) to Thomas Booth, also of Nottoway, land not to be confused with 200 acres owned by his second cousin 2332 William (George3, George2, Henri1). The boundary lines were different.

The tradition of 2251 William's westward of southward migration with a cousin William Wells seems to be authenticated by several facts.

(1) There is record of marriage of William Cabaniss and Polly Harper, Green County, Kentucky on April 2, 1807, where eight years earlier William's first cousin once removed, 22211 Lucy5 (John4, Charles3, Matthew2, Henri1) had married David C. Caldwell. If this is the William with whom we are dealing, Polly Harper was probably his third wife. William may also have gone to Jones County, Georgia and back to Lunenburg in 1816 to assist in settlement of this father's estate. Note might be made here that Nina Fuller has documentation which makes this marriage to Polly Harper unlikely.

(2) Then there is listed in Sumner County, Tennessee 1820 census, a William Cabaniss with a household of eight whites and one black. He could well have been the William of this sketch, although there is no certainty. It is curiously suggestive, however, that a man named William Wells is listed in the same Tennessee census.

(3) In any case 2251 William Cabaniss was a resident of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama when on November 21, 1821 he purchased land from the public domain, patents for which were subsequently issued on April 12, 1824.

(4) The final clear evidence respecting 2251 William is his revealing will, dated May 8, 1825, recorded in Tuscaloosa County Will Book 1, pp. 19f, printed in The Alabama Genealogical Registrar, I, No. 1 (March 1959), p 41:

	William Cabanes of the County of Tuskaloosa and State of Alabama.... 
	unto Dianna Cabanes my dearly beloved wife one negro boy by the name 
	Bob to do with as she pleases, also give during her natural life and 
	at her decease to be divided.... between my three last children by 
	names of Nepoland B. Cabanes, Dianna D. Cabanes, and William Cabanes 
	the tract of land whereon I now live.... the N.W. 1/4 of Sec. 10 R 11 W 
	T21 with the following negroes... Reuben, Molly and Silva, with all 
	my household and Kitchen furniture, horse, cows and Hoggs.... to my 
	daughter Frances Epes Vaughn one negro woman by name Milly I left her 
	in the State of Virginia with all her increase.... to my son Peter R. 
	Cabanes a negro woman named Tamar and her children.... ordain my wife 
	Dianna Cabanes the sole Executor of my last will.... to my daughter 
	Rutha More a piece of Land.... the W 1/2 of the S.W. quarter of Sec. 
	10 T21 R11W.... this 8th day of May, 1825.
It is signed by "William Cabines (seal)," witnessed by Joseph Barrett, Constant P. Arthur, "Joseph x Soughty, sen. His Mark", and Sugar (Ezekiel) Mayfield.

Several facts are obvious from the foregoing will. (1) The "three last children" (22516 Napoleon B., 22517 Diana D., and 22518 William) were still under age and probably children of the wife Diana. (2) The other children were not Diana's offspring. Of them, three (22511 Rebecca Corks, 22514 Frances Epes Vaughn, and 22515 Peter Randolph) were of age, already married, and relatively independent. (3) The daughter 22513 Ruth Moore, also of age, was a widow, requiring more assistance than Rebecca, Frances Epes, and Peter Randolph. (There was a deed by William Cabaniss to Ruth Moore on July 21, 1825, witnessed by Ezekiel Mayfield and Joseph Barrett, recorded September 25, 1826, Tuscaloosa County Deed Book "E"). (4) The elder son 22512 William, mentioned in the Nottoway indenture of February 7, 1800, was dead and there was now a younger son bearing the name 22518 William. (5) It is clear also that the testator, 2251 William Cabaniss, was a Virginian who had removed to Alabama.

2251 William's issue, listed in the Nottoway indentures and in the Tuscaloosa will were (by wife or wives unknown):
22511 Rebecca (Rebeckah)5 Cabaniss married ----- Corks
22512 William5 Cabaniss died young
22513 Ruth (Rutha)5 Cabaniss b. Virginia ca.1796, m1. ----- Moore and had:
225131 Charles C.6 Moore b. 1819 in Tennessee
225132 William M.6 Moore b. 1822 in Tennessee
Widowed by the time of her father's will, 22513 Ruth m2. and his m2. Joseph Barrett (witness of the will and the later deed), in Tuscaloosa County on November 6, 1826 and had four other children then removed to Neshoba County, Mississippi, where Barrett died in 1840 and the widow 22513 Ruth in 1855.
22514 Frances Epes5 Cabaniss married Peter Vaughn Dinwiddle County, Virginia and had:
225141 Lucy Ann6 Vaughn (born April 14, 1816)
225142 Martha C.6 Vaughn (born October 23, 1817)
225143 Frances E.6 Vaughn (born November 5, 1819)
225144 William Hamlin6 Vaughn (born August 20, 1822)
225145 Sally Jane6 Vaughn (born June 23, 1823, married James Elisha Newcomb)
225146 Peter R.6 Vaughn (born June 12, 1825)
225147 Mary E.6 Vaughn (born April 23, 1827)
225148 Rosiner G.6 Vaughn
225149 James6 Vaughn (born 1830)
22514A Cincinnatus Stith6 Vaughn (born 1832).
By marriage to Sophia (Sherwin) Pincham, 2251 William Cabaniss had:
22515 Peter Randolph5 Cabaniss
By marriage to Diannah Greer George, 2251 William had:
22516 Napoleon Bonaparte5 Cabaniss
22517 Diana Durret5 Cabaniss married Green H. Strong, Tuscaloosa County on May 10, 1832.
22518 William5 Cabaniss (not to be confused with his deceased older brother of the same name), born March 27, 1814; died December 22, 1855 in Lockhart, Caldwell County, Texas; married May 13, 1836 in Noxubee County, Mississippi to Lysanias Standifer who was born about 1816 in Alabama and died 1899 in Edwards, Texas. They moved from Mississippi to Lockhart, Texas. William was killed in a saloon. Lysanias remarried John Hunter. William and Lysanias had these children:
225181 Napoleon Bonaparte6 Cabaniss born August 27, 1847 in Leake County, Mississippi; January 20, 1917 in Salado, Bell County, Texas; married January 19, 1876 in Erath, Texas to Columbia Ann Bonner
225182 Jesse Miltiades6 Cabaniss (1837-1876)
225183 Diana Durret6 Cabaniss (married ----- Crawford)
225184 Lydia Tranquilla6 Cabaniss born in Noxubee County, Mississippi; died in Paradise, Arizona; married Mr. Greenwood.
225185 Josephine6 Cabaniss (married ----- Haynes)
225186 Amarillo6 Cabaniss (married ----- Cowan).
2251 William's widow Diana married second ca 1831 to Nicholas Hawkins. It is only fair to note that the Reverend Moore makes the William of this sketch a son of 233 George (George2, Henri1), but see CABANISS THROUGH FOUR GENERATIONS; SOME DESCENDANTS of MATTHEW and GEORGE, Page 29, "59 William" for differentiation.


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