I was struck by that 17 Oct 1805 date, do you know where it comes from?
I'm wondering if there's a chance of a record/name mix-up. Watson's
Abstracts of Will Book 1, Nash County NC shows a Howell F. Ellin
(Flewellin) whose Nash will was written 17 Oct 1805 and proved Nov 1805.
Flewellin was very involved with James Daniel in the records (you've
talked about them before). If a James Daniel died around the same time
there's no will, per Watson at least. He also extracted estate records
from the Nash deed books for 1781-1897 and there's no James Daniel decd
in them. There are definitely other loose probate records for Nash that
I didn't look at, so these Watson books don't preclude a James Daniel
for that date, I'm just checking.
You can see records for James Daniel of Nash (or more than one, who
James is in the Stoney Creek/Pigbasket area of Nash (#10 and #9 on map),
and he may or may not be the same James as in the Sapony Creek area (all
Pam in CA
Payne Daniel wrote:
1. James DANIEL was born from 1745 to 1755 and died about 17 Oct 1805
Nash County, NC about age 59.