Pam in view of the revelations indicated below would it be safe to say that
Robert Daniel, the son of Henry Daniel and Betty Kemp, the second wife, was
born about 1744, and Robert Daniel the son of William and Ann Watts Daniel
was born about 1727? Apparently Robert of the Will dated 21 Jan 1784 was
Nice work, thanks. Payne
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From: "P. A. Miller" <gen(a)pamiller.net>
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2005 2:09 PM
Subject: [DANIEL-L] Msex correction re Robert (md. Penelope Lee)
A clear and quick Middlesex fix - it always surprised me that Newman
didn't get a red flag based on the namesakes of Robert and Penny (Lee)
Daniel's children (sons Henry, Garrot, dau Betty). But it is true that
the Roberts of the 1750-1799 range are harder to place without really
digging into the details. Barbara Daniel Pickett has this connection
correct in her family book, but she hasn't put the correction out there
online that I've seen.
Robert Daniel who married Penelope Lee is not the son of William and Ann
(Watts) Daniel as Newman listed and Heinemann brought over (they number
this Robert as 130 and 93 respectively); he's the son of Henry Daniel and
Betty (LNU, md2 Peter Kemp).
Proof in the positive:
Will Bk F291 will of Robert Daniel:
wr 21 Jan 1784, pr 27 Sep 1784.
-Lend to wf Penny Daniel whole est during widowhood, if she marry then
part allowed by law.
-Son Henry Daniel (under 21) the plantation I now live on 191a.
**-Son Robert Daniel (under 21) the tract of land that was given me by my
father's will containing 200a.
-Son Beverley Daniel (under 21) plantation purchased from Thomas Sears,
-If any of these three die before 21 their land to my two youngest sons
viz Garrot Daniel and George Daniel.
-All else div betw my seven chn viz Henry Daniel, Robert Daniel, Beverley
Daniel, Garrot Daniel, George Daniel, Jean Daniel and Betty Daniel (all
-If any die before 21 their part to survivors.
-Exrs Wife Penny, Nelson Daniel and Charles Lee.
-Wit Reuben Shelton, John Sears, Thomas Jessee and Milley Lee.
The 200a that came to Robert from his father's will and which he willed to
son Robert is the key. It's Henry Daniel who gave 200a to his son Robert:
Will Bk E300 will of Henry Daniel
wr 17 Mar 1764, pr 7 Jul 1767.
-Son George Daniel plantation where I now live, slvs Bristol, Winney,
John, Dellar and incr.
**-Son Robert Daniel plantation purch of Capt William Montague, slvs
Frank, Jesse, Little Jone, Jane, Peter & incr.
-Son Henry Daniel plantation purch of Mr William Moulson, slvs Lucy,
Jemima, Isaac, Mingo & incr.
-Dau Mary Shepherd £60.
-Dau Rachel Daniel slvs Jacob, Edy, Little Jude, James, Avey & incr.
-Grandson Nelson Daniel £35 when 21.
-Wife Betty Daniel riding chair, harnesses and ---? [the? or end of line
filler?] horses that draws the chair, slaves not mentioned; at her death
to be div betw chn George, Robert, Henry and Rachel.
-If either of my three [yes, three] chn Robert, Henry or Rachel die w/o
lawful heirs or come to age 21 [i.e. die before 21], their part to be
divided between other two.
-Exrs Wife and frd Lewis Mountague.
-Wit George Davis, Charles Lee and John George.
-Presented by Betty Daniel; heir at law George Daniel declared he had
nothing to object, proved by George Davis and John George; Betty Daniel's
sec is Robert Daniel Gent. Reserving Liberty to Lewis Mountague the other
exr named to join in the Probat [sic] thereof when he shall think fit.
The land that Henry bought of William Mountague is 200a. [Oops, I check
releases to confirm the names and land descriptions, but I just keep
forgetting to get the sales price from them, drat, I'm very often stuck
with just the standard 5sh from the leases!]:
Deed Bk 7-298/301 L&R William Mountague and wf Jane to Henry Daniel 30
Sep 1748, 5sh, 200a plantation and Tract of Land now in the possession of
the said William Mountague and commonly called or Known by the name of
Jamaica which was left by John Harris to Nicholas Cocke to be sold for the
payment of the Debts of the said Harris and by him sold to Robert [?aier?]
who devised the same by his LW&T to his Daughter Anne and by her sold and
Conveyed to the aforesaid William Mountague party to these presents...deed
dated 3 Feb 1734. Begining at the mouth of a small branch called the
Middle branch over against John Richens's house so along the said branch
to a marked white oak from thence by a marked Line of Trees to the NW End
of the above sd Divident, thence SW to a marked Line of Trees to the mouth
of a branch which Divides the Land from the Land of John Richens and along
the said branch to the first Specified place.
Wit Chr Curtis, Tho Price, Richard Major, Chas Daniel.
Recd 4 Oct 1748, followed by completion bond and relinq of Jane Mountague.
Henry had inherited a part of Jamaica from his father Robert (d. 1720, who
with his brother William (d. 1723) had bought 645a of the original 1200
Jamaica). This Montague deed is another 200a from the original Jamaica
The Sears land (110a) that Robert willed to son Beverley is further
confirmation that these are Jamaica people, it binds on Charles Lee's land
(a constant neighbor to all the Jamaica Daniel lands, father to Penny
Deed Bk 9a-409 Thomas Sears and wf Elizabeth to Robert Daniel, 22 Nov
1769, £200, 110a, bd by Lands of Charles Lee, Jonah ?Briams? heir [I may
just be seeing the familiar marker name Brimes], William Owens heir,
George Davis' heir, & William Owen. no wits. recd 2 Nov 1779 [yes, ten
It's also clear the land that Robert (d.1784) gave to his son Henry (the
plantation I now live on 191a) is actually his father Henry's (d.1767)
part of Jamaica that he had willed to son George. George had a survey
done in 1769 of 192a, described as entailed land, that is absolutely
Henry's part of Jamaica by the metes and bounds; it's marked for Betty
Kemp's dower lands and the rest is labeled as Robert Daniel's. I didn't
note entail language in Henry's will, have to check it again, and I
haven't found a recorded transfer from George to Robert so far (have a
couple more possibles left to check that might have it), but the survey
and the will stand as fairly solid proof of transfer on their own. George,
son of Henry, had also received 125a from the William and Ann Watts Daniel
estate in right of his wife Frances (their daughter), but they immediately
transferred it (1767), see below. But George did have land in 1788 when he
wrote his will (pr 1794) which he gave to his nephew Nelson Daniel. I
haven't pinned down what land that is yet (could just be town lots), but
Nelson is in the deed books as over on the main Bryary Swamp which is
where his father and grandpeople were located. This is one of the
trackings where I'm still running circles on the little mousewheel.
Back to the topic of this post, proof in the negative:
William and Ann (Watts) Daniel did have a son Robert, but he didn't
receive land in his father's will, nor in the later division of the estate
(1767, after widow Ann has died), possibly not even in a division upon the
death of three of the other heirs (Josiah, Agatha, and Ann). Also William
and Ann's land is shown by surveys to be way further southeast on Dragon
Swamp at Murray's Mill Swamp (where old Capt. William had settled
(d.1698)), so they have little to do with Jamaica people in terms of land.
Will Bk B68 will of William Daniel
wr 17 Nov 1746 pr ?? Feb 1746.
-To my son in law Robert Daniel my negro Man Peter which he has now in
Possession & £50.
-To my dau Lucy Daniel my Silver watch.
-To my son Josiah Daniel my Plantacon & Land where I now live & that Part
of Mr. Wall's Land [it's Watt's, but the l's are not crossed in this
recorded copy] that came by his Mother, adj land I bought of Mr. Chr.
Robinson & the old plantcon and Land where old John Jones now lives, also
my negro Man Jack, [lots of personalty, cattle, etc.].
-To dau Agatha Daniel the Plantacon & land I bought of Eusebius Lewis 60a
& that part of Mr. Wall's [Watt's, as above] land adj --- I bought of John
Betchelder 40a, and my negro Girl Dinah, £100 to be pd when she comes to
ye age of eighteen or marrys.
-To dau Sarah Daniel my negro boy Jimmey, £100 when 18 or marrys.
-To dau Rachel Daniel my negro boy Sharper [?] and £100 when 18 or marrys.
-To dau Ann my negro Girl Sue and £100 when 18 or marrys.
-To dau Frances Daniel my Negro Girl Annica and £100 when 18 or marrys.
-To wf Ann Daniel my negro Man Ben, my negro man Charles, my negro man
Frank, my negro woman Sue, my negro woman Judy & all the rest of my
Personal Estate...during natural life except she should marry & then to
give suffitient security & that she have the liberty of getting boards &
third [I felt the word "boards" was clear, but it's normally "dower
thirds", so do I have "third" wrong?] to sell for her own life &
of her family & likewise ye use of ye Still.
-It is my will & desire that my Brother Richd Daniel, Edward Bristow, &
James Cole pay nothing to my Estate that they are indebted to me in my
-To my sis Jochebed Jefferson 20sh to buy her a ring.
-To my sons Josiah Daniel & Robert Daniel £50 each if there should be so
-If any of the slaves I gave to daus should dye before they come to age 18
or marry then to have their choice out of ye slaves of my wife.
-At decease of wf all remainder to my dear chn, to Robert Daniel, Josiah
Daniel, Agatha Daniel, Sarah Daniel, Rachel Daniel, Ann Daniel, & Frances
Daniel, to be equally divided.
-Exr to give no sec for admin.
-Exr sons Josiah Daniel and Robert Daniel.
-Wit Henry Thacker, Jas Strachey, Judith Wortham [smudged], Ann (x) [may
[He doesn't name Lucy in that final listing of children and it happens
again later, but she's already married and perhaps has whatever her father
was going to give her.]
Here's more on this family's various estate(s):
C347 Bond for Robert Daniel to admr estate of Josiah Daniel. sec William
Daniel. wr & recd 7[?] Apr 1747.
C364 Appraisal of estate of William Daniel. Ordered 2 Feb 1746. They
met at the plantation. [The inventory includes just tons of types of
cloth, ribbons, lace, buttons, every kind of sewing notions, etc., 12
pages of the stuff mixed in with personalty. I didn't see it labeled as
store inventory, making me think William or Ann must have been a major
league tailor or seamstress.] By Alexdr Frazier, John Smith Junr, John
Murray, Tho Laughlin. recd 7 Jul 1747.
C376 Appraisal of estate of Josiah Daniel decd, met at plantation of
William Daniel decd. Ordered 7 Apr 1747. By Robert Daniel admr. Also
John Smith Junr, Tho Laughlin, John Murray. Only 7 items and Cash, total
£7.10.4. recd 7 Jul 1747.
C390 Bond Robert Daniel Junr 3 Nov 1747, as gdn of Sarah[?] Daniel,
Rachel Daniel, Frances Daniel orphans of William Daniel. sec Thomas
Price, Chr Curtis. no wits. recd 3 Nov 1747.
C401 Division of estate of Josiah, Agatha & Ann Daniel. 6 Jan 1747. To
Mrs. Ann Daniel their mother negro girl Dinah and personalty. To Robt
Daniel personalty and cash. To Sarah Daniel cash. To Rachel Daniel negro
girl Sue and cash. To Frances Daniel cash. Paid by estate of Josiah
Daniel, estate of Agatha Daniel, estate of Ann Daniel. Ordered 3 Nov 1747.
Divided by Henry Thacker, Ralph Wormley, Alexdr Frazier. recd 2 Feb 1747.
[Lucy is not mentioned in this division but I think she should have been.
Her marriage and the will of her father don't govern this, she's still an
heir-at-law to these dead siblings and she does get a share of their land
later. That Robert could be her husband, but I think it's more likely the
son Robert, tough call.]
Here's the later deed of partition on William's estate after widow Ann has
DB9-15 deed of partition. Robert Daniel of Msex Gent and wf Lucy,
William Roane and wf Sarah, John Mooney [it's very clearly Murray later,
but I just had to transcribe it as such here] and wf Rachel, George Daniel
and wf Frances. 10 Aug 1767.
Whereas William Daniel late of the said County of Middlesex (Father of the
said Lucy, Sarah, Rachel and Frances Parties to these Presents) by his
LW&T dated 17 Nov 1746, devised plantation and land where sd Wm lived to
son Josiah, and that part of Mr. Watts's land that came by sd Josiah's
mother adj it, and the land he bought of Chr Robinson, and the old
Plantation and Land where old John Jones then lived...and also his Negro
man Seth, and to his dau Agatha Daniel the plantation and land he bought
of Eusebius Lewis (60a), that part of Mr Watts's land adj it he bought of
John Batchelder (60a), and his negro Girl Dinah and her incr, and after
giving several Legacies to his other chn, lent unto his wf Ann Daniel the
Negroes Ben, Charles?, Frank, Sue and Judy, and all rest during her life
and after her death to be equally divided amongst all his chn: Robert
Daniel, Josiah Daniel, Agatha Daniel, Sarah Daniel, Rachel Daniel, Ann
Daniel, Frances Daniel [again Lucy is not mentioned in this quoted
will]...and whereas sd Josiah Daniel, Agatha Daniel and Ann Daniel
sometime after the death of their said Father departed this life intestate
and w/o issue, and the sd Ann Daniel the widow of sd William Daniel is
also dead, whereby the Lands Slaves and other estate devised to the said
three chn and to the widow became vested in Robert and Lucy Daniel, Sarah
Roan, Rachel Mooney and Frances Daniel, parties to these Presents [this is
weird, at first it looks like it means husband Robert and wf Lucy, but
they don't give other husband's names in this part, so it could be for the
son Robert, not Lucy's husband, then Lucy on her own, then the other
daughters also listed by their married names]...in order to make a
partition and division among Robert Daniel and Lucy his wf, William Roan
and Sarah his wf, John Mooney [same spelling as above] and Rachel his wf
and George Daniel and Frances his wf...land surveyed 21 Nov 1765:
-Robert and wf Lucy Daniel get Lot C 126a [metes &bds] on Dragon Swamp,
and 5 slaves: Frank, Charles, Cambridge, Joanna, ?L-aney?
-William and Sarah Roane get Lot B, 126a bd sd Robert Daniel and Dragon
Swamp, Murrays Mill Swamp [metes and bounds], also 3 negros Frank, ?Henry?
-George and wf Frances Daniel get Lot A, 126.5a bd sd William Roane, near
a school house, Dragon Swamp, also 2 negroes James and Clary.
-John Murray [very clear] and wf Rachel get Lot D 125a bd Dragon Swamp,
mouth of Murray's Mill Swamp, also 2 negro Men Slaves Lewis and Armistead.
Wit Lewis Mountague, Phil Mountague, Bartho Yates Jun, Robert Daniel Junr.
Sigs look like John Moonry, but Rachel Morray. probatum has a clear John
Murray. pr 11 Aug . wives relinq 11 Aug 1767. recd 6 Oct 1767.
Deed Bk 9-20 George and wf Frances Daniel to Robert Daniel, their Lot A,
wr 6 Oct 1767, recd 6 Oct 1767.
There's more cool stuff to play with on this land: from 1765 to early
1770s there's a lovely survey for William and Sarah Roane's 125a lot
(actually it surveyed out to 118a, but I've discovered the swampland
messes with all the deed and survey sizes in Msex), and one for Robert
Daniel for 125a that I think might prove to be the son Robert's share of
the lands, just not handled in the 1767 division. In 1773 all this land
is surveyed as only 3 lots [same landmarks including the school and same
neighbors, and the earlier Roane survey fits into it like a glove]; but
they are surveyed at 176.5a each, so you'd think one of the four of the
1767 partition must have died. It can't/shouldn't be Robert, husband of
Lucy, despite the timing of his death in 1771: he lent wf Lucy his
property and she lived until 1777/8; they also had heirs and Robert
devised his lands in his will, thus her siblings could not be splitting
her share. William Roane had also died in 1770, but same thing, he and wf
Sarah had heirs and he devised their lands, so her siblings are not
eligible for her share. John Murray was dead by Oct 1769, but wf Rachel
Murray lived on and devised 125a she had in fee simple called Jones' land
which she had "inherited from her mother" to her own son Jack Murray; so
it's not her. George and Frances had already transferred their share to
Robert, so it's not Frances' share being split (but I'm really going to
recheck this next week). Since the extra acreage doesn't look to come
from any of the heirs mentioned in the 1767 division, I'm thinking it's
from the son Robert. But then why didn't Rachel Murray get some of it.
Hmmm, fun, but a puzzlement yet.
And as is inevitable, the main topic is way way back up there at the first
of this post, I'd call the last 1/4 some serious drift! Anyway, Robert
who md. Penelope is s/o Henry and Betty. I'm not ready to opine yet
whether this is just a simple switch between the two Roberts, or whether
it has further implications or consequences. Newman suggested Henry's
Robert might have left Middlesex, now disproved by the above and by the
fact that "Robert son of Henry" is on the estate accounts of Major Robert
Daniel as late as 1778. I can't say for sure whether the Robert s/o
William and Ann (Watts) Daniel died or left as Newman suggests, except for
the rambling above about the estates and surveys.
Anyway, more happy holidays still-to-come to all,
Pam in CA
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