Sarah Jennings




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Sarah Jennings   Immigrant Ancestor                        see FAMILY TREE
Born: Abt 1698-1702  England


Married: Apr/1721 Hanover, VA


Died: 1790 Albemarle Co., VA    


Cornelius Dabney

CHILDREN with Sarah Jennings

1. William Dabney b. Abt 1722

2. John Dabney b. 02/Jun/1723

3. Mary Dabney b. Abt 1726

4. Cornelius Dabney b. Abt. 1727

5. Mary Elizabeth Dabney b. Abt 1730

6. Frances Dabney b. Abt 1731

7. Anna Dabney b. Abt 1733

8. Miss Dabney b. Abt 1737

9. Miss Dabney b. Abt 1739


Sarah supposedly had been hired as a companion to the first Mrs. Dabney, an invalid, before coming to VA.  After the death of the first Mrs. Dabney, she married Cornelius in 1721.

From Sketches of the Dabneys in Virginia, by William H. Dabney 1887

Dr. W. W. Dabney, of Lodi, Mississippi, writes: "Thirty-five or forty years ago there was a convention held in Virginia of all the Dabney family, and all of the family bibles collected for many generations back__in fact to almost the first settlement of Virginia, designed to prove that Cornelius Dabney, of Albemarle County, Virginia, married Sarah Jennings, who was said to be the only lawful heir of William Jennings, of Acton Place, England, who died and left an estate of 44,000,000 pounds sterling. The Dabney family, about that time, employed a lawyer named Flourney, to go to England to prosecute their claim to the said estate. In the course of time Flourney returned and of course accomplished nothing, but he stated that he had just got far enough with his investigations in the case to enable him to recover the estate, provided that the Dabneys would again raise about $15,000 to $20,000 as they had before done, and send him back to England, which They declined to do. I myself paid $50 towards the fund to send Flourney to England. Subsequently, and since the war, Dr. Charles Brown, of Albemarle County, Virginia (who was then ninety-three years old), went to England to look after the Jennings' estate business. Before leaving he wrote me several letters on the subject of his trip to England. I have never heard of Dr. Brown since. He was a first cousin to my father, and was a very intelligent and cultivated man; his mother was a Dabney. My old uncle, John Dabney, who was the oldest child of my grandfather, John Dabney, resided in Cornersville, Giles County, Tennessee, was very sanguine about the final recovery of the Jennings's estate, and it was in deference to his wishes that I paid the $50, to help send Flourney to England."