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Nancy and Frances Dakin, Beford & Franklin Co VA
Posted by: Susan Date: March 10, 2002 at 21:58:40
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All of the online information I've seen states that Frances Dakin (Dacon) is the daughter of David and Nancy -- David being the son of Jonathan and Sally. I've seen that listed several times on different gedcoms and family listings, but none that I've seen have provided a source for that.

I have a bible that belonged to Nancy Dakin which states that SHE is the daughter of Jonathan and Salley Dakin, and that Frances is her daughter. I'm assuming this is the same Nancy Dacon, along with ?her son? Jonathan Dacon, that was listed in the household with Frances in 1850; and Nancy Swain listed in the household with Frances in 1860.

Here's the info I have:

My ggggrandfather Greenville Arthur (Born: 18 Sep 1817 in Bedford Co., VA - Died: possibly ca 1902 in Franklin Co., VA) married (22 Apr 1843 in Bedford Co., VA) Frances Dakin (possibly Born: 2 Dec 1825 in Bedford Co., VA - Died: 3 Jan 1883 in Roanoke, VA).

Greenville and Frances Arthur are found on the 1850 Bedford Co., VA Census -- Nancy Dacon and Jonathan Dacon are listed in their household:

(Southern Division, 2 Oct 1850, Page 259B
Lines 36 -- 42, Dwelling 724, Family 724)

Green Arthor, 27, M, Laborer, VA
Frances, 25, F, VA, can't read/write
Terry, 6, M, VA
Thomas, 4, M, VA
Julian, 2, F, VA
James P., 5/12, M, VA
Nancy Dacon, 40, F, VA
(Page 260, Line 1, Dwelling 724 (cont), Family 724 (cont))
Jonathan Dacon, 12, M, VA

Greenville and Frances Arthur are found again on the 1860 Franklin Co., VA Census -- Nancy Swain is listed in their household:

(SE Division, 24 Aug 1860, Coopers PO
pg 139 (329), Lines 8 - 16, Dwelling 973, Family 951)

Green Arthur, 35, M, Carpenter, Personal Estate $200, VA, can't read/write*
Frances A., 34, F, VA, can't read/write
Tyree, 14, M, VA
John T., 12, M, VA
Julia, 10, F, VA
Jas. P., 8, M, VA
Wm. B., 6, M, VA
Sarah E., 3, F, VA
Nancy Swain, 58, F, VA, can't read/write
(*note census states he can't read/write; however I have a letter that he wrote to his daughter on the back of a drawing that he made)

When my great aunt Myrtle Corell Myers died, I was given some items that belonged to Greenville and Frances Arthur, one of the items was a bible published in 1828:

Written on the page facing the inside front cover of the Bible:

"Nancy Dakin, her bible November 1830"

"Nancy Dakin Daughter of Jonathan & Salley Dakin was born March the 18 day 180[3]"

"Frances A[r/n]teline Daughter of Nancy Dakin was born the 2 day of December 182[5]."

Written upside down, at the bottom of the page, in a different handwriting:

"Miss Myrtle Childress age 18, Dec 27, 1915"*
[*this would be my great aunt Myrtle Corell Myers that owned this bible before me]

Unfortunately I can't get to the archives to investigate this any further, so I'm stuck and really baffled. Can anyone provide any further info to help solve this "mystery" for me?



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