Posted By:Debra Vail
Subject:Re: David Daniel, father of James A.
Post Date:February 18, 2011 at 07:45:46
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Forum:Loudoun County, VA Genealogy Forum
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Wow, thank you for the speedy and thorough response. Perhaps there is a generation in between David and James. Age-wise, it would work for David to have been born circa 1755, this James to have been born circa 1777, and our James to have been born circa 1797. I know that year is correct within a couple years, as he appears on the 1850 & 1860 census with his children. So it makes more sense that David is his grandfather. If it does not list other sons, is it possible that James is the only son of David? And, if so, I need to check Morgan County to look for will transcriptions and perhaps they can shed some light on this.

In your experience, if he only appeared in 1786 and the census went back to 1782, is it fair to assume he lived elsewhere prior to 1786, as in, perhaps that is when they left whatever country (presumed to be Ireland) they originated in? Or would he only appear once he purchased land? He would be approximately 31 by 1786, so unless he lived with his father (whomever he was)...I suppose a better question might be how many other Daniels appear on the census in Loudoun in 1782-1786.

Thank you!