Edmund Daniel was likely a
son of Elijah and Mary Hawes Daniel and grandson of William
Daniel Sr. 1680-1765 and FNU Williams of Essex and Caroline
County, VA. Mary Hawes was the daughter of Samuel and FNU
Spencer Hawes. Edmund was likely born about 1740 in Caroline
County and died in 1799 in Spotsylvania, County, VA.
According to a Dallas County, TX history he died as a result
of wounds sustained at the Battle of Brandywine in the
Revolutionary War. Several primary records prove the
connection of Edmund to Elijah and the names of the children
of both men.
- Caroline County, VA Court Records 12 April 1764:
Elijah Daniel and wife Mary, ackn deed of gift to their
daughter Agnis Arnold (other records show she was the wife
of James Arnold).
Caroline County, VA Order Book; October Court 1784; page
461: Edmund Daniel appointed executor for the estate
of Elijah Daniel.
- Caroline County, VA Land Book Alterations 1782-1789:
1785 Edmund Daniel, executor of Elijah Daniel, transfers 100
acres to Achillis Haskins
- Spotsylvania County, VA Deed Book L 1785-1788:
March 20, 1786. Thomas Mastin and Priscilla, his wife, of
Spots. Co. to Edmund Daniel of Caroline Co. 87 pounds curr.
100 a. in Spots. Co., etc., etc. Wm Cannon, Elizabeth Keith,
Jno Mastin. Septr. 5, 1786. (Deed when Edmund moved from
Caroline County, VA to Spotsylvania.)
- Spotsylvania County, VA Deed Book O. 4 January 1795
Edmund Daniel witnesses deed between John Arnold of Spots.
Co., to his mother Mary Arnold and her children Sarah,
Anthony, Mary Rice, William Arnold and Isabella Mastin.
Relinquish his right to estate of his father Anthony Arnold,
except the land, to his brothers and sisters. Mother conveys
to him negro wench Nan. Witnesses Edmd Daniel, Jno Millbank,
Elizabeth Salmon. Recorded Setpr 1, 1795
- Spotsylvania County, Virginia; Deed Book B; page 205:
(dated May 1796): Edmund Daniel appointed his son, Reuben,
as his attorney-in-fact in relation to the estate of "my
loving Brother William Daniel late of the State of Georgia."
- Wilkes County, Georgia; Will Book C; page 53:
Executed Feb. 1791: The will of William Daniel lists his
brothers as Edmund, Samuel, and Jonathan (This will and
other records show that Elijah and Mary Hawes Daniel had
Agnis, Edmund, William, Samuel and Jonathan. There may have
been another brother, Jacob, who died before William Daniel
made his will.).
- Spotsylvania, VA Will Book F. 1798-1800: Daniel,
Edmond, Spotsylvania Co., d. Oct 1, 1799, Executors Bond
data Dec. 3, 1799. Wit. George Bronaugh, Anthony Arnold,
Sarah Arnold. Ex. Son Reuben Daniel, James Robbins. Legatee,
wife Peggy Daniel; sons Reuben and Tomson Daniel. Page 103).
(There were minor children who were not named in the will.)
- Bill of complaint and answer, Daniel &c. vs.
Daniel, Spotsylvania County Court of Chancery, Virginia,
1801: To the worshipful Court of Spotsylvania County
now in Chancery sitting. Humbly complaining shew to your
worships your Orators and Oratrixes, Thomson Daniel, Reuben
Daniel, Elijah Curtis and Nancy his wife, formerly Nancy
Daniel, John Cash & Milley his wife, formerly Milley
Daniel, John Long and Sally his wife, formerly Sally Daniel,
Thomas Massey & Betsy his wife, formerly Betsy Daniel,
Dorsey Daniel and Edmond Daniel by Reuben Daniel his
Guardian. which sd Thomson, Reuben, Nancy, Sally, Milly,
Betsy, Dorsey & Edmund are Children, and Devises of
Edmund Daniel deceased, that the sd Edmund late of
Spotsylvania County deceased.... (This is a long record, a
suit against the widow of Edmund Daniel by her children, so
names all of them)
Of the sons of Elijah and Mary Hawes
Daniel (Edmund, William, Samuel and Jonathan), only Edmund
has been traced. William Daniel's will suggests that he may
have had two daughters who were grown and married when he
made the will. There is only a brief mention of Jonathan in
Spotsylvania County, VA records. It has not been possible to
distinguish Samuel from the numerous other Samuel Daniels in
records. A few researchers list him as Samuel Hawes Daniel,
but no primary record evidence has been found to support
this. He may be the Samuel Daniel who settled in Culpeper
County and served in the Revolutionary War from the county.
This Samuel named his eldest son Elijah. He died in Culpeper
in 1828. The pension application of his wife gives details
of his life and family.
Of the sons of Edmund and Peggy Daniel,
Reuben and Thomson appear to have remained in Virginia and
those lines may have daughtered out, as no male Daniels from
this line have been identified. An exhaustive search of
these lines has not yet been undertaken, though.
Considerable research on the line of Reuben Daniel is made
available by a descendant and is a source for some of the
information presented here.
Edmund Daniel Jr. 1784-1853 married
Frances Sims Herndon, daughter of John Herndon and Elizabeth
Wood, on 17 September 1818, probably in Spotsylvania
County, VA. They moved to Kentucky and were in the 1820
Madison County and 1830 Garrard County censuses. They moved
to Monroe County, MO and were in the 1840 and 1850 censuses
there. Several of their children moved to Dallas County, TX
where a history of that county incorrectly reports that
Edmund Jr. 1784-1853 died in 1835, but census records
clearly show that this is an error. Edmund and Frances had a
large family: James H. b. 1819, Eliza Jane b. 1821, William
b. 1822, Sally Ann b. 1824 , John Herndon b. 1826 d. 1911,
Edmond b. 1827 d, 1870, Dudley Franklin b. 1829, Thompson W.
b. 1832, Eliza Frances b. 1834, Henry George b. 1837 d. 1908
and Curtis B. b. 1839 d. 1905.
A Y DNA test which was taken by a
descendant of John Herndon Daniel, from his son John Herndon
Daniel Jr., proves that Elijah Daniel was closely connected
to William Daniel Jr. 1705-1782 of Caroline County, VA and
probably a son of William Daniel Sr.1680-1765 of Caroline