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Chapter 26 Abney Family Line (our longest direct line – 47 Generations)
This Abney family line is the longest line of direct ancestors for which my research has been developed. This is on my Mother’s side of the family. The earliest ancestor noted is Gor Thorrasson, born about 400 AD. He’s my 38th great grandfather. He is from the land later known as Norway. He was a Viking, which meant he probably was a pretty tough character. The records here report on 47 generations over a 1,400-year era. That means that the average generation is about 30 years (the time from one’s birth till the first child for which that person gave issue.
The genealogical report of descendants of Gor Thorrasson is 489 pages in PDF format, which you may view online. You may save it on your computer, if you like. Here is the genealogical chart showing my lineage from Gor Thorrasson to myself.
Sir Thomas Abney was Mayor of London circa 1700. He had an interesting connection with Isaac Watts, the English Father of Hymnody.
Dannett Abney, my 7th great grandfather was born in Leichester, England February 26, 1699. Dannett came to Virginia by 1692, as evidenced by being mentioned as an assignee of Thomas Pate, arresting John Lovett to the court in York County, Virginia. When he migrated to the New World, he brought with him Mary Lee, who was to become the wife of his older brother, Paul. Paul and Mary had become engaged while still in England, and before Paul came to the New World circa 1680. Later, after Paul died, Dannett marred Mary Lee himself. Mary Lee was the step sister of both brothers.
Dannett acquired 419 acres with William Hill and 381 acres himself, both with patents dated September 28, 1728, and both by English King George II.
The Abney Family’s early residence in the New World was in Virginia. Next they located in South Carolina, then on west to Mississippi. They came to Lufkin, Texas, which was where my Mother was born. Her Mother was an Abney who married a Chapman.