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Descendants of William & Frances O'Daniel


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1. William O'DANIEL I 1 was born circa 1691 in Ireland?1 and died between 24 Jan 1726 and 1728 in Stafford County, Virginia. Another name for William was William O'DANIELL.2

General Notes: "William O'DANIEL (1691?-ante 1757) of Accotink Run, Stafford County, Virginia, makes his only appearance on the surviving records as grantee from the Proprietors of the Northern Neck." (Fairfax Harrison, Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Volume I, page 164, "A Group of Northern Neck Families: Daniel, Moxley, Gunnell, Bowling, Hurst"). In a footnote, Harrison speculates that William was "probably a recent immigrant." This statement was first published in 1920. The "ante 1757" frequently shown by some as the date of William's death is based on James O'DANIEL's sale of "100 acres left to him by the last will and testament of his father, William O'DANIEL" to Rev. Charles GREEN on 16 August 1757. Other documents indicate William died 1728.

Historically, Stafford County, Virginia was established in 1664 from Westmoreland County which was created in July 1653 out of the western part of the original Northumberland County founded in 1648. William's land grants were that part of Stafford County, Virginia, which became Prince William in 1731, then that part of Prince William which became Fairfax in 1742. William's land was originally in St. Paul's Parish, later being in Overwharton and then Truro Parish.

William O'DANIEL was in Virginia before 1717, possibly from Ireland. The 1910, Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, Volume 14, page 779, may give the reason why: " Between 2000 and 3000 Protestants were attainted by name ... the appalling list may be read in the State of the Protestants by William King, archbishop of Dublin. ... The Roman Catholic Celts aided by France were entirely beaten, the Protestant colonists aided by England were entirely victorious at the battle of the Boyne, on the 1st of July 1690... . ... In despair of effecting anything at home, the young and strong enlisted in foreign armies, and the almost incredible number of 450,000 are said to have emigrated for this purpose between 1691 and 1745."

William has not been found on any ship's manifest or named as transported in any land grant. Was he really our immigrant progenitor, or the son of an earlier immigrant whose surname was a little different? O'DANIEL is recorded as being a sept of the O'DONNELL clan of Ireland.

A CLUE? Neale O Dannell listed in "Cavaliers and Pioneers Volume I, Nugent : 1666 Neale O DANNELL headright for Henry MEES, Potomac Creek, Stafford. Nugent:Vol I p. 55-56. Col. Henry MEESE (wife Anne) lived on Potomac Creek in Stafford. Henry MEESE of London, in Maryland in 1658, was partner with Nathanial UTIE (Maryland Archives). Nathaniel UTIE was the Quaker who led the persecuted Virginians from the south side of the James River to his Spesutie Island at the mouth of the Susquehanna, where the O'DANIELS, and the brothers George and Edward GUNNELL, were near neighbors. William O'DANIEL's daughter Catherine married Henry GUNNELL before 1744 in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Our O'DANIEL family were neighbors and associates of some of the most important families in the founding of the American Republic.
"Among the prominent features in the physiognomy of Eastern Virginia are the great rivers which run from the blue mountains and pour their streams into the bosom of the "Mother of Waters," as the Indians called the Chesapeake Bay. Along these rivers, which were then the only roads, the first settlers penetrated the wilderness. This explains the seeming anomaly, that the first Parishes and counties often included both sides of broad rivers, it being easier to go to Court and to Church by water, than through forests by what were called in those days "bridle paths." Hence Parishes were often sixty or more miles long and of little breadth. The space between the rivers was called "Necks." Among the most historic of these was the Northern Neck, which included all the land between the Potomac and the Rappahannock rivers from their head springs to the Chesapeake Bay. This was the princely plantation of Lord Fairfax. Within this territory were the seats of the FAIRFAXes, WASHINGTONs, MASONs, McCARTYs, FITZHUGHs, BRENTs, ALEXANDERs, LEWISes, MERCERs, DANIELs, CARTERs, DADEs, STUARTs, CORBINs, TAYLOEs, STEPTOEs, NEWTONs, BROWNs, LEEs, THORNTONs, BALLs, SMITHs, and other leading families too many to mention, who dispensed an elegant hospitality at Northumberland House, Nomini, Stratford, Chantilly, Mount Airy, Sabine Hall, Bedford, Albion, Cedar Grove, Boscobel, Richland, Marleborough, Woodstock, Gunston, Belvoir, Woodlawn, Mount Vernon, etc." (The History of Truro Parish in Virginia by Rev. Philip Slaughter, D. D., Edited, With Notes and Addenda by Rev. Edward L. Goodwin, Historiographer of the Diocese of Virginia, Published by George W. Jacobs & Company, Publishers, Philadelphia, 1907,

William obtained two land grants from the Proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia. The first was "Parcel 81 - O'DANIEL, WILLIAM 300 acres 19 April 1717 NN 5:159 North side main run Accotink adjacent lands of Major Thomas OWSLEY, deceased; Captain Daniel McCARTY, formerly of John THOMAS; James HERREFORD; and James CARROLL." Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1694-1742, Book 5, page 62, provides additional information: "Wrnt 15 Feb 1716. Surv. Mr. Thomas HOOPER. 19 Apr.1717." These 300 acres were about 2 and a half miles up the creek from the the Potomac River with a short run on Long Branch Creek. The Overwharton Parish Rent Roll shows William with these 300 acres. His original home must have been on this grant.

NOTE WELL: Concerning Charles Brunk Heinemann's work: "The seemingly accurate article on the Daniel Family now in Hayden Virginia Families has been shown to be almost entirely erroneous." This statement is printed in the "Foreword" of the book pages in possession of this compiler. In the first five pages there are numerous assignment errors which mix members of the unrelated O'Deneale and O'Daniel families, as well as apparently combining individuals from two different O'Daniel lines. This work, however, has been commended for its collection of records, unfortunately misconstrued as to assignment of individuals. This Heinemann work is maintained in the files of the Maryland Historical Society and was contributed by Delmar L. Thornbury.

The grant description below is published in A Record of A Virginia Family by Charles Brunk Heinnemann*, 1934, starting on page 2, and includes this comment, "this survey will be translated into a modern deed description":
"KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that I Catherine, Lady Fairfax, do by these presents grant and confirm, for good and sufficient consideration, the receipt of which is acknowledged, unto William O. Daniel, of the County of Stafford, Colony of Virginia [Today in Fairfax County, State of Virginia] all that parcel of land containing Three Hundred (300) acres situate lying and being in the Northern Neck of Virginia, in Stafford County, more particularly decribed as follows to-wit:
Beginning at a point marked "A' of the survey thereof, cornering on land of James Carroll thence West 322 poles touching land of Thomas Owsley to a point Marked "I" corner of Capt Daniel McCarthy marked by a stone; thence South 66 Poles touching land of said McCarthy to a point marked "H" corner to James Herrigford's to a point marked "G" corner of Nicolas Carroll, marked by a stone; Thence South 81 degrees East to a point marked F on the south center of a stream, called "Long Branch", thence south following the meanderings of said "Long Branch" touching land of Nicholas Carroll to a point marked "E" marked by three red oaks; thence North 88 degrees East 74 Poles to a point mard "D" marked by a stone; thence North 18 degrees East 106 Poles to a point marked "C" marked by a stone; thence North 74 degrees East 140 Poles to the northerly bank of the "Main Branch of Accotinck Creek, and at a junction of small creek, Daniel's Run, to a point marked "B", North 34 degrees East 142 poles to the point of BEGINNING, containing 300 acres, more or less.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of April, A. D. 1717 at my office in the County of Westmoreland, Colony of Virginia.
Today, the 1717 grant is cut into thirds by I-95 (Shirley Memorial Hwy) and the Fairfax County Parkway (State 617), located a little south of the interchange where they intersect.

The Quit Rent Roll for 1723, Stafford county, lists William O'DANIEL, 300 acres, Paid 72 lbs. of tobacco. [The Register of Overwarton Parish, King, p. 148]

Seven years after his first land grant, William obtained an additional 400 acres: "Parcel 103 - O'DANIELL, WILLIAM 400 acres 16 March 1724 NN A:132 South side main branch of Accotink above Elk Lick and adjacent George MASON and Colonel George ALLASON." "O'Daniel's Branch" was its eastern boundary. These grants were in Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, later in Hamilton Parish, Prince William County in 1730, and finally in Truro Parish, Fairfax County in 1742. Today, the Old Lee Highway (State Highway 237) bisects the 400 acre grant. The Army Navy Country Club, 3315 Old Lee Hwy, is now on this land.
(In a personal note, Cindy Owens wrote, "Robert, I don't connect w/ your line but wanted you to know that the land you mentioned in Stafford Co.,VA (now Fairfax) is either very near or on the golf course property where my husband works. Its beautiful land. Just thought you'd want to know.")

William may have moved his home and family to the 1724 land grant. In 1760, his son John resided on the northeastern 200 acres of this grant.

William's grants were roughly 10 miles apart as the crow flies, farther by boat via Accotink Creek, which bounded both parcels.

Additional records for William have been found:
Statutes at Large, Laws of Virginia, Vol. VII, William Waller Henning, page 217-218, under Fairfax County:
"William O'DANIEL,... 2l. 20s. each." This appears to be for militia service. Some of the named are with military ranks.
VIRGINIA COUNTY COURT RECORDS, Deed Abstracts of Stafford County, Virginia 1722-1728, 1755-1765, Compiled and Published by Ruth and Sam Sparacio, 1320 Mayflower Drive, McLean, Virginia 22101, Copyright 1987:
page -14-, "Stafford County, Virginia Deed Book J 'At a Court for Stafford County 13th May 1724 ...In witness..7th May 1724. Presence...William O'DANIEL'";
and, page -27-, "At a Court held for Stafford County 8th Obr 1725 ... 9th August 1725. Potomac River Stafford County Presence ... Wm. O'DANIELE."
Stafford County, Virginia Tithables Quit Rents, Personal Property Taxes and Related Lists and Petitions, 1723-1790, compiled by John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr.,Volume 1, Iberian Publishing Company, Athens, Georgia:
page 7, Stafford County, Virginia Quit Rent Roll for 1723, under "Person's Names No. acres Property altered; amounts paid; why not paid and general remarks": "William O'DANIEL 300 Paid 72 lbs. Tobacco";
and page 126, "Stafford Co., Va. Northern Neck residents and landowners" under "Proprietor/resident Date Watercourse/geographic feature", "O'DANIEL, William 1722/3 Accotinck Cr."; "O'DANIEL, William 1725 Accotinck";
page 143, "O'DANIEL, William 1725 Accotinck Cr."; and "O'DANIEL, William* 1722/3 Accotinck Cr."
(These dates refer to the original 300 acres on the northerly side of Accotinck Creek that William was granted from the Proprietors of the Northern Neck in 1717, and the 400 acres on the on the south side of the same creek granted him in 1724.)

William was a planter who grew tobacco, the major monetary crop of the time, and other crops necessary for trade and survival. He paid his property taxes in pounds of tobacco. The Steptoe Mill was across Accotink Creek from William's 1717 land grant.

Before 1718, William married Frances, maiden name not confirmed, but said to be BOSELEY. They had six children: John (1718 - 1799), William (1720? - 1796), James (1721 - 1798), Catherine (1723?-Aft 1792), Elizabeth (1725?-Bef 1755?), and Anne (1727?-Aft 1755). Named in this order in Frances' Will, 6 February 1755, it may be their order of birth.

William died by 1728, leaving Frances and six young children.

William O'DANIEL's Last Will & Testament was recorded in the infamous missing Will Book K.. Virginia Will Records, A Missing Will Book of Stafford County and its Contents, p. 372, records: "O'Daniel, William. (1728). Page 290, will; p. 300, inventory; p. 323, Gladdin's acc." Ibid, p. 369, "Gladins,----. (1729). Page 323, account vs, O'Daniel's Estate." Catherine Bond Gheesling wrote: "William's will was dated 24 January 1726 as quoted in a 1753 deed. It was indexed in the Old General Index transcribed into a new index as having been recorded in "Record Book K (1721 - 1730) on page 290 with inventory on page 300 and his estate account on page 323 - GLADEN X". Apparently John GLADEN was his executor. No copies of these records exist because Record Book K is "missing", but seemingly known dates of items recorded on adjacent pages place his death by late 1728." In A Record of A Virginia Family by Charles Brunk Heinnemann, p. 3, is this comment about Will Book K: "... this book is missing from the files as it was taken away during the Civil War. A reward of $1000.00 will be paid for its recovery. The adjoining book was returned by a G. A. R. encampment in New York. No doubt the book is kept somewhere in the Northern States. The references are from the index book which is preserved."

Donald L. Wilson, Virginiana Librarian, Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center for Genealogy and Local History (RELIC), Prince William Public Library System, Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110-2892. 703-792-4540,, sent the below to Victor Russell Daniel of Littleton, Colorado on November 22, 2010:
"7 April 1753. William SCUTT and Elizabeth his wife, and Henry GUNHILL [sic, GUNNELL. RLD] and Katherine his wife, to Francis SUMMERS, all of Fairfax County, Va., 200 acres lying on Accotinck in Fairfax County and being part of a tract of 400 acres granted to William O'DANIEL by deed from the Proprietor's Office bearing dated 16 March 1724, and was left by the last will and testament of the said William O'DANIEL bearing date 24 January 1726 to his daughter Elizabeth and his daughter Katherine. Signed: Willia (backwards S) SCUTT, Henry GUNNELL, Elizabeth (X) SCUTT, Katherine (H) GUNNELL. Witnesses: Lewis ELLZEY, Jas. HAMILTON, Wm. PAYNE, William SUMMERS, Jos. STEPHENS, John LANE, James HANDAY. [From abstract by Ruth and Sam Sparacio, Fairfax County, Virginia, Indexes of Missing Deed Books, 1750-1770 (Authors, 1989), p. 6. This items was found in Circuit Court Loose Papers. The deed was recorded in Fairfax County Deed Book C, p. 461, but pages 391-525 of that book are missing.]
In 1724 and 1726, Accotinck (Creek) was located in Stafford County, Va. William O'DANIEL's will should be recorded there if it was probated before 1731, when Prince William County was cut off. The will of William O'DANIEL and related documents were recorded in Stafford County Will Book K (1721-1730), which is now lost. The old general index shows that his will was recorded on p. 190, an inventory of his personal estate on p. 300, and on p. 323 was Gladdin's account vs. [William O'DANIEL's estate]. It appears that his will was probated in 1728. [John B. C. Nicklen, "A Missing Will Book of Stafford County and Its Contents," in Va. Mag. of Hist. and Biog., v. 57 (1949), p. 67-75]
Another reference to his heirs:
19 April 1717. William O'DANIEL got a grant of 300 acres on north side main run of Accotink, adjacent OWSLEY, McCARTY and HERREFORD. James O'DANIEL of the Province of South Carolina conveyed to Rev. Charles Green of Truro Parish 100 acres left to him by the will of his father William, being the lower part of tract granted to William 19 Apr. 1717 for 300 acres. [Fairfax Co. Deed Book E, p. 1, as cited in Beginning at a White Oak: Patents and Northern Neck Grants of Fairfax County, Virginia, by Beth Mitchell (1977), p. 227] Date of the deed from James O'DANIEL to Charles GREEN not given, but it was before 8 Jun 1761, when Charles GREEN sold the property.
Found the actual deed, dated 16 Aug. 1757, when James ODANIEL of Province of South Carolina sold Charles GREEN of Fairfax County, for 15 pounds sterling, parcel of land left him by the will of his father, William ODANIEL, containing 100 acres, being lower part of a tract granted by the proprietor dated 19 April 1717 for 300 acres. Signed: James DANIELL. [Fairfax County Deed Book D: 458-460, from abstract by Ruth and Sam Sparacio]"

Frances, the widow O'DANIEL, remarried to her neighbor, John GLADEN, date not found. She and her sons are named in GLADEN's Will in 1749.

William O'DANIEL's place of burial is unknown. The Post Historian at Fort Belvoir confirmed that William's 300 acres granted 19 April 1717 (NN 5:159) on Accotink Creek is not within the bounds of the fort and that there are no known O'DANIEL or DANIEL graves on the Post. Interstate 95, called the Shirley Memorial Highway, and State Highway 619 run through the 300 acre grant located a little north of Cinder Bed Road in today's Fairfax County.

From Fairfax deed records we conclude that William O'DANIEL bequeathed land to each of his six children. In 1754, William's daughters, Katherine GUNNELL and Elizabeth SCUTT, with their husbands, sold 200 acres inherited from their father to Francis SUMMERS, the southwesten half of William's 400 acre grant, as SUMMERS owns these acres in 1760. William's son, James, sold 100 acres, part of the original 300 acre grant, to Reverend Charles GREEN of Truro Parish in 1757; by 1760, GREEN owned all of William's original 300 acre grant of 1717. Apparently William and Ann also sold 100 acres each, accounting for the 300 acre grant. In 1760, John O'DANIEL is shown in possession of and living on the northeastern 200 acres of his father's 400 acre grant. From this, each of William's children likely received 100 acres, accounting for 600 of the 700 acres. Perhaps John, as eldest son, received 200 acres or his mother Frances may have been given 100 acres for her lifetime and John obtained it after her death in 1757.

Did William O'DANIEL receive a third land grant?
"Michael ASHFORD probably left Prince George County, Maryland and moved across the Potomac River into Stafford County, Virginia, late in 1712. Evidently Michael settled in that part of Stafford County, which became part of Prince William County in 1730, and Prince William County was later used to help in the creation of Fairfax County. All of the old land deeds and records are found now in the court house at Fairfax, Virginia. The land which Michael willed to his sons had been a land grant to William O DANIEL November 8, 1720, thence to Michael ASHFORD by a Proprietors Deed bearing the date of the ?Twenty-Ninth day of May anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty-Nine? Part or all of the Michael ASHFORD estate eventually became a part of the Mount Vernon Estate. George ASHFORD and his wife, Mary, sold their part of the estate to George WASHINGTON. There is also a record to indicate that John and William sold their part of the Michael ASHFORD estate to George WASHINGTON." (,, a now defunct address. RLD) This is echoed on Rootsweb at Fox and Graham Family,, citing "Deed Bk. M, p. 163, & Deed Bk. M, No. 1, pt. 1, pp. 811-13, Fairfax County Court House, Fairfax, Va." Michael ASHFORD's Proprietors Deed was dated 29 May 1729, with question marks. This is shortly after the approximated date of William O'DANIEL's death. Was this part of the settlement of his estate or sold to pay debts? In 1760 the ASHFORD lands are about four miles east of William's original land grant in 1717 on Accotink Creek, and 2 miles north of George WASHINGTON's land on Dogue Creek. Northern Neck Land Grants, 1694-1742, Vol. 1, p. 82, lists grant "A-181: Mich'l ASHFORD of Stafford Co. 112 A. in said Co. on Br. of Accotink adj. Wm. ODANIEL. 18 Nov. 1725." No other mention of the 1720 grant has been found.

O'Daniel's Branch, O'Daniel's Run, and Daniel's Run: Beth Mitchell, in "Beginning at a White Oak...", McGregor and Warner, 1977, published a map of land ownership in 1760 Fairfax County, "drawn from an exhaustive study of county land records." Her map names the creek bounding William O'DANIEL's 1724 land grant as "O'Daniel's Branch" also shown as "O'Daniel's Run" on another map. Finding that "O'Daniel's Branch" is called "Daniel's Run" on current maps is not surprising. In 1760, John O'DANIEL's family lived on this branch. John wrote his Last Will & Testament on 19 January 1798. He used the O'DANIEL surname to identify himself and all his male heirs, but none of his children had kept the O', becoming DANIEL during the middle to late 1700's. In most records of this period, even John's name was routinely recorded as DANIEL or DANNEL. Regrettably, the name of the homestead creek also changed. Today, both "Daniel's Run Elementary School", at 3705 Old Lee Hwy, situated on the stream, and "Daniel's Run Park" commemorate this pioneering family's name.

Another comment on Daniels Run, from the Fare Facts Gazette, Vol. 2, Issue 4, Fall 2004: "The spring, now covered over by the City Hall parking lot, is actually the headwaters of Daniels Run which flows east through the city into Accotink Creek." In 1825, the land on which this spring was located belonged to Richard RATCLIFFE whose daughter, Ann Wise, had married Stephen DANIEL, grandson of William O'DANIEL. Stephen claimed the ten acre site as his inheritance in right of his deceased wife. Richard's creditors filed suit to prevent the transfer and the land was eventually sold to Daniel McCarty FITZHUGH in 1845.

Having previously mentioned evolving surnames, the descendants of William and Frances O'DANIEL dropped the O' starting about 1740, over the next 60 years becoming DANIEL, DANIELL, and DANIELS. The last known uses of our O'Daniel surname were in 1807 in the settlement of John O'Daniel's estate in Fairfax County, Virginia and on August 31, 1807 on a land deed for a grandson William O'Daniel in Kershaw County, South Carolina.

At least three of William's male descendants migrated to South Carolina in the period 1754-1770:
Son, William, in 1754 to the Indian Creek/Broad River/Saluda River, Granney's Quarter Creek in Craven County, and White Oak Creek, the next creek North of Granney's Quarter Creek on the East side of the Wateree River, died 1796. This line became DANIEL.
Son, James, in 1754 to near Cedar Creek on the Broad (Santee) River. He accumulated large land holdings in Camden District, Fairfield and Richland Counties, and Ninety Six District, South Carolina. After the Revolutionary War, James received bounty lands in what is now Hancock County, GA and moved there after 1790, died 1798. This line became DANIELL, later including DANIEL and DANIELS.
Grandson, William (son of John of Fairfax, Virginia), in 1768 acquired 1,000 acres of land in Fairfield District adjoining his uncle, James DANIELL. William married Lucretia BELL, and later acquired ownership of large interests on the waters of Little Mine Creek in Edgefield District, where he lived the rest of his life, died 1807. This line became DANIEL.

William and Frances O'DANIEL's daughters: Catherine married Henry GUNNELL; Elizabeth married William SCUTT; and Anne married an Unknown JONES.

William married Frances --?-- 5 before 1718. Frances was born before 1703 and died between 6 Feb 1755 and 21 Mar 1758 in Fairfax County, Virginia.

General Notes: Frances _____ married William O'DANIEL before 1718, the known birth year of their son, John. Frances and William had six children: John (1718 - 1799), William (1720? - 1796), James (1721 - 1798), Catherine (1723?-Aft 1792), Elizabeth (1725?-Bef 1755?), and Anne (1727?-Aft 1755). Named in this order in Frances' will of 6 February 1755, it may be the order of birth. John is believed to be the eldest since he was named executor of Frances' last will and testament.

After William's death in 1728, Frances married John GLADIN, a neighbor. The marriage date is not known. Because Frances had six young children when William died, perhaps close to 1730. In 1730, John GLADIN had a land grant next to Frances' deceased husband William's 1717 land grant of 300 acres on Accotink Creek and Long Branch.

On February 8, 1743, Frances' sons, James and John O'DANIEL , were named as chain bearers for a survey of John GLADDIN's land adjoining that of William O'DANIEL. Land owned by Frances' son, John DANNEL, taken up by his father, was listed in the will of his step-father, John GLADIN, as adjacent to the 300 acres GLADIN left to Sarah NELSON.

John GLADIN named no children in his will of 19 August 1749, which he gave and bequeathed "unto Frances GLADIN my dear and well-beloved wife the plantation I now live on during her life of Alexander's Lease with all the appurtenences belonging to it. Likewise the two hundred and seventy acres where Daniel ANSDELL now lives likewise the negro man named Joe and Negro Woman Sarah and two white servants Christopher and Margaret after this Crop is made. Likewise Corn and Tobacco after my debts are paid that is now growing and wheat and the stock of horses, cattle and hogges on the said Plantation Exept the Ball horse and grey mare Likewise I bequeath to my sd wife all the sheep Except five Like wise I bequeath unto my said wife the first best bed and furniture, after she has had the first Choice I make a reserve of two best beds and furniture and the rest to be all her own on the said plantation during her Natural Life and no longer and after her decease unto Sarah NELSON my god daughter for ever."

John GLADIN appointed Frances' son, William DANIEL, executor over Frances GLADIN's share of his estate. The remainder of John's land and estate went to his goddaughter, Sarah NELSON, daughter of Ann NELSON. John designated Frances' son, John DANNEL, executor over Sarah's bequeaths.

"GLADDIN Fra 1 2" was listed in the "1749 List of Tithables in Fairfax County" This indicated the she lived alone with two slaves. The Reverend Charles Green, an Anglican minister, compiled a list of tithables - all persons by law in his charge - within the area that is now Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. (The original manuscript resides at the Library of Congress. This copy was typed by M. L. Steadman, Jr.* as originally written.)

In 1757, Frances' third son, James O'DANIEL, aka DANIELL, gave a bond against any claim of dower by his mother to the 100 acres he sold to Charles GREEN, proving that his mother was still alive at the time of that sale.

Frances (O'DANIEL) GLADIN's will is in Fairfax County Will Book B-1, pages 180-181 and 239-240. This transcription by Robert Louis Daniell is from a copy of the original Will Book pages. There are numerous odd spellings in it. Surnames were capitalized for this use.
"In the name of God amen this sixth day February in year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty five I Frances GLADIN of up. Parris [sic, Parish] of Truro and County of Fairfax being very sick and week in body but of perfeck mind and memory and ordain this my last will & Testament.
Imprimus I give and bequeath to my son James DANNELL a feather Bed and furniture my Chest and Table too dishishes and fore plaits a Young heffer if any cost or truble should happen everyone of my Hears shall bare an Eqill charg acordin to chares portion. I give and Bequeath to my Dafter Ann JONES all my wearing cloughs to my son William DANNELL I give and Bequeath a Negero man Joe.
I give and Bequeath to my Daffter Catheran a Tronk and a butter Pot one Earthen dish to earthen plats. I give and Bequeath to my son John O DANNELL Anthony EVARY UOLL and all the remainder of my Estate to him and his hares for. Likwise I constitute ordain and make John O DANNELL to be my hole Executer and acknowledge this to be my last Will and Testament in Witness whareof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the day and year above written.
Francesher mark GLADEN. Teste Thomas DOWDALL(?), Kithin PRIM, Mary HAND."
John O'DANIEL presented Frances' will in court on 21 March 1758, "...proved by the oaths of Kitchin PRIM and Mary HAND...".

Frances' bequeath to her son James DANNELL appears to be her effort to replace household goods that a court earlier forced him to sell as the result of a lawsuit by William PAYNE, Jr. in January 1755.

Frances GLADIN did not mention any land as part of her estate, but the estate may have included part of the 200 acres owned by John O'DANIEL in 1760, that 200 acres being the northwest portion of William O'DANIEL's 1724 grant of 400 acres located between Accotink Creek and O'DANIEL Branch, now on maps as "Daniel's Run". The 270 acres mentioned as "where Daniel ANSDALE now lives" reverted to the estate of Sarah NELSON, deceased, and was given to William GLADDIN at the time of Frances' death in 1758. This is reflected by the names, Daniel ANSDLE, John GLADDIN Heirs, and William GLADDIN, on that section of land on "an interpretive historical map of FAIRFAX COUNTY VIRGINIA in 1760" prepared by Beth Mitchell, author of "Beginning at a White Oak..."

Frances' maiden name has not been documented. It may have been BOSELEY.
On 10 June 2007, Sharon Kay (Craig) Morin of Lawton, Oklahoma, told me that Frances O'DANIEL's maiden name was BOSELEY, that Frances was born in 1693, and that she was a "Wote" per her family's hand-written history. Some descendants apparently take umbrage at the term and say Frances was Welsh. Sharon is a descendant of Elizabeth O'DANIEL and Isaac HALBERT. There are a number of BOSLEY families in the surrounding area, particularly around Baltimore, Maryland, not all that far from William O'DANIEL's land grants on Accotink Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River. In support of this possibility, the other information Sharon had concerning William and Frances O'DANIEL in her family's history has been validated; however, the BOSLEY surname has not been found on any O'Daniel records. However, 40 years after Frances died, a Barten BOSWELL witnessed a 1797 Deed of Gift from her son John O'Daniel to John's son William.

CONFUSION FACTOR? William DANIEL of Middlesex County, Virginia married a Frances BOSLEY who died in 1720. They are not William and Frances O'DANIEL of Stafford County. Frances, the widow O'DANIEL, later also the widow of John GLADDIN, died testate in Fairfax County, Virginia, Will dated 6 Feb 1755, proved 21 March 1758.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 M    i. John O'DANIEL, RW-PS-VA 6,7 was born in 1718 in Stafford County, Virginia and died on 19 Jan 1799 in Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia at age 81.

+ 3 M    ii. William O'DANIEL II was born about 1720 in Stafford County, Virginia and died before 8 Nov 1796 in Kershaw County, South Carolina.

+ 4 M    iii. James O'DANIEL, RW-SC 1 was born in 1721 in Stafford County, Virginia, died between 11 May 1797 and 5 Mar 1798 in Hancock County, Georgia, and was buried in Mrs. Tallulah West's Place, 104Th M. Dist., Hancock County, Georgia.

+ 5 F    iv. Elizabeth O'DANIEL was born about 1723 in Stafford County, Virginia and died after Apr 1753.

+ 6 F    v. Catherine O'DANIEL 5 was born about 1725 in Stafford County, Virginia and died after 20 Feb 1792.

+ 7 F    vi. Ann O'DANIEL 5 was born about 1726 in Stafford County, Virginia and died after 1755.

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