Dabney family members eagerly await new book

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A group of Dabney family members from across the state met in late October to preview plans for a new book, “The Dabneys of South Carolina,” to be published in early 2014.


The event was hosted by Doris Faye Vinson at her home in Camden. 

The authors of the new book are John Edward Dabney, a native of Rock Hill, who now lives in New Jersey, and his cousin, Joseph Earl Dabney, a native of Kershaw, who lives in Atlanta. Joseph is also an award-winning author and writer of several books. 

The book is filled with historic information and photos of the many descendants of the Alexander Dabney family of South Carolina.

The patriarch of South Carolina Dabneys, Alexander, was born in Ireland in 1795, and lived for some time in Virginia and North Carolina before settling with his family in the Flat Rock community of Kershaw.

“The book is unlike any other genealogy book you have ever read,” John Dabney said.

 In addition to a photo gallery, many of the chapters are written in storybook form, chronicling the Civil War Dabneys, as well as life in the early S.C. cotton mill villages, including vivid recollections and stories of ancestors beginning in the 1800s.

As expected, a key section of the new book will present the Dabney family tree that includes each branch of the family through the generations, beginning in 1795.

With the wonderful assistance of Billie Riddle Dabney of Camden, John Edward Dabney said “we were able to locate numerous historical documents pertaining to the early Dabney family in Kershaw County, including early wills, probate, land records and deeds.”

Joseph Earl Dabney urged Dabneys across South Carolina and other states to email the authors any information and/or photos of their ancestors that would help us to complete an ancestral photo gallery for each branch of the family. 

The authors are also considering having a Dabney family reunion at a convenient location in early summer 2014, and would appreciate feedback from interested parties.

John Edward Dabney’s email address is laddyone@aol.com and Joseph Earl Dabney’s email address is joedabney@aol.com.