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Rachel Darnell (Vannoy)

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Death: 1836 (76)
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Daughter of Andrew Vannoy
Wife of John Darnell
Mother of Jonathan Darnell; Abner Darnell; Benjamin Darnell; Joseph Darnell; John Darnall and 2 others

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About Rachel Darnell

We also know that he owned personal property, as shown by copy of the inventory filed in the estate of John Darnell to the October term, 1785. This inventory shows that he was the owner of horses, cattle, household furniture, kitchen utensils, a loom and other things which would lend comfort and convenience to his family. There are also listed open accounts with George Sherfield, Thomas Elledge and John Morris, aggregating several pounds sterling. Complete copy of this inventory is now before the writer and was taken from "Wilkes County Court Minutes," 1778-1799, Page 170. The original is now in the possession of the North Carolina Historical Commission, Raleigh, N.C.

From this inventory, signed "Rachel Darnell, Admr.," we learn that the wife of John Darnell was administratrix of his estate, for we also know that his widow's name was Rachel. The bond for two hundred pounds sterling which was given in this estate to Alexander Martin, then Governor of the state by "Rachel Darnell" is also among the old files and records of the Wilkes County Court Minutes, also now in the possession of the State Historical Commission. This bond was signed as surety by one Andrew Vannoy, supposed to have been the father of Mrs. Darnell, and was signed, sealed and delivered in presence of G. Wheatly, Clerk of the Court.

We also know that John Darnell was the father of three children at the time of his death on August 6, 1780. The oldest one, a son, Abner by name, was a lad of only a few years, and Joseph and Benjamin, twins, were born on May 6, 1780, only three months before the death of their father. Joseph died in early infancy and Abner died when a young man, never having married, leaving the widow, Rachel, and the son, Benjamin, sole survivors of the little family.

The writer sought for some time to ascertain why it was that John Darnell died in 1780 and yet his estate was not probated until 1785. He procured a history of North Carolina, by Hugh Williamson, 1812 imprint, and here the reason was made apparent. It was on account of the unsettled condition of the government of that state at and for some time after the close of the Revolution. There was a time for a few years when "every man was a law unto himself" and the orderly processes of the courts even failed to function. It was during the first term of Alexander Martin, as Governor, 1782-1795, that governmental functions began to be performed. From that time on, North Carolina settled down to the observance of law of order, a condition to which it had long been a stranger.

(Copied from BENJAMIN DARNELL, FORT DARNELL AND EARLY SETTLEMENTS OF MARSHALL COUNTY (IL) - A FAMILY HISTORY By C.A. Darnell (1933). Published in the Journal of The Illinois State Historical Society, October Number 1934, Volume 27, No. 3)


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CITING THIS RECORD

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Ancestral File," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:M7BS-LWV : accessed 2016-03-26), entry for Rachel

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CITING THIS RECORD

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Ancestral File," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:9SVG-BVY : accessed 2016-03-26), entry for Rachel Vannoy.

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Rachel Darnell's Timeline

1760
1760
1774
April 1774
Age 14
1776
April 1776
Age 16
Surry Co., New Caledonia
April 1776
Age 16
Wilkes County, North Carolina, British America Colony
1778
1778
Age 18
1780
May 6, 1780
Age 20
May 6, 1780
Age 20
Wilkes, North Carolina, United States
May 6, 1780
Age 20
Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
1836
1836
Age 76