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Richard Dabney

Birthplace: Louisa Co, VA
Death: November 1825 (37-38)
Louisa Co, VA (Died in the Richmond Theater fire)
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Dabney and Jane Thornton Dabney
Brother of Charles Dabney; Mildred Meriwether Lewis and John Thornton Dabney

Occupation: Poet
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About Richard Dabney

Richard Dabney: died after the fire and possibly of related health issues, although his death was sometimes reported. John Hastings Marks to Reuben Lewis (half-brother of Meriwether Lewis), January 22, 1812 (letter in UVA Special Collections): Wrote that relations and friends “have suffered in that unfortunate affair in Richmond,” and note that Richard Dabney died of burns. He did not actually die, as his obituary in the Richmond Enquirer, was on November 25, 1825. “He had survived the Richmond Theatre fire of 1811, though badly burned. He was a well-known poet.” In the work of Ann Tuke Alexander, Remarks on the Theatre, and on the Late Fire at Richmond, in Virginia. York, England: T. Wilson & Son, 1812 under “casualties,” she writes Richard Dabney: “one of the most promising literary characters in Virginia; he was in the upper tier of boxes, and in the act of assisting some ladies unknown to him, when that destructive vapour, mentioned in other communications, suddenly issued from the eastern part of the building–he saw no flame, yet his face and one of his hands have been deeply burnt; he attempted to save himself by the stairs… strewed by the bodies of prostrated ladies he thought sooner than injure them with his feet, he … his fate to chance, and accordingly jumped out of one of the upper windows–his life is, thank God, saved, yet he has suffered severely, and indeed, still suffers.”

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Louisa Co, VA
November 1825
Age 38
Louisa Co, VA